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Smoked Almond Cheddar from This Cheese is Nuts

Smoked Almond Cheddar

Start soaking those almonds! This delicious Smoked Almond Cheddar Spread from This Cheese is Nuts! is quick and easy to make, and it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword almond cheese, vegan cheese
Author Julie Piatt


  • 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


  1. Rinse the almonds well. Place them in water in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve this with crackers and fresh pears.

Recipe Notes

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.