We get the love of cheese — cheese is like, everything. But when you are eating more plant-based foods and you also have a nut allergy, finding cheese that’s nut-free and dairy-free might seem like a bit of a challenge. Most vegan cheeses, including vegan cheese sauces, are made from a base of nuts, usually cashews or almonds.
If you’re allergic to nuts, you’re not alone. Allergies and intolerances to nuts are actually among the most common. Well, we’re here to tell you that there’s no need for you to worry: you can still eat cheese. Yes, you read that right. Not only is dairy unnecessary when it comes to making vegan cheese, you also don’t need cashews, almonds, or any kind of nuts. Whoohoo!
Even if you’re not allergic to nuts, you should try these 15 cheeses and cheese sauces because truth be told, they’re all absolutely fantastic.
1. Paprika Cheese
Nut-free, soy free, and dairy-free Paprika Cheese that slices and grates — amazing! This recipe is so easy to make and is great for a cheese platter, on crackers in a toasted sandwich or anywhere where you would normally use sliced or grated cheese. Best of all, it has no nuts or soy-based ingredients so it is a great option for anybody with food allergies ingredients commonly found in dairy-free cheese.
2. Fat-Free Cheese Sauce
Who says that you need dairy, loads of fat, and tons of sodium to make the perfect cheesy sauce for dipping, mac and cheese, or even baked potatoes? If you have a nut allergy, then this Fat-Free Cheese Sauce made from zucchini (yes, zucchini), potatoes, and spices is perfect for you. Drizzle it over grain bowls and vegetables, use it for dipping nachos, and add it to burritos for that delicious cheesy flavor.
3. Raw Nut-Free Sesame Cheese
This simple, Raw Nut-Free Sesame Cheese makes the impossible possible with a blend sesame seeds, nutritional yeast, apple cider vinegar, and agar agar. Un-hulled sesame seeds have a very nutty, almost smoky flavor that makes this cheese unique. If you like sesame seeds then you’ll really like this cheese, and if you can’t eat nuts you’ll like it even more! This is an absolute mus-try on crackers.
4. Sunny Hemp Cheeze
This Sunny Hemp Cheeze is delicious and great for those times where you crave something rich and creamy. Just be sure to omit the optional cashews if you’re nut-free! It’s relatively easy to make because it doesn’t require any fermenting, draining, or any special equipment at all other than a good blender or food processor. Not only is it fantastic on crackers, its creamy consistency makes it great for spreading over a toasted bagel for breakfast.
5. Sliceable Zucchini Cheese
There is such a thing as Sliceable Zucchini Cheese. Yes, you heard right! It’s a beautiful pale green, and it tastes absolutely delicious on crackers. The possibilities of plants are truly endless. This recipe is a two-for-one, meaning that it includes a second cheese recipe, but because it’s cashew-based, it’s not suitable for anybody with a nut allergy. Just stick to the zucchini cheese, which is made from pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, and (of course) zucchini!
6. Cheesy Corn and Smashed Avocado Quesadillas
The recipe for these Cheesy Corn and Smashed Avocado Quesadillas have just about the most unique (and delicious) cheese sauce ever. It is made with corn, nutritional yeast, garlic, and salt and pairs perfectly with the smashed avocado and tomatoes in these quesadillas, but we can imagine that it would be amazing in other recipes. Try using it as a cheese sauce to take your dinners to the next level, use it as a topping for your pizza, or making it as a grilled “cheese” sandwich.
7. Life-Changing Cheese Sauce
Sometimes all a recipe needs is to be smothered in cheese sauce. Baked potato? Put some cheese sauce on it. Roasted broccoli? Pretty much meant to be eaten with cheese sauce — but it can be tough if you follow a nut-free diet. Until now. This Life-Changing Cheese Sauce is your new secret weapon in the kitchen. You won’t believe how authentically cheesy it tastes! And get this — it’s super easy!
8. 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.
9. Superfood Cheesy Mac
Picture a big bowl of pasta blanketed in a mild, creamy, garlicky cheese sauce. This Superfood Cheesy Mac uses hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, carrot, and nutritional yeast to create an amazing nut-free sauce. The results? Your tastebuds are happy and your body is fueled. Even if it’s not to make mac and cheese, you’ll return to this delicious cheese sauce recipe again and again.
