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Spicy Jalapeño Cashew “Cheese” Dip
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Spicy Jalapeño Cashew “Cheese” Dip

Prep Time: 5 mins.

Cook Time: 3 mins,


It’s an easy, delicious, spicy, creamy and HIGHLY addictive jalapeño dip. The perfect appetizer to serve at gatherings. The hardest part of this recipe is not eating it all by yourself!

Despite being vegan for a few years, I’ve never tried to make my own vegan cheese. So I decided to try experiment a little.

My husband and I usually snack on hummus, baba ganoush or guacamole dips and I wanted to make a different dip this weekend. 

It was absolutely delicious! I couldn't believe how well it turned out! This is my new go-to dip.

The recipe is quick and easy. You should definitely try it.


1 ½  cup raw (unsalted) cashews, soaked overnight, then drained

2 teaspoons lemon juice

4 fresh jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped

2 cloves garlic

1/3  cup nutritional yeast

½  tsp.  sea salt (or more to taste)

½ tsp. ground black pepper

1/3 cup water (or more as necessary)




1. Add soaked (and drained) cashews, lemon juice, jalapeños, garlic, nutritional yeast, sea salt, pepper and water  to a food processor.

2. Puree, scraping down the sides as necessary, until the cashew cheese is a smooth, creamy consistency.

3. Pour mixture into a microwave safe serving dish, and microwave on High until hot, about 3 minutes.

4. Serve with sliced sourdough baguettes, tortilla, pita or bagel chips.


Tip: Be careful when cutting hot peppers; avoid touching your face- eyes. 



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  1. Melissa Nott
    Melissa Nott
    Great idea. Always looking for a good cheese substitute!
    1. Norma Plum
      Norma Plum
      Let me know how you like it Melissa, you can always substitute the jalapeños with olives or sun dried tomatoes if you can't tolerate spicy foods.
  2. Karine Jaar
    Karine Jaar
    I liked it just made it yummyyy
    1. Norma Plum
      Norma Plum
      So glad you liked it!


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