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45 degree overhead of vegan cheeseball with nutty coating on a snack board with fresh vegetables

Vegan Cheese Ball

  • Author: Lizzy
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This creamy, herby, nutty vegan cheese ball is the perfect make-ahead holiday appetizer for entertaining. 


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Ingredients

  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup raw almonds*
  • ¼ cup vegan cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley or thyme, minced

Coating

  • ½ cup nuts of choice, chopped finely (we used pecans)
  • 1 ½ tbsp fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, minced
  • 2-3 tbsp dried cranberries, minced

Instructions

  1. Soak the cashews and almonds for 6-8 hours in room temperature water. 
  2. Rinse and drain well. Add the soaked nuts to a food processor and pulse 15-20 times to break down. Add the cream cheese, nutritional yeast, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder and process until you have a creamier mixture. It will still have some texture to it.  
  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the fresh herbs. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.  
  4. Layer out 2 double layers of cheesecloth on top of each other, creating a cross shape. Lay the cheeseball mixture in the center and form into a loose ball. Wrap securely in the cheesecloth, making sure none of the mixture is exposed, and secure with a clip or rubber band.  Set on a small plate and refrigerate for 6-8 hours or overnight.  
  5. Unwrap the cheesecloth and gently reform ball.  There might be a slight hardening on some of the outside, which is totally fine and normal. Add all of the coating ingredients to a pie plate or large, flat dinner plate. 
  6. Gently roll the cheese ball in coating mixture, pressing lightly all over so the coating adheres. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator to enjoy later.  

Notes

*You can sub almond slices with more cashews if you wish.  

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