Did you know that for some of us, dairy creates inflammation in the body and can be hard to digest? This can be an issue if you are wanting to shift a few kilos. If you love your cheese like I do, then finding out you can not digest dairy properly can be a very hard thing to get your head around BUT there are many ways around this. Here is one!
Savoury Yeast Flakes, also known as Nutritional Yeast, are a great alternative, not so pleasant to smell though (in my opinion)! It’s not going to give you the stringy consistency of melted cheese but as far as flavour goes, it’s pretty hard to taste the difference and it has many wonderful health benefits too! Yeast Flakes are a great source of B complex vitamins B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B6 (Pyridoxine) and B12 (Cyanocobalamin) and folic acid. It contains 22g fibre, 52g of protein and 33g carbohydrates per 100g and is also free from gluten and soy.
Here is an amazing recipe I must share from the wonderful Jo Whitton! The original recipe is made with macadamias and can be found in Jo’s Quirky Cooking cookbook.
Due to my intolerance to macadamias I’ve tweaked the recipe to suit me but try the macadamia recipe if you have no issues digesting macadamias.
80g of almond meal
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon savoury yeast flakes
1/4 teaspoon of onion salt
- Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly
- Transfer into an airtight container and store in fridge up to 7 days.
Variations Macadamia Cheese: use 80g of macadamias in place of cashews. This cheese is oiler and closer resembles cheese. You will need to blend this down to a meal form using a high powered blender.
Cashew Cheese: use 80g of almond meal in place of cashews. This cheese is less oiler than macadamia cheese. You will need to blend this down to a meal form using a high powered blender.
Almond Cheese: (pictured below) is much dryer than cashew and macadamia cheese.