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Vegan Smoked Almond Cheddar
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Vegan Smoked Almond Cheddar Spread

This vegan smoked almond cheddar from This Cheese is Nuts! by Julie Piatt leans on incredibly simply methods (i.e., soak, blend, serve) and just five total ingredients. It's smoky, tangy, and packed with zesty cheddar flavor. Slather this almond cheddar cheese over crackers or baguette slices, dip sweet pear slices into it, or layer it with crisp veggies in a flavor-packed vegan sandwich. 
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Cheese
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, plant-based, Vegan
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Julie Piatt | This Cheese is Nuts!


  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • ½ to ¾ cup pimientos from a jar, plus ½ to ¾ cup packing liquid*
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons smoked sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


Easy Pre-Prep

  • Rinse the almonds well. Place them in water in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • For the Smoked Almond Cheddar
  • Drain the almonds. In the bowl of a food processor, place the almonds, pimientos, nutritional yeast, salt, garlic powder, and ¼ cup pimiento liquid. Process until the mixture is well incorporated.
  • Remove the lid and test the cheese for texture and salt content. If you want a smoother spread, add pimiento liquid in small increments and process again. Add more salt if needed.
  • Serve this with crackers and fresh pears.


*Pimientos are peeled roasted red peppers, so if you have trouble finding them, simply peel jarred roasted red peppers and discards the skins.
Reprinted from This Cheese is Nuts: Delicious Vegan Cheese at Home by arrangement Avery, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2017, Julie Piatt.