Vegan Pepperjack Cheese

Prepared and photographed by NutraMilk nutritionist, Florencia Tagliavini.

Recipe inspired by Baked in

INGREDIENTS

For cashew butter

  • 2 cups (300g) cashews
  • 1/8 teaspoon Pink Himalayan salt (optional)

For almond milk

  • 1 cup (150g) almonds
  • 1 quart (946ml) water
  • 1/8 teaspoon Pink Himalayan salt (optional)

For cheese

  • 1/3 cup cashew butter made with the NutraMilk
  • ½ cup almond milk made with the NutraMilk
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. tahini
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • 1½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. agar powder
  • 1 cup peppers, diced - use whatever you want. I used one bell pepper and a jalapeno 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Start by making fresh almond milk if you don´t have a batch made. 

    • Place almonds in the NutraMilk container.
    • Press Butter cycle, set for 7 minutes.
    • Press Start.
    • Add water and replace lid.
    • Press Mix (do not change the default Mix time).
    • Press Start.
    • Press Dispense, open spigot and fill your container with almond milk.
  • Making cashew butter
    • Place cashews and salt in the NutraMilk container.
    • Press Butter cycle, set for 5-6 minutes.
    • Press Start.
    • Open the container lid.
    • If necessary, set for an additional 1-2 minutes for a creamier butter.
    • Leave 1/3 cup of cashew butter and take out the rest to store for later use.
  • Set aside a loaf pan or square or round baking pan for pouring the cheese.
  • Combine cashew butter, almond milk, lemon juice, tahini, nutritional yeast, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder in the NutraMilk. Press ¨Mix¨ until combined and creamy. Leave the mixture in the NutraMilk.
  • Combine water and agar powder in a small saucepot and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  • Add the water/Agar Agar mixture to the NutraMilk and press Mix for a few seconds until well combined.
  • Add diced peppers and Mix for another 10 seconds or so to combine everything.
  • Immediately pour the mixture into the pan. Refrigerate, uncovered, until firm (30-60 minutes). Slice and serve.