Vegan Everything Bagel Cheese Ball




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Everything bagels are my favorite bagels. That is all I used to eat, and I didn’t branch out until I got a little older. I love the flavor combination, it is so delicious. It is comforting and perfect. I have been wanting to make my own everything bagel spice blend for a while, and use it in an imaginative way! When I finally realized that the best thing to go with this particular spice blend, is cheese. A cheese ball with everything bagel spice mixed in, and then crusted in the spice was what I decided, and it is so G.D good. 
Vegan cheese is very easy to make, it is simple to make different textures and flavors depending on what kind of nut you use, or tofu, and if you want a firmer cheese you can bake it! I love how I can use different options to mimic almost any cheese. I will make a batch of my vegan feta and leave it in the fridge to just throw on salads whenever I want. Depending on what you are using vegan cheese can take a few days to make, but it is all inactive and super easy.

Cashew based cheese ball mixed with and coated in everything bagel spice

Ingredients
  • Cashew Cheese
  • 1 1/2 C. Raw cashews, soaked for at least 8 hours
  • 4 Tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 4 Tbsp. Coconut oil
  • 1/3 C. Water
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Pepper
  • Everything Bagel Spice
  • 1 Tbsp. Dried garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Dried onion
  • 1 Tbsp. Poppy Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. Sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. Black sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black pepper

Instructions
  1. Once you have soaked your cashews for at least 8 hours or overnight, drain and place into a food processor or blender with the remaining cheese ingredients. Blend or process until nice and smooth, it may take a few minutes and you may need to scrap down the sides every once in a while.
  2. Once the cheese is nice and smooth, place the mixture into a cheese cloth that has been folded over a few times. Close the cheese cloth around the cheese tightly and tie off. Place in a colander over a bowl, and let sit over night to drain.
  3. The next day, make your spice, by combining all the spices in a bowl and stirring. If you don't have black sesame seeds, you can just use another tablespoon of white sesame seeds.
  4. Scoop the cheese into a bowl, and stir in about 1 tablespoon of the spice mixture, taste and add more if desired. 
  5. Next, either roll the cheese into a ball and roll or coat with the remaining spices or place the cheese on a plate you plan to use for serving and form into a ball on the plate, and then coat with the spices. You don't have to use all of the remaining spice mixture, just as much as you need to coat the ball.
  6. Serve with crackers, bread, bagel chips, veggies or whatever your heart desires!
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