Pomegranate Vegan Cream Cheese bursts with naturally sweetened tart goodness, just like the dairy-based original!
Cream Cheese Love
With this recipe I am definitely another step closer to feeling like I haven’t given up any of my old faves in order to eat a plant-based diet. Cream cheese had many positive associations for me in my pre-plant-based diet days. I would meet a good friend at the local bagel shop where we’d order toasted bagels slathered with the creamy flavor of the day. There was just something about that golden toasted crunch and cream cheese gettin’ in your belly while you solved the world’s problems one bite at a time.
Every Christmas we are fortunate to have family travel distances near and far to celebrate and enjoy the festivities together. With people coming and going throughout the week, breakfast is usually a small informal buffet made up of items that won’t spoil if you are late to the party!
One of our traditional items has been an array of bagels and flavored cream cheeses. Since giving up dairy I have been unable to partake in this warm tradition. I have periodically tried the vegan cream cheese products available in the grocery store but none of them made me feel like I was eating anything close to the real deal.
But not any more! Spread this creamy goodness on a gluten-free bagel or piece of toast and I’m back in the game!
Why Pomegranate is Healthy
The fruit flavored cream cheeses are an all-time favorite. Everybody loves them, big kids and little. Pomegranate arils are filled with a juice that adds a wonderful flavor and color and a little seed that adds a nice crunch to the Vegan Cream Cheese. Perfect for any holiday breakfast table!
And let’s not forget to mention that pomegranates are so good for you. They are high in vitamins A, C and fiber (more than twice the amount in 1/2 cup apple). The U.S. Department of Agriculture ranks the antioxidant levels for pomegranates in the top five for the fruit, vegetable and seed category!
Other Pomegranate Stuff
Hint: you do not have to pick them out one by one. I also cover what to look for when selecting a pomegranate.
Hints for Making Vegan Cream Cheese
I started out blending this recipe in my high-speed blender. But ultimately I transferred it to my food processor and completed the recipe there. It’s just a little too thick for the blender.
You will be able to achieve a nice smooth, creamy texture–just make sure you have soaked your cashews long enough. They should appear swollen or bloated and will not be snappy when you break one in half.
The pomegranate seeds, on the other hand, will remain in tact and provide a nice soft crunch not to mention a healthy dose of fiber.
Pomegranate Vegan Cream Cheese
Pomegranate Vegan Cream Cheese can be eaten immediately after preparing, but I do want to mention that the flavors blend nicely after sitting in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator overnight. It’s a win/win!