Raw Vegan Nacho Cheese

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What the hell is in movie nachos anyway?

They don’t really taste like cheese, but they are all creamy and warm and spicy. A collection of adjectives that are very attractive! So how can we get all that in a raw food, vegan recipe for cheese?  No worries my movie-loving friend.  The video below shows you how to whip up a batch of this raw vegan nacho cheese.  Use your mandolin to make some chips from fresh veggie chips and snack away.


Recipe for Raw, Vegan Nacho Cheese


Cheese Base:
1 cup macadamia nuts, soaked 8 hours, rinsed & drained
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon turmeric
dash cayenne pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
Water (add as needed to reach desired consistency)

Fresh salsa
2 cups ripe tomatoes
3/4 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
1/2 to 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno (seeded)
3 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 tsp sea salt

Eat with veggie chips (mandolin sliced jicama and/or carrots with a dash of salt & a squeeze of lime)

This recipe is best with raw macadamia nuts soaked for 8-10 hours, rinsed and drained, but roasted. Dry nuts also work. Blend nuts, turmeric, cayenne, salt, water, and fresh lemon juice in the Vita-Mix until creamy. The mixture warms as it blends. Add extra water if you prefer a thinner consistency. Stir in fresh salsa to desired spice level.

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  • Alison

    I love finding new vegan recipes! I especially love how much more common it is now a days. I’ve been looking for a vegan protein powder, maybe someone could help me out! Has anyone ever tried Sunwarrior http://www.mynaturalmarket.com/Sunwarrior-Protein-Raw-Vegan-Vanilla-Gluten-Free.html ? If so what’d you like and not like about it?

  • Joy

    I love their powders- my favorite is the blend (cranberry, hemp, ect). The upside is the texture is way better than ANY I’ve tried.

  • KeyMan

    Hi, even though not new to raw foods (and fasting) it is my desire to learn more.

    I just wanted to give a tip on macadamia nuts from last nights shopping experience.

    Since I recently came off an 8 day master cleanse, I was sampling all the raw nuts before I bought them (taste so good!) and low and behold, the mac’s had a very off taste to them. Used to be when I saw people taking tastes off the bulk containers I chalked it up to freeloading. Now I am going to try every one before plunking down $13+ for a pound of rancid nuts.

    Even had another person try them (just to be sure) and after she pulled them and she wrinkled her nose at them as well and left them on the counter.

    Just my 2 cents.

    Thank you Joy for your recipes, I got a batch of kale chips in now for the first time.


  • Ripsy

    All your recipes look amazing, I can’t wait to try them. Quick question,
    your vitamix link doesn’t open properly, and I was wondering which
    model number of the blender you use?

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