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Raw Vegan Goat Cheese Dip

I was inspired by the idea of this recipe on Pinterest (now, for the life of me, I cannot find it!) a while back and have been brewing on an idea of how to translate it into a non-dairy version without the soy. This is the beauty of raw foods–anything can happen with a scoop of cashews. Even cheese…


Raw Vegan Goat Cheese Dip Recipe

Soy, gluten, dairy-free


For Nut Cheese:

  • 1/2 c. raw cashews, soaked for 2-3 hours, drained
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1 Tb coconut oil
  • 1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • pinch of salt

For Basil Pesto:

  • 1 c. basil leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 c. pine nuts
  • olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients together.
  • 1/2 c. sun-dried tomatoes
  • extra pine nuts to top with



  1. Take both small glass ramekins and line with plastic wrap. Don’t skip this step. Trust me. I learned the hard way.
  2. In a high-speed blender, blend all of the nut cheese ingredients until smooth. Place part of the mixture into lined ramekins.
  3. Add pesto layer on top. Top with sun-dried tomatoes. Layer with remaining cheese.
  4. Refrigerate for several hours until set. You can also freeze it.
  5. Line a small appetizer plate with olive oil and dust with dried basil. Set 1 cheese block onto place, take off plastic wrap carefully, drizzle with oil and herbs, and top with pine nuts.


39 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mberkovitz #

    What would this be like without the coconut oil? Or, is there anything I could substitute that is not high in saturated fat? Or, where can I buy a single tablespoon of coconut oil, since I would not use it for anything else, and the rest of the jar would sit there for years until I threw it away.

    January 22, 2013
    • That would be great if you could buy oil by the tablespoon 🙂 Unfortunately, there really isn’t another oil to use. Despite it being high is saturated fat, it’s still a very good oil for you. But I completely understand if you are trying to watch your cholesterol. With that said, just omit the oil and use a little more cashews. I think that might work out just fine 🙂

      January 22, 2013
    • hillary #

      The fat in coconut oil is healthy fat. Used sparingly it’s nothing to be feared

      January 22, 2013
    • You can buy coconut oil, use a tablespoon for the recipe, and use the rest on your skin as a moisturizer and conditioner! It is an excellent emollient and very beneficial for your skin. My doctor recommended that I use it daily after my shower. Also, some people use it as a hair conditioner, but it’s to difficult to remove it from my hair. Just a thought. =)

      Here is an article I think you might find rather enlightening and interesting.

      January 22, 2013
  2. jaime #

    will cheese cloth work for step 1?

    January 22, 2013
    • No cheese cloth necessary but if you don’t have plastic wrap, go ahead and use it 🙂

      January 22, 2013
  3. nikki #

    This was delicious – any recommendation for a raw cracker recipe to accompany?

    January 20, 2013
  4. This is just screaming for me to have a fancy party and serve this! This is totally my kind of appetizer!

    January 18, 2013
  5. Amazing. That is all.

    January 17, 2013
  6. I haven’t seen a recipe for vegan goat cheese before. I’m excited to try it!!

    January 17, 2013
  7. Oh, sandwiching a pungent pesto inside the cashew cheese is such a good idea! I may have to bust this one out for my next party. 🙂

    January 17, 2013
  8. Gorgeous! And also gorgeous. I want to throw a party just so I can serve this! 🙂

    January 17, 2013
  9. *standing ovation*
    I hope to try making this in the next few weeks.

    January 17, 2013
  10. Gorgeous. This could be the centerpiece of an hors d’oeuvres display. Delicious looking, too.

    January 17, 2013
  11. Laurel #

    Well… of course, it’s adorable and yummy looking but since I can’t eat tomatoes I may just have to pair it with some meltable mozzarella in folded over pizza dough and have a calzone for lunch. When will you be here? You’re bringing the wine, right?

    January 17, 2013
  12. This is seriously epic! Totally being bookmarked!

    January 17, 2013
  13. this looks DELICIOUS!!!! i need to make this and eat it all in one sitting! ps- i think i have the same ramekins!

    January 17, 2013
  14. wow! interesting! It looks amazing!

    January 17, 2013
  15. Jackie! ~ (the girl that sits next to your mom at work) =) #

    Yummy! I absolutely LOVE your site! I just want to lick the screen sometimes when I see your yummy creations! ❤

    January 17, 2013
    • Thank you so much Jackie (the girl that sits next to my mommy at work). Ha! Love it. I really appreciate this comment! Give my mom a hug for me next time you see her please 🙂 xo

      January 17, 2013
      • Your biggest fan! #

        Of course! I tell everyone about you and f & b. 🙂 Jackie and I will have to see if we can get our hands on some raw cashews and make this. It looks soooo good!

        January 18, 2013
  16. Alexia @ NamasteYoga #

    oh yeah.. i wanna i dig right in there!! yum!!

    January 17, 2013
  17. kristinandsheran #

    Wowzers! Just the vegan recipe I need to knock the socks of my cheese loving Mother-In-Law!

    January 16, 2013
  18. holy crap, girl. you cray – in a good way.

    January 16, 2013
    • And in a bad way sometimes too 😉

      January 17, 2013
  19. Looks sooo good! I can’t wait to try it!!

    January 16, 2013
  20. Oh YEAH!! Now THAT’s what I’m talking about!! :-9

    January 16, 2013
  21. moderngirlnutrition #

    This looks exactly like the real thing!:)

    January 16, 2013
  22. Was it Spabettie’s? I’ve got hers pinned. Now I’ve got yours pinned, too! Whee!

    January 16, 2013
    • It wasn’t. It was someone I had never heard of and now I can’t find it! Arg!

      January 16, 2013
  23. Wow! This is incredible! What a fantastic idea. I cannot wait to make this!

    January 16, 2013
  24. I used to make this exact thing with goat cheese. It was pretty much my signature party dish. Haven’t had it in so long. I’ve made nut cheese before, but didn’t think to put it together with the basil and sun dried tomatoes. Duh!

    January 16, 2013
  25. Oh man! This is beautiful, I cannot wait to give it a try. I think I have all of the ingredients so I may even make this tomorrow. Thank you do much for posting this!

    January 16, 2013
  26. That looks utterly amazing! I am hoping to give vegan, gluten-free and even sugar-free eating a go post-pregnancy and I can’t wait to try some of your amazing creations. I am floored by your creativity! 🙂

    January 16, 2013
  27. that cheese all set on the plate looks amazing. i need all of the cheese and more and a load of crackers with it!

    January 16, 2013
  28. Oh Cara this looks and sounds so good! I am pinning this one now, I want to make this soon! 🙂

    January 16, 2013

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