Vegan Gouda Cheese

1 3/4 cups water
1/2 cup chopped carrots
5 Tbsp agar-agar flakes OR 1 1/2 Tbsp agar, powder
1/2 cup chopped raw cashews
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
3 Tbsp sesame tahini
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp liquid smoke

Lightly oil a 3 cup bowl or mold with a rounded bottom and set aside.
Combine the water and carrots in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and cook until very tender, 10-15 minutes. Remove lid and stir in agar flakes. Bring to a boil again. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, until agar is dissolved, about 5-10 more minutes. Move to a food processor or blender and add the remaining ingredients. Process a few minutes until completely smooth, scraping down sides as necessary. (You may add 1-2 Tbsp of oil while blending to make this a little richer tasting). Pour into oiled bowl and smooth the top. Cool uncovered in the refrigerator. After completely chilled, it will be ready to unmold and serve. Slice into wedges and enjoy. It also freezes well.

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