Vegan Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese

Apple pie meets cheesecake in this simply divine Vegan Dairy-free Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese. It is so delicious, so creamy and full of flavor. You only need 8 ingredients to make this and only 5 minutes!

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Ok, TWO exciting things to share today! First, this is my first NEW recipe to post on the blog since October y'all! Crazy. But, trying to write a book, test recipes, be a mom and do the usual activities and school functions, I simply cannot keep up with it all. Some bloggers may be able to post regularly while writing a book with kids, but I simply could not find a clone anywhere around here. So, I apologize for it being so long, but guess what, I wrote 4 recipes this week for the blog, so I'm coming back FULL FORCE with new recipes. You'll have to forgive me as I try to cram as many as I can before Christmas, desserts too, sorry. But, I've had several I've wanted to post and now finally can get back to it.

The 2nd exciting thing...it snowed here in Houston, Texas! And for us Texans, that is a BIG deal because it rarely ever happens. It's been so many years I can't even remember in my mind when it last snowed here. I googled it and it said 1 inch snow was in 2009 but it wasn't like what happened here today. It's snowy and white and the houses, cars and trees are all covered in snow. It's beautiful! When I was driving my daughter to school today I kept laughing and she asked why I was laughing and I told her, "Because I'm giddy with joy over the snow!" Cheesy, but it was so true. When something so rare happens, you really need to take the time to appreciate it. I filmed her playing in it before school and it was too cute. It was of course her first time seeing snow and might be the last for many years.

Ok, back to today's recipe! This Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese will seriously make you weak in the knees. I'm not even kidding, it is like the combo of apple pie and cheesecake! That is seriously what it tastes like. It's so good I could cry.

Yes, those markings are from me sticking my fingers in it.

Vegan cream cheese. I have 4 already on the blog, one AMAZING one in my cookbook and now this one. I honestly had to tear myself away from the food processor on this one. Apples are my favorite fruit and cinnamon is my favorite flavor, so when you add in tangy cream cheese to those flavors, it is pure bliss.

You only need 8 easy ingredients (including salt):

  • raw cashew butter
  • non-dairy yogurt
  • pure maple syrup
  • cinnamon
  • apple cider vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • freeze-dried apples

Due to the popularity of my 5 Ingredient Strawberry Cream Cheese, I knew another flavor needed to happen. A trip to the CVS store is what inspired this spur-of-the-moment creation. I was waiting in line and looked over to see some freeze-dried apples and they were super cheap, like less than $2 a bag, so I grabbed 3 of them and immediately knew I would use them to make cream cheese. So, here we are.

I hope you all love this vegan cream cheese and please be sure to leave me feedback and rate it below!

Yields 1 heaping cup

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese

Apple pie meets cheesecake in this simply divine Vegan Dairy-free Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese. It is so delicious, so creamy and full of flavor. You only need 8 ingredients to make this and only 5 minutes!

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup (85) raw cashew butter*
  • 1/2 cup (120g) non-dairy yogurt (I used plain by Silk-either soy or coconut work, but don't use a low-fat or almond one, it will be too runny.)
  • 2 tablespoons (40g) pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons (10g) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon (3g) ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 30 grams FREEZE-DRIED apples (wet does NOT work)
  • NOTE: For the freeze-dried apples, a lot of grocery stores sell these, but I actually found these hanging near the checkout line at CVS for super cheap! I used three .35oz bags, which equal 30 grams)
    NOTE: I make my own raw cashew butter for my recipes, as I never find any at the stores that is without added salt or oil or is roasted. You need raw, oil-free here for the best flavor and texture. Trust me on this. To make your own cashew butter, see this post .

Instructions

  1. You need to make this a day in advance before eating, as it needs to chill overnight. You must use a food processor for this, there is not enough liquid for it to incorporate smoothly in a Vitamix or blender.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and process until it breaks up into chunks. You will need to scrape down the sides several times to get it going. The yogurt and cinnamon will creep up the sides, so scrape it down well with as smooth spatula. It will seem too chunky at first, but scrape them down and let it process. Once it gets going, let it run 2-3 minutes or so until it is completely, super duper smooth, like in the photo. You don't want any bits of apple left.
  3. You should be able to test it and see how smooth it is. Now, if you taste it, it may seem not sweet enough, but trust me, do not be tempted to add more sweetener at this step! The flavors get sweeter and intensify to perfection overnight. Once it's entirely smooth, scrape all of the cream cheese out well, including around the blade, into a container and place in the fridge to chill and firm up overnight. It will be way too runny at this stage to eat right away.
  4. The next day when it's nice and chilled and firmed up, to me, it was absolutely perfect. Just enough sweetness and tang. It's not dessert, so you don't want it excessively sweet. It totally reminded me of an apple cinnamon cheesecake! Add to toast or bagels and enjoy!
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29 Comments

