Vegan Goat Cheese Recipe - incredibly flavorful and versatile, this cheese is straightforward, easy, and one you will make again and again!
Vegan Goat Cheese Recipe
In the Vegan Fusion class earlier this summer, one of the components in the raw and live phase was culturing. We learned about, made and drank Rejuvelac. We made cultured plant cheeses, as well as raw elixirs, sauerkraut and kimchi. Everything was outstanding, and it was very exciting for me.
I have always been nervous about attempting any culturing or fermenting at home. After some hands on learning and creating, a cultured cheese was one of the first things I knew I'd try at home - one with tangy flavors of goat cheese.
When cultured, a plant cheese will have a tangy flavor, as well as all the benefits of a live food - nutritionally rich and containing beneficial bacteria.
I based my culturing process on the method we learned in class:
1) Soak nuts in water for several hours.
2) Blend nuts with liquid (in class we blended with water - for this recipe I used apple cider vinegar).
3) Transfer to a sanitized glass jar, covering and leaving in a dark warm cupboard overnight.
In class the next day, we added some fresh herbs to the cultured cheese - at this point you can add whatever flavors you want.
For my 'goat' cheese, I kept the flavor additions simple - some lemon juice for tart acidity, and a bit of salt.
This tastes surprisingly similar to traditional goat cheese, and the consistency is both creamy and crumbly. It is perfect on a beet salad, in a cherry tart, or simply spread on a crisp cracker. The pairings and the flavor possibilities are endless!
*update: A bunch of readers have successfully made and loved this recipe. a few have had varying results - great flavor with a creamy consistency, not crumbly. Sometimes my results are creamy too, more of a cream cheese, like this example here. I will then wrap in cheesecloth to strain another 12 hours or so - in the refrigerator - and can often achieve the crumbly consistency then. Literally piecing it apart with a fork is how I get it to crumble.
recipes using this Vegan Goat Cheese Recipe:
printable Vegan Goat Cheese Recipe:
- In food processor or high speed blender, combine soaked cashews, vinegar, lemon juice, contents of probiotic capsule, and water. Blend until smooth.
- Transfer to a sterilized glass jar. Cover with plastic wrap and secure with rubber band.
- Cover/wrap jar in a kitchen towel and leave in a room temperature place overnight.
- Transfer to refrigerator.
See notes for variations
dairy, soy, oil, and gluten free, vegan, cultured recipe
My original recipe called for 1 cup cashews and ¾ cup macadamia nuts. This evolved to just cashews over time, as myself and many readers were omitting the macadamias for various reasons. Both recipes work well; the flavor and texture are excellent and similar.
Plain goat cheese is delicious as is, and is a perfect vehicle for added flavors.
- Savory: There are so many savory options to add to vegan goat cheese. Smoked paprika, dried onion, or garlic powder are some of my favorite spices. Roll a log or ball of goat cheese into chopped nuts or seeds. I love to make bite size appetizer goat cheese balls and roll them in sesame seeds or chopped pistachios. For a sweet and savory, combine chopped pistachios with dried cranberries. Chopped sun dried tomatoes are an excellent addition to vegan goat cheese.
- Sweet: Add minced dates, figs, or dried apricots. Chopped candied pecans or walnuts add a nutty sweetness to the tangy vegan cheese. Stir in maple syrup or your favorite sweetener. Shape goat cheese into a disc or log and serve it with your favorite jam.
How to make crumbly vegan goat cheese
Wrap the cheese tightly in cheesecloth, or use a fine mesh strainer. I wrap in cheesecloth AND place that in a fine mesh strainer over another bowl, and place in the refrigerator. This method usually works to reduce / remove liquid; I also squeeze the wrapped cheese.
How to make vegan cheese sliceable
The easiest way to make any vegan cheese sliceable is to add kappa carrageenan. When you don't need stretchy meltability, an agar agar works to thicken vegan cheese into a more solid cheese you can slice.
How long does this recipe last?
My rule for maximum flavor and freshness is to enjoy this recipe within one week.
Refrigerate vegan goat cheese in a glass container with a tightly fitting lid.
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Serving Size:2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 135mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g
nutrition calculations results vary by calculator, are for informational purposes only, and are not intended to replace medical advice or treatment.
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