For a lot of people the hardest part of shifting to a vegan lifestyle is giving up cheese and we totally get it - giving up cheese is hard! Aside from the fact that most of the pre-packaged dairy free cheeses that you can buy at the store do not taste good, they also come loaded with synthetic additives and preservatives (which kinda goes against the grain over here at Sari Foods.)
By far the healthiest way to approach vegan cheese is to make it yourself, then you know exactly whats gone in to it! However, a lot of dairy free cheese recipes are complicated, call for a long list of ingredients and a laborious process!
Sari Foods 5 ingredient Vegan Feta Cheese literally takes minutes to make and keeps ingredients to a minimum. The most important ingredient is Sari Foods Non-fortified Nutritional Yeast. Most nutritional yeast products are fortified with excessive amounts of synthetic vitamins to increase the nutritional count. These synthetic additives are not metabolized or utilized by your body in the same manner as naturally-occurring nutrients. So we decided to change things, making a nutritional yeast product that is 100% whole food based and naturally occurring - nothing synthetic here - just as nature intended!
Now, we're not going to lie to you and claim that this vegan cheese recipe tastes just like the real deal but if you're craving that savoury 'cheese' hit, this home spun version is the way to go. It has just 5 simple ingredients and couldn't be easier to make. It tastes good on its own, as part of a fruit and nut platter and also crumbled on top of salads (as shown above), pizza or soup.
2 cups raw macadamia nuts
1/4 cup Sari Foods Non-fortified Nutritional Yeast
2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
salt to taste (around 1/2 tsp)
Preheat oven to 200 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until well combined. Using your hands, crumble the mixture evenly across the parchment paper. Transfer the mixture to the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
Peace, love and satisfied cheese cravings from the Sari Foods family!