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5 Ways to Make Vegan Dips for Cheese Lovers


Cheese lovers, you know the pleasure of dunking a tortilla chip (or any finger food in sight) into a nice, warm bowl of creamy, cheesy dip. Does adopting a plant-based diet mean giving up this luxury? No! Thanks to star vegan ingredients like cashews and nutritional yeast, anyone can savor a warm, cheese dip without the cheese, butter, or dairy milk. Check out these five ways to make vegan dips for cheese lovers.

  1. Cashews

    Many vegan dishes with a creamy, cheesy texture call for cashews. These little nuts are excellent as a stand-in for the dairy products in sauces or dips, and they are an ideal substitute for making vegan cheese and cheesy dips. Soak cashews for four hours, then blend with water, and you’ve got a vegan choice to use for recipes in place of real cream. Try this cashew cheese, which has a creamy, runny consistency that can work as a dip.


  2. Nutritional Yeast

    If a recipe calls for parmesan cheese, you can use nutritional yeast instead. Nooch is a good source of B12 and helps give a creamy, cheesy taste and consistency to vegan dishes. Use it in this Vegan Hot Corn Dip, then blend in some salsa for a fun nacho dip.


  3. Non-Dairy Milk

    When cooking vegan cheese dips, using almond or soy milk is the best choice over other types of plant-based milks. For example, coconut milk has a sweeter taste which is not the best option for a savor, cheesy dip. Choose unsweetened almond or soy milk, or go for soy cream.


  4. Tofu

    Tofu, especially silken tofu, which is much softer and runnier than firm tofu, can be blended into a cheese-like sauce. In this Indian-inspired spinach dip, use equal parts tofu to spinach (six ounces each) for a creamy consistency.


  5. Butter Beans

    Instead of using cheese, try butter beans. Butter beans can be mashed into a creamy consistency to help achieve a cheesy taste and texture. The beans, along with soy cream, almond milk, nutritional yeast, and tofu, all work together for this spinach ricotta dip.

     

    Lead image source: Vegan Hot Corn Dip


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Brittany Ackerman
5 Months Ago

Kristin McBride


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Anushka Achari
5 Months Ago

Omggggggggggggggg cheeeeeese Kimberley Rachael Mallawarachchy


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Kimberley Rachael Mallawarachchy
5 Months Ago

Anushka Achari i thought OF YOU


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Jessica Flaherty
5 Months Ago

Nutritional yeast is the yummiest thing ever on popcorn. Kicks dairy cheese in the pants.


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Jess Dominguez
5 Months Ago

Tamaz


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Tamaz Rytter
05 Jun 2014

Let's make one this weekend for sure ;)

Kimberley Rachael Mallawarachchy
05 Jun 2014

You cheese bishhhh Anushka ;)

Dee Stamatakis
5 Months Ago

I can't digest dairy products especially cheese! I've been vegan now for so many years :) :) :) Happy & Healthy! :) :) :)


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Sheryl McNeill
5 Months Ago

MaryMary Alice Petch-Pollard I do understand. I love the taste of meat and cheese. Trying to replicate it just makes me crave it so I don't try.


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Kristen Elizabeth
5 Months Ago

Do these options actually replicate the real thing? I am thinking about becoming vegan but am a cheese addict.


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Ines Chelo
5 Months Ago

Miru Morna


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Joanne Buckingham
5 Months Ago

Yes, Vegan cheese without all the rancid fats from bovine mammary secretions!


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