Vegan Chilli Cheese
This vegan “cheese” is made with cashews, almond milk and a couple of different starches. Agar Agar powder holds it all together. This type is fairly soft, but it can be sliced, spread and it melts! Not really ideal for grating, although it does work on a pizza and cheese on toast! Next time I’ll make a harder cheese that’s better for grating and sandwiches.
  1. Mix the agar agar powder and almond milk in a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer.
  2. Add cashews, oil, salt, vinegar, turmeric, garlic, nutritional yeast, chilli, both starches, gram flour, lemon juice and 150ml water to a blender. Blend until the mixture is very smooth.
  3. Add the blended mixture to the pan with the agar agar and almond milk and turn up the heat so it’s simmering. Cook for about 10 minutes until it becomes thick, like very thick pancake batter. If it’s thick before it’s had a chance to cook then add a splash of almond milk; you don’t want to under cook it or you’ll taste the raw gram flour and starches. Quickly transfer to a greased glass dish or ramekins before the agar agar sets.
  4. Set aside to cool for an hour before transferring to the fridge. Come back a few hours later and it would have set. It should just fall out of the container fairly easily.
Recipe Notes

When the mixture is boiling away, you could add some sweet jalapenos, habaneros, more garlic and rosemary to make more of a Pepper Jack style cheese. Or you could leave out the chilli altogether to make a mild cheese. To make it harder and grateable, reduce the amount of almond milk and water you use.