You can slice it, you can grate it, and most of you can enjoy it with abandon thanks to the pure ingredients in Treeline Aged Artisanal Nut Cheese. The cute little boxes house airtight packages with chilled, perfectly shaped, dairy-free hard cheese wheels. They are each made with insanely simple ingredients, which primarily consist of cashews and water. But it’s the addition of probiotics and the “aging” time that cause the cultures to work their magic and create pungent flavors.
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Treeline Aged Artisanal Nut Cheese is a Solid Dairy-Free Option
In terms of texture, these Treeline’s vegan cheese wheels 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. It’s just barely solid enough for easy grating (it does crumble a touch), but it’s still quite forgiving to the bite with a melt-away taste.
Despite the basic name, this variety has smoky, full-bodied flavor with lightly salty and gently pungent notes. Unlike the Treeline Soft Cheeses, their dairy-free hard cheeses are void of lemon, allowing a little more cohesive depth in the overall experience.
Ingredients: cashew nuts, filtered water, hickory smoked salt, vegan lactic acid, l. acidophilus.*
Nutrition (per 1-ounce serving): 140 calories, 11g fat, 5g carbs, 1g fiber, 0g sugars, 5g protein.*
This taste is quite similar to the Classic, but instead of a smoky flavor, it’s spiked with the fresh mild heat of cracked black pepper.
Ingredients: cashew nuts, filtered water, sea salt, vegan lactic acid, l. acidophilus, black peppercorns.*
Nutrition (per 1-ounce serving): 140 calories, 11g fat, 5g carbs, 4g fiber, 0g sugars, 5g protein.*
More Allergen Information*
Treeline has their own 15,000 square food production facility in Kingston, NY where they make and ship all of their products. Their facility is dairy-free, gluten-free, and kosher.
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More Facts on Treeline Aged Artisanal Nut Cheese
Price: $8.99 per 4-ounce wheel (with free shipping included if you purchase from their website!)
Availability: Treeline Aged Artisanal Nut Cheese is sold in about 3000 stores throughout the U.S. They also sell direct to customers via their website, and ship nationwide. See their website below to find out where to buy or to order online.
Certifications: Treeline Aged Artisanal Nut Cheese is Non-GMO Verified and Certified Kosher Pareve.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Treeline Aged Artisanal Nut Cheese is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, and paleo-friendly.*
For More Product Information: Visit the Treeline Treenut Cheese website at www.treelinecheese.com.
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.
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Bold and funky (in an authentic, savory sort of way), you only need a little bit to make a big impact. I loved slicing these very thinly and sprinkling them over salads and pastas galore. That small touch really elevates an average dish into something special. The Cracked Pepper variety does have a nice spicy bite, too.
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. I also liked the very short ingredient list and the fact that it actually contains probiotics. Just be sure to use or freeze it within one week. We discovered that it doesn’t last the full 2 weeks in the refrigerator like the package states, but it does freeze very well.