Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheese

Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheese

Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheese that is just 5 ingredients, takes 10 minutes to make and is incredibly rich in flavor! Made from freeze-dried strawberries, cashew butter, yogurt and lemon juice. You will love this thick, creamy and firm dairy-free cream cheese!

Oh boy, do I have a delicious and healthy treat for you all today! I grew up eating bagels and cream cheese and they have honestly always been one of my favorite breakfast ideas or snacks. But, eating cream cheese once I became vegan was a bit more challenging. I do not like the commercial brands...they are not good and taste off to me.

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Well, this isn't my first cream cheese recipe on the blog. In fact, I have 3 other ones...Blueberry, Smoky Black Pepper and also a Strawberry one! You may be thinking, then why another strawberry one? Well, all 3 of those cream cheese recipes are to die for and have been super popular with you readers, but they take about 2 days from start to finish...mostly just chilling time. But still, sometimes when I want cream cheese and if I haven't started my prep time already, then it will be a couple days before I can truly enjoy the yumminess.

Soooo, as always, my goal is to make delicious recipes that are also easy and as much as possible, quick! So, I took my strawberry cream cheese recipe and changed it up a bit and WOW, it may even taste better and it only takes 10 minutes to make!! There is a recommended chill time, but you can still totally eat it straight out of the food processor if you wanted to. It is better after it's cold, chilled and firmed up a bit, but still incredibly yummy immediately too.

So, how did I make the original easier? Well, instead of using raw cashews that need a really long time to soak, I swapped it out for cashew butter and then to really amp up the cheesy flavor, I added yogurt and it was incredibly enhancing to the cream cheese flavor. I removed the water because of the added yogurt and it was incredible. Incredible. Did I say it was incredible?? I couldn't get over the intense strawberry cheesy flavor. My daughter and I were both eating it out of the food processor.

This recipe uses freeze-dried strawberries and before anybody asks, NO, you cannot sub with fresh strawberries. The dried strawberries have a much stronger strawberry taste and fresh have way too much moisture in them and results in a runny, bland cheese. It doesn't work. I find dried strawberries at most grocery stores these days, Krogers...HEB..Sprouts, Trader Joes, etc. so you shouldn't have a problem finding them. Otherwise, you can always order them off Amazon. Just make sure you are getting freeze-dried, not just simply dried. Freeze-dried are very dry and crunchy and what you need for this recipe.

So, to recap, you only need 5 main ingredients (+ a pinch of salt) to make this Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheese:

  • freeze-dried strawberries
  • raw cashew butter
  • dairy-free yogurt (I love Silk soy yogurt)
  • lemon juice
  • apple cider vinegar

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Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheese

Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheese that is just 5 ingredients, takes 10 minutes to make and is incredibly rich in flavor! Made from freeze-dried strawberries, cashew butter, yogurt and lemon juice. You will love this thick, creamy and firm dairy-free cream cheese!

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10 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 28 grams FREEZE DRIED strawberries, fresh will not work so don't even attempt (I buy the Simple Truth brand 1 oz, 28g bag from Krogers but many stores sell them, just make sure you are using 28 grams)
  • 1/3 cup (85g) raw cashew butter (I make my own, see Note below or buy store-bought)
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons (115g) non-dairy plain yogurt (I use soy from the Silk brand and get it at Krogers)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • heaped 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Note: If you can't find cashew butter, then you can make your own. I do it often. Just add 2 cups RAW, unsalted cashews to a food processor and process for about 10 minutes or so. You will need to scrape the sides down a few times during. Process until completely silky smooth, do not stop until it becomes almost pour-able like almond butter. It should have a texture similar to a buttercream frosting. Then just use 1/3 cup for the recipe.

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and process until it gets wet and chunky. Scrape the sides and bottom well and process again for a couple of minutes or so until completely smooth and well mixed. I had to stop a couple of times to scrape.
  2. Add to a container and chill for a couple of hours or overnight. You can eat it right away if you like, as it is yummy and thick, but it will have the classic firm cream cheese texture after it has chilled in the fridge for awhile. Not to mention, it tastes better when chilled and firm.
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32 Comments

