Marmite Cashew Cheese Recipe

Marmite Cashew Cheese Recipe

Easy to make dairy-free cashew based cheese with marmite yeast extract. This healthy nut cheese can be made in just a few minutes. It uses the natural seaweed extract agar agar to set into a firm slicable block. Suitable for vegan, plant-based, oil-free, dairy-free and general unprocessed natural diets.

Marmite Cashew Dairy-free Cheese

Most shop bought vegan cheeses are full of unhealthy fats (often unethical palm oil) and low in protein. This nut cheese contains only the heart-healthy fats from whole cashew nuts and is high in protein. It grates, slices and can be browned under the grill. Nutritional yeast and marmite/yeast extract mean that this vegan cheese contains all B vitamins including the elusive B12.

Marmite Cashew Cheese Video Recipe

This cheese is sweet, salty, nutty with a cheesy taste. It can be grated or sliced and is perfect for a cheese board or in burgers. If you are using it in a recipe that is cooked it’s best to make the cashew sauce. See my cashew mozzarella pizza or sunflower cheese and tomato potato bake recipe for a rough idea of how this.

It’s very important to constantly stir the agar agar mixture when is simmering so that none sticks to the bottom. I only ever use agar agar powder as it’s the most potent. If you use the bars or flakes you need to add two to three times more. Agar agar can be bought quite inexpensively from Asian shops or online.

Marmite Cashew Cheese Wedge

One of my favourite snacks is marmite, nutritional yeast and cashews with a splash of apple cider vinegar. If you don’t have time to make this cheese then just try mixing these in a bowl for a very moreish snack.

Cashew nuts as unlike other nuts don’t need to be soaked to make them more bioavailable or easier to blend. Even just a 600w blender is powerful enough to make a smooth cashew mixture with unsoaked cashews. The best type of blender to use is a small bullet/jug type as they are very effective at blending a small amount.

Marmite Cashew Cheese Board

This cheese can be made without the nutritional yeast. I was originally going to make a cheese just using the marmite for the cheesy nutty without nutritional yeast but the two types of yeast, despite having unfortunate names, complement each other very well.

A 4″ pan lined with greaseproof paper was used to make the cheese wheel. The paper isn’t necessary but it does make taking the cheese very easy and gives a great ripple look to the cheese. If the cheese is just set in a normal bowl it will look like my sprouted sunflower seed cheese.

Marmite Cashew Heart-healthy Cheese

Yeast Extract and Marmite

Marmite is a type of yeast extract spread that is popular in the UK. You can replace this with any other yeast extract. These spreads are often fortified to contain many vitamins and minerals such as B12 and folic acid. While yeast extract isn’t Paleo many people on a paleo diet do eat it as it’s only consumed in small amounts and contains vitamins and minerals.

Marmite Cashew Cheese on five seed oat cakes
Yield: 1 vegan cheese

Marmite Cashew Cheese

Marmite Cashew Cheese Recipe

Easy to make dairy-free cashew based cheese with marmite yeast extract. This healthy nut cheese can be made in just a few minutes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 cup / 150g Cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp Marmite yeast extract
  • ½ cup / 40g Nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1½ cups / 350ml Water
  • 1 tbsp Agar agar


  1. Place half the water and all the other ingredients (apart from the agar agar) into a small blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Bring the other half of the water to a simmer, sprinkle on the agar agar and simmer for 5 mins while stirring constantly.
  3. Take the pan off the heat stir in the cashew mixture and pour into a dish to set.
  4. Chill the vegan cheese in the fridge for about 2 hours and it will be set.
  5. Enjoy this nut cheese within 5 days and keep in the fridge.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 111Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 161mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 5g

The oatcakes in the photos and video are my five seed oat cakes recipe. They are made using gluten-free oats without any added oil.

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17 thoughts on “Marmite Cashew Cheese”

  1. I love making cashew cheese! Marmite’s perfect for it!

    Your recipe title reads “Gluten Free Cauliflower Wings Recipe” though…

    1. Bastian Nest and Glow

      Thanks for that mary Mary, I’ve fixed it now 😀

      I agree, marmite and cashews are a dream match 🙂

  2. Hello, I have made this cheese 3 times before no issues, and tried making again the last 2 times the cheese did not set, it was still delicious and we ate it as a spread but I’ve used two portions of agar that have not worked from the same package that worked the first 3 times, and using all the same ingredients from the same packages.
    Wondering if you have any tips , I read in another cheese recipe that the cheese mix and the agar should be stirred until shiny , perhaps I am not mixing them together long enough? How long would you suggest?

    1. Bastian Durward

      Hi there, it’s difficult without actually seeing it. But I think most go wrong by not stirring enough so some agar agar is lost by sticking to the bottom of the pan. Try stirring more on a lower heat?

      1. it is advisable to add agar agar powder to a cold liquid and leave to dissolve for 5min – then stir and mix well before commencing the heating process and adding other ingredients

  3. So I can freeze the cashew cheese and take it out when ready to use? Also could I slice it before freezing it and only take out what I need. Could this be used in other dishes beside on bread?
    Thank you

    1. Bastian Durward

      Hi there, Yes I would freeze in wedges as can’t cut this vegan cheese once frozen as its high water rather than high fat. Yes can use in recipes, but as its high water it doesn’t melt that well so I tend to just have it as is on bread / crackers.

  4. Hi there,

    Looks great. I was wondering if this could be made without the apple cider vinegar? Is this added just for taste? I can’t have vinegar.

    1. Bastian Durward

      Yes this cheese can totally can be made without the ACV, i just get carried away adding it to everything. Leave it out or replace with lemon/lime juice

  5. I’ve finally found Marmite locally in West Palm Beach, Florida so I’ll be making this very soon. I’m wondering, about the Marmite, does it require refrigeration after opening or is it storable in the pantry? This recipe will be my first time trying Marmite.

    1. Hi there, ah sorry you had issues finding it! If you can get vegemite or any yeast extract that’s the same, although I have spotted marmite in NYC a few times but not sure outside of the cites it’s easy to find! I hope you like it and you can just put in your pantry, it’s got a high salt content so no need to chill 🙂

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