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20 Vegan Cheeses That Will Knock Your Socks Off


Are you still eating dairy? If you are, it’s time to catch up because the latest, greatest cheeses are dairy-free and delicious. That’s right, all the best cheese recipes are plant-based, so why don’t we celebrate with cheeses that can be made right at home? We can make smooth, creamy spreadable cheeses, ooey-gooey, stretchy, melty cheeses and rich, decadent cheese sauces, all without a drop of dairy. Just look at these 25 Amazing Vegan Cheese Recipes You Can Make at Home.

No matter what your favorite dishes are, you can make them cheesy and mouthwatering. Look at these 50 Outrageously Cheesy Non-Dairy Recipes that are full of dairy-free cheesy goodness. We can make cheese from nuts like cashews and almonds or we can make cheese from vegetables. Yes, vegetables! Come on, dairy cheese is so yesterday. Step into the future with these cheese recipes that are dairy-free and amazing.

1. Decadent Baked Herb-Crusted Cashew Almond Cheese

Baked Herb-Crusted Almond Cheese

This Decadent Baked Herb-Crusted Cashew Almond Cheese is unbelievable. Lemon juice and nutritional yeast give it a tangy, “authentic” flavor that’s just begging to be served with sweet, fruity flavors. You can even alternate what flavors you serve this cashew-almond cheese with, so experiment to your heart’s delight! The base of this cheese would also pair beautifully with dried cranberries, figs, and sun-dried tomatoes.

2. Pear Cashew Cheese

Pear Cashew Cheese

Vegan cheese doesn’t always have to be savory. Sweet cashew cheese is also delicious! This Pear Cashew Cheese, for example, is a tasty addition to any plate of crackers. Tahini ensures that it’s creamy and the cardamom and cumin add a warm, fragrant touch of flavor.

3. Gruyere Cheese

Gruyere Cheese

This simple, fast, dairy-free Gruyere Cheese comes together in just 15 minutes. It’s perfect for pasta, quiches, gratins — any dish that calls for a nutty, slightly sweet cheese. You can even enjoy it as a snack paired with crackers and a glass of Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.

4. Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese

If you’re from the South, you know and love pimento cheese. Well, now you can have it dairy-free. This Pimento Cheese is so quick and easy to make, you can literally make it for a party mere minutes before you guests arrive. It’s cheesy, spicy, and comforting, which are pretty much all the characteristics of a good dip. And since it’s primarily made from chickpeas, you can feel good about munching out!

5. Marinated Tofu Feta Cheese

Marinated Tofu Feta Cheese

Don’t even think about making a Greek dish without this Marinated Tofu Feta Cheese. It’s marinated in a mixture of flavors including thyme, Dijon mustard, lime, garlic, and red pepper flakes, to give it that familiar, sharp taste you love. Try this cheese on your next Greek salad or vegan moussaka.

6. Grateable Almond Cheese

Grateable Almond Cheese

This block of Grateable Almond Cheese is just like cheeses you would find in the store. It’s creamy, firm, and perfectly cheesy. This versatile cheese grates, shreds, and slices, making it your ideal go-to for a variety of recipes. Use it in sandwiches, sprinkle it on top of pasta or French onion soup, and anything else that you can think of!

7. Garlic Cashew Cream Cheese

Garlic Cashew Cream Cheese

Go buy a dozen bagels because you’re never going to want to stop eating this Garlic Cashew Cream Cheese. It’s creamy, soft, and spreadable, with hints of garlic and rosemary. With just five ingredients, this cream cheese is quick and easy to make. Better make that two dozen bagels – just in case.

8. Macadamia Nut Queso Fresco

Macadamia Nut Queso Fresco

This recipe for Macadamia Nut Queso Fresco is a must for all your summer events. This cheese is perfect for a fruit and jam cheese plate. Topped with a chipotle pineapple salsa and served with some chips, it will be the hit of any gathering. The texture is light and easily spreadable and it has a touch of sweetness but is savory in all the right ways.

9. Life-Changing Cheese Sauce

Life-Changing Vegan Cheese Sauce [Gluten-Free]

Need a delicious cheese sauce to pour over vegetables? Make one with vegetables! This Life Changing Cheese Sauce is made with potatoes and carrots plus mustard, non-dairy milk and other ingredients you already have in your kitchen. It’s super easy and super cheesy! Your broccoli has never been so happy!

10. Black Sesame-Crusted Cheddar Cheese Ball

Black Sesame Pretzel Crusted Cheddar Cheeseball

When you need to bring a dish to an office party or you’re visiting someone for dinner and want to bring something other than a bottle of wine, bring this Black Sesame Pretzel-Crusted Cheddar Cheese Ball. Black sesame seeds contrast beautifully with the sharp orange cheddar, and the taste is tangy, creamy, and cheesy. This cheese ball that only takes five ingredients and costs less than five dollars to make will definitely be the centerpiece of any table.

