Vegan cashew ricotta cheese with tofu
Easy dairy free ricotta recipe. Cashews, tofu, vegan cream cheese, lemon, garlic and olive oil are whipped together to create a creamy and decadent vegan cheese. Dairy free recipe for lasagna or stuffed shells.
This easy recipe is
- Quick and easy
- Dairy free
- Vegan & vegetarian
- High in protein
- Delicious and creamy
This simple recipe is full of easy to find and simple ingredients.
- Medium firm tofu (1) – I love using medium firm tofu because it’s a nice creamy consistency like regular ricotta. I used extra firm tofu for the photos, because that’s what I had on hand and it turned out a little more chunky than I liked. Silken tofu might make this a bit too runny, so I don’t suggest that. If you want to sub the tofu, look at the substitution section below.
- Lemon juice – This will add a slight tartness that is found in traditional ricotta cheese. It brightens this up a lot as well. You can substitute with apple cider vinegar or white vinegar as well.
- Raw cashews – This will add a nice creaminess and richness and is a key ingredient. Use raw cashews because they have a nice neutral flavor. If you’re allergic to nuts, I show you how to replace the cashews in the substitution section below. Just soak the cashews in boiled, hot water for 10 minutes to soften them up.
- Dairy free cream cheese – I’ve made this recipe before with only tofu and cream cheese. It was delicious. This is my secret ingredient and will add a nice creaminess and smooth texture to the ricotta. But feel free to leave it out if you can’t find it at your local grocery store.
- Nutritional yeast – This adds extra flavor, cheesy flavor, and richness to the recipe.
- Olive oil – I added this to make the ricotta a bit more rich and creamy. It’s optional, though since the cream cheese adds a nice creamy texture.
- Salt and black pepper
- Italian seasoning
- Garlic powder
- Sea salt
How to use vegan ricotta
Any leftover ricotta will last in the fridge in an airtight container for about a week.
I haven’t tried freezing this by itself before but I have made it in a lasagna and then frozen the lasagna. It froze just fine like that.
To substitute the tofu in this recipe you can use a can of drained and rinsed white beans. I love using great northern beans or cannellini beans.
You can substitute the cashews by using about ½ cup more of the dairy free cream cheese. You can also use soaked whole almonds, or macadamia nuts. You can also just omit the cashews for a nut-free version.
Substituting cream cheese
If you don’t have dairy free cream cheese, you can use dairy free, unsweetened yogurt or 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. You can also leave the cream cheese out. This tastes great with just tofu and cashews.
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Dairy free ricotta cheese
- Bring some water to a boil. Then pour it over the raw cashews in a mug. Let it soak for 10 minutes.1 cup raw cashews
- Add everything to the blender and blend until smoothish. You may have to stop a few times and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. Add a couple tablespoons of water if it needs some liquid to get going.14 ounces medium firm tofu, 1 cup raw cashews, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, ½ cup dairy free cream cheese, 1 lemon
Substituting tofuTo substitute the tofu in this recipe you can use a can of drained and rinsed white beans. I love using great northern beans or cannellini beans.
Substituting cashewsYou can substitute the cashews by using about ½ cup more of the dairy free cream cheese.
Substituting cream cheeseIf you don’t have dairy free cream cheese, you can use dairy free, unsweetened yogurt or 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. You can also leave the cream cheese out. This tastes great with just tofu and cashews.
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