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This picnic and cookout-friendly cashew spread with cherry jam is a delicious topping for Paleo (or gluten-free) crackers, bread, or used as a dip for veggies. It's dairy-free, vegan, and easy to make.

Basil Cashew Spread with Cherry Balsamic Compote by Thriving On Paleo

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Meal Prepping the Cashew Spread and Jam

You can make the cashew spread and the cherry jam up to 5 day ahead of time. Store them separately in air-tight containers in the fridge. Pull them out of the fridge an hour before serving to bring to room temperature or eat cold.

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Basil Cashew Spread with Cherry Balsamic Quick Jam Recipe

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Basil Cashew Spread in a bowl

Basil Cashew Spread with Cherry Balsamic Quick Jam

Author: Michele Spring
Servings: 6 -8 servings
This Paleo and Vegan Basil Cashew Spread with cherry balsamic quick jam is an idea summer picnic appetizer or snack! Portable, delicious, and easy to make – elevate your next cracker to epic status! The tangy-ness of the jam offsets the earthy flavors of the spread and REALLY tastes amazing!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


For the Cashew Spread:

  • 1 cup raw Cashews (soaked in water for at least 1 hour)
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp White Cooking Wine
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 handful fresh Basil
  • Sea Salt to taste

For the Cherry Jam:


For the cashew spread: 

  • Add all of the cashew spread ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Store in the fridge until ready to serve (it will thicken up a bit in the fridge).

For the Cherry Jam:

  • Add the cherry jam ingredients to a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Once it starts bubbling, reduce the heat to low and use the back of a fork to mash the fruit.
  • Continue simmering for 15 more minutes, occasionally mashing further as you stir.
  • Remove from heat and store in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, dairy free, for crackers, Paleo, portable, spread, Vegan
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Basil Cashew Spread with Cherry Balsamic Compote by Thriving On Paleo

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