1cup(140g) raw cashews,soaked in cool water overnight (or boil with water in a saucepan for 15 minutes)
½ - ¾cup (120 - 180 mL)water(see the cashew : liquid ratios in the blog post)
1/2teaspoonsea salt + more to taste
Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
Drain the cashews and rinse with fresh water.
Add the cashews to a high-powered blender or food processor along with the water, garlic, salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and onion powder. Blend on high speed until smooth, thick and creamy, scraping down the sides with a silicone spatula as you go. This will take about 2 minutes in a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, or about 4 minutes in a food processor.
Taste and adjust for seasonings, adding more salt for saltiness, more nutritional yeast for cheesy/umami flavors, or more lemon juice for acidity.
For flavor variations, please scroll past this recipe card within the blog post.