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Homemade Vegan Cheese

vegan cheese (2)This past week I was craving cheese and since I’m avoiding anything with animal byproducts, I needed to find a creative and healthy alternative.  I remember when my dad was experimenting and created this creamy, rich sauce for his pasta.  When he told me it was made by using cashews, I was shocked!  He definitely introduced me to something new because I would have never thought one could make a cheese-like product using nuts.  Well, now (months later) that experience came in handy because I needed to satisfy my craving and I knew exactly what I was going to try – and it actually came out great, if I may say so myself!  The recipe is surprisingly easy and of course I’m happy to share it with you!

Homemade Vegan Cheese

Prep time:  10 Minutes

Total time: 1 hour 10 mins


1 cup of raw cashews (soaked in filtered water for 1 hr)

1/4 cup of Nutritional Yeast

1 cup of original flavored Almond Milk

3 cloves of garlic

2 Tbs. of Dijon Mustard

Salt and pepper to taste


Add all your ingredients into your blender and blend until it’s nice and creamy and thick.  That’s it!  I told you it was super easy!  Keep in mind the cheese will begin to solidify after it’s been chilled.  You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days and thaw it out for about 10 minutes before use. Enjoy!vegan cheese meal (2)

Homemade No-Bake Granola Bars

Granola (2)Granola bars are one of my favorite snacks for number of reasons.  They taste good, are super fulfilling for their size, and a healthy alternative for the in-between meals.  For a long time I was hooked on many of the popular store brands.  When I became conscious about which ingredients are healthy and which ones are actually harmful for my body, I realized that most of these store bought bars were no good.  Frustrated with the ingredients, I decided to make my own granola bar and it was the best decision I made!  I love them so much that I wanted to share the ingredients with you.  They are easy to make, healthy and tasty!  I found this recipe at  Try it and let me what you think and if you have a recipe of your own, feel free to share them below in the comments. Enjoy!

What You Will Need

Rolled oats

Coconut oil

Raw honey

Vanilla extract

Flax seed (milled or whole)

Dark cocoa chips

Peanut butter

Dried fruit (I used raisins)

Peanuts (optional)

For full instructions on how to make these no-bake granola visit this site.