Happy Sticks

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1/2 cup 1/2” diced sweet onion
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, mashed
1 tsp sea salt
2 cups cashews, soaked in salty water for 6 hours, drained & rinsed
6 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 cup filtered water
2 tbsp dill

In the bowl of a food processor, combine onion, lemon juice, garlic and sea salt, combine until minced, scraping down the sides as necessary.

Sweet Onion

Lemon Juice

Smashed Garlic

Sea Salt

Add cashews, nutritional yeast and filtered water.

Soaked Cashews

Nutritional Yeast

Filtered Water

Process for 5 minutes, until smooth & creamy. Add dill.  Pulse 5 times to combine. 

Chopped Dill

Fill cashew mixture into a pastry bag with star attachment. 

Fill Pastry Bag with Star Tip

On a teflax dehydrator sheet, create 3” long cashew “sticks”.  They look a bit like cheese sticks. 

Happy Sticks Created with a Piping Bag

Happy Sticks on a Teflex Dehydrator Sheet

Dehydrate at 150˚ for 12 hours.

Happy Sticks


  • Mom

    Man, these are inviting my taste buds to “come & taste”! Sure hope they are on the Thanksgiving Day menu that Dad and I will be part of this Thursday at Apricot Lane Farms. Just being here makes us so grateful.

    November 18, 2012
  • Jeff

    Hi, learned of your site via Delicously Organic. My question, “are the cashews raw or cooked, and if cooked, dry roasted” Thank you, Jeff

    January 27, 2013
    • Kim

      Jeff, I’m not absolutely positive, but since they are soaking the cashews first, I think they are using raw for this recipe.

      April 7, 2013
    • Molly Chester

      They are labeled in the store as “raw cashews”, but realistically, all cashews are cooked b/c they are poisonous raw. Still, I do purchase raw b/c you want a blank slate to start the recipe.

      July 4, 2013
  • Sally

    Like grain-free, dairy-free cheese straws. These are BRILLIANT. Going on my to-make list for next month.

    April 23, 2013
  • Merry Jo

    A couple questions… First, when you say “salty water,” how much salt to how much water? I’m new to the nut-soaking thing… Also, is nutritional yeast the same as “regular” yeast? These sound really good, and I’d love to make them sometime! Thanks! :)
    PS I learned about you from Deliciously Organic too. :)

    June 25, 2013
  • Karah

    These look amazing! If you don’t have a dehydrator, can you bake them in the oven?

    June 25, 2013
    • Molly Chester

      I imagine so, at the lowest temperature.

      July 4, 2013
  • Michelle

    Wow these look amazing! I live in a place that doesn’t have nutritional yeast, though (Iraq). Can I still make the recipe without it?

    June 26, 2013
    • Molly Chester

      Might be tough, as they give it the cheesy flavor.

      July 4, 2013
  • Kathy

    Have you tried these with any types of nuts?

    March 22, 2014
    • Molly Chester

      I’m thinking it would be tough to do it with a nut other than cashew. Cashews are very creamy, and that is the base that is needed. Let me know if you try something else, though!

      March 26, 2014
  • Luda

    I often like to try something new, and read reviews from people who actually tried the recipe, but its easier to comment first because it looks good.
    It does take a while for them to dry in dehydrator, i have 12 trays and i filled two, after running for 6 hours or so i decided to simply stick them in the oven and bake it, it’s a little faster that way, mainly i hate to waist energy for two trays only.
    I used 3tbs of nutritional yeast, it was plenty cheesy for me, i can not imagine to add 6tbs, unless there are different types of nutritional yeasts. Overall recipes is ok, because i made it and took a while, i will definitely eat it, i like something new, although the rest of my family did not like it. So for all those people who did comment i recommend to try it =)

    February 12, 2015

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