Melty “Cheese” II


Making your own dairy-free cheese is not only more affordable than store bought, but also more wholesome. Plus it’s easy to prepare! This vegan melty cheese has a lovely creamy texture that melts nicely into pasta or casseroles and on top of pizza or nachos. It’s versatile and incredibly delicious!

Special Diet Notes: Vegan Melty Cheese

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

Melty “Cheese” II
  • 1-16 ounce package of silken tofu
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup dairy-free milk beverage
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey or sugar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until very smooth. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it becomes thick. Spice it up to serve on nachos, use it as a dip, in a casserole, or smothered on potatoes and vegetables.

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,

    Could you suggest a substitute for yeast in this recipe? The substitute need not necessarily be vegan or gluten free – I am only looking to replicate processed cheese at home using fresh vegetarian ingredients.

    Also, is there an alternative to mustard in terms of flavouring here?


    • Hi Nal, it isn’t an easy thing to substitute and would require some experimentation. You might try a little miso (much less than 1/2 cup – start with more like a tablespoon) for that pungent flavor, but note that it will also add saltiness.

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