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Whipped Cashew Ricotta (5 ingredients) and Honey Toast


5 minutes + 2 hours minimum soaking time


0 minutes



Breakfast toast doesn’t have to be boring. There are so many ways to jazz it up and make it delicious, healthy, satisfying, and filling. This Whipped Cashew Ricotta recipe is definitely one of my go-to for toasts for breakfast that I think you’ll love. But in this post, we’ll also talk about some other matches made in heaven when it comes to breakfast toast to, so keep reading!

Honey being drizzled over whipped cashew ricotta spread on toast.

Why you’ll love this Whipped Cashew Ricotta recipe:

  • It’s incredibly easy to make 
  • It takes only a few ingredients to pull together 
  • It is perfect for breakfast or a healthy snack 
  • The cashews add a healthy dose of protein 
  • It’s creamy and so delicious

Big bowl of cashew ricotta next to a slice of toast

How do you make cashew ricotta?

Like, I said, this recipe doesn’t involve very many steps which is why I love it. All you do is:

  1. Soak cashews in cold water for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours (or soak in hot water for 30 minutes)
  2. Strain and rinse cashews before transferring to your blender
  3. Blend until it resembles a ricotta texture 
  4. Spread to your heart’s content!

What are some tips for this vegan ricotta?

There are definitely some things you should keep in mind when making this ricotta and this recipe is versatile. Here are some things to help you make the best vegan ricotta you can: 

  • I love nutritional yeast and really recommend it, but if you’re baking with this ricotta you’ll want to complement it as it’s more savoury than it is sweet
  • Garlic & onion powder are optional as it’s dependent on if you want savory ricotta or sweeter
  • I like blending mine a bit more to create a very whipped and smooth texture but it’s up to you and your preference

Why are cashews so good for you?

What’s great about this recipe is the health benefits you get from the cashew nuts. Cashews are so healthy for you and taste delicious. Some of the benefits include: 

  • They’re rich in heart-healthy fatty acid
  • They’re protein-rich 
  • They can help boost your immune system
  • Are an excellent source of antioxidants
  • They have no cholesterol 
  • Plus, they are so good for making vegan creamy products like this ricotta

Container of Bee Maid Honey on countertop.

Close-up of toast with cashew ricotta on it

What else can I add to my breakfast toast? 

Ohhhh the opportunities are endless here. Yes, you have this delicious Cashew Ricotta but now what? Let’s take that toast to the next level shall we? 

I find what pairs nicely with this ricotta is caramelized onions, honey, and thyme. It’s the perfect mix of savory with a hint of sweet from the honey. I use BeeMaid Honey because it’s a Canadian brand made with the help of Canadian beekeepers and bees and I think it’s important to know where your food is coming from. BeeMaid is a cooperative owned by 300 beekeepers in Canada, and they try to support Canadian companies as much as possible. It’s important to them to support Canadian businesses and the communities where their members and employees live!

Honey is a great sugar substitute when you want something sweet, and is incredibly versatile. It can be used in cooking, baking, on its own, whatever you want. That’s why it goes so well with this ricotta but also goes perfectly with so many other breakfast toast variations.

Another great option for this toast is to add some of your favorite jam on top of the ricotta for a yummy creamy but sweet taste. For this option though you’ll likely want to omit that onion and garlic powder.

You can also sprinkle your favorite nut or seed over top, or layer on your favorite veggies like cucumbers or avocado, or if you go for the onion & garlic powder-free version, add your favorite fruit or berries on top.

The options are endless! Let me know what your fav way is to eat your toast in the comments. Would love to hear your variations.

Other breakfast recipes you’ll love: 

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Cashew Ricotta Recipe

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes + 2 hours minimum soaking time
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Budget Friendly, Sandwiches, Burgers + Toasts, How To's, 30 Minute Meals, 10 Ingredients or Less, Breakfast & Bowls, Sweet Treats, Dips & Spreads
  • Cuisine: Vegan


This Whipped Cashew Ricotta is so delicious. It makes the perfect spread for toast for breakfast or a yummy snack.



For the Ricotta:

2 cups raw cashews, soaked – see notes

juice of 1 lemon or 3 tbsp. white or apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp. nutritional yeast – see notes

1 tsp garlic powder (optional) – see notes

tsp onion powder (optional) – see notes

1/41/2 cup of water

For the onions:

1 large white sweet onion, finely slived

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp vegan margarine or butter

For the toast:

1 tbsp. Bee Maid Honey

fresh sprigs of thyme

a piece of sourdough bread


For the Onions:

Into a cast iron skillet add a dash of olive oil and cook your onions, garlic and thyme on low-medium heat till caramelized, fragrant and tender.  This may take up to 30-40 minutes.  Stir often to avoid burning.  The slower you cook these the better. Be patient. I suggest cooking extra to have leftovers for when you make this toast again!

For the Ricotta:

Place all your ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until it resembles a Ricotta like texture.  See notes.

To assemble, toast your sourdough bread, spread on some of that amazing ricotta, top with some caramelized onions, a generous drizzling of honey and a fresh dusting of thyme!

It’s that easy.  Soo good, easy and perfect for a morning breakfast or snack!


Soak cashews in cold water for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.  You can also soak in hot water for 30 minutes.  Make sure to strain and rinse before transferring to the blender.

I would 100% recommend nutritional yeast but if you’re baking with this ricotta, I recommend omiting entirely.

Garlic + Onion Powder are optional as they will alter the flavour entirely and make it much more savoury.

I like blending mine a bit more to create a very whipped, smooth like texture.

Keywords: vegan, recipe, cheese, best, easy, free, nut


I have missed dishes like this as a vegan, so it’s AMAZING to have this recipe available on-hand now!

Maria Koutsogiannis



This spread on a fresh piece of sourdough, WOW! So good and honestly better than the non-vegan version!

Maria Koutsogiannis

I have never had such a delicious piece of toast. My friend made me this sourdough and it was amazing.


I never thought to make vegan ricotta but this is so dang delicious! So yummy to eat on its own, on sandwiches or just how you made it here!

Maria Koutsogiannis

It’s just so damn good!!! Try adding Honey to your next sandwich and thank me later!


Nice recipe! Easy to prepare and cheesy flavour for the spread. This is how I want to wake up to in the morning. A nice quality bread makes the difference as well.
I used maple syrup instead of honey. And next time I’d use less vinegar, personal taste ☺️
Thanks for the recipe and keep up the good work!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the support!!!

Krista Henry

I love this honey! We had this recipe for breakfast and it was the best combo, loved it!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks Krista!


This cashew ricotta is a game changer !!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YES!!! Isn’t it just the best?!


this recipe is perfect! What a brunch dream🤍 can’t wait to use this ricotta in so many other recipes


this recipe is perfect! can’t wait to use this ricotta in so many other recipes


Super yummy!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much lady!

Stephanie Weber

She did it again! Another simple, nutritious and delicious recipe that I have used in so many ways: on pasta, pizza, lasagna, toast and even in grilled cheese! So hearty and delicious and couldn’t recommend more.

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much for your kind words, Stephanie!!!

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