Treeline Treenut Cheese: Aged Artisanal Hard Nut Cheese Varieties

Classic, Cracked Pepper
TBA per 4-ounce wheel

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On May 28, 2015
Last modified:May 28, 2015


Like any other fine cheese, this aged dairy-free nut cheese is a luxury in taste, texture and price. But the versatility (it grates and slices!) and pungent taste (just a little will do it) make it an indulgence worth trialing. We likened it to a quality Parmesan, but with a gentler consistency (it still melts in your mouth rather than crumbling) and it's own uniquely pungent flavor flair. As an added bonus, each variety contains a very simple ingredient list that fits most special diets, from vegan to paleo.

You can slice it, you can grate it, and most of you can enjoy it with abandon thanks to the pure ingredients in Treeline hard nut cheese.

Treeline Hard Nut Cheeses (Aged Artisanal) - cashew-based, dairy-free, soy-free, paleo, and vegan (yes, you can grate it!)

Those cute little boxes of Treeline hard nut cheese house airtight packages with chilled, perfectly shaped wheels. They are each made with insanely simple ingredients, primarily cashews and water, but the addition of probiotics and the “aging” time cause the cultures to work their magic and create pungent flavors.

In terms of texture, these Treeline varieties are relatively smooth and creamy, but with a slight ground nut vibe. And though they are labeled as hard nut cheese, I’d describe the consistency as a cross between firm and soft cheese, just barely solid enough for easy grating (it does like to crumble a touch!) but still quite forgiving to the bite with a melt-away taste.

Treeline Hard Nut Cheeses (Aged Artisanal) - cashew-based, dairy-free, soy-free, paleo, and vegan (yes, you can grate it!)

Treeline Classic hard nut cheese (pictured grated above), has a pleasantly cohesive, lightly salty, gently pungent, full-bodied flavor with definite smoky hints from the addition of hickory smoked salt. Unlike the Treeline soft cheeses, these varieties are void of lemon, which eliminated outlying notes and brought the taste up a notch, in our opinions. Is it just like cheese? Probably not, but it has that cheese-like essence that can satisfy cravings and add so much to a meal or appetizer plate.

Treeline Cracked Pepper hard nut cheese (pictured below) is quite similar to the Classic, but instead of those warm hickory smoked notes it is spiked with the fresh taste of cracked black pepper. The spice provides a nice complimentary flavor that’s rather addicting and bold without overpowering heat.

Treeline Hard Nut Cheeses (Aged Artisanal) - cashew-based, dairy-free, soy-free, paleo, and vegan (yes, you can grate it!)

For me, the only drawbacks to Treeline hard nut cheese were finding the perfect pairings – it wasn’t a perfect stand-in for parma, but has it’s own flavors that will take a little experimentation for identifying the best uses – and the shelf life. While the package said it will keep for 2 weeks once opened, ours began developing mold after only one week. So use it quickly or freeze, as the modestly luxurious price and taste don’t warrant waste!

Certifications: Treeline Hard Nut Cheese varieties are labeled as vegan and gluten-free, but we didn’t note any certifications.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Treeline Hard Nut Cheese flavors are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, paleo, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Treeline Treenut Cheese website at

Have you tried Treeline Hard Nut Cheese? Share your opinions and questions in the comments below!

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  2. Just wanted to share a comment from reader Michelle S. via our Facebook page on Treeline Cheese: “I have tried a lot of vegan cheeses that people have recommended as “delicious” and most of them are so bad, I cannot even eat them! This is one of the few that I have liked. In fact, I would call it AMAZING! I only tried the Herb-Garlic so far and it is so delicious! I could easily serve this to cheese lovers and they would not know it was vegan! It is really that good! I am going to go buy every kind they have now! I found it at Rollin’ Oats in St. Petersburg, FL, but they only had 2 or 3 flavors. After wasting so much money on horrible vegan cheese products, I was only willing to risk buying one. smile emoticon According to their website, they have lots of amazing sounding products that I cannot wait to try now! I am SO excited to discover this brand!”

  3. Barbara Lee Williamson on

    Love it!!!!!! Can NOT remember where I found it & we full- time travel? Can Not find it anywhere (Myrtle Beach, SC area, Charleston, SC, Ft Myers, Fla.—- can we just order a bunch from the TREELINE folks????????????

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