11. Green Chile Nacho Cheese Sauce

Green Chile Nacho Cheese Sauce [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Is it a dip…? A sauce? …A condiment? Whatever you end up calling it, this Green Chile Nacho Cheese Sauce is incredibly versatile. Dip raw veggies or chips in it. Drizzle it warmed on top of steamed broccoli, cauliflower, or a medley of roasted vegetables. Use it as a cheesy pasta sauce or toss macaroni in it. Got some leftovers? You could also try it on pizza, burritos, burgers, or tofu dogs. No idea is a bad one with this sauce.

12. Sliceable Zucchini Cheese and Spreadable Tomato Nacho Cheese

A Duo of Veggie Cheeses: Sliceable Zucchini Cheese and Spreadable Tomato Nacho Cheese [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Here are two recipes for the price of one (which is free) – Sliceable Zucchini Cheese and Spreadable Tomato Nacho Cheese. First, the pretty pale green zucchini cheese is sliceable and delicious. It’s perfect for crackers or sandwiches. Then, we have the orange nacho cheese which is creamy and zesty. Use this one for nachos, spicy mac, and cheese or as a dip for veggies. What a deal!

13. Creamy Garlic Cashew Cheese


This Creamy Garlic Cashew Cheddar Cheese is going to be your new addiction! It’s sharp and tangy from the garlic and has a savory kick from the nutritional yeast — so delicious! You’ll definitely want to make a ton so you can put it on everything. This spread is going to disappear before your eyes.

14. Herbed Macadamia Nut Cheese

Herbed Macadamia Nut Cheese [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

Macadamia nuts are perfect for plant-based cheese making – they’re soft, buttery, and have a mild flavor so you can add a bunch of your favorite flavorings! This Herbed Macadamia Nut Cheese is delicious and makes a beautiful presentation. Enjoy this sophisticated nut cheese with your favorite crackers as part of a vegan cheese board.

15. Spreadable Herb Cashew Hemp Cheese

Spreadable Herb Cashew-Hemp Cheese [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

Who says great cheese can’t be plant-based? This creamy, dreamy Spreadable Herb Cashew Hemp Cheese is made from raw cashews and hemp seeds and flavored with fresh herbs and a touch of lemon juice. It’s a perfect spread for crackers, sandwiches, bagels, or a dip for veggies.

16. Jalapeño Cashew Cheese

Jalapeño Cashew Cheese [Vegan, Raw]

This Jalapeño Cashew Cheese has a similar texture to soft goat cheese, but it’s made from cashews. Jalapeño and black pepper make its flavor pop in your mouth. This cheese tastes great and is even better with crackers. You could also use it as a yummy veggie dip, on pizzas, drizzled over roasted veggies like broccoli, veggie nachos, on sandwiches, or just eat it with a spoon.

17. Sliceable Vegan Cashew Cheese

Sliceable Vegan Cashew Cheese [Gluten-Free]

If you’re vegan and you’re craving cheese, you have to try this Sliceable Vegan Cashew Cheese. Super simple, this can be made in less than an hour. Set to perfection, you can slice it, grate it, and melt. There is no oil in this and it’s made from just seven all-natural ingredients.

18. Date and Walnut Cheese

Date and Walnut Cheese [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

It only takes a few simple ingredients to make this incredible Date and Walnut Cheese. The dates and walnuts add flavor and texture to this quick and easy-to-make cheese. This is great to serve with a fresh fruit platter or as part of a vegan cheese platter with crackers and nuts.

19. Smoked Cashew Cheese Spread

Smoked Cashew Cheese Spread

This Smoked Cashew Cheese Spread is smoky, cheesy and delicious. You can enjoy this cheesy sauce tossed with pasta, as a spread on top of your favorite bread or as a cheesy base on vegan pizza. It’s also great as a simple snack or an appetizer, too. Pretty much, you’re going to want to eat it with everything so make a lot.

20. Creamy and Cheesy Nut-Free Chickpea Fondue

Chickpea Fondue

It’s party time, and you need a thick, rich fondue for fun dipping. This Creamy and Cheesy Nut-Free Chickpea Fondue is exactly what you need. It’s dairy-free and nut-free so everyone can enjoy it. Just whip it up in a blender and you’re all set to start dipping veggies, bread, pretzels, and even chocolate.

Sure, you can still eat dairy cheese while you talk on your landline phone and watch black and white TV shows. Or you can step into the 21st century and eat dairy-free cheeses that are mouthwateringly delicious.

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Lead image source: Decadent Baked Herb-Crusted Cashew Almond Cheese

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67 comments on “20 Vegan Cheeses That Will Knock Your Socks Off”

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Rachel Cossette
5 Months Ago

Un de ces jours je vais en faire!

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Pauline Melanson Minch
25 Oct 2016

Some great-sounding recipes here!

Gabrielle Smith
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This made me so hungry!!!

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ricooo, hagamos

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Elisa Taylor
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Looks good :)

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Azande Mbhele edible vegan cheese


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