Cheesecake Dip (WFPB)by Liz Madsen
This dairy-free dip is tastes like cheesecake but is made from tofu! It's a great dip for fruit, pretzels, or graham crackers. Many graham crackers are not vegan (usually honey is the issue), but Nabisco makes an accidentally vegan version (in a red box) or you can try making your own vegan graham crackers. This vegan cheesecake dip recipe was contributed by Liz and Paul Madsen of Zardyplants, a vegan food blog.
16 ounces (454 grams) firm tofu, drained and patted dry with a kitchen towel
Juice of a medium or large lemon (3-4 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons nut or seed butter (see note 1 for suggestions)
1/4 cup agave (maple syrup, date syrup, or sugar are also fine)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unfortified nutritional yeast (fortified is also fine), optional
Pinch of salt, to taste
Strawberries or other fresh fruit
- Drain the tofu of all the water in the pack and pat dry with a clean kitchen towel. No need to press.
- Break the tofu into a few chunks and add to a food processor fitted with an s-blade. A blender should also work, but you may need to stop it a few times and scrape down the sides with a spatula.
- Add the lemon juice, nut or seed butter, agave (or other sweetener), vanilla extract, nutritional yeast, and a pinch of salt.
- Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust as needed.
- Refrigerate the mixture for at least one hour and serve with fruit, pretzels, graham crackers, or whatever else you like. Enjoy!
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 or 5 days.
- Use any nut or seed butter. We’ve used creamy almond butter, tahini, sunflower seed butter, and peanut butter on separate occasions with great results. You can also use coconut cream, the thick part of canned coconut milk. The fat component is not necessary if you’d prefer not to use it, but it makes the dip taste rich and luscious.
- Variations: cocoa powder + chocolate chips for chocolate cheesecake, compote or cherry pie filling on top of the dip, other add-ins such as vegan sprinkles (without confectioner’s glaze), matcha or espresso powder mixed in, etc.
- Find more of Liz’s recipes at Zardyplants. This particular recipe is reprinted with permission from their e-book, Plant Based Jewish Recipes by Liz and Paul Madsen. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.