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Almond Cream Cheese

Easy Almond Cream Cheese made with only 4 ingredients! This basic version is highly versatile – add chives, sun-dried tomatoes, or herbs for variations. It’s the perfect vegan spread for bagels!

Vegan Almond Cream Cheese

I was making Everything Bagels recently and I was really craving cream cheese to smear on. I mean.. bagels and cream cheese just belong together, am I right?! That’s when I experimented with creamy nut-based vegan cheeses and I really loved that journey because the result was so good!

I created this basic Almond Cream Cheese recipe that is highly versatile and really easy to make.

How to make Almond Cream Cheese

The ingredients

You’ll only need 4 ingredients:

  • blanched almonds (you could use regular almonds and remove the skins yourself (=tedious work, though!) or skip removing the skins when you’re okay with a darker cream cheese
  • lemon juice
  • water
  • salt

I told ya it’s easy!

Possible Add-Ins and Variations:

  • chives
  • (roasted) garlic
  • a mix of herbs like oregano and basil
  • sun-dried tomatoes

The Basic Steps

Not only the ingredients are basic, but the preparation is also super duper easy:

almonds in water
Step 1: Soak the almonds in water overnight.
almonds, water, salt, lemon juice in blender
Step 2: The next day, put all the ingredients in a small blender or food processor and pulse until creamy.
almond cream cheese in blender
Step 3: Let it chill in the fridge. Ready is the cheesy spread!

Serve the Almond Cream Cheese with…

Almond Cream Cheese on a bagel with cherry tomatoes and cracked pepper
I had the Almond Cream Cheese on my Everything Bagels and topped it with cherry tomato slices and sprinkled it with cracked pepper. It’s the perfect snack!
Vegan Almond Cream Cheese
I also love the combination of bagels + almond cream cheese + carrot lox!

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I hope you will enjoy this Almond Cream Cheese as much as I do!

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Cheers, Bianca

Almond Cream Cheese on a bagel with cherry tomatoes and cracked pepper

Almond Cream Cheese

Bianca Haun | Elephantastic Vegan
Easy Almond Cream Cheese made with only 4 ingredients! This basic version is highly versatile – add chives, sun-dried tomatoes or herbs for variations. It’s the perfect spreads for bagels. 
4.85 from 20 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Chill Time 1 hr
Total Time 10 mins
Course Cheese, Spread
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 6 servings
Calories 61 kcal



  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds (soaked overnight; see step 1)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Soak the blanched almonds in water overnight. Rinse and drain.
  • Place all the ingredients into a small blender or food processor and pulse until creamy. You might have to scrape down the sides a couple of times.
  • Transfer the cream cheese to a bowl and let the cheese chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour before using it to allow it to thicken a bit. Then smear it on your bagel or bread slices! :) 


Storage: The Almond Cream Cheese will keep in an air-tight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. 


Calories: 61kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSodium: 99mgPotassium: 68mgFiber: 1gVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 0.3mg
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Recipe Rating


Monday 10th of January 2022

Could I just use store night almond milk instead? How could I do that please? Thanks!


Monday 31st of January 2022

sorry, that won't work, you need some texture for the cheese.

Bettina Goodwin

Sunday 21st of November 2021

This looks great! Can I freeze it? I don't have bagels at the moment.


Sunday 13th of December 2020

How many ounces/grams is 1 serving.


Saturday 15th of August 2020

Tastes great! My Cuisinart Mini couldn’t puree this down to a nice consistency, so I tried it with almond flour and it was quick and easy. 1/2 c almond flour, scant 1/4 c water, 2 t lemon juice, 1/4 t salt.


Wednesday 1st of September 2021

@Kim, what did you mean by scant 1/4 cup water? Thanks Bettina


Saturday 15th of August 2020

Can I use already ground almonds to help the blending process? And if so, how much would you use?