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Paprika Cheese [Vegan]

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Nut-free, soy-free, and dairy-free 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.

Paprika Cheese [Vegan]




For the Cheese:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup sweet potato, steamed until soft
  • 1 whole roasted red peppers, marinated in vinegar
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup water extra, for blending

For the Agar Agar Thickener:

  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon agar agar powder


  1. Firstly, you will need a reasonably powerful blender or food processor to handle the main ingredients
  2. Add all the cheese ingredients to your blender/processor in order so that there is water at the bottom and top of the ingredient pile. This will help the mixture start to process.
  3. Blend the ingredients until you have a nice smooth cheesy mixture. Have a quick taste test and add extra spice or salt as required.
  4. Put the cheese mixture aside for a few minutes while you prepare the agar agar.
  5. In a medium-sized saucepan, add both the water and agar agar powder.
  6. Bring the mixture to the boil whilst constantly stirring, then turndown the heat to low and keep stirring until the mixture has a thick molasse-like consistency.
  7. Once the agar agar mixture is ready, quickly transfer it to the cheese mixture in your blender/processor and blend for about 30 seconds to ensure the mixture is homogenous.
  8. Pour the mixture into your favorite cheese mould(s).
  9. Settle the mixture in your mould(s) as best you can so that the top surface is as flat as possible. This will help the cheese sit flat when you turn it out. If necessary, use a spatula to spread the cheese mixture.
  10. Pop your mould(s) into the refrigerator for approximately 30 minutes to set then carefully turn out the cheese onto your favorite serving platter.





Anja Cass is a popular vegan cook with a passion for creating healthy plant-based recipes that taste amazing! Having lost over 50 pounds, beating early onset heart disease and having more energy than when she was 20, she is motivated to share her new lifestyle on her food blog Cooking With Plants with you.



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6 comments on “Paprika Cheese [Vegan]”

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Isabella Desir
3 Months Ago

Does this cheese melt? like in sandwiches or in/on other recipes?

3 Months Ago

This is a very good low-fat cheesy sub. I used it for grilled cheese and a tamale filling, both were so good. It makes a lot so I did freeze some. Doesn\'t freeze great but I make due and after squeezing the water out after thawing, was good for dishes that required cooking like tofu scramble, homemade Hot Pockets, and grilled. cheese.

6 Months Ago

Is there another substitute for oat?
My son is extremely allergic to oats on top of dairy produce and all tree nuts too.


31 Aug 2018

Just give the poor kid a steak.

1 Years Ago

This sounds great! I am not allowed to have grains, is there something I can substitute?

1 Years Ago

Has anyone actually MADE this to give a review on taste??

Katyemma Bakes
11 May 2017

I made it and it tastes v nice but I think I had problems with the agar agar powder, I got a more jelly like set which was not to my liking but perhaps I didn't cook the agar agar for long enough? Second time round I cooked it for longer (10 minutes) and it set in the saucepan 😱😱

1 Years Ago

Can you substitute oats with something gluten free, like rice or quinoa flakes?

Chef Jeff
03 Apr 2017

Raw oats are Gluten free

Natasha McCracken
2 Years Ago

John James Buhl

Andrew Prosser
2 Years Ago

Marta Monteso Cullell

Joyce McGann Sciusco
2 Years Ago

What makes it actually cheese?

Charlotte Nash
18 Sep 2016

It's vegan cheese.

Josefine Amalie Nyeman
2 Years Ago

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