A lot of us think that there’s no life after cheese — we love it that much. Truth be told, we understand because anything cheesy is amazing, practically by default. There is an obvious underlying theme in many of our favorite comfort foods: mac and cheese, lasagna, baked ziti, and pizza… Other than being (mostly) Italian, they are all downright cheesy. Traditional cheese may not be vegan in any sense, but here’s the catch: we can now find vegan cheese in just about any grocery store and it’s surprisingly easy to make at home!
Once you have that down, you can
Get creative because there are so many ways we can take vegan cheese to the next level,
such as incorporating nourishing ingredients like veggies and beans. All the cheeses and cheese sauces we have here today is either made from vegetables or incorporates it in one way another and we have 15 recipes for you to try. Let’s get started!
1. Sliceable Zucchini Cheese and Spreadable Tomato Nacho Cheese
This is a two-in-one recipe! First up we have a delicious Sliceable Zucchini Cheese. Yep, you heard right! It’s a beautiful pale green because it’s made from zucchini and pumpkin seeds, and it tastes absolutely delicious on crackers. Then, we have a creamy, dreamy orange nacho cheese that you can dip chips and veggies in, or use as a sauce for mac and cheese! The possibilities are endless!
Making vegan grilled cheese without nuts or soy can be tricky, this Gooey Grilled Cheese Sandwich recreates the sandwich we all know and love without either! It combines vegetables, sunflower seeds, and a little bit of nutritional yeast for extra cheesy flavor, resulting in an ooey-gooey sandwich that’s perfect for dipping in tomato soup.
This Smoked Coconut Gouda will satisfy your need for a nut-free vegan cheese that melts, stretches, slices, and grates. You can use it to top pizzas, eat it with crackers, or pair it with one of the sandwiches on this list for some extra-smoky goodness. This stuff might make you swoon over how satisfyingly melty it is.
4. Swiss Cheeze Sauce
Potatoes and a high-speed blender are the secret to creating this creamy Swiss Cheeze Sauce. This cheese sauce really tastes just like Swiss cheese! Use it to top veggies like broccoli or green beans and enjoy!
5. Smoked Vegetable Cheese
This Smoked Vegetable Cheese is the perfect appetizer for a party. It’s amazingly smoky and if you omit the crust, it’s completely nut-free (save for the optional crust) because the cheese is made from vegetables and tofu. Serve with multi-grain crackers or vegetables like celery and carrots for a delicious and savory snack that everyone will love.
6. Cheesy Corn and Smashed Avocado Quesadillas
These Cheesy Corn and Smashed Avocado Quesadillas may feel like a total comfort food indulgence, but they are remarkably healthy! The “cheese” is made with corn, nutritional yeast, garlic, and salt, and with the avocado and cherry tomatoes, these are pretty well-rounded ingredient-wise. Who knew ooey-gooey deliciousness could be so wholesome?
7. Cheesy Potato Skins With Coconut Bacon
These Cheesy Potato Skins With Coconut Bacon are the perfect game day snack! Crispy oven-baked potato skins are loaded with cheesy sauce made from red bell pepper, smoky coconut bacon, and topped with additional goodies. Make sure you double up on this for your guests, because they definitely won’t last long.
This amazing Savory Baked Cheesecake requires only six ingredients and ten minutes of prep time, so you can have a delicious and unique party appetizer that’s ready in no time. The crust can be made from your gluten-free flour of choice and hummus and the filling is made from chickpeas and tofu. So, if you want it spicy? Try adding jalapeños to your hummus — so you can get as creative as you want with the flavors. Slice this up and serve with crackers.
The sky is the limit when it comes to the ingredients you can make dairy-free cheese with. Cashews, almonds, seeds, and even potatoes — yes, potatoes. This creamy Potato and Carrot Cheese is made from a base of veggies with nutritional yeast, oregano, garlic powder, and onion powder for flavor. It’s completely nut-free and easy to make, so if you’re allergic to nuts, this is the cheese of your dreams! Use it as a spread for sandwiches and wraps or serve it with crackers.
10. Pimento Cheese
This Pimento Cheese is so quick and easy to make, you can literally make it for a party mere minutes before you guests arrive. It’s cheesy, spicy, and comforting, which are pretty much all the characteristics of a good dip. And since it’s primarily made from chickpeas, you can feel good about munching out!
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”