This Vegan Ricotta Cheese is super creamy, rich & tangy! It requires simple ingredients & 15 minutes of your time.
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Vegan Ricotta Cheese

This Vegan Ricotta Cheese is super creamy, rich & tangy! It requires simple ingredients & 15 minutes of your time. Gluten-free & oil-free. 
Course Condiment, Spread
Cuisine Oil-free, Vegan
Keyword vegan ricotta cheese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 111kcal
Author Melissa Huggins

Ingredients

  • 1 block (15 oz) extra-firm tofu , drained but not pressed
  • 1 cup raw cashews , soaked in water 3-4 hours (*see note)
  • 1/3 cup non-dairy yogurt , unsweetened
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice , more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt , more to taste
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil , loosely packed (*optional)

Instructions

  • Drain and rinse cashews (discard water) and add to a food processor. Now add lemon juice, yogurt, nutritional yeast, garlic, and salt. Process on high until it forms a smooth paste. Scrape down sides as necessary. (*If needed, you can add a few splashes of unsweetened non-dairy milk to help everything move easier)
  • Break up the tofu with your hands into large pieces and place in food processor. Pulse until you've reached desired consistency. *You can make it smooth or with some texture. Taste for seasoning and add more if needed. 
  • Now add the optional basil and pulse until you see green flecks. 
  • Use immediately or cover and store in the fridge for 3-4 days. 

Notes

* This recipe is oil-free, but if you'd like to add more richness, pour in 2-3 teaspoons of olive oil while the food processor is running (while the cashews are processing). 
* Prep time doesn't include soaking time for cashews. 
* To speed up soaking time for cashews: in a small pot, boil water and remove from heat. Add cashews and cover for 15-20 minutes, until softened.
* Makes about 3 1/2 cups.
 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 4Tablespoons | Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 216mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 3.7mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.5mg