5-Minute Vegan Macadamia Nut Ricotta “Geez!”

5-Minute Vegan Macademia Nut Ricotta Geez – Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Raw, Grain-Free, Vegan Cheese Recipe

Easy  |  Servings: 16  |  Ready In: 5  minutes |  Yield: about 2 cups

Rich, buttery macadamia nuts create a light, fluffy vegan version of your favorite Ricotta cheese.  This simple raw, oil-free recipe comes together in just 5 minutes.  Use this healthy dairy-free replacement in Southwest Sweet Potato Lasagna, on Whole Wheat Flatbread, or Portobello Mushroom Burgers.


  • 1 cup macadamia nuts (4 ounces)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup water, as needed

How it’s Done:

To make the 5-Minute Vegan Macadamia Nut Ricotta “Geez!”:  Place all ingredients except the water in a food processor.  Pulse 15-20 times, until you get a light, fluffy consistency.  You don’t want to totally puree the mixture as you want to have a texture similar to traditional Ricotta cheese.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add water, as needed, to reach this consistency.

Use in Southwest Sweet Potato Lasagna, on Whole Wheat Flatbread, or Portobello Mushroom Burgers.

Use as a filling for Sweet Potato Lasagna

Chef’ Katie’s Tips

Oil-Free Mission: I’m on a mission to get rid of empty calories, and oil is the most calorie-dense food. For this recipe, roasted cashews add rich, nutty flavor, while also bringing healthy fiber and key nutrients. You can substitute with other roasted nuts and seeds (macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, or sunflower seeds are my favorites).

Raw Version: This recipe is totally raw and can be used in raw pasta or lasagna recipes.

Freezer-Friendly: Make a big batch of this condiment and store in your freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw and use in lasagna, pasta, or salads! Easy, dairy-free eating.

Nutrition Facts

  • 1 serving = about 2 tablespoons
Nutrition Facts
Servings 16.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 66
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6 g 10 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 5 %
Monounsaturated Fat 5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 2 mg 0 %
Potassium 59 mg 2 %
Total Carbohydrate 2 g 1 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 4 %
Sugars 1 g
Protein 1 g 2 %
Vitamin A 1 %
Vitamin C 37 %
Calcium 1 %
Iron 3 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Shopping and Gear List

  • Macadamia Nuts Raw Whole (Style 1) Unsalted – 8oz
  • Bragg Premium Nutritional Yeast Seasoning 4.5 Ounce
  • McCORMICK Culinary Thyme Leaves


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