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Homemade Vegan Macadamia Nut Cheese

Homemade Vegan Macadamia Nut Cheese

Sure, everyone’s making plant-based cheese, dips, and spreads with cashews and almonds – but what about the oft overlooked and delicious macadamia nut?
Macadamia nuts can:
  1. Reduce the risk of inflammation which is often the cause of chronic diseases
  2. Have the best omega 3:6 ratio of any nut
  3. Promote brain health
  4. Improve metabolic syndrome and diabetes
  5. Reduce the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer
  6. Lower the risk of heart disease
  7. Contain high levels of dietary fiber, protein, manganese, thiamin, and even copper
  8. Support weight loss
  1. They are exceptionally high in good fats (mono) and extremely low in bad (poly) in comparison to other nuts
  2. They are a rich and creamy nut, therefore cooking with macadamia nut oil ensures a nutrition-density AND a creamy texture and added satiation (much like the beloved avocado)

Here’s a simple recipe to make a vegan cheese (perfect for a vegan charcutierie board) to dip, spread, and toast!

Homemade Vegan Macadamia Nut Cheese


  • 2 cups raw macadamia nuts, preferably soaked 8-24 hours before preparing – you can use dry roasted as well, in a pinch
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 5-7 large garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons good salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika (smoked or not)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 6-7 tablespoons olive oil

Drain nuts and toss all in a blender til smooth. Remove and put in covered container in the fridge for a bit to harden.

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