5 vegan cheese recipes that are as good as the real thing

Believe it or not, vegan cheese can be just as satisfying as the real stuff. And one thing is for sure, it’s a healthier and more sustainable option than real cheese. Believe it or not, it’s not so hard to make yourself! There’s a version of vegan cheese for everyone. Here are 5 recipes for delicious vegan cheese you can make at home

Vegan cheese sauce (soy and nut-free)

When you want something to pour over some loaded nachos or to just dress up some steamed vegetables, this vegan cheese sauce does the trick. This recipe from Turnip Vegan uses potatoes and carrots for the base, nutritional yeast for that cheesy taste, and spices for flavor. Blend together and you’re good to go.

Vegan cashew cheese

This vegan cashew cheese recipe can be used as an excellent dip or a flavorful spread for sandwiches. Soaked cashews provide the base and the firm, soft texture of cheese. Nutritional yeast adds flavor and color, while garlic, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and salt help to create that cheesy “zip.” You can also add any herbs and spices based on your taste!

Vegan almond feta

If you’ve been wanting to try out the viral feta pasta recipe but without the dairy, use this vegan almond feta! Blanched almonds give this imitation cheese its dense texture, while lemon juice, garlic, oil, and salt give it that feta “bite.” The creator recommends spreading it on crackers, or you could shape it into a block and refrigerate it overnight to make a vegan-friendly version of the baked feta pasta. 

Vegan mozzarella cheese

This vegan cheese recipe pretty closely resembles the real thing in both taste and form. Again using cashews as the base, this vegan mozzarella also uses soaked psyllium husks to make it more of a solid cheese. Lemon juice, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, and salt are added for flavor, and voila! You have sliceable vegan mozzarella cheese that you can use for a caprese salad or even a pizza. 

Vegan tofu ricotta (nut-free)

This vegan ricotta cheese recipe is for people with nut allergies or people who are just not fans of nuts. It’s fairly similar to other vegan cheese recipes only it uses extra firm tofu as the base instead of nuts. This recipe is also great for people who don’t have a lot of patience because it requires no nut soaking!

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