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Is Vegan Cheese Really Cheese?

Vegan cheeses are made with so many ingredients besides animals - cashew cheese, cheese balls, nut free cheese, mozzarella cheese - so much variety

Is vegan cheese really cheese? Or should it be called cheeze? Or should there be another completely different name for it?

It’s a question I get asked all the time. Why is vegan cheese called cheese? Why is vegan cheesecake called cheesecake when it clearly hasn’t been made from (dairy) cheese? Why are there vegetarian sausages and faux chicken nuggets and fakin’ bacon and tofurkey and mock meats and ‘notella’ donuts and cashew cheese and the list goes on and on and on.

Here’s my reasoning: People choose to become vegan for many reasons – some for health, some for ethics, some for the environment, some because they are allergic to animal products. Some people may miss the taste and texture of meat and cheese and eggs but not want to continue to eat these things. And so the quest begins to create something that will remind them of that taste and/or texture without contributing to the cruelty of animals.

And so faux products are made. Including faux cheese. I don’t have a problem calling non-animal cheese cheese because words in the English language change all the time. Did you know the word meat comes from the Latin word meta which means food? Over time it has changed to specifically mean animal flesh.

Regardless of whether you think vegan cheese should be called cheese, here are some of my favourite recipes to make a variety of cheeses, including some nut free ones. Next week look out for some recipes that include these cheeses.

Nut Free Cheese

Vegan cheeses are made with so many ingredients besides animals - cashew cheese, cheese balls, nut free cheese, mozzarella cheese - so much variety

Photo Credit: Connoisseurus Veg

Sunflower Seed Cream by Veggie Sisters

Nut Free Vegan Cream Cheese by Ceara’s Kitchen

Nut Free Parmesan by Fried Dandelions

Vegan Cheese Sauce by Eat Healthy Eat Happy

Vegan Cheese Sauce by Ceara’s Kitchen

Creamy Cauliflower Queso by Cadry’s Kitchen

Vegan Cheese Fondue by Vegan Heaven

5 Minute Vegan Cheese by Win Win Food

Garlic and Dill Hemp Cheese by Connoisseurus Veg

Faux Cheese Sauce by My Plant Based Family

 

Cashew Cheese

Vegan cheeses are made with so many ingredients besides animals - cashew cheese, cheese balls, nut free cheese, mozzarella cheese - so much variety

Photo Credit: Yup, It’s Vegan

Savoury Cashew Cheese by Sweets and Greens

Cashew Cheese Sauce by Wallflower Girl

Garlic Cashew Cheese by Win Win Food

Nooch Cheese Sauce by Elephantastic Vegan

Smoky Cashew Chipotle Cheese by Tasting Page

Pine Nut Cheese by Sweets and Greens

Vegan Cashew Cheese by Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen

Cashew Cream Cheese by Connoisseurus Veg

Cultured Cream Cheese by Yup It’s Vegan

 

Mozzarella Cheese

Vegan cheeses are made with so many ingredients besides animals - cashew cheese, cheese balls, nut free cheese, mozzarella cheese - so much variety

Photo Credit: It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Mozzarella Alternative by VNutrition

Melty Stretchy Gooey Mozzarella by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

 

Feta Cheese

Vegan cheeses are made with so many ingredients besides animals - cashew cheese, cheese balls, nut free cheese, mozzarella cheese - so much variety

Photo Credit: Emilie Eats

Almond Feta by Emilie Eats

Tofu Feta by Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen

 

Ricotta Cheese

Vegan cheeses are made with so many ingredients besides animals - cashew cheese, cheese balls, nut free cheese, mozzarella cheese - so much variety

Photo Credit: Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen

Cashew Ricotta by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Cashew Ricotta by Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen

 

Parmesan Cheese

Vegan cheeses are made with so many ingredients besides animals - cashew cheese, cheese balls, nut free cheese, mozzarella cheese - so much variety

Photo Credit: Cocoon Cooks

Parmesan Cheese Alternative by VNutrition

Vegan Parmesan Cheese by Cocoon Cooks

Almond Parmesan by Taste Space

Grated Cheese by The Veggie Sisters

Walnut Parmesan by Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen

 

Cottage Cheese

Vegan cheeses are made with so many ingredients besides animals - cashew cheese, cheese balls, nut free cheese, mozzarella cheese - so much variety

Photo Credit: Food Porn Vegan Style

Simple Vegan Cottage Cheese by Food Porn Vegan Style (Scroll down her site for the English version)

Cottage Cheese by Vegan Family Recipes

 

Cheese Balls and Logs

Vegan cheeses are made with so many ingredients besides animals - cashew cheese, cheese balls, nut free cheese, mozzarella cheese - so much variety

Photo Credit: It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Nacho Chili Cheese Log by Peace Meal

Garlic and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheese Ball by Peace Meal

Everything Bagel Cheese Ball by Peace Meal

Cranberry & Thyme Vegan Cheese Ball by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Baked Cashew Cheese by Well Vegan

 

Nacho Cheese Sauce

Vegan cheeses are made with so many ingredients besides animals - cashew cheese, cheese balls, nut free cheese, mozzarella cheese - so much variety

Photo Credit: Veggie Primer

Plant Based Nacho Cheese Sauce by Veggie Primer

Vegan Nacho Cheese by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Cheddar Cheese

Vegan cheeses are made with so many ingredients besides animals - cashew cheese, cheese balls, nut free cheese, mozzarella cheese - so much variety

Photo Credit: Win Win Food

Vegan Cheddar Cheese Sauce by Win Win Food

 

There are many non-dairy options when it comes to cheese. I’d love to see you give some of these recipes a go.

Besides the soaking (for some) it doesn’t take too long to create a cheese-y taste and flavour.

Now you’ve got all this cheese what can you do with it? Have a look at Part 2 of the series – Cooking with Vegan Cheese

 

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. vegeTARAian says:

    I love everything about this! I’m also all for calling things what they are, even though they are a bit different. Who said being veg meant missing out!

    Thanks a bunch for joining the My Monthly Loves link up, I do hope to see you there again next month 😉

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