Out of all the dairy products, cheese is one of the most difficult items for our students in the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program to eliminate. The taste, texture and consistency of cheese all provide a unique flavour and flair to a variety of recipes. Yet it is possible to find dairy-free cheese recipes that will satisfy your cheese cravings, are made with whole food ingredients, and are simple to make.
Get your cheese board ready for these delicious dairy-free cheeses!
22 Best Dairy-Free Cheese Recipes
5 Ingredient Cultured Vegan Goat Cheese
A fantastic introductory dairy-free cheese recipe that is easy to customize to your tastes.
Easy Vegan Mozzarella Cheese
A gooey and melty recipe for vegan mozza that you won’t be able to resist. Perfect for your next pizza night.
Vegan Sun-Dried Tomato Camembert
For those of you who desire more of a cheese-making challenge, Thomas, the blogger behind Full of Plants, is a pro at walking you through dairy-free cheese recipes that have a longer aging process – he also has a free guide to vegan cheesemaking.
Easy Walnut Parmesan
Sharp Vegan Cheese Ball
Impress your guests at your next shindig with this gorgeous, elegant and flavourful dairy-free cheese ball.
Quick + Easy Vegan Seed Cheese
Dairy-free cheese recipes usually involve nuts like cashews or almonds, which is why we like this version that uses sunflower seeds (or pumpkin seeds), along with apple cider vinegar for that tangy cheese flavour.
Fermented Nut Cheese
Want to incorporate more fermented foods into your diet? Try this fermented nut cheese, which is rich in probiotics and can be seasoned with sweet or savory flavours.
3-Ingredient Vegan Queso
Take your tortilla chips, burrito bowls, crudités, wraps, sandwiches or pizza to the next level with this luxurious vegan queso. You won’t regret it.
Garlic and Dill Hemp Cheese
Another great dairy-free cheese option for those who can’t have nuts – this version includes dill to offer flavour and also a lovely green shade.
Your eyes aren’t deceiving you – this is one of those dairy-free cheese recipes that looks, feels and tastes like the real thing!
Creamy Cashew Cheese Sauce
A dead simple cashew cheese sauce that has a thin consistency – we highly recommend using this one for gluten-free pasta!
Vegan Mac and Cheese Powder
Who needs mac and cheese from a box when you have this in your back pocket? All you need to do is add water or dairy-free milk to this mac and cheese powder and you’re all set – plus, it makes a great edible gift.
Everything Bagel Vegan Cream Cheese
This everything bagel vegan cream crease is all the rage – and you don’t need a bagel to enjoy it!
Oil-Free Tofu Farmer Cheese
A salty, tangy and lemony dairy-free cheese that you can use as a dip or sandwich spread.
All Purpose Vegan Cheese Sauce
A veggie-packed and creamy cheese sauce that is a true workhorse in the kitchen! You’ll want to drizzle it – generously – on everything.
A thick, fluffy and tasty ricotta that only takes about 10 minutes to make – it’s so simple this just might become one of your favourite dairy-free cheese recipes.
Vegan Halloumi Cheese
This marinated tofu-based halloumi offers a salty flavour and similar texture to the original version. Wondering what’s the best oil to fry your dairy-free cheese recipes with? We have your full guide to cooking oils here.
Savory Hemp Seed Parmesan
Hemp seeds are mixed with miso and herbs to create this hemp parmesan that’s perfect for sprinkling.
Creamy Dairy-Free Queso Dip
Tabitha works for the dairy alternative company Culchered, so she knows her way around dairy-free cheese recipes. This vegan queso has a spicy kick and is ideal for all of your dipping or drizzling needs.
Vegan Cream Cheese: 5 Flavours
Sweet, fruity, herby, spicy – this collection of dairy-free cheese recipes has your flavour needs covered!
Smoky Vegan Cheddar Cheese
Sharply flavoured and easy to slice, this dairy-free cheddar is a fantastic addition to your next party cheese board.
Basic Almond Cheese
Baking this almond dairy-free cheese recipe helps it set and gives it a thin crust. Flavour to your heart’s desire with any herbs and spices and you’re good to go.