9 Amazing Vegan “Cheese” Recipes

Kick Ace Cheddar Ball from VedgedOut.com
Smoky vegan cheddar cheez from VegKitchen.com

Photo by Photos by Hannah Kaminsky

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.

Cheesy Cauliflower Sauce from FatFreeVegan.com

Photo by Susan Voisin

Susan Voisin of FatFreeVegan.com  shares this lovely Cheesy Cauliflower Sauce is a delicate sauce worthy of pouring over everything. The base? Cauliflower, nutritional yeast and chickpea miso – yum!

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.

Spicy Vegan Cashew Cheeze - from Canned-Time.com

Photo by Angela McKee

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!

Photo by Ann Oliverio

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.

Raw Vegan "Goat" Cheese Dip from  Fork & Beans.com

Photo by Cara Reed

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!

Photo by Jackie Sobon

Yes, there is mac and cheese inside that sweet potato. This comes from Jackie Sobon’s blog VeganYackAttack.com and she calls it Smoky Mac Stuffed Sweet Potato and I call it dinner!

Green and White Pizza from VeggieGirl.com

Photo by Dianne Wenz

Dianne Wenz of VeggieGirl.com is sharing her Green and White Pizza with cashew ricotta and spinach pesto. Look at all those veggies – pizza can be healthy!

Photo by Allyson Kramer

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!



  1. It’s funny, I have most of these pinned, but the only one I’ve made is Somer’s cheese ball. Yep, it’s delicious, and even the non-vegans liked it!

  2. No indeed nuts are not fat-free and I don’t mean to imply that all of these are fat-free, in fact some have added oil as well. However Susan’s Cheesy Cauliflower Sauce is fat-free so you might want to give it a try. I also have an oat based chez that’s going in my next book that is also fat free.

  3. The human body needs fat to survive so getting a little bit from some healthy nuts is a pretty good way to go! Vegans eat this way to nourish their bodies – that includes fat!

  4. Sparkle is correct. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble; no fat diets can lead to a lot of problems, not the least of which are skin problems and difficulty of blood clotting. I speak from experience.

  5. Not all vegans.

    You don’t need nuts to get adequate fat intake. I ate a whole foods plant based diet for over two years without eating nuts (or any processed foods such as added fats and oils), and I generally got around 10% of my calories from fat and I had no health issues—in fact I experienced an astounding improvement in health.

    Likewise, Esselstyn (and others) demonstrated the tremendous benefits of a high-carb, very low fat diet on cardiovascular health, without the benefit of fats from nuts. There are an awful lot of other sources of plant-based fats such as grains, soy, olives, and some fruits and vegetables. You would have to try very hard to get a “no fat” diet even without nuts.

    I still eat a whole-foods plant-based diet and have only recently added nuts to my diet, but certainly not due to any health issues!

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