If a vegan cheese ball scares you, you are probably not alone. Don't let that stop you from trying this vegan treat. It won't taste exactly like dairy cheese, but it is delicious in a way all it's own. Also, it is good just as a cheese spread, if the seasonings are mixed in. Use within 7 days.


Recipe Summary

30 mins
4 days 20 hrs
4 days 20 hrs 30 mins
1 large cheese ball


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place wheat berries in a bowl. Pour in enough water to cover by a few inches; let soak until berries expand, 8 hours to overnight. Drain. Rinse berries twice a day, for 3 to 4 days, until berries sprout and grow short tails.

  • Place sprouted berries in a bowl and cover with 2 cups water. Let sit at room temperature, 12 to 24 hours, until soaking liquid turns cloudy, fizzy, and smells a little tart.

  • Cover cashews with water and soak, 8 hours to overnight. Drain.

  • Combine drained cashews and 1 cup of the soaking liquid in a high-powdered blender. Blend until smooth.

  • Pour blended mixture into a sieve lined with a coffee filter and set over a bowl; drain in the refrigerator until thickened, about 24 hours.

  • Combine pecans, garlic salt, and chili-lime seasoning in a food processor; pulse until a coarse mixture is formed.

  • Form the strained cashew mixture into a ball. Coat with pecan mixture.

Cook's Notes:

I really liked this recipe, but when I added the Tajin(R) it was the "Ah ha" moment - so good. If Tajin(R) is not available, a little chili powder and lime juice might be a sufficient substitute.

If the blended mixture is too wet to handle after 1 day of draining in step 5, draining an additional day should firm it up some.

Strain remaining wheat soaking liquid and store in a covered glass container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Discard sprouted wheat berries.

Nutrition Facts

163 calories; protein 4.3g; carbohydrates 11g; fat 12.4g; sodium 1253mg. Full Nutrition