If you haven’t tried vegan cheese you are in for a treat! Vegan cheesemaking has come a long way, and innovations in texture, taste, and ingredients have helped bring non-dairy cheeses to market. And unlike dairy-based cheese, vegan cheese is super easy to make at home!
The main ingredients in vegan cheeses are typically nuts, soy protein, vegetable oils, natural enzymes, etc. Making your own at home actually ends up being healthier than buying something store-bought. Just as “gluten-free” doesn’t necessarily mean healthy, “vegan” also takes on the same risks of being over-processed and packed with unnecessary ingredients. Making your own cheeses gives you complete control of the ingredients you put in.
Check out some of our favorite vegan cheese recipes and try your hand at dairy-free indulgence!
Garlic Herb Vegan Cheese
Photo: Minimalist Baker
This recipe from the Minimalist Baker is absolutely divine. It’s made with simple ingredients including cashews, lemon, and garlic. Once prepared, the ball of cheese is covered in dill, adding a rich, savory flavor perfect for spreading and dipping.
Smoked Coconut Gouda
Photo: One Green Planet
Did you coconut milk can also be a vegan cheese base? It’s a good thing because this smoked coconut gouda is delicious. You can slice, grate, shred, and spread it, making it super versatile. This cheese requires a few more speciality ingredients than the previous recipe, so you may have to order some online.
Photo: Oh She Glows
A cheese sauce should be a staple in your household, especially when it’s plant-based! Who doesn’t love a bowl of macaroni and cheese on a weeknight after work? This “cheeze” sauce recipe from Oh She Glows is perfect for a bowl of warm shells or over steamed vegetables.