Vegan Almond Cheese

*Costs listed are my personal costs, they will differ upon availability, location, brands, and sales.

Vegan Almond Cheese

Serves 10
Tags: Vegan

Ingredients

– 1 cup blanched almonds $4.50
– 1/2 cup water
– 1/4 cup lemon juice $1.60
– 5 tbsp olive oil, divided $0.67
– 1 garlic clove $0.15
– 1 1/4 tsp salt $0.05
– 1 tsp nutritional yeast, optional $0.20
– 1 1/2 tsp minced fresh or dried thyme leaves, crushed $1.00
– vegan crackers of choice $2.00

Total Cost: $10.17

Cost per serving: $1.02

Instructions

  1. Place the almonds in a large bowl, cover with water. Soak at least overnight.
  2. Drain the almonds, then transfer to a food processor. Add the water, lemon juice, 3 tbsp olive oil, garlic, salt, and nutritional yeast. Blend for 6 minutes, or until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides and let the motor rest.
  3. Line a large colander with four layers of cheesecloth. You can also use a reusable Nut Milk Bag. (I know the name sounds weird). Place the colander over a large bowl that will allow the cheese to drain. Pour the almond cheese mixture into the cheesecloth/bag. If you are using a bag, there is normally a drawstring. If you are using cheesecloth, gather the corners into a little pouch and use a band or string to keep the pouch closed. Refrigerate the cheese overnight in the refrigerator. You should be able to see the liquid draining out a few hours later.
  4. After it has drained, you can carefully squeeze any extra liquid out. Remove the cheesecloth and discard the liquid. I like to use the liquid in pasta sauces or on roasted veggies.
  5. Transfer the cheese ball onto a lined baking sheet. You can use parchment paper or a silicone liner. Slightly flatten the ball into a disc.
  6. Bake the cheese at 200°F for 40 minutes. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until cold.
  7. In a small skillet over medium heat, warm the remaining olive oil and thyme leaves for 2 minutes. Cool to room temperature and then poor over the cooled cheese. Serve with crackers or any desired foods. This is also delicious as a sandwich spread. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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