Vegan Cheese Curds

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Apr 17, April

Poutine: A true Canadian classic. A big deliciously messy pile of fries, cheese curds, and gravy. It may sound weird to some, but us Canadians love it (especially during our college days after a few too many beers)!

But if dairy an issue for you, try these dairy-free vegan cheese curds! Not only perfect for poutine, but also delicious on salads, soups and especially pizzas!


Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes
Servings: 4

The Recipe


  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tbsp arrowroot starch*
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sauerkraut juice (optional, see notes)**
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Dash of smoked paprika


  1. Add cashews to a bowl and cover with boiling hot water. Let sit for at least 10 minutes. If you do not have a high-powered blender, I suggest letting them soak overnight to ensure they are very soft.
  2. Drain and rinse cashews. Add to a high-speed blender with the rest of the ingredients and blend on high until smooth, about one minute.
  3. Pour into a small saucepan and heat over medium. Stir constantly as clumps will start to form. Stir until the mixture has thickened into one blob.
  4. Pour mixture into a glass dish and refrigerate for at least one hour. The longer you refrigerate it for, the harder the curds will become.
  5. Once hardened, use a spoon to scoop out curd sized pieces. Enjoy immediately or store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 10 days.
*You could possibly substitute cornstarch for the arrowroot starch, but I have not tested it.
**The sauerkraut juice is optional, but I added it for a more fermented flavour.

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Hi, I'm Autumn

I'm Autumn, the recipe developer, photographer, and content creator behind Evolving Autumn. The recipes you'll find here are inspired by my passion to eat locally, sustainably and live wholesomely. My recipes are focused on seasonal, whole food ingredients with a mix of sweet, savoury, entrées, desserts and more.

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