Baked pesto mushies with crunchy cashew cheese


There was a couple I once knew who would make these amazing stuffed mushrooms. They’d bring them along to parties pre-made, chuck them in the oven for 10 minutes and pop them out for party-goers to munch on. You wouldn’t want to be in the bathroom powdering your nose when they got placed on the table. Blink and you would miss bagging yourself a delicious mushroomy morsel.

I’ve dreamt of those mushrooms for a long while. Only problem is they had cheese on them and I never did actually write the recipe down.

Then I realised you could make cheese out of cashews!


My life got significantly better after that and this vegan version of the amazing stuffed mushrooms was created.

This recipe is my contribution to Virtual Vegan Potluck 2012. Happy World Vegan Day!

What goes in:

20 button mushrooms

For the pesto herby goodness:
4 garlic cloves
2 spring onions
2 cups basil leaves
1/2 cup chives
4 small red chillies
1/4 cup pine nuts
5 tablespoons olive oil
Juice from half a lemon
Salt to taste

For the cashew cheesey goodness
3/4 cup cashews
2-4 tablespoons of water
1 garlic clove
3 teaspoons nutritional yeast
Juice from half a lemon
Salt to taste

How you do it:

Soak the cashews in water for at least three hours but overnight is better.

To make the pesto
Crush the garlic and loosely chop the herbs, chilli and spring onions. Place these and the remaining ingredients into a food processor and pulse until chopped finely. Place to one side.

To make the cashew cheese
Place your soaked cashews and the water into a food processor. Pulse until the mixture becomes smooth and free of lumps. This can take a while. Crush the garlic and then add all the remaining ingredients to the cashew mixture.Β  Again, pulse until everything is smooth and mixed through.


If you have the time, it’s worthwhile popping both the pesto and the cashew cheese into the fridge for a few hours to allow the flavours to blend and settle.

Assembling the mushies

Pre-heat the oven to 180Β°C. Wash the mushrooms and pull out the stems. Scoop the pesto into the mushroom heads, then add a dollop of the cashew cheese on top. Sprinkle with freshly cracked pepper. Place in the oven and bake for 10-20 minutes until the cashew cheese is golden and the mushrooms are cooked through.


Pop them out on a serving platter and watch the little guys disappear before your eyes.


Love Alana xx

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42 Responses to Baked pesto mushies with crunchy cashew cheese

  1. Allison November 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    I love stuffed mushrooms, and yours look adorable and delicious! Pesto along with the cashew cheese is such a good idea…

    • AH November 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

      Thanks Allison. They are ultra tasty, and surprisingly very quick and easy. Even though the recipe looks ultra long πŸ™‚

  2. jess November 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    the mushrooms look so cute!

    • AH November 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

      Thanks Jess! But be warned – don’t eat too many. I ate 10 in one go… I pity the people who I breathed on afterwards. Garlic city!! πŸ™‚

      • veghotpot November 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

        haha that would be me too! I’m always drawn to the garlicy foods πŸ™‚ These look delicious and very moreish nom nom x

      • Lou November 2, 2012 at 6:25 am #

        I LOVE garlic! I eat so much of the stuff – so yes I am a good Vampire-repeller for sure. These look fab – great to see another Aussie blogger!

  3. AH November 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    Thanks Becky. These little babies are my pride and joy. Took me a couple gos to get them right. They are very garlicy but I reckon that’s what makes ’em so good πŸ™‚

  4. trueindigo November 1, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    These are so dang cute! I love the cashew cheese idea, must make them!

    • AH November 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

      Aw thanks trueindigo. Hope you enjoy.

  5. The Savvy Sister November 1, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    Thanksgiving appetizers…DONE! Thanks!

  6. MÑrcia Gonçalves November 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    This looks so good (and cute)! πŸ™‚

  7. Barb@ThatWasVegan November 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    I’m a recent stuffed mushroom convert. So recent, in fact, that I just made them for the first time last month! But now that I realize how good they are, they’re kind of all I want to eat. ESPECIALLY when they include cashew cheese!! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  8. Vegan Gypsy November 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    Cute & delicious = perfection! We always have stuffed mushrooms on our Thanksgiving menu but in the past they’ve contained the dreaded cheese. I was racking my brain for an alternative, thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Cheerfully Vegan November 2, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    The pictures made my mouth water! Yum!