  1. Is it possible to leave the apples out and just make it a cinnamon cream cheese? It looks divine!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Shree, you can try it! Not sure how it will firm up though, since the dried apples really help it to firm up. It might be rather runny even after chilling and I'm not sure how the flavor will compare since I've only made it as written above, but you are welcome to try it!
  2. I cannot get over how GENIUS of an idea this is!! First of all, vegan cream cheese by itself is dangerously addictive, but throw in the whole apple cinnamon combination and I completely understand why you could hardly step away from it! I can think of about ten things this would be great with...oatmeal, pancakes, bagels, apple slices, toast, a SPOON...may or may not be drooling at the thought of it! Love that this is a healthy, homemade version, too. So cool that you got snow in Houston, I'm up in Ohio and we haven't even gotten any yet! Hope you're having a great Christmas season so far, Brandi!
  3. I think my daughter and I would love this cream cheese. (My son does not like any kind of cream cheese and my husband detests cinnamon believe it or not!) Can you please tell me what brand of food processor you use? Have you had it for long? What are its pros and cons? I'm in the market to buy one so I'd appreciate your input. Also, if there are any brands you've either had bad experiences with or have heard negative reviews about please let me know that too so I avoid them. Thanks!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Victoria! I'm so very sorry I missed this comment before! This is the food processor I use and have for years and love it. The Cuisinart 11 cup. It's phenomenal and I use it for my nut butters, hummus, sauces...anything really. There aren't really any cons other than maybe it's heavy, but it's a solid piece of machine, which is what you want. Highly recommend! Here is the link to the one I use: http://amzn.to/2Bw5cGD
      • Thanks for your input about food processors! I appreciate reading about your personal experiences with the two you've used. Happy Holidays! :)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Oh and I've also owned the kitchenaid lower grade version which worked decently too. It is smaller and wasn't quite as powerful, but still made nut butters. It is a good option if you are on a tight budget, but if you can afford it, get the Cuisinart one I recommended. I'm not really familiar with negative ones since I've only used these 2. Here is the Kitchenaid one: http://amzn.to/2BuIP4x
  4. Thank you for a timely recipe! I had a late potluck brunch to attend today. I made this w/ some homemade cashew yogurt. I had left over and it wa amazing! I did not chill overnight but instead put it in the freezer for 30 minutes. I served it with Vegan cranberry walnut bagels. It was a simple process and much less time consuming then anticipated. The group loved it. Happy Holidays!🌲
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yay Luci! I'm SO happy you already made it and it was loved by everybody at the potluck, that is awesome! Thank you so much for making it so quickly :)
  5. I cannot find non-dairy yogurt where I live. Could silken tofu be substituted? If so, what kind and how much. Thank you! This recipe sounds so yummy!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Marianne! I'm not sure since I've never used tofu before. I do know that a few readers subbed tofu in place of yogurt in my Cheesy Mexican Tortilla Bake, but since that whole dish is baked, I'm not sure how it would work here. I have never used silken tofu. My guess would be to use the same amount, weight amount of 120g and drain out any extra water from the tofu first before weighing it. Since tofu has no flavor, it's not going to have the same authentic cream cheese flavor though. So, to help that, I would try adding (in addition to the other acidic ingredients) 1-2 teaspoons of WHITE vinegar. I use white vinegar to give a cream cheese flavor in one of my alfredo sauce and it works amazing. I do not know if all of this will work taste or texture wise, but that is my best suggestion. Let me know if you try it!
  6. Yippee!!! I am equally as excited over both pieces of news and this spread/pudding (because there is no way I would not be getting in there with a spoon too!) I have no idea how you managed to come up with FOUR more recipes after the zillions you've been doing for the book, but I can't wait for new posts from you again especially if they are Christmasy and desserts. I also can't believe is snowed there! The only thing that makes cold weather worth it to me haha. I grew up in Arkansas so I distinctly remember the giddy joy of the usually just one snowfall we got each year. I hope there was some snowman building or something wonderfully cliche like that :) Okay but onto the cream cheese--I think this may be my favorite flavor yet! While not purple (hello most beautiful blueb version <3) freeze dried apples are actually my favorite for snacking so I imagine this is just as deliciously sweet. And spiced too of course because cinnamon in everything this time of year. When cashew butter is the first ingredient you know it's going to be GOOD :)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Haha, I know right, I couldn't resist dipping my finger in there....uhmmm, multiple times! I know...but I've been so anxious just to get back to blogging! It's seriously so incredible and shocking that it snowed here, but such a gift...I really wish it would come back! But we enjoyed it for that one day!
