Ricotta is a popular and versatile cheese that is relatively simple to make plant-based. All it usually requires are some cashews, almonds, or tofu blended with nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. It goes great with pasta, pizza, and bread dishes, but also shines in cakes, pastries, and even french toast! Here are 15 plant-based ricotta recipes that will change your life!

1. Cashew Ricotta Chocolate Sponge Cake

Cashew Ricotta Chocolate Sponge Cake

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Between the three layers of this oil-free cake, buckwheat-cashew ricotta is alternated with a rich and chocolatey cream frosting. The layers are made of soaked buckwheat and millet, thus making this Cashew Ricotta Chocolate Sponge Cake by Nele Liivlaid gluten-free. The green layer is colored with matcha powder and the yellow one with turmeric, but don’t worry, you won’t taste them. Top with berries to make it even more fabulous.

2. Veggie Puff Pastry with Herb Ricotta

Veggie Puff Pastry with Herb Ricotta

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Whipped, smooth & fresh vegan ricotta fills this puff pastry with flavors from the garden—a springtime recipe begging to be brought to the party. The fun adorning this Veggie Puff Pastry with Herb Ricotta by Barbara Zackey has fresh veggies sliced into flower petals and almost hides what you’re cooking. It’s a dish meant to be loved for its look before being carved into little shared squares.

3. Baked Spinach With Tofu Ricotta and Nutmeg Dip

Baked Spinach With Tofu Ricotta and Nutmeg Dip

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This take on an Italian recipe is made with butter beans, tofu, and almond milk, which considerably lowers the number of fatty ingredients and makes this a lighter (not to mention, kinder) dish. It’s nothing like ricotta, but it does have a similar creamy, melt-in-your-mouth, light texture. This Baked Spinach With Tofu Ricotta and Nutmeg Dip by Clemence Moulaert would be lovely with some pasta or served on warm ciabatta bread. Whatever tickles your fancy!

4. Vegan Lemon Banana Ricotta Pancakes With Dried Blueberry Compote

Vegan Lemon Banana Ricotta Pancakes With Dried Blueberry Compote

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Cashew cheese is here! Lemon and ricotta… and blueberries, what a classic combo. These Vegan Lemon Banana Ricotta Pancakes With Dried Blueberry Compote by Alison Marras are spectacular!

5. Crispy Chickpea-Cauliflower Crust Pizza With Ricotta

Crispy Chickpea-Cauliflower Crust Pizza With Ricotta

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This Crispy Chickpea-Cauliflower Crust Pizza With Ricotta by Taryn Fitz-Gerald gives you all of the tasty pizza flavors you crave with none of the unhealthy drawbacks a slice usually has. The cauliflower crust is crispy and delicious and the fresh toppings with the creamy sunflower seed “ricotta” make this pizza a winner.

6. Kamut Ravioli with Almond Ricotta & Spinach in Marinara

Kamut Ravioli with Almond Ricotta & Spinach in Marinara

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This Kamut Ravioli with Almond Ricotta & Spinach in Marinara by Lena Novak is delicious! It’s a bit of a process, but it’s so worth it!

7. Simple Tofu Ricotta Lasagna

Simple Tofu Ricotta Lasagna

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Tofu replaces the cheese in this Simple Tofu Ricotta Lasagna by Crissy Cavanaugh. You can choose to keep it simple with this and only add spinach and basil, but go ahead and add any veggies you want! Zucchini, mushrooms, or peppers would all make a great addition!

8. Walnut Ricotta Toast with Strawberries and Sweet Dukkah

Walnut Ricotta Toast with Strawberries and Sweet Dukkah

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Perfect for breakfast or as a snack, this vegan Walnut Ricotta Toast with Strawberries and Sweet Dukkah by Angelina Papanikolaou is made with crispy toast topped with creamy walnut ricotta, fresh strawberries, and a drizzle of sweetener!

9. Ragu With Dairy-Free Ricotta

Ragu With Dairy-Free Ricotta

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Whip up this easy, veggie-packed 25 min vegan ragu with a dairy-free cashew macadamia ricotta. Made with peppers, mushrooms, and lentils and topped with the creamiest homemade dairy-free ricotta! Prepare the ricotta the night before. This Ragu With Dairy-Free Ricotta by Harriet Porterfield makes enough for a big jar of ricotta, which can be enjoyed throughout the week!

10. Strawberry Lemon Ricotta Oatmeal

Strawberry Lemon Ricotta Oatmeal

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This is such rich flavor oatmeal, wow! The ricotta and strawberry complement the lemon perfectly! You have to try this Strawberry Lemon Ricotta Oatmeal by Lauren Smith!

11. Spinach and Tofu Ricotta Puff Pastries

Spinach and Tofu Ricotta Puff Pastries

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These Spinach and Tofu Ricotta Puff Pastries by Kim Sujovolsky are flaky, soft, pillowy, and so full of flavor.

12. Baked Eggplant Stacks With Cashew Ricotta

Baked Eggplant Stacks With Cashew Ricotta

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A twist on a classic Italian meal with baked eggplant slices stacked with homemade cashew ricotta, balsamic-infused baby spinach, and a marinara sauce. These Baked Eggplant Stacks With Cashew Ricotta by Jennifer Strohmeyer are perfect who loves new spins on old classics, or any lover of good Italian food.

13. Swiss Chard and Almond Ricotta Spelt Galettes

Swiss Chard and Almond Ricotta Spelt Galettes

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Little rustic spelt galettes, packed full of greens and herby almond ricotta. An A-plus addition to any spring or summer picnic basket. Working with pastry dough seems complicated, but this recipe breaks it down so it is as easy as can be! It is well worth the time spent to make these Swiss Chard and Almond Ricotta Spelt Galettes by Rebekah Waters!

14. Avocado and Tofu Ricotta Sourdough Toast

Avocado and Tofu Ricotta Sourdough Toast

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Take your avocado toast game to the next level with this creamy and delicious Avocado and Tofu Ricotta Sourdough Toast masterpiece by Ally McLaughlin! Brought to you by Mother of Pearl Restaurant.

15. Fig and Ricotta Challah French Toast

Fig and Ricotta Challah French Toast

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French toast is SO much better when made with thick bread like challah. Plus, you can make the challah yourself to make it all that more delicious (and impressive)! Wait a day or two after baking to make this Fig and Ricotta Challah French Toast by Debbie Adler!

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