Dairy-Free Cashew “Cheese” Dip | Wellness Guides

Dairy-Free Cashew “Cheese” Dip

Dairy-Free Cashew “Cheese” Dip

Looking for a healthy, easy alternative to traditional cheese spreads?

This Cashew “cheese” is amazingly simple and delicious.  Get creative by adding ingredients like chopped scallions, basil or any herb of choice. Skip the garlic or apple cider vinegar for a milder flavor. Enjoy it with raw veggies, as a sandwich or wrap spread, to fill stuffed mushrooms, etc!

Prep Time: 3 hours (to soak cashews)

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 16 servings


  • 1 cup  cashews
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup water (add more water according to consistency desired
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • Soak the cashews in filtered water for 3 hrs or more then strain.
  • Add the cashews and fresh filtered water to the blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients depending on whether you were making a sweet or savory cream, then blend until smooth.


Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 40
  • Fat 3g
  • Saturated Fat 0.5g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 20mg
  • Carbohydrates 3g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Protein 1g


Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN is a Board-Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and senior clinical nutritionist for Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cancer Care, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston. Stacy created and serves as project manager and lead writer for Nutrition Services content on the award-winning, Dana-Farber website and affiliated Nutrition app. Her app and cancer video series have been featured in popular press and industry magazines. Stacy is regularly featured in TV, radio, podcasts, documentary films and print media. Stacy teaches nutrition at Simmons College. She co-founded her private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC and works as a nutrition consultant and advisor for numerous businesses and non-profit organizations in the health, wellness, food and technology spaces.  She is former Chief Wellness Officer and currently sits as an Advisor for AVA, a tech-nutrition startup leveraging artificial intelligence for meal tracking, planning & expert nutrition coaching. She is featured in Lighter, the plant-based nutrition-tech tool for meal planning. Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Stacy received a B.S. in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her Dietetic Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She enjoys yoga, running, cooking and caring for her husband, sons and dogs.