In the Kitchen: Cashew 'Cheese'.

The first time I went to Shakespeare in Delaware Park when I first moved to Buffalo, I think I brought a bag of chips and iced tea.  Looking around, I saw full on gorgeous picnic spreads;  wine, cheese, pasta dishes, fruit, kale salads - you name it.  I knew I needed to (more like wanted to!) up my picnic game.  

NestingDoll's Cashew 'Cheese' perfect picnic spread!

It's really no surprise that Buffalonians know how to picnic.  If you've ever been to a Bills game, you would know how many of the fans make full on Thanksgiving style dinners for their tailgates.  Even in the blistering cold of winter!  They just know how to picnic! 

Enter my (now) full repertoire of spreads and snacks.

NestingDoll's Cashew 'Cheese' perfect picnic spread!

This recipe has been one of the staples in our house for years and one of my favorite spreads.  It tastes delicious and is super versatile.  I've used it in wraps, pasta, sushi, toast & as a dip.  It's also only 6 ingredients (and so, so easy)!

NestingDoll's perfect picnic cashew 'cheese'.

Cashew 'Cheese'

*It doesn't really taste like cheese BUT it does taste amazing!*

Makes: About 2 Cups of Nut Pate (spread consistency)

Prep time: 10 mins



  • 2 Cups Raw Cashews (Soaked overnight, or at least 6 hours)
  • 1 Garlic Clove (or garlic powder)
  • 5 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast (or to taste)
  • 1/2 Lemon Juiced (or about 2 Tablespoons)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper to Taste


  1. Soak cashews in water for at least 6 hours.  Drain, but save soaking water.
  2. Put garlic (if using cloves) in food processor, chop.  Make sure garlic is chopped well.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and make sure cashews are chopped well.
  4. Keep the motor running and drizzle in about 1/3 cup of soaking water. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the food processor to get everything incorporated and processed.  Add more water to get desired consistency.
  5. Add salt or black pepper to taste.
  6. Enjoy!  It will keep in airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge.
NestingDoll's perfect picnic Cashew 'Cheese'!

It sounds weird to eat a cashew 'cheese', but think of it more as a nut pate or spread - it's absolutely delicious!  As a bonus it's oil-free, dairy-free, and packed with vitamins, minerals & antioxidants.  We can't get enough of it- and we make half batches when we know we won't eat 2 cups quickly!

NestingDoll's perfect picnic Cashew 'Cheese'!

Happy picnic-ing!