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Holiday Vegan Cheese Spread

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  • Author: Brand New Vegan
  • Prep Time: 2 hrs
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Holidays, Snack, Appetizer
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American, Vegan


Remember those Sharp Cheddar Cheese Balls we used to get during the holidays? I wanted so bad to recreate one this year, but got this Holiday Vegan Cheese Spread instead. No matter, it still tastes absolutely delicious!


  • 1 cup shelled sunflower seeds (raw, unroasted, unsalted)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs white miso
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • Up to 2 Tbs water as needed to blend


  1. Cover seeds with hot water and allow to soak 1-2 hrs or more.
  2. Drain seeds and add to blender
  3. Add all remaining ingredients (except water) and blend until smooth
  4. Scrape down the sides as necessary
  5. Add 1 to 2 Tbs water as needed to make a smooth and creamy paste
  6. Cover and allow to sit overnight in fridge for best flavor
  7. Serve with your favorite Vegan Crackers or Crudités
  8. Garnish with addtional paprika or thyme as desired