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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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 mins
Cook Time 20 mins


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
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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