Cheese is one of the most addictive foods that most people just can’t get enough of! The melty deliciousness of these plant-based recipes will prove once and for tall that eating a plant-based diet doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your pizza, mac and cheese, or just cheese straight out of the fridge – we don’t judge. Have easy cheesy meals with these 15 recipes from our Food Monster App!
1. Herbed Macadamia Nut Cheese
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Macadamia nuts are perfect for plant-based cheese making – they’re soft, buttery, they taste mild enough where you can add a bunch of your favorite flavorings! Enjoy this sophisticated Herbed Macadamia Nut Cheese from Taryn Fitz-Gerald with your favorite crackers, as part of a vegan cheese board.
2. Creamy Chia Cheddar Sauce
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The recipe for Creamy Chia Cheddar Sauce from Annie Oliverio is proof that you don’t need soy to make a yummy vegan cheese sauce — all you need is plants. It’s made from a combination of potatoes, carrots, bell pepper, cashews, nutritional yeast, and spices. Chia seeds help give it a smooth, velvety texture that’s perfect for serving over broccoli, use it as a nacho cheese, or pour it over noodles to make the best mac and cheese you’ve ever had.
3. Sliceable Cashew Cheese
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If you’re vegan and you’re craving cheese, you gotta try this Sliceable Cashew Cheese from Charanya Ramakrishnan. Super simple, can be whisked under an hour. Set to perfection, you can slice this, grate it, melt this, there is no oil in this and made from all natural ingredients. 7 ingredients (without counting water in) Best part of all, completely soy-free.
4. Stretchy Potato Cheese
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Stretchy, gooey, dairy-free cheese … made with potatoes? While most melty, stretchy vegan cheese is made from cashews, these genius recipe makes the magic happen with just veggies! A simple Stretchy Potato Cheese from Alicja Rokicka that goes great on sandwiches and pizza or that can be used as a dip!
5. Sunflower ‘Cheddar’ Spread
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Sensitive stomachs, rejoice! This is a dairy-free, nut-free, grain-free, and coconut-free cheesey Sunflower ‘Cheddar’ Spread from Courtney West! This tastes similar to a smoky cheddar cheese, except it’s easier to spread than cheddar cheese. Win-win situation going on here. Slab this on bread, veggies, crackers, grapes, whatever! You can’t really do anything bad with this spread because it’s just that good.
6. Instant Cashew Cheese
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7. Spicy ‘Cheese’ Spread With A Raw Option
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Cheese: for many one of the most difficult things to give when going completely plant-based. You will not be missing ANYTHING with this Spicy ‘Cheese’ Spread With A Raw Option from AJ Affo. This cheese spread is made using whole, (raw) food. You can even ferment it like a proper vegan cheese. The possibilities are endless with this spicy, colorful, and nutritious cheesy spread!
8. Baked Brie With Apricot Jam
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Yes, you can have dairy-free brie! Made from cashews, the texture of this Baked Brie With Apricot Jam from Emilie Heck is soft and spreadable and when baked, it has a gooey consistency. Either way, it’s perfect for serving with crackers and apple slices. It’s wrapped in vegan croissant dough and served with apricot jam, but any jam will do. The biggest regret you’ll have about this cheese is not eating it slower.
9. Creamy Garlic Cashew Cheddar
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This Creamy Garlic Cashew Cheddar from Tiana Haines is going to be your new addiction! It has a sharp tanginess from the garlic and a savory kick from the nutritional yeast – so delicious! You’ll definitely want to make a ton so you can put it on everything.
10. Life-Changing Cheese Sauce
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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. This Life-Changing Cheese Sauce from Gin Butters is your new secret weapon in the kitchen. You won’t believe how authentically cheesy it tastes! And get this — it’s super easy!
11. Baked Chèvre Cheese Dip
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Chèvre is the French term for goat or goat cheese. While this Baked Chèvre Cheese Dip recipe from Zsu Dever contains no goat cheese, it is not your ordinary dip; it’s funky and creamy and unique, just like goat cheese is, thanks to fermented tofu. Serve it warm with potatoes, crackers, or vegetables for dipping.
12. Creamy Spreadable Pesto Cheese
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This delicious Creamy Spreadable Pesto Cheese from Maya Sozer is spreadable, incredible, and will be almost impossible for you to stop eating. The soft, creamy cashew cheese is perfumed with a simple pesto made with fresh basil and a bit of garlic. This is the perfect cheese to put out at a party or you can use it as a topping to make any pasta dish extra special.
13. Aquafaba Mozzarella
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Who knew that mixing cashews with aquafaba (chickpea brine) could make a delicious vegan mozzarella cheese?! What it really comes down to is the flavoring. A bit of lemon juice, some nutritional yeast, and sea salt go a long way. And once it’s done, you’ll be layering this Aquafaba Mozzarella from Lisa Dobler on pizza, making Caprese salads, and serving it with wine, all the time, trust us.
14. Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez
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15. Green Chili Cashew Queso
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This ooey-gooey, scoopable, rich, and delicious Green Chili Cashew Queso from Wicked Healthy is made from of cashews, butternut squash, miso, and a few other easy-to-find ingredients. Butternut squash gives the queso a silky texture and the oh-so-queso-ey color. Not only is it a great dip, but it can also be used over baked potatoes, chili, tacos, and avocados!
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