Whenever I ask readers what dairy product they miss the most, the answer is always cheese. What power does cheese hold over us? It’s been a long time since I’ve had real dairy cheese, but I recall feeling pulled by its tangy, salty taste and gooey texture. For many years, cheese was the food I missed the most period – but then I learned to embrace vegan cheese recipes.
I have a blog post about developing dairy-free cheeses, but I know that many readers appreciate following a recipe – and I do too! I’ve compiled some of my favourite vegan cheese recipes for you to try. Some of these recipes I have made many times, while others are on my giant ‘to-make’ list (is your list ever-growing too?).
One piece of advice I would have for you is to release your expectations. Vegan cheese is not the same as dairy cheese. There are some recipes that come incredibly close, but when we constantly compare foods (and our lives!) to what was, we fail to appreciate what is.
Yes, I’m biased. But I truly love this recipe and make it over and over again with different herbs and spices.
Vegan Parmesan by Cocoon Cooks
Perfect for sprinkling on your salads, pasta dishes, dips or roasted vegetables. For a nut-free version, try hemp seeds or sunflower seeds.
Fermented Nut Cheese by Meghan Telpner
If you like strong aged cheeses, this is the one for you. The flavour is bold, plus you get the added benefits of fermented foods. I never make the sweet version of this cheese, as I prefer it savory and simple with a little sea salt and lemon, and sometimes some dried turmeric for colour.
The stronger the probiotic, the stronger the cheese will be. I learned this lesson when I used a probiotic with 100 billion live cultures. It was so stinky I couldn’t eat it – it was even too potent for my cheese-adoring husband. I ended up giving it to my mother in law, who loves stinky cheeses. Now I typically use 20-30 billion live culture probiotics.
Vegan Mozzarella Cheese by Minimalist Baker
You really need to make this one. The flavour and texture are remarkable – so tangy and gooey, and it tastes phenomenal when added to pizza.
Baked Vegan Cashew Cheese by Healthy Happy Life
This was my first foray into vegan cheese recipes many years ago and it always holds a special place in my heart. I’ve served this to guests a number of times, and it always goes quickly!
Vegan Nut-Free Cashew Cheese Slices by Vegan Richa
Richa is basically the queen of vegan cheese recipes – I highly recommend you check out the extensive vegan cheese options on her blog. This one is great because you can make slices for grilled vegan cheese or shred it up for other recipes.
Vegan Cheese Ball with Herbs by Catching Seeds
How beautiful is this one?! It’s elegant, easy to make and the perfect party food. Bookmark it. Pin it. Stat.
Vegan Tofu Feta by V Nutrition
This tangy and zippy vegan cheese is great on salads, pizza or tucked into sandwiches. Ensure you press the tofu first, as this process helps it soak up the marinade. I like to wrap my tofu in a dishtowel and put a few heavy cookbooks on top and leave it for at least 30 minutes.
Almond Ricotta by Yup, It’s Vegan
A soft and velvety recipe you can use in lasagna or in stuffed gluten-free pastas. It’s so easy to make and there are a bunch of suggested variations so you won’t get bored.
Vegan Cottage Cheese with Chives by Food Porn Vegan Style
Vegan cheese recipes are awesome, but they tend to use nuts. I like this version because it’s completely nut-free and if soy is an issue, you can sub in coconut yogurt instead.
Go forth and make vegan cheese! I hope you enjoy these and that they help you become a little happier in your dairy-free life.