Smoked Almond (Vegan) Cheddar

For all those Gutbliss dairy-free cheese lovers out there, we highly recommend Julie Piatt’s newly released book, This Cheese is Nuts!: Delicious Vegan Cheese at Home. It won’t disappoint! For a delicious preview, try our favorite recipe, the smoked almond cheddar.


2 cups raw almonds

½ to ¾ cup pimientos from a jar, plus ½ to ¾ cup packing liquid

¼ cup nutritional yeast

1 ¾ teaspoons smoked sea salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Easy Pre-Prep

Rinse the almonds well. Place them in water in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight. 


  1. Drain the almonds. In the bowl of a food processor, place the almonds, pimientos, nutritional yeast, salt, garlic powder, and ¼ cup pimiento liquid. Process until the mixture is well incorporated.
  2. Remove the lid and test the cheese for texture and salt content. If you want a smoother spread, add pimiento liquid in small increments and process again. Add more salt if needed.
  3. Serve this with crackers and fresh pears.


Reprinted from This Cheese is Nuts: Delicious Vegan Cheese at Home by arrangement Avery, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2017, Julie Piatt. Photo credit: Leia Vita Marasovich.