10. 5-Minute Cheesy Sauce
Everyone needs a good, quick Five-Minute Cheesy Sauce. You know, one to drizzle on veggies when you want something wholesome but comforting. One to make killer mac and cheese and one to gather around with friends, tortilla chips in hand. This recipe combines potatoes, carrots, onion, cashews, and seasoning to create a cheese sauce in just five minutes. Use it however your heart desires!
11. Smoked Coconut Gouda
This Smoked Coconut Gouda will satisfy your need for a nut-free vegan cheese that melts, stretches, slices, and grates. You can use it to top pizzas, eat it with crackers, or pair it with one of the sandwiches on this list for some extra-smoky goodness. This stuff might make you swoon over how satisfyingly melty it is.
12. Pimento Cheese
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!
13. Butternut Squash and Tofu Ricotta Lasagna
If you miss ricotta cheese, then give the recipe for the ricotta in this Butternut Squash and Tofu Ricotta Lasagna a try! While we highly recommend making the lasagna, too, the nut-free ricotta is perfect for just about any recipe you would want to use it in. Try adding it to stuffed shells, manicotti, or experiment with sweetening it to make dairy-free cannolis!
14. Savory Baked Cheesecake
This amazing Savory Baked Cheesecake requires only six ingredients and ten minutes of prep time, so you can have a delicious and unique party appetizer that’s ready in no time. The crust can be made from your gluten-free flour of choice and hummus while the cheese is made from tofu, nutritional yeast, and sun-dried tomatoes. Yum! Slice this up and serve with crackers.
15. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Sandwich
The cheese spread in this Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Sandwich brings excellent flavor and a little nutritional “oomph” to the table. It’s made from, get this — beans. But don’t worry, it certainly doesn’t taste like it. It combines the classic pairing of grilled cheese and tomato soup into a thick, savory spread that deserves to be eaten with everything.
16. Cheesy Seasonal Pumpkin Mac
We just can’t get over how many different ways there are to make a dairy-free, nut free cheese sauce. In this Cheesy Seasonal Pumpkin Mac, the sauce is made with pumpkin purée for a boost of nutrition and a rich, orange color that makes you think of autumn leaves and decking yourself out in scarves and sweaters. While this is awesome paired to macaroni, you could also serve it over any roasted vegetables.
17. Sunflower Chive Cheese Cucumber Bites
The cheese in these Sunflower Chive Cheese Cucumber Bites is a cinch to whip up and it comes together in no time. They’re awesome served on top of sliced cucumber, but you could also give it a try on crackers, as a spread on sandwiches and wraps … However you want to try it, go for it!
18. Gluten-Free Pizza Crust With Nut-Free Cheese
When you make the potato cheese from this Gluten-Free Pizza Crust With Nut-Free Cheese, be sure to make the entire pizza. Trust us, it tastes just like what you can get at an Italian restaurant! The crust is slightly crispy, with a soft interior, covered with a savory tomato sauce and creamy, nut-free cheese made from potatoes. Enjoy this plain, with garlic and onion powder or with any vegetable of your choice.
19. Marinated Tofu Feta Cheese
With each passing year, we see more and more delicious plant-based cheeses hit the market. However, if you don’t feel like hunting the best brands down or if you have allergies, an easy solution is to just make your own! This Marinated Tofu Feta Cheese is marinated in a mixture of flavors including thyme, dijon mustard, lime, garlic, and red pepper flakes, to give it that familiar, sharp taste that feta possesses. Try them on your next Greek salad or vegan moussaka.
20. Chickpea Fondue
Fondue is more than just food, it’s a whole dining experience. In this Chickpea Fondue, chickpeas take main stage, creating the silky smooth texture for the ooey-gooey dish you know and love. It’s loaded with roasted peppers, warm spices, and nutritional yeast for cheesiness.
Don’t let your allergies drive you nuts — make these 15 cheeses instead!
Lead image source: Paprika Cheese