Making homemade vegan cheese is simple and fun
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There’s something rustic and homey about making your own vegan cheese. Spending time in the kitchen is a form of self-care for many — experts say that there’s a connection between cooking and your mental health. The recipes below are mostly raw, and not cooked, but the idea is the same: cooking is good for you. So why not make vegan cheese?

It sounds more complicated than it really is. Yes, you can make fancy vegan cheese like blue and brie and Camembert — and even Gorgonzola. But, basic dairy-free recipes are delicious too, especially when paired with the right vegan wine on a platter with fruit, crackers, and chocolate.

Note, all of these are best made in a food processor or high-speed blender. Here are six beginner vegan cheese recipes to try

6 Homemade Nut Cheese Recipes to Help You Ditch Dairy for Good

1. Easy Vegan Cashew Cheese

Vegan cashew cheese by the Buddhist Chef

This stress-free cashew cheese recipe is as simple as they come, but the texture and flavor are fantastic. Just be sure you have nutritional yeast, agar powder, and cornstarch in your pantry before you begin. Pair with Pinot Grigio, seeded crackers, grapes, and sliced apples.

Get the recipe here.

2. Sunflower Seed Cheese

Vegan sunflower seed cheese by Sweet Potato Soul

Nut-free? This easy vegan sunflower seed recipe is just what you need for a movie night. Vegan miso paste helps give it that realistic flavor and you can customize it with herbs and spices like smoked paprika or dill, depending on your mood. Have this with Sauvignon Blanc, dried apricots, and crackers.

Get the recipe here.

3. Sun-Dried Tomato Cashew Cheese

Sun-dried tomato cashew cheese by LovingItVegan

This savory cashew-based cheese has an intense umami flavor (courtesy of sun-dried tomatoes) that’ll impress you and anyone you serve it to. Have it with guests with vegan Syrah and toasted Italian bread drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil.

Get the recipe here.

4. Garlic and Herb Cashew Cheese

Garlic and herb vegan cheese by The Minimalist Baker

This easy, creamy dairy-free cashew cheese is infused with tart lemon, herby dill, cheesy nutritional yeast, and a lot of garlic. It’s soft and spreadable, so pair it with your favorite crackers, grapes, and vegan sparkling wine.

Get the recipe here.

5. Vegan Baked Feta Cheese

Vegan macadamia feta by The Tasty K

If you’re ready to give baked cheese a try, this dairy-free feta made from macadamia nuts is the place to start. Have a cheesecloth on hand to squeeze out the liquid — it’s an extra step, but it’s worth it. Pair with seeded crackers as a spread or have it with watermelon and vegan rosé.

Get the recipe here.

6. Smoky Cashew Cheese

Smoky cashew cheese by Nest and Glow

This smoky vegan cheese takes just 10 minutes to make and the payoff is a delicious, spreadable appetizer that’ll stun guests. Adding smoked paprika and a touch of maple syrup is the secret. Keep it simple and have this with crackers and grapes.

Get the recipe here.

6 Homemade Nut Cheese Recipes to Help You Ditch Dairy for Good
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6 Homemade Nut Cheese Recipes to Help You Ditch Dairy for Good
Homemade vegan cheese is easier than you think; these six dairy-free recipes are great for dinner parties, special occasions, and snacking at home.
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