Dairy Free Cream Cheese Recipe

This is a simple recipe for a dairy free alternative to cream cheese. I have seen many recipes that use cashew nuts as the base of the cream cheese which I’m sure gives a lovely rounded flavour, however in this one I use tofu which I think gives a good consistency and works well as a base for any other flavours you may want to add. For a thicker consistency I use extra firm tofu, and it important to use a good blender so that the tofu gets blended smoothly. The good thing about this is that you can make it as tangy as you like, so you can add a little more lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to taste, although you may want to do this bit by bit.

They don’t sell dairy free cream cheese where I live but I did try it last time I was in the UK and this tastes similar. This is quite a protein rich and low fat alternative too, which may be good for those who are watching the calories. I would suggest having it as a base with a savoury filling, to use for a cream cheese frosting or even for a dairy free cheesecake, although it is perfectly good on it’s own. Also you may want to get creative and add some other flavours like chives or garlic.

This recipe gives a total yield of 150g  (5oz) of dairy free cream cheese and can be scaled up if needed.

Dairy Free Cream Cheese Recipe
Yield: 4 Servings
Difficulty: Easy
Cooking time:
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Ingredients

  • 125 g extra firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp soya cream
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp nutritional yeast
  • large pinch of salt
  • 4½ oz extra firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp soya cream
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp nutritional yeast
  • large pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Add the ingredients to a bowl and blend well. A hand blender should do this smoothly, although a more powerful blender like a butribullet will do it better.
  2. You can add the lemon juice and vinegar in stages, depending on how tangy you want it.

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4 thoughts on “Dairy Free Cream Cheese Recipe

    1. Tofu is quite easy to come by. There are 3 types – silken tofu is quite soft and can be used to make cream cheese and other desserts and can be found in the Japanese food section of Morrisons and Eroski. Firm tofu is the regular kind and can be found in Morrisons towards the entrance in the fresh food section where the Quorn is. You can also get this at Mercadona where the cheeses are. Extra firm tofu which is great for stir fries and is very high in protein and can be found in Eroski by the refrigerated food section, where they also have non-meats.
      Dairy free cheese is a little more complicated, they sell Violife at Eroski and sometimes Morrisons where the cheeses are. Unfortunately they don’t sell any other type or dairy free cream chees right now. Hope this helps 🙂

    2. Hi Chelsey, you could use oat cream (Oatly is a great brand) or any other dairy-free cream. I would not go for anything with coconut however as it could alter the taste significantly.

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