This tutorial series has been a really fun way for me to share with you guys some of my favorite DIYs and How-to’s. But, I have also really enjoyed the challenge of exploring and conquering things I have long been dreaming of. Last post it was the yogurt and this time it’s this cream cheese.
Since I have almost entirely cut dairy out of my life, cream cheese is one of those things I just haven’t been able to find a good substitute for. Most of the store bought alternatives are loaded with soy, preservatives, thickeners and other weird stuff. Not my scene at all. Once or twice a year I like to treat myself with some of the amazing gluten-free and vegan bagels from Rising Hearts Bakery in LA and I am so happy to now have an amazing homemade dairy-free cream cheese to enjoy with them.
This tutorial is not only super simple, but there are several options available, too. I personally prefer the flavor when culturing the coconut cream with probiotic powder, found in my favorite daily probiotic capsules, but you can also lacto-ferment the coconut cream, with just lemon juice and sea salt, which produces great results, too. The best part is, no matter how you culture it, like regular cream cheese, you can flavor it any way you’d like, with fresh herbs and garlic for a savory cream cheese, which I like on my occasional gluten-free bagel or on fresh cucumber slices. Or you can also add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup and some of your favorite fruit or preserves, for a sweet option, great on fresh fruit, on a grain-free tart shell with some fresh fruit on top or just with a spoon, not that I would know!
I am doing something a little different today and sharing this tutorial as a guest post on the Paleo Parents website. When they explained how much they were digging my Tutorial Tuesdays series and they asked me to create one for their readers, I instantly knew what I wanted to make. It took some trial and error to get this right and maybe like 10 cans of coconut milk, but I am so very happy with the results. Thick and creamy, tangy cream cheese that will blow your mind.
So let’s get to it…
head over to the Paleo Parents site now to get the full tutorial: