Almond Feta

Here is a recipe for almond feta cheese that makes it easy to get the great flavor of feta without the dairy.

Now, I am not opposed to dairy, per se, but my son has a life-threatening allergy to cow’s milk, so it is not an option for him.  This is one of his favorite things that I make with our raw almonds and boy, was he thrilled when I made it again today!

This recipe is a slight modification from one found on Diet, Dessert and Dogs, a sugar-free and gluten-free blog.  I admit that I am quite envious at times of the great detail that she can go into in sculpting beautiful desserts.  That went out the window for me once about a year ago when I had to rethink my limitations.  Well, in truth I do that daily, right?

Anyhow, I still get goat and sheep feta for myself at Costco sometimes as I seem to be tolerating it well, though they do not always have it.  For my son, this version will have to do.  And it’s quite good whether baked or not.  In fact, until today, we never baked it.  We just ate it as is.  Again–limitations!  And when it gets gobbled up without going through all the extra effort, then I typically don’t go to the extra effort!

Here is a photo of the finished product (nicely shaped and baked this time :-):

Homemade Almond Feta Cheese Recipe

Now quickly, before you go on to the recipe, I need to explain my main alternation to the recipe.  First of all, clearly the color of my “cheese” is more pink than white.  That is because the original recipe called for blanched almonds.  Now, I could certainly have done that to enhance the color of the finished product, to make it look more like feta, but in order to blanch almonds, you need to boil them, which causes them not to be raw anymore.   And yes, I know that almost all almonds in the U.S. are not raw, but I coordinate a large purchase of raw almonds in the early winter months every year so mine (and other lucky almond buyers’) are truly raw.  Even if your almonds are labeled “raw”, they almost certainly are not.  (By the way, if you live in West Michigan, you are welcome to join us this year and there may be some left this year yet if you are quick!)

In any case, to keep the enzymes intact in my soaked and dried almonds, boiling them is not a great option, and since the recipe tastes great without blanching, I am all for saving the time and effort.  I am sure that there is a slight variation in the taste, but I think the nutrition boost and time savings counteract any gain there.

So–here is the recipe:

 

This would be great spread on Focaccia Flax Bread, plain or served as a sandwich with grated carrots on it or served with fresh vegetables.  Yum!

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  1. Hi, I was excited to see almond feta cheese, so I will try this. I’m currently buying Almond mozzarella cheese and almond cheddar at my local health food store. I would love to save on making my own. Do you have a recipe?
    Thank you for all that you do. I love all the good advice and experience that you are bringing to my table!

  2. This looks like a yummy recipe!

    I am a little curious about the baking while you want to keep the almonds raw?

    I have a raw cookbook that has a recipe for blanched almonds. After soaking place the almonds in boiling water for 7 seconds then plunge into ice water immediately. You can then peel the skins with ease. I am sure that raw food purists would find this method not up to scratch. I prefer to eat my nuts/seeds raw but I do use this method with almonds because it makes them very quick and easy to peel – the skins just pop off when you pinch them, once you get the knack of it you can do it very fast. The almonds do tend to shoot out of their skins so I recommend doing this into a bowl that has been placed in the kitchen sink. It makes a much smoother almond milk/cream (but I don’t have a high powered blender). I’m not sure if this amount of time would cook the almonds or just soften the skin – I am sure they would not be consider 100% raw anymore but they taste raw and it’s totally worth it to me :-)

  3. Hi Adrienne,

    This is truly an awesome recipe! I use it in some other recipes such as salads, I was wondering if you mind if I post a link to this page when I include your almond feta in some other recipes I make? Thanks!