This cashew based cheese ball is an amazing substitute for a cheesy spread that’s healthy, wholesome, flavourful and delicious. It’s creamy and rich and full of oniony, garlicky everything bagel flavour.
Serve this as a perfect snack for game day, Friday night happy hour, wine and cheese nights, or an easy appetizer. It’s super simple to prepare and can be made well ahead of time. Plus it’s fun, delicious, easy to share, and perfect for dipping everything from bread to crackers to veggies.
The cashew cheese itself is mixed with garlic, onions and chopped sun dried tomatoes and then rolled in a mixture of dehydrated onion and garlic, fine sea salt, poppy seeds and sesame seeds.
The base is so easy to make, with only 4 ingredients – cashews, white wine, nutritional yeast and salt. All you have to do is mix it, stir in the mix-ins, and roll in the sesame/poppy seed mixture.
– fresh veggies – carrot sticks, celery, cucumber, bell peppers
– crisp fruit like apple or pear slices
– tortilla chips, potato chips or crackers
– bagel bites
– fresh, sliced baguette
Serve with a side of olives or dried fruit
- Cheese Ball
- 1¼ cup cashews
- 3.5 tbsp dry white wine (I like chardonnay)
- 3 heaping tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 medium sized red onion, finely chopped
- 2 large cloves of garlic (you can add more depending how garlicky you like it)
- ¼ cup finely chopped sun dried tomatoes (in oil)
- ¼ tsp salt + more to taste
- ⅛ cup poppy seeds
- ⅛ cup sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- pinch of sea salt
- Soak the cashews in boiling water for 20 minutes to soften. While they're soaking, chop the onion, garlic and sun dried tomatoes,and put them in a frying pan with ~1tbsp olive oil. Fry over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until onions soften and turn golden brown.
- Drain the cashews and put them in a blender or food processor with the white wine, nutritional yeast, and salt. Blend until the mixture is very smooth and has the consistency of a thick hummus.
- Spoon the mixture into a small bowl and stir in the onion/garlic/tomato mixture. Taste and add more salt if needed.
- Freeze for 20-30 minutes to make it easier to roll into a ball.
- While the cashew mixture is freezing, mix the topping ingredients in a small cup or bowl and then pour them onto a plate or other flat surface and spread them out evenly.
- Take the cashew mixture out of the freezer and use your hands to roll it into a ball (or log!).
- Roll the cheese ball in the poppy seed mixture until it's fully coated. You can eat it right away or wrap it in saran wrap and refrigerate it for an hour or more to set (then it will be a bit firmer)