Hemp Cream Cheese (dairy-free) - Chef Cynthia Louise
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Dairy-Free Hemp Cream Cheese

Today we are making fabulous subway sandwiches, gluten-free, dairy-free and freaking flavourful. What do you need besides a crunchy bread loaf and toppings is a savoury spread that will take your sub to the next level. That’s what I’m going to share with you today!

Fabulous Hemp Cream Cheese Ready in 5 Minutes

This is such a simple recipe that will make your taste buds crave for more. You know how much I love my Vitamix, and this is going to be my best friend for preparing this absolutely gorgeous hemp cream cheese.

The ingredients you’ll need to use are those that we usually have in our pantries, so no need to run to the store. Making this spread will literally take you about 5 minutes. Check this out! Add your hemp seeds to your Vitamix together with garlic and lime or lemon juice and zest. You need to blend this until smooth; it may take some time, so don’t rush it. Now season with salt and pepper (my favourite is pink Himalayan salt) to your taste and we come to the crucial moment – adding water. You don’t want to add too much so that your cream cheese gets runny. So, the trick is to pour in just a bit to kick-start this and the ingredients start catching. Feel free to increase the speed a bit when the mixture gets creamier. What you are aiming at is super smooth hemp seed cream cheese not a hemp seed smoothie, so be careful when adjusting the water.

Hemp Cream Cheese (dairy-free)

It is actually impossible to tell you how much water exactly you need to add because it depends on many factors, such as hemp seed quality, water quality, how much juice there is in limes and lemons you use… To make sure you are doing everything right, check out the video with the instructions.

Now is the time to check the texture and flavour. How to do this? Dip a spoon, take it out and check if your cream cheese is dripping. Remember what you are aiming at is a yummy, thick and creamy texture. If the texture is good, taste and adjust the flavours as you wish. You can add more salt or pepper or lime zest to give your cream cheese a bit of a zing.

Finally, be generous with adding chopped fresh dill or tarragon, stir well and your dairy-free hemp cream cheese is ready.

Dairy-Free Hemp Cream Cheese Recipe!


  • 1 1/2 cups Hemp Seeds
  • 2 Limes, juice and zest
  • 1-2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

  • Water, as needed
  • 1 small bunch of Dill or Tarragon
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  • Add the hemp seeds, lime juice and zest and garlic to your blender.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Season with salt and pour in a bit of water if needed.

  • When completely blended, add in the dill and blend for a few more seconds.
  • Transfer to a bowl and use as a spread as I did in the video.
  • Store in a sealed container and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.


Prep time: 2 min

UNcooking time: 1 min

Freezer friendly: Yes

You can keep it in the fridge as a dip or spread it on a lovely crunchy baguette (check out what technique will make your baguette super crunchy), dress with some lettuce and your favourite veggies and eat immediately!

Trust me, it will blow your mind away. Follow me on social media and share photos of how you enjoy your dairy-free hemp cream cheese.


Chef Cynthia Louise xx

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About the Author

Chef Cynthia Louise is an Internationally acclaimed MasterChef, speaker, author, restaurant consultant, teacher and television presenter in wholefood, dairy-free cooking. She also has the worlds first online cooking classes focused on dairy-free plant-based whole foods with recipes that people are raving about and changing people's health, one delicious bite at a time. Chef Cynthia loves nothing more than educating people about the simplicity and vitality of a plant-based, whole foods lifestyle. Each dish is like art on a plate and her flavour combinations nourish the soul and get everyone talking.