Non-Dairy Swiss Style Cheese (Vegan, Gluten-Free)


This non-dairy Swiss style cheese recipe was adapted from

Special Diet Notes: Non-Dairy Swiss Style Cheese

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

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Non-Dairy Swiss Style Cheese
  • 1½ cups water
  • ⅓ cup agar flakes
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ⅓ cup blanched almonds
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ⅓ cup dairy-free milk beverage
  • ⅓ cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon light or mellow miso (use soy-free, if needed)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  1. Place the water and agar flakes in a small saucepan, and simmer over low heat to thoroughly dissolve the agar flakes.
  2. Meanwhile, place the cashews, almonds, and oil in a blender and process for 1-2 minutes, until a smooth paste forms. S
  3. crape down the sides, add the remaining ingredients, and process for 1 minute.
  4. After the agar mixture has simmered for 5 minutes, add it to the blender, and process for an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Lightly oil a 3-cup mold, plastic container, or small loaf pan. Pour the cheese mixture into the mold, cover, and chill overnight.
  6. Un-mold the cheese and use sliced or shredded in place of commercially made cheese in your favorite recipes, or enjoy with crackers, breads, or fruit.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 7-10 days.

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.


    • I will hopefully be updating this post with more information soon. When I do, I will add details about soy-free miso. And it should state “optionally soy free” – I will edit that now. There are soy-free chickpea miso and brown rice miso products available. They work well.

  1. This is delicious! I really missed Swiss cheese and found the taste from this recipe similar. I used pumpkin seeds because that was what I had on hand. Paired the cheese with a fruit and bread plate.

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