At One Green Planet, we are celebrating the cheesy goodness that is vegan cheese. If you’ve been thinking about eating a plant-based diet but think you can’t live without cheese, we are here to tell you that you don’t have to. You can have the smooth, creamy, spreadable cheeses that are perfect for hors d’ouvres and snacks like these Vegan Cream Cheese Filled Tomatoes with Spices and Green Onions and these Baked Jalapeno Poppers. You can have the ooey-gooey, stretchy, melty cheeses for Holy Three Cheese Pizza, Vegan Mozzarella Sticks and Southwestern Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. You can have the rich, decadent Spicy Cheese Sauce that you love to pour over veggies or use to make Baked Macaroni and Cheese.
Not only that, you can have all these cheeses without the addictive opiate-like chemicals that cause cravings, the artery-clogging fat and cholesterol or the extreme cruelty suffered by dairy cows and their calves. Best of all, it’s easy and affordable to make your own vegan cheeses. So let’s dive into these 20 amazing vegan cheeses you can make yourself at home.
1. Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez (a.k.a. Vegan Boursin)
Boursin cheese is a popular cheese that is spread on crackers, put on salads or used in recipes. This Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez is a vegan version of boursin made with cashews. It’s creamy, garlicky, herby and irresistible.
2. Sunny Hemp Cheeze
No special equipment is necessary to make this Sunny Hemp Cheeze. A blender or food processor is all you need to turn hemp seeds and sunflower seeds into a rich and creamy vegan cheese spread that would brighten anyone’s day.
3. Garlic Herb Avocado Cashew Cream Cheese
What’s better than a bagel with cream cheese? How about a bagel with vegan cream cheese? Even better, this Garlic Herb Avocado Cashew Cream Cheese is made more luxurious with creamy cashews and avocado and then flavored with garlic and herbs. Yum!
4. Macadamia Nut Spreadable Pepper-Herb Feta
The next time you make a Greek salad, crumble some of this Macadamia Nut Spreadable Pepper-Herb Feta on top. Made with macadamia nuts, white miso, herbs and spices, this lovely vegan cheese will remind you of dairy feta cheese but better.
5. Vegan Cashew Dill Cheese
It only takes half a dozen ingredients and a muffin tin to make this Vegan Cashew Dill Cheese. It’s easy, healthy, and delicious. Everyone will swear you bought it as an artisanal cheese shop but you’ll know it came from your own kitchen.
6. Raw Vegan Creamy Cheese
This Raw Vegan Creamy Cheese was inspired by a trip to France where there was a lack of raw, vegan options. That won’t be a problem when you have this recipe. Only 3 ingredients and you’ll have the creaminess of cream cheese and the tanginess of cottage cheese in one amazing cheese.
7. Paprika Cheese Without Nuts or Soy!
This vegan Paprika Cheese has it all! It’s nut-free and soy-free. It grates and slices. It’s actually made with sweet potato which helps give it its pretty color. Roasted red peppers and smoked paprika give it a warm, smoky flavor that’s perfect on crackers, sandwiches or all by itself.
8. How to Make Fresh Vegan Moxarella Cheese (and a Bonus Pizza Recipe!)
When you make pizza, you want stretchy, melty mozzarella cheese. This Vegan Moxarella Cheese can help with that. It browns, stretches, melts and forms a crust when baked just like dairy mozzarella does. Get out your pizza pan because you’re going to want to make this amazing cheese that just happens to also come with a pizza recipe.
9. How to Make Vegan Pepper Jack Cashew Cheese
Pepper jack cheese is known for being creamy and spicy. This Vegan Pepper Jack Cashew Cheese lives up to that. Incredibly simple to make, this cashew cheese can be made with red pepper flakes, green chiles and pimentos to make it as spicy as you can take it.
10. Fat-Free Vegan ‘Cheese’ Sauce
We interrupt the melty cheeses to bring you this amazing Fat-Free Vegan Cheese Sauce. It’s fat-free, gluten-free, and nut-free and it’s made with veggies so you can feel good about using it over your vegetables, for your mac and cheese or as a tasty dipping sauce.
11. Make Smoked Vegan Coconut Gouda That Melts, Stretches, Slices, and Grates!
There’s absolutely nothing this Smoked Vegan Gouda cannot do including making you forget all about dairy cheese. It melts, stretches, slices, and grates (but then you got that from the title, didn’t you?). Use this vegan cheese on crackers, in calzones or anywhere you want ooey-gooey, melty, smoky, delicious cheese.
12. Vegan Sriracha and Lime Cheeseball
If you think cheeseballs are just for holiday office parties, think again. This Vegan Sriracha and Lime Cheeseball makes a stunning presentation on any table. The spicy and mellow flavor combination of hot sauce and lime makes this the perfect cheesy snack or spread anywhere, anytime.
13. Kick Ace Extra Sharp Raw Vegan Cheddar Cheese Ball
Let’s keep the ball rolling…the cheese ball, that is, with this Extra Sharp Raw Vegan Cheddar Cheese Ball. Made from cashews, miso and sun-dried tomatoes, this cheese will impress your guests with its appearance and its taste. No one will know that it only took you about 10 minutes to make it.
14. Herb-and-Nut-Encrusted Cheese Log
If you want to really impress someone, make this Herb and Nut Encrusted Cheese Log for them. Delicious and elegant, this vegan cheese can be flavored with whatever nuts and herbs you like most.
15. Vegan Baked Nut Cheese
If you have been craving cheese, you’re only 6 ingredients away from making this Vegan Baked Nut Cheese and one of those is water. Easy to make and delicious, this cheese should be on your to-do list.
16. How to Make Aged Raw Nut Cheese
They say things get better with age and vegan cheese is no exception. You can make this Aged Raw Nut Cheese with any type of nuts you like – cashews for a smooth, creamy consistency or choose almonds, macadamia nuts or pine nuts for different textures and flavors. The only hard part will be not eating it before you let it age.
17. Brazil Nut Vegan Parmesan
Although you can buy vegan parmesan, it’s fast and easy to make your own for you pizza, salads and pasta. This Vegan Parmesan is made from Brazil nuts which are full of selenium and other vitamins and minerals. Healthy and delicious? You can’t beat that!
18. Gourmet Dairy Free Cheese
This Gourmet Dairy Free Cheese tastes so good, no one will ever guess it’s plant-based. Made with cashews and super-healthy Kombucha tea, this is the perfect vegan cheese to spread on anything and everything.
19. Spicy Vegan Cheese Sauce
How can we use thee? Let us count the ways. This Spicy Vegan Cheese Sauce is perfect over veggies, as a dip, mixed with pasta, on nachos, on kale chips, in wraps and on sandwiches. In fact, we can’t think of a place it wouldn’t be delicious. The possibilities are endless.
20. Vegan Goat Cheese Pesto Dip
Leave the goats alone and make this Vegan Goat Cheese instead. Then go one step further and mix it with pesto made from smoked almonds. OMG! You had better make sure you make extra because this dip is going to disappear in the blink of an eye.
There you have it – 20 amazingly delicious reasons why no one needs dairy to enjoy incredibly tasty cheeses. From smooth and spreadable to ooey-gooey melty goodness, these vegan cheeses are cause to celebrate National Cheese Day in the healthiest, most compassionate way possible.
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Lead Image Photo: Vegan Baked Nut Cheese