This quick recipe for dairy-free Pistachio Nut Cheese is easy and foolproof. It slices, grates and will go golden brown when grilled. The only difficult part is not eating the pistachio nuts as they are!
It’s better to make this vegan cheese than just eating the pistachio nuts as they are sprouted, meaning the goodness and nutrients are more easily digested by the body.
The cheese is oil-free and contains heart healthy fats from the pistachio nuts. Most vegan cheeses are dairy free but not healthy as they contain hard oils, flavourings an emulsifiers. This nut cheese recipe is made just from whole food ingredients and it tastes as good as it looks.
Also full of B vitamins and you can use a brand of nutritional yeast with B-12 to get that elusive vitamin. Suitable for vegan, dairy-free, paleo, plant-based, gluten-free. and general healthy diets.
This nut cheese will probably take other ingredients as flavours really well. Next time I may try it with dried apricots, rose essence or dried cranberries.
I love vegan cheeses with my palm oil free oatcakes recipe. They are made from gluten-free oats and a mixture of five different seeds. However you can use whatever seeds you have in your cupboards.
This vegan cheese ended up more yellow than the bright green I was hoping for, but this isn’t really surprising as the pistachio nuts inside are mostly yellow and the nutritional yeast is yellow.
To make the pistachio cheese a bright green I would suggest adding 1/4 tsp of green powder such as spirulina, wheatgrass or barley grass. You won’t taste it but it will give a deeper green colour and a nutrient boost.
I’ve found that this dairy free cheese is great to have with berries. The nutty green cheese looks and tastes great with tart raspberries.
I use pre-shelled unsalted pistachio nuts to make this. I believe this type of nuts has been lightly heated to help remove the shells, but at a lower temperature than normal shelled roasted and salted pistachios. So strictly they wouldn’t be considered raw but most people on a raw food diet would be fine with shelled nuts.
Vegan cheese that's made from pistachio nuts and is free of dairy. Quick and easy recipe for a plant based cheese that has no added oils. This nut cheese slices and grates. I use a 3" springform mould to make this but anything like a bown can be used instead. Check out my sunflower cheese recipe to see what it would look like set in a normal cereal bowl Links maybe affiliated, meaning I earn a commission from purchases but at no extra cost to yourself.
Pistachio Nut Cheese
Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 53Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 48mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 3g
Vegan cheese that's made from pistachio nuts and is free of dairy. Quick and easy recipe for a plant based cheese that has no added oils. This nut cheese slices and grates.
I use a 3" springform mould to make this but anything like a bown can be used instead. Check out my sunflower cheese recipe to see what it would look like set in a normal cereal bowl
Links maybe affiliated, meaning I earn a commission from purchases but at no extra cost to yourself.
The pistachio nuts for this nut cheese are soaked in salted water to sprout them and make the nutrients more bioavailable. This is called activating nuts and apparently was part of several ancient cultures like the Aborigines. If you are short of time then just soak for 15 mins, but it’s best to soak for 8 hours or overnight.
Think of this recipe as a base recipe to add different flavours to suit your tastes. Please do let me know how you get on in the comments or tagging me on social media @nestandglow on Instagram.
If you like this recipe but are looking for a nut free vegan cheese check out my sunflower seed cheese. It’s another dairy free healthy cheese that can be sliced and grated!
90 thoughts on “Pistachio Nut Cheese”
How would you add apricot as you suggest?
Hi there, I just used apricot do decorate but small dried apricot pieces could work well in this recipe. However they will probably sink to the bottom – but still, taste good
Worked out great. The agar mixture sets up quick so you need to get it to your molds quickly. I used silicone molds for easy removal. I divided into 3 molds but 4 would be good then you have smaller pieces and can give away a few or pull out smaller pieces. Don’t want to waste it because you couldn’t consume them fast enough.
Great to hear! Glad this nut cheese turned out well for you
Hello sir my cheese does not set or form it’s like a spread pls advise .
Hi, sorry to hear that. Did you use agar agar powder?
Do you use the water the pistachios were soaked in or other water?
It’s fresh water, the soaking water is discarded
Hi there! Great recipe!
I was wondering if I can use pistachio butter instead of the pistachio seeds? I have some and I have been looking ways on how to use it…
Would I be able to sub the pistachios for macadamia?
If yes, would you recommend any other seasoning adjustments?
Most definitely macadamia works great for this! As for seasoning, it depends on what you like – smoked paprika or garlic and herbs I love
OMG this looks amazing!!!! I have all the ingredients except for the yeast, so will get it tomorrow and make this ASAP! Thanks : )
Would pine nuts work with this recipe?
Yes, but it does need some adjusting to have at least 1/3 less water as pine nuts are different. Also you may want to roast the pine nuts as the raw flavour isn’t as palatable as raw pistachios for many. But lots of that is down to personal taste
Delicious! Ok well I haven’t finished it yet. Tasted the sauce after blending, but before mixing with the dissolved agar water. It put a spoonful of this sauce on some quinoa. It was so good yummy already.This could be a great recipe for some oil free dressing type sauce at this point. After mixing the agar water with the sauce it is a very wet mix. I just threw this in the fridge to cool. Hoping it works out! This recipe is so simple. I love it. Can’t wait to share some with friends!
Amazing! That’s so nice to hear you like this pistachio cheese. Thanks Jennifer
Substitute for agar agar?
Do you think 1/4 tsp of matcha powder could be used to add more green to the final product?
Definitely! That would work great to give a green cheese!
I’m assuming the nuts are raw .. correct I have never seen raw unroasted pistachios before
Can you use kappa carrageenan in place of the agar agar?
I’m really not sure sorry, I don’t tend to eat carrageenan as it affects my digestion badly
can pectin replace agar?
I’m afriad not, pectin doesn’t set in the same way as agar
Can I freeze it?!
3 days is not enough time to enjoy by myself 🙁
Hi, people say it freezes fine. I tend to eat it all by my self in a day or two though! Lol