  7. Brandi, I might call myself the Lone Ranger because my wife and family chuckle at my riding the Vegan Range by myself. That said I’ve tried several of your recipes—most recently (today!) the Apple Cinammon Cream Cheese and at first taste even my gourmet wife said “very nice.” Keep up the excellent work. I like the 8-ingredients idea. John from Austin
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Haha, that is too cute John! Oh, that is wonderful, so glad you both enjoyed it. Thank you so much for your kind words!
  8. Wow, your photos are so professional! Do you use retouching? Tell me what you think about these tips and ideas for food photography retouching http://fixthephoto.com/blog/retouch-tips/how-to-edit-food-photos.html. I would like to hear your advice. Thanks in advance!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much, so glad you like them! I use lightroom for my photo editing, but it's pretty minimal editing, as I use the settings on my camera and control the natural lighting for my photos BEFORE editing, so most of it is done with my own capturing. This is my goal usually, sometimes editing requires more depending on the weather though.
  9. Nothing much better than apples and cinnamon. One of my favorite flavor combos! This would make waking up for breakfast something I couldn't wait for...but wait, then I wouldn't be able to sleep because all I'd be thinking about is breakfast. Hmmm, I need to think on this. I think it's probably best if I have some at night too.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Totally agree! Apples and cinnamon are pure heaven! Haha, yes, night, morning..midday snack!
  10. Brandi, love your recipes. Only yogurt I can find is TJ’s Coconut yogurt. Do you think that would work? You mentioned almond might be too runny so wanted to check with you on the coconut. Appreciate all you do.
  11. Jo
    Brandi, I just answered my own question. Yes, you can use TJ’s coconut yogurt in this recipe. Couldn’t wait any longer to make it and you nailed it! So scrumptious. Also, I made the cashew butter but can you tell me how long the leftover cashew butter will keep in the fridge? Don’t have to worry about the Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese, it will be all gone tomorrow morning. 😍
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yay! So glad it was a hit Jo, thank you so much for making it and I am thrilled you loved it! Thank you for letting me know. Yes, soy or coconut will always work in my recipes :) The cashew butter will actually last for a really long time in the fridge, months, but the longer it's in the fridge, the harder it will get. I don't like how hard it gets, so I keep it stored in my pantry and it stays soft. But, I also use mine up within a month. If you think yours will sit longer than a month, keep it in the fridge and then let it sit out at room temperature several hours before use so that it returns to it's soft, smooth texture. Thank you again for making this and if you don't mind, could you star rate the recipe? Those ratings help me out so much, thank you!
  12. Jo
    On this one, I am sorry there are only 5 stars!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yes, 5 is perfect, thank you so much Jo!
  13. Wow this looks amazing and I am definitely excited to see a new recipe post from you, but I totally understand how busy you must be so it is completely understandable you had to take a little break. I am excited you are coming back with a bang and I can't wait to see all the recipes unfold. I really have to try your cream cheese recipes but I just don't know what to eat them with because I can't find a gluten free oil free bagel. Bagels and cream cheese is something I really miss. I now have a solution for cream cheese thanks to you but I don't know if I can find a solution to my bagel problem haha. Either way I enjoy just looking at your cream cheeses and dreaming :P
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yes, I'm so unbelievably swamped, I really need a clone, lol. Thank you Christina! You can just use toast! This stuff is so delicious and would be good on anything!
  14. Ok, first of all...SNOW in Houston?!?! We don’t even have snow here in Bend right now! Hahaha!! I would have been super giddy too! That’s so much fun! Did you take a lot of pictures?? Now, moving onto this dreamy cream cheese! Whoa. I’m in LOVE with cinnamon, but paired with apples to make an amazing cream cheese sounds so incredible! Forget the bagels, just gimme a spoon, OK? I love that you used cashew butter and yogurt - I bet this is perfectly tangy and creamy. I can’t wait to give this a try!! I’ll be adding freeze dried apples to our grocery list next week :) So sorry for being incredibly behind on your posts!! It’s so good to see so many new posts from you! ❤️
  15. Loved this---but I don't understand how/why you or anyone else like freeze dried apples as a snack! I've had this reaction with all freeze dried fruit, but the apples seem like styrofoam without any taste. I understand completely why they were needed for this recipe and will gladly buy them for it, but no thanks to eating them as a snack---I'd rather have a regular apple. Other than that, I have we identical taste buds, as well as the same philosophy about enjoying healthy food.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Haha, oh I agree, they are certainly not comparable to the actual fresh apple! But, I love apples so much, they are my favorite fruit, so I will eat them in any way shape or form. On the other hand, so glad you loved this cream cheese, thank you for the review Ellen! Haha, that is awesome!

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