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Almond Cheddar ‘Cheese’ Spread

One of the most common things I hear from people is how hard it is to let go of or cut back on cheese as a snack. Enter this amazingly creamy almond cheddar ‘cheese’ spread.

It takes about 10 minutes to make (minus the soaking), is a great source of fibre, protein, and vitamin E which is an antioxidant that helps boost immunity.

Serve it on whole-grain or gluten-free crackers, use it as a veggie dip, you can even put it on a sandwich or wrap.


  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers from a jar
  • plus 3/4 cup packing liquid
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp or more of hot sauce of choice (optional)


  • Rinse the almonds and cover them in water in a bowl
  • Cover and place in the fridge to soak overnight
  • Once soaked, drain the almonds and place them in a food processor along with the remainder of the ingredients, except the hot sauce.
  • Process until smooth. This may take up to 10 minutes. You may have to scrape the sides of your food processor a few times to get it all smooth.
  • Remove the lid and add your hot sauce, if desired, in small increments and process again until you reach your desired heat level.


  • This was adapted from Julie Piatt’s recipe in This Cheese is Nuts. If you’re looking for more vegan cheese options, to reduce your dairy intake, I highly recommend this book. It has everything from simple recipes like this to more complex aged ‘cheeses’ you can try your hand at.
Kyle Young R.H.N.

Kyle Young R.H.N.

Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist, Level 2 Movnat Instructor, Yoga Instructor
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