Dairy-Free Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are Easy to Make from Scratch

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Many years ago, holistic nutritionist and cookbook author jae steele shared her favorite recipe for dairy-free grilled cheese sandwiches with us. It’s a naturally vegan, nut-free, and plant-based recipe that comes together in minutes, uses basic ingredients, and doesn’t require any store-bought cheese alternatives! The “cheese” is simple, but homemade.

Dairy-Free Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Recipe - vegan, nut-free, soy-free, and plant-based. From scratch and easy to make with basic pantry ingredients!

Dairy-Free Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are Easy to Make from Scratch

Like many cheesy recipes, this one uses nutritional yeast. It’s an inactive yeast that’s often fortified with B vitamins, and has the umami vibe of cheddar. It is often sold in natural food stores, but you can easily buy it online. It’s shelf-stable, and stores well in the pantry for a very long time. It’s also very lightweight, so a pound of nutritional yeast is a lot.

If you want a fortified nutritional yeast, Anthony’s, Kal, and Bob’s Red Mill are good, affordable brands. Red Star is also a brand that we’ve enjoyed, but it isn’t as readily available as it used to be.

Dairy-Free Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Recipe - vegan, nut-free, soy-free, and plant-based. From scratch and easy to make with basic pantry ingredients!

Special Diet Notes: Vegan Grilled Cheese

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

If you need gluten-free, dairy-free grilled cheese sandwiches, use my Grilled Cheeze Sandwiches recipe in the 2nd edition of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook.

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Jae likes to serve these sandwiches with ketchup and pickles, but we think they are great with dairy-free tomato soup!
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 sandwiches
Ingredients
  • ½ cup water, plus additional if needed
  • ⅓ cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed or grated
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard powder
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Dairy-free buttery spread (can sub oil or mayonnaise)
  • 8 slices whole grain bread
Instructions
  1. In a small pan or skillet, whisk together the water, nutritional yeast, flour, garlic, salt, mustard, and pepper.
  2. Place the pan over low heat, and whisk constantly, like you are making gravy.
  3. Once the mixture gets pasty, whisk in the oil. Turn off the heat and whisk in a little more water if the mixture is too dry.
  4. Spread the buttery spread on one side of each slice of bread (or use mayonnaise or brush with olive oil).
  5. Take four of the slices, and slather the non-buttered side with the dairy-free "cheese." Top with the other four slices of bread, buttered side out. You should have four dairy-free grilled cheese sandwiches that are buttered on the outsides.
  6. Pan fry the sandwiches in a skillet until golden brown on each side.
  7. Slice the sandwiches in half and serve.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, 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.

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