I’ve been on a quest to find the best vegan cream cheese. None of the pre-packaged ones were doing it for me. I missed the tang. The savory and saltiness. And the creamy texture. The ones I bought were either rock-solid and didn’t spread or they were too liquidy.

I tried quite a few recipes online and I combined some of my favorites to make this one. The unsweetened yogurt is the key. I use this one:

So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk Yogurt Alternative
So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk Yogurt Alternative

The miso gives it depth and a bit of umami, but if you don’t have it, it’ll be ok without it. Just bump up the salt and/or lemon juice a bit.

Admittedly, this isn’t *exactly* like real cream cheese, but it’s so full of flavor that you’ll love it anyway. I mean, my toddler would eat it with a spoon if I let him, so that’s saying something!

Hand holding bagel topped with vegan chive & onion cream cheese

Vegan Chive & Onion Cream Cheese

Quick. Tangy. No fermentation needed. I've tried them all, and this one is the best!
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Prep Time 30 mins
10 mins
Total Time 11 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American


  • Food processor


  • cup Raw, unsalted cashews
  • ¼ cup 1 tablespoon Non-dairy, unsweetened, plain yogurt I like So Delicious Unsweetened Coconutmilk yogurt alternative
  • tablespoon Lemon juice
  • Scant 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon White miso paste
  • Scant ½ teaspoon Onion powder
  • 2-3 tablespoon Fresh chives, chopped Dried could work too, but I prefer fresh


  • Add cashews to boiling water and boil until soft
  • Rinse cashews and let cool. Once cool, add to food processor with yogurt, lemon juice, miso, and salt. Blend on high until smooth, scraping down sides as needed (see notes).
  • Add chopped chives and onion powder.
  • Put in refrigerator for at least an hour to let the flavors meld and texture thicken.


  • As long as cashews are softened, texture will smooth as you blend. It may take fives minutes, just stick with it.
  • Good in refrigerator for up to a week.
Keyword cheese, dairy-free, dip, sandwich
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