Kara Parnell

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By: Alissa - Connoisseurus Veg! and Kara Parnell Cashew cream cheese...it's like ordinary cream cheese that goes to the gym! Cashew cream cheese offers you all the creamy, delicious goodness of regular, dairy cream cheese, but replaces unhealthy saturated fats with the heart-healthy monounsaturated fats nuts are famous for, and brings so many nutritional benefits you just can't find in the dairy variety. Cashews are loaded with vitamins E, K, and B6, and boast nutrients like, lutein, zeaxanthin, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and iron. When your morning bagel is not only a tasty way to start your day, but can also increase heart health, benefit your eyes, and even help you manage your weight, breakfast is a win, win! Source: healthline.com, "Are Cashews Good For You?", Dec. 07, 2018


  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water 4-8 hours, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • Stir-ins of choice, such as: chives, roasted garlic, veggies, strawberries, sun-dried tomatoes, or roasted red peppers


  1. Place the cashews, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and salt into the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add a tablespoon or two of water to thin the mixture as needed.
  3. Taste test and add additional salt and/or lemon juice if you like.
  4. Add any stir-ins to the food processor and pulse until finely chopped and well blended.
  5. Serve immediately or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 2 months.