Vegan Hazelnut Cream Cheese

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An easy, creamy, delicious Vegan Hazelnut Cream Cheese recipe that makes a fabulous plant based substitute for regular cream cheese spread. Naturally gluten-free.

a small wooden bowl of vegan cream cheese resting on a speckled ceramic plate on a wooden table
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I’ve really been looking forward to sharing this recipe for some time now! I was really craving my usual plant based cream cheese one day, but didn’t have cashews on hand. Then this hazelnut version was born! And boy I am glad I did so. I actually prefer this version to cashew-based ones. There is a certain umami nuttiness that hazelnuts lend, that make this one unique vegan cream cheese recipe. You’ll just have to see for yourself!

vegan cream cheese recipe

Why You’ll Love It

  • Super creamy.
  • Rich and flavorful.
  • Easy to make.
  • Nutrient-dense.
  • Naturally vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free.
plant based cream cheese resting on dark wooden table lined with burlap

Ingredient Notes

Hazelnuts: This forms the base of this vegan cream cheese. Blanched and roasted hazelnuts seem to produce the best flavor, but raw hazelnuts will work well, too.

Lemon Juice: This adds the required acidity to most closely replicate a flavor similar to conventional cream cheese.

Coconut Cream: Coconut cream blends beautifully to add the necessary creaminess to this recipe.

Nutritional Yeast: This is a completely optional ingredient. I love it both with and without. Nutritional yeast adds another dimension of “cheesiness” to the recipe, but if you are not a fan of it, you will still have a delicious vegan cream cheese without it.

a small bowl of hazelnut cream cheese resting on a white plate

How to Make Vegan Cream Cheese

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