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Herby Garlic Tofu & Cashew Spread

1 hr + 10 min




10 ingredients or less

One-bowl / one-pot

What are savoury, quick, and satisfying breakfast if not for bagels with cream cheese? Our vegan cream cheese is made with a mix of tofu and nuts to boost protein and nutrition, and the addition of three different fresh herbs give it the loveliest flavour!


(¼ cup per serving)


1 hr + 10 min


10 min


1 hr


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  • 11.4 oz (325 g)
    extra firm tofu, pressed
  • ¾ cup (98 g)
    raw cashews, soaked overnight & drained
  • 3
    cloves garlic
  • ½
    lemon, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
  • 2 tsp (6 g)
    garlic powder
  • 2 tsp (5 g)
    onion powder
  • 2 tsp (12 g)
  • ½ tsp
    ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup (16 g)
    chopped fresh chives
  • ⅓ cup (18 g)
    chopped fresh dill
  • 3 Tbsp (4 g)
    sliced fresh basil
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  1. To a high-speed blender add the tofu, cashews, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, and spices. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container and fold in the herbs.
  3. Once mixed, place the spread in the fridge for at least an hour to set.


  • Cashews or almonds can be used. Almonds give it a slightly more hummus-like texture, while cashews make it more creamy.


Nutrition info

We believe that focusing on numbers can harm our relationship with food. Instead, our philosophy is to Nourish the Cells & the Soul. If you require specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, please consult with a dietitian or physician. The nutritional information provided is composed with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the correctness of the displayed values, see also our disclaimer.

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Maria - April 7, 2021, 9:47 p.m.

Hi Sadia!  Hope my English will be good enough. First of all thank you for your amazing recipes, you inspired me so much! I am not strictly vegan, but your blog allowed me to introduce more vegan food in my life.
I actually have a question about this recipe, in the video you said a half of a lemon for all the quantity mentioned, and the recipe on this page 2 lemons. So which quantity should I use?

Thanks you for your answer.

PUL Team - April 8, 2021, 6 a.m.

Super great catch, Maria! You english is absolutely wonderful and thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have updated the recipe to correctly indicate half a lemon 🙂

Lai - April 7, 2021, 6:33 a.m.

Haven't made this yet but I know for a fact its going to be delicious! I have everything to make this but cashews. Question, does this freeze well? If it does, how long do you think it would last? I'm hoping I can make a large batch and just freeze it.

PUL Team - April 7, 2021, 11:17 p.m.

Hey Lai! That's a great question. We can't say with certainty as we haven't tested it out before, but I imagine it may keep in the freezer for around a month or two! It likely would freeze best in smaller batches within an air-tight container to help keep the texture. Let us know how it goes if you try freezing it 😀

Stef - March 29, 2021, 9:10 a.m.

My hubby and I love this spread!! It’s perfect, I think we’ll be making it regularly from now on. Thank you!!

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 10:42 p.m.

So happy you and your hubby are enjoying the spread, Stef :D

Louise Magnusson🇸🇪 - March 22, 2021, 9:17 a.m.

I’m not a strict vegetarian, but I eat a lot of plant-based meals. This spread actually made me consider to stop eating cheese entirely (Since cheese is my guilty pleasure, I’m now only considering to omit cream cheese😅). You must have experimented so much with texture, flavour, and ingredients! But it’s perfect: fresh yet filled with a nutty umami-flavour approximating cheese

PUL Team - April 1, 2021, 9:50 p.m.

Aww we appreciate this so much, Louise! Thank you very much for the glowing feedback 😀

Adi - March 22, 2021, 9:13 a.m.

This is the best spread ever! I made it twice in a row just to believe it. And my Dad usually eats what I make and likes it, but this one was like "just leave the rest for me, hmm I really like it." :) My Dad is 71 and keeps telling me that old men don't learn new tricks, he bought smoked tofu instead of a block of cheese after the spread experience!!! :) ...made me so very happy that I shed a tear. Thank you so much pickuplimes team! You da best!

Sadia - March 31, 2021, 2:06 p.m.

Haha wow what a compliment - thanks so much Adi's dad! And thank YOU, Adi 💗