Back to my hunt for a raw cheese that feels like a satisfying substitute for the real thing. This one passed my "kiddo taste test" so it's a winner for the whole family!
I found a recipe for a cooked vegan cheese sauce that used almost all raw ingredients. I thought, "Why cook it?" So I modified a few things like using raw bell pepper instead of jarred pimentos and changed up quantities to make a smaller batch. I used dried seasonings but if you like you could easily use raw garlic and onion (they just don't sit well in my tummy these days so I didn't want to risk it.)
I'd like to experiment with this recipe and dehydrate some on a paraflex sheet sometime but that's going to have to be another day with another batch. I have big plans for this one. This is a cheese substitute that fits the bill right now and I don't have to wait hours for (except for the soaking part but I did that this morning and came back to it when I was ready to start the recipe. Soaking is somehow different for me.)
Raw 'Cheese' Sauce
3/4 cup water
1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 6 hours if possible)
1 lemon, juice of
1/2 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp onion powder
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 orange or red bell pepper
1/3 cup nutritional yeast (optional - cut 1/4 cup water if not used)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Add more water if needed for desired consistency. Enjoy with vegetable crudites or as a sauce over raw noodles.
I haven't had any kind of non-raw cheese substitute that has even come close to this. I absolutely LOVE it! Hope you enjoy it, too.