Nuts to Replace Dairy
Can I Use Nuts Besides Cashews for Nut Cheeses?
I keep reading and hearing about how cashews are a great dairy substitute for making milk, whipped cream, and cheese. Both of my children have severe dairy allergies, fish allergies, as well as some nut allergies (peanut and cashew). My question is... can you use other nuts to make the cheese and creams and still have the great results that cashew has?Answer:
I love cashew cheeses! I have had great success making sweet cashew creams, an alfredo-style cashew cream sauce, cashew ranch dressing, and even raw tapioca pudding with chia seeds, all with cashews. I think the appeal of cashews is that when soaked and blended, they have a very creamy, buttery texture and flavor, and that lends itself well to the richer dishes like those I made above, and cheeses.
But you can definitely use other nuts as well. Every nut has different nutritional benefits, so switching them around makes for interesting flavor matches, as well as health benefits.
I have a few great nut based vegan cheese recipes,
in my ebook Cut the Cheese that you might want to check out as well.