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Raw Nut-Free Sesame Cheese [Vegan]

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This simple, raw, and 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 abosolute mus-try on crackers.

Raw Nut-Free Sesame Cheese [Vegan]



  • 1 cup water* plus 1 tablespoon agar agar
  • 1/2 cup un-hulled* sesame seeds
  • 1/8 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Optional Flavorings:

  • 2 tablespoons onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric


  1. Grind the sesame seeds, nutritional yeast and salt until it forms a flour.
  2. For a thicker cheese, add 1 tablespoon of oil and keep grinding until it becomes a sesame butter (aka tahini).
  3. Simmer 1 cup water or non-dairy milk and agar agar flakes for about five minutes. Let cool for another five minutes.
  4. Blend together the sesame seeds and agar agar mixture.
  5. Hand mix in your spices and herbs, if using.
  6. Cover a bowl with plastic wrap and pour in the cheese, cover and refrigerate until firm.


*Water can be replaced with any non-dairy milk or you can reserve 1 tablespoon tahini and mix with water to make your own non-dairy milk.
*You can use hulled sesame seeds for a less "smoky" flavor.





Amanda Nicole Smith is all about pure food and fitness, which make up what she calls a “Purified Lifestyle." When she’s not practicing and teaching aerial acrobatics or hanging from trees, she's experimenting with raw vegan recipes, sprouting, fermenting, and taking photos of all her creations. Amanda finds joy in recreating favorite recipes, making them with simple whole ingredients and sharing them with friends and family. She sees food as fuel to do the things we love and to feel the best we can. "By learning to listen to our intuition and instinct we are able to be and do what we feel is ultimately best for ourselves." Her goal is to help others purify their own lifestyles by focusing on inner thoughts and feelings, replacing favorite go to foods with healthier equivalents, and finding fun fitness activities that empower.



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7 Months Ago

And what happens with the Apple cider vinegar? :)

1 Years Ago

Can the sesame seeds be toasted or do they have to be raw?


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