Macadamia Nut "Cream Cheese" (raw)

Picture of Macadamia Nut
Macadamia nuts are used to substitute for creams in a number of raw food recipes, so they are clearly the go-to nut for a cream cheese stand in. 

This recipe is of mid-level complexity.  There are some that use only Macadamia nuts with water while others blend together different nuts and seasoning.  This seemed like a good, basic place to start and results in a cheese that can be used in a million different ways.  Can't wait to start using this in some new recipes as soon as possible!

  • 2 cups Macadamia Nuts
  • 2 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 2 Tbs coconut oil
  • 3 probiotic capsules
  • Cheese cloth or nut milk bag
  • Strainer
  • Really good food processor or blender
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Spatula
  • Place nuts, coconut oil and 2 cups of water in the blender or food processor
  • Blend until super-creamy (took a few minutes in a Vita-Mix)
  • Open probiotic capsules, dissolve in 1/2 cup of warm water
  • Pour water/probitics into nuts and stir
  • Pour mixture into nut milk bag
  • Twist the top of the bag and place into strainer
  • Place bowls/random dishes on top to press down cheese
  • Allow to sit in a warm, dry location for 24 hours
  • Remove from bag and place in fridge until chilled
  • Serve!
cdnskmom2 years ago
Love love the looks of this recipe! Question, just tried it and it is very liquid-y... just went right through my nut milk bag. I used cashews instead of macadamia nuts, and blended them thoroughly in my Vitamix to a beautiful smooth liquid. If I can't get it to "set" I might just have to use it in smoothies? ;-) Would love to figure it out though, your final picture looks so amazing!
Amiga5003 years ago
OMG! My search for a no-dairy, no-soy cream cheese icing may yet have hope!
annahowardshaw (author)  Amiga5003 years ago
Wow! Didn't think of that. Please post an update (or full Instructable) of how it goes!
omg yummy!!!!

toxic, you say????
starnge. we have a seven year old dog who loves macca's.....
Well, if you want him to live longer, you may want to cut him off. (Dogs also love things like chocolate and onions, which are also toxic to them.) See this link as only one example - there is tons of info about this on the interwebs.

ok, thanks
shes already been bitten by a snake and broke a toe on the same foot, so its aged her
so thanks for the warning!
susanrm3 years ago
Fantastic! Looks delicious.

Just a reminder to keep away from dogs, as macadamia nuts are very toxic to them.