Creamy Almond Ricotta

Creamy Almond Ricotta is a luscious oil-free vegan spread — perfect for pizzas, lasagnas, pastas and a natural with dark greens.

A micro plane grater with a nutmeg ball on top and the Creamy Almond Ricotta in a small bowl garnished with toasted almonds, nutmeg and fresh ground pepper behind.

Creamy Almond Ricotta makes a great spread on bread and has lots of other uses in dishes like lasagnas, pastas and my favorite—on pizza. It is very quick to make and looks beautiful on an appetizer plate.

It can be dressed up a little too with toasted almonds, a hit of grated nutmeg, lemon zest and black pepper.

To achieve the creamy consistency, the almonds need to be softened before making the ricotta to get the creamy consistency with a little nutty grainy texture left. There are two methods that work well. Method 1: You can put the almonds in a jar, pour boiling water over them and let sit for about an hour. They will be soft enough to blend to the right texture. Method 2: Rinse the almonds, then put in a jar with filtered water and refrigerate overnight. I do it both ways and there isn’t a noticeable difference in taste or texture.

Try this creamy almond ricotta on the Swiss Chard & Creamy Almond Ricotta Pizza!

Pin Image: A nutmeg ball on a micro plane grater and Creamy Almond Ricotta in a small bowl garnished with toasted almonds, nutmeg and fresh ground pepper.

Tools Used in this Recipe

  • 1 quart jar with lid (for soaking)
  • Chef Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • lemon squeezer
  • flexible spatula
  • immersion blender and blender cup
  • glass jar for storing (to hold 1 1/4 cups)
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Creamy Almond Ricotta
Creamy Almond Ricotta is a luscious oil-free vegan spread — perfect for pizzas, lasagnas, pastas and a natural with dark greens.
A micro plane grater with a nutmeg ball on top and the Creamy Almond Ricotta in a small bowl garnished with toasted almonds, nutmeg and fresh ground pepper behind.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup blanched almonds, sliced or chopped
  • cups boiling water divided
  • 2 tsps chickpea miso or sweet white miso
  • 1 Tbls lemon juice
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup blanched almonds, sliced or chopped
  • cups boiling water divided
  • 2 tsps chickpea miso or sweet white miso
  • 1 Tbls lemon juice
A micro plane grater with a nutmeg ball on top and the Creamy Almond Ricotta in a small bowl garnished with toasted almonds, nutmeg and fresh ground pepper behind.
Instructions
  1. Either of the following two methods will get the almonds ready and soft enough to make creamy almond ricotta.
  2. Method 1: Rinse and drain the almonds, then put the almonds in a quart size jar, pour 2 cups of boiling water over them, cover the jar and let sit for about an hour. The almonds will be soft enough to blend to the right texture. Then drain the water and rinse one more time and continue to step #3. Method 2: Rinse the almonds, then put in a jar with the lid on and refrigerate overnight. Then drain the water and rinse the water and continue to step #3.
  3. Place the soaked almonds in the blender cup, and ½ cup of boiling water in the blender cup. Using boiling water as opposed to cold or room temperature water is key to achieving a creamy texture.
  4. Wrap a paper towel around the top of the blender cup so the liquid doesn’t spatter out. Blend on the highest setting for about 30 seconds, then turn it off and lift the stick up and push down the almonds and repeat a few times.
  5. Add in the lemon juice and miso and continue blending as in step #4 until creamy, but with a little texture left.
  6. Taste it and add more lemon or miso if needed and blend a little more.
  7. The creamy almond ricotta is ready to eat now, but will be even better after it has been refrigerated for a few hours. It can be store up to 4 days in the refrigerator. It is best stored in a glass or ceramic container with a tight fitting lid.