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8 Amazing Vegan Cheese Recipes

Smoky Vegan Cheddar Cheez; photo by Hannah Kaminsky

There’s no dairy in these vegan cheese recipes, but even your dairy-eating friends will be amazed by them! A good vegan cheese seems impossible, but certain ingredients lend a cheesy flavor. One of my favorites is nutritional yeast. It tastes good, and it’s good for you. Cashews, which are delicious just plain by the handful, create a magical texture that is reminiscent of goat cheese. Make sure to scroll to the end to see each one of these 8 vegan cheeses, all of which will knock your socks off!

Photo by Hannah Kaminsky

First up is Nava Atlas’ Smoky Vegan Cheddar Cheez that’s made from cashews, carrots, and spices. You can add the vegan gelling agent agar to get this to set up in a sliceable form, as shown in the first photo above, or just  use it as a spread, as pictured just above.

Photo by Susan Voisin

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

Photo: Somer McCowan

Somer McCowan has some amazing cheese recipes on her blog VedgedOut.com. But I’ve chosen 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.

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 Cheez is the work of Ann Oliviero of Anunrefinedvegan.com. It’s full of tofu, cashews, lemon juice, miso, and herbs, making it a delicious part of your lunch or dinner. It’s perfect for serving with crackers.

Photo by Cara Reed

Cara Reed of ForkandBeans.com shares herRaw Vegan “Goat” Cheese Dip, inspired by those 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.

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 of Manifest Vegan shares her Pear and Ginger Ricotta Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Drizzle. She uses tofu and vegan cream cheese to create this stunning dessert.

So now, the next someone tells you they can’t be vegan because they can’t give up cheese, you have 8 wonderful recipes to share with them!

Kathy Hester :

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