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Cashew Cheese Au Poivre

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Cashew Cheese Au Poivre simply means a heavily peppered (coated) cheese.

Last week I saw this recipe for the Cashew Cheese Au Poivre on Chad Sarno web-site.  I was lured in by the peppercorns, which I find so beautiful for some reason.   His picture showed the cheese freestanding as though it was a hard cheese.  I followed his directions but needless to say, mine turned out with a cream cheese consistency.  Thankfully that didn’t effect the flavor, because it was delicious.

If you are new to making raw cheeses, well I guess I should say raw “cheeses” and let me clarify, it is not the typical dairy cheese that you may be use to.  Most raw “cheeses” are nut-based and vegan.  There are a few ways to create the cheese flavor; by using probiotics, which takes 14+ hours to make, or by using rejuvelac which is made from sprouted grains  and takes 24-48 hours, or even  lemon juice if you are in a real pinch for time.  These techniques give the “cheese” that tangy fermented  flavor.

The addition of nutritional yeast, also helps to give it that “cheesy” flavor.  All of them can be quite delicious and if you are new to making raw “cheeses”, I encourage you to give them a try.   They may seem intimidating at first glance, but in reality they are very easy to make.  For more ideas, textures and flavors, be sure to check out some other recipes that I have posted here.


Ingredients: yields about 2 cups


  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked 2+ hours
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp Probiotics powder

Add ins:

  • 2 ½ Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp fresh powdered nutmeg
  • 1 ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp white pepper

Crusted with:

  • 3 Tbsp crushed pink peppercorns


  1. In high speed blender, blend the soaked cashews with probiotics and luke warm water until smooth.  Depending on the blender, this can take up to 4 minutes.
  2. Place into a glass bowl and cover with a towel.  Allow it to rest at room temperature for 14-16 hours to culture.  If you don’t want a strong fermenting flavor, stop it around 8 hours.   You have the ultimate control.
  3. After it is through culturing, hand mix in the nutritional yeast, onion powder, nutmeg, sea salt, and white pepper.
  4. After placing in a container cover the top  with the crushed peppercorns.
  5. Cover and store in the fridge.
  6. By keeping the cheese in the fridge, it will slow down the culturing phase.



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6 thoughts on “Cashew Cheese Au Poivre

  1. Beth says:

    This looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it.

  2. Christa says:

    This looks fantastic! I can’t wait to try it. Your site is beautiful. I’m so glad I stumbled upon it today. You have a new subscriber and I will be bringing friends!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Christa, I am glad that you stumbled upon my site as well. :) And thank you for sharing it with others. I hope that you find great inspiration throughout it and if you have any questions never hesitate to ask. Have a blessed evening, amie sue

  3. Jes says:

    Are on YouTube? These are the most beautiful tasty recipes for seed cheese I have ever seen. I have been having problems with the probiotics. And will get the kind you recommended. I bought something that wouldn’t grow. But it still tasted great.

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Jes… nope, I don’t have any YouTube videos. I hope that you have better luck with a different probiotic. If you have any questions about the process never hesitate to ask. Have a blessed evening, amie sue

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