  10. An Unrefined Vegan November 2, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    These look wonderful! Thanks for such a gorgeous and yummy contribution to the Potluck!

  11. 40 Fit In The Mitt November 2, 2012 at 12:39 am #

    I must have one NOW, such a great recipe, thanks

  12. Food Stories November 2, 2012 at 12:57 am #

    Just making my way through the VVP & wanted to say hey πŸ™‚

  13. tearoomdelights November 2, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    These sound absolutely fantastic and I bet they disappear as soon as they’re out of the oven. Your pictures are making me yearn for these mushroom delights…

  14. veganmonologue November 2, 2012 at 2:03 am #

    Love stuffed mushrooms! I am the lazy/cheap type and I just throw in some daiya, breadcrumbs and onion! πŸ˜‰

  15. A Tablespoon of Liz November 2, 2012 at 2:55 am #

    I love stuffed mushrooms, but a lot of the ones I see have cheese in them too. I love the idea of stuffing them with cashew cheese, they look amazing!

  16. Sophie33 November 2, 2012 at 3:13 am #

    I also love making my own cashew cheese spreads! Your stuffed mushromms look quite delectable & amazing too! MMMMM! I loved entering the very 1st time in the VVP! πŸ™‚ Happy Times!

  17. Shira November 2, 2012 at 3:18 am #

    These look awesome – I’ve played around with stuffed mushrooms recently too and love how cute and fun they are! Gorgeous dish!

  18. Kristy November 2, 2012 at 3:47 am #

    Um, yeah, I’ll take 20, please. πŸ™‚

  19. Galen November 2, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    I’ve never met a mushroom I didn’t like. Another scrumptious appetizer to add to my list.

  20. thecrueltyfreereview November 2, 2012 at 4:45 am #

    I wish I liked mushrooms.. πŸ™ But I’ll totally use the pesto and cashew cheese for something!

  21. The Soulicious Life November 2, 2012 at 4:45 am #

    I’ve had a bag of cashews sitting in my pantry just waiting to make cheese for the first time. Thanks for the inspiration to get moving! πŸ™‚

  22. K-bobo @ Gormandize with A-dizzle & K-bobo November 2, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    These look gorgeous! Great to have you in the potluck!

  23. Somer November 2, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    Oh my goodness, oh my goodness. I am SO in love with these!

  24. emmycooks November 2, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    These sound dee-licious and your photos are gorgeous! I’m filing this idea away.

  25. Brittany November 2, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    I lovee that you called these mushies, that is too cute. These look great!

  26. gigiveganville November 2, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    Dig the name of your blog and lead in to a great recipe too. Well done!!

  27. Joyness Sparkles November 2, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Oh dear Lord…I just ate dinner and now my mouth is watering again. Great post, thank you!

  28. Tiffany November 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Delicious idea! πŸ™‚

  29. Richgail Enriquez November 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    I’m inspired to make my own cheeze again. Thanks πŸ™‚

  30. annesturetucker November 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    Looks fantastic! Great idea πŸ™‚
    Thank you!

  31. Susmitha - Veganosaurus November 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Such nummilicious looking morsels. If I ever made these to carry to someone’s party, I’d end up eating them all on the way there!

  32. The Healthy Flavor November 4, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    Gorgeous and look sooo delicious! Your photos are nothing short of stunning!!

  33. Julie November 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Awesome! I’m so excited to try these out….they are SUPER adorable and I’m sure they are SUPER delicious, too!

  34. Veggie V! @ Veggie V's Vegan Adventure November 5, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Oh my gosh those look yummy! Love stuffed ‘shrooms

  35. * Vegan Sparkles * November 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    Oh my WOW, they look amazing! I made a similar dish recently but with portobellos as a main meal. I LOVE the button mushroom party idea!

  36. Vanessa November 6, 2012 at 3:37 am #

    I literally just became obsessed with mushrooms last week so I need to try these out asap!

  37. tinykitchenstories November 7, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    I can see these disappearing in an instant! So delicious–this recipe is a keeper!