There’s no animal milk in these vegan cheeses but even your dairy-eating friends won’t turn up their noses at these delights!
Vegan cheese seems impossible, but some ingredients that regularly appear in vegan food give a cheesy taste to dishes and one of my favorites is nutritional yeast. It tastes good and it’s good for you, what more can you ask of an ingredient? Cashews which are delicious just plain by the handful create a magically texture that is similar to goat cheese. Make sure to keep scrolling to the end because I have 9 vegan cheeses to blow your socks off!
First up is Nava Atlas’ Smoky Vegan Cheddar Cheez that’s made from cashews, carrots and you can add the gelling agent agar to get this to set up in a sliceable form instead of the spread pictured above. Go to VegKitchen.com to get the recipe and see all the beautiful photos.
Somer McCowan has some amazing cheese recipes on her blog VedgedOut.com. But I’m picking the one I love the most – her Kick Ace Extra Sharp Raw Vegan Holiday Cheddar Cheese Ball. It uses cashews and sun-dried tomatoes as its base. She kicks up the chez flavor with miso, apple cider vinegar and mustard powder. Best part of all is the coconut oil really firms this baby up and it will fool your friends into thinking it might be real cheese.
Angela McKee of Canned-Time.com has a spicy cashew cheeze to share with you. She coats the outside with Satan’s Kiss peppers so she means business when she calls it spicy!
This Tofu Farmer’s Cheez is the work of Ann Oliverio of anunrefinedvegan.com. It’s full of tofu, cashews, lemon juice, miso and herbs making it a delicious part of your lunch or dinner. Cheryl likes to eat it with crackers.
Cara Reed of ForkandBeans.com shares her Raw Vegan “Goat” Cheese that was inspired by all the ones she was seeing on Pinterest. She stuffs this full of sun-dried tomatoes and pesto. And now you know why I love her so much. Her book, Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking: Delicious, Gluten-, Egg- and Dairy-Free Treats and Sweets, comes out this fall but you can pre-order it now!
The lovely gluten-free Allyson Kramer shares her Pear and Ginger Ricotta Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Drizzle. She uses tofu and vegan cream cheese to create this stunning dessert.
Now the next someone tells you they can’t be vegan because of cheese you have 9 wonderful recipes to share with them!