Melty “Cheese” I


Special Diet Notes: Melty Cheese

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and optionally nut-free.

Melty “Cheese”
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup raw almonds, cashews, or sunflower seeds (for nut-free)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ tablespoon sea salt
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until very smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it becomes thick.
  3. Recommended on macaroni, vegetables and potatoes.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Hi. I glanced at a free cheese alternatives but am wondering if they will help me leave dairy cheese alone. I LOVE cheese: American, Cheddar, Mozzarella, etc. I overuse it n my omelets, sautéed spinach, kale, onion concoction, and so forth. Are there alternatives to that if not aforementioned?! Thank you

  2. Nicole Randall on

    Hi, I live in South Africa and have no idea what Nutritional Yeast is…? My daughter has dairy and soy allergies as well as peanuts and most legumes. I’m interested in your cheese substitutes, not so much for her but for me! When I’m breastfeeding (nursing) I have to be on her allergy-free diet. We have instant dry yeast that comes in sachets for breadmaking but I’m pretty sure that’s not what you’re referring to. Is it called by any other name?

    Nicole Randall

    • Hi Nicole, nutritional yeast is quite different from the yeast that you would use in breadmaking. It is an inactive yeast that has a pungent almost cheesy flavor and is typically fortified with B vitamins (hence the “nutritional” name). It comes in flakes or powder that are a mustardy yellow color and quite lightweight – not nearly as heavy as active yeast. I’m not sure where you could source it in South Africa – perhaps online or from a natural food store?

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