Okay, for some reason I love all things made with almonds, and if someone had told me years ago that today I would be playing in the kitchen with new recipes, I would of say “sure yeah, mmm no way Jose.”
During my years of being vegan, I didn't even realize they were all sorts of recipes "replacing" the goods from the dairy section at the grocery store. I am not 100% vegan anymore, but I do LOVE making my food and the reason why, it is because of all the extra ingredients they use out there, and because I love cooking and experiment in the kitchen. It also allows me to know precisely the kind of nutrients my body will be absorbing.
This is a surprisingly easy recipe to make, and it only takes 7 ingredients. You can serve the cheese with crackers, veggies, or even in sandwiches!!
Go ahead, be brave! And you will be amazed at how easy to make this was.
1 cup almonds - peeled
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove
1/3 cup water
1/2 tsp. nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp. salt
Mix herbs - I used Herbs De Provence, but any would do
soak almonds in water overnight - make sure the water covers the almonds for about 1 inch
next day, drain and rinse the almonds
place the almonds, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, water, nutritional yeast and salt to a food processor and mix until smooth. You may have to pause and scrape the sides from time to time.
once you get a creamy and smooth consistency, remove the mix, and if it is too wet, you may have to place it in a colander with a container underneath to drain all the excess liquid. This process requires refrigerating the cheese overnight.
put the mix in an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours.
remove from fridge, form a ball and roll over the mix herbs of your choice.
Store in the fridge for about 4 or 5 days.
Serve this tasty cheese with crackers of your choice, veggies, sandwiches...or just a spoon.
Note: if you need to remove the almond peel, it should be pretty easy, but it would take you a few extra minutes. After you soak them overnight, you just need to squeeze the almond between your fingers and the almond will fly right out. Have fun with this!