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.
VEGAN CREAM CHEESE FLAVORS
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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