  1. I love strawberry cream cheese. I'm going to make this looking forward to a treat.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you Nancy, definitely a wonderful treat! Feels like dessert, yet no added sugar, so it's such a wonderful guilt-free recipe!
  2. This sounds delicious. Can not wait to try this one. But hey, I love all your recipes.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      So sweet, thank you so much Karen!
  3. From 2 days to ten minutes--oh yes, my impatience loves this speedy strawberry cream cheese makeover! Plus I could just stare at that color all day, it's gorgeously vibrant. So so smart to use cashew butter instead of whole cashews, plus I always have a jar of that on hand and only buy the whole nuts when I have a specific recipe in mind. And I can totally imagine where the flavor and texture of yogurt works perfectly too. You're swirling shots in the video are just too dreamy! Ha good luck heading off the the strawberry sub questions, freeze dried vs fresh are so different I don't think one could ever sub for the other. I actually find the freeze dried ones to have a bit of natural tang/tartness, so not only is the texture crucial to not making a watery mess but the flavor works better than fresh too I'm sure. Is it weird that I really want to spread this on a slice of chocolate cake or a brownie? Bagels with cream cheese were never a thing in my house, so my mind is jumping straight to berries + chocolate :)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you Natalie! Really wanted to showcase that dreamy texture in the video because it's just SO good. I have so many ideas after this one too now. Lol, I know, that's why I made sure to express that in the post and the printed recipe because in my original strawberry version, I tried fresh and they are incredibly different! You would just end up with runny light pink stuff...yuck. The dried strawberries actually help to thicken it beautifully and dang, they are so tart like you said, so they are perfect for that tang that cream cheese has. Nope, not weird at all, seriously would be SO GOOD on brownies, yes girl!
  4. Wow this is sooo stunning Brandi! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. I'm obsessed with making vegan cream cheese, and the strawberry flavour sounds amazing! <3
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Awww, thank you so very much Harriet! That is so kind of you!!
  5. Freeze-dried fruit is my "not so secret" ingredient for flavored whips, spreads, etc - LOVE this cream cheese version. Way better than the processed stuff and the dairy stuff :)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      It really is SO much better than fresh for something like this! My first time trying it was a couple years back on my original strawberry version and this one is so much better since it is so much faster. I can't wait to try dried blueberries next...I was eyeing them at the store :)
  6. This looks so dreamy! Super creamy! I LOVE freeze dried strawberries - love the little bit of tartness they have amongst all that sweet. And I love that this only takes 10 minutes!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Jenn! They are so yummy, aren't they? Like candy!
  7. I LOVE freeze dried fruit! It's so good and tart and tangy...and perfect for flavoring and even coloring things. This look gorgeous and I'm sure tastes amazing!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yup! That's why I use it in the cream cheese, so much stronger than regular strawberries! I've used it in frosting too.
  8. Bev
    Looks delish! FYI it is Kroger not (Krogers) I was corrected myself one day 😉
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Haha, yes, you are correct! Bad habit!
  9. I love how quick and easy this recipe is! I foresee a bagel morning in future!
  10. I love easy and tasty recipes like this one! Keep up the great work, Brandi!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Agness!
  11. Just made this, the only difference was I used vanilla yogurt as my store was out of plain soy yogurt. I'm sure it's much sweeter than yours but it is so good. Looking forward to subbing our dairy cream cheese with this. Thanks so much
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Wonderful Nancy! So glad you loved it, thank you for the feedback!
  12. Freeze dried fruit are such a secret weapon in the cooks arsenal. My go to cream cheese recipe takes ages to make. I am shifting over to yours. Kudos for simplicity and innovation!!!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much, I hope you love it!
  13. Hello! We bought a medium sized container of almon milk yogurt so I'm looking through all your yogurt recipes. Do you think this would be freezable? I know the texture wouldn't be ideal. Thank you!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Melinda! I have never tried freezing it because it's so yummy and I eat it so fast, haha. But I imagine it would freeze just fine since the ingredients are similar to ice cream. Just when you are ready to use it, thaw it 24 hours or so in the fridge first. Make the Blueberry ice cream I recently posted and you can use yogurt there too :)
      • Sounds great! YES! Your blueberry ice cream is on the list. We bought yogurt to make your Mexican bake :)
  14. Can't wait to try this delicious looking recipe! But one question, how do I make the cashew butter called for in this recipe? I can't find a recipe for it on your website. Thank you!
  15. Sorry, just found your note about how to make raw cashew butter! Never mind! Thanks
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Perfect! Let me know what you think!
  16. I have a tree nut allergy. Is there anything that can be used in place of cashew butter? I would think peanut butter is too strong a flavor?
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Tricia! Yes, I definitely wouldn't do peanut butter. I don't think that would taste very good at all. Also, it won't firm up the way cashew butter does in the fridge. I am working on a nut-free cream cheese for those that can't have cashews, so stay tuned.

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