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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Plant Based Vegan Cashew Cheese Pate

This plant-based cashew pate is so creamy and spreadable

  I think one of the things that I miss once I decided to eliminate dairy from my diet was cheese. Cheese was one of my favorite foods to snack on. So I searched through vegan recipes until I discovered a vegan cheese spread that tastes so delicious. This plant-based cheese spread tastes just like pate and is wonderful on crackers. So while it may not be like a slice of cheddar cheese, it is a delicious spread so it could be comparable to a cheese ball or other spreadable cheese. 

   This vegan cashew cheese pate is not only delicious but is very healthy too. This vegan pate is made with plant-based ingredients and a superfood called nutritional yeast that gives it a lot of nutrition. So people who follow a vegetarian food plan will enjoy this healthy snack. I just love spreading this creamy cashew pate on crackers. Trust me after one bite of this cashew pate, you will want more and that's ok because it is loaded with protein, fiber, B vitamins, and lots of minerals. You will love that this creamy pate is also plant-based and has such a wonderful nutty taste.

Look at all the nutrition in nutritional yeast!

This pate is so easy to make

Nutritional Yeast is the superfood ingredient in my 
 cashew pate. Nutritional yeast is a  delicious salty, creamy, nutty, cheese-tasting superfood that can be sprinkled on just about everything! I love sprinkling it over spaghetti squash and oatmeal. Nutritional yeast is also naturally comprised of 50% protein (a complete vegan source), over 20% fiber, contains all 18 amino acids and 15 different minerals (including iron, selenium, and zinc) as well as a natural vitamin B-complex and Beta-glucans (known for their extreme immune-enhancing properties).

To make the vegan spread that tastes like a fancy cheese ball or a pate spread, you just combine a couple of ingredients in a blender. Vegan ingredients like cashews, soy sauce, and nutritional yeast are just a few of the ingredients. This pate can be formed in many different shapes. I like mine in a round disk but you could use a different type of pan and make the cashew cheese pate in a square or even log shape.

Great to bring to parties

  When you eat dairy-free or vegan, it can be hard to find food to eat at a party. So I always like to bring a dish that is plant-based so I know there will be something I can enjoy eating. This vegan cheese is so easy to whip up. I like to place the cashew cheese on a cutting board and serve it with some different varieties of crackers. This plant-based pate would look very nice in the center of a meat and cheese board. Your non-vegan friends would be surprised to learn that it was made from cashews and was a meatless meal option.

Vegan Cashew Cheese Pate

1 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours 
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
1/4 cup water
garlic powder

Oven 250 F

Drain and rinse cashews. Combine all ingredients (except paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper) in a blender or food processor until smooth. Place mixture on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Form the mixture into a round and sprinkle the top with the paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Bake for 50 minutes until edges are firm. Let the pate cool before serving. Serve with crackers.

Click HERE to see another pate that I made with Nutritional yeast and sunflower seeds

Save this recipe on Pinterest so you can make it later

Go ahead and indulge in this delicious vegan cheese


  1. I am addicted to cashews! I'm going to try this for sure!

  2. Cashews are yummy, so I could see this being yummy too! Its nice to have a healthy snack, you feel better afterwards!

  3. I love cashews, and the pate idea sounds yummy!

  4. Sounds amazing! I love all the protein!

  5. Oh wow that looks so good. I have never had that before. I bet its loaded with great proteins too. My son would love this.

  6. Looks super delish! I think it would make a great breakfast!

  7. Thanks so much, I love ALL nuts!! I'm curious, what exactly does it taste like? Is it more like a snack or a lunch food?

    1. It tastes like a pate, which is like liverwurst. I eat it on crackers and plain.

  8. Oh wow, and so easy to make. Pinning and trying soon!!

  9. Ooo :) This is exciting! I posted a spreadable vegan cashew cheese this week but I never thought of baking cashews into a pate! How fantastic... this is on my 'to make' list! :) Thanks for sharing at Plant Based Potluck.


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