24 Cheesy Recipes So Good You’d Never Guess They Are Dairy-Free

I’ve been talking about dairy-free cheese a lot lately. Recently, I talked about 15 Deliciously Dairy-Free Mac & Cheese Recipes and now I want to keep the cheesy conversation going. The popularity of plant-based dairy products is on the rise. By the year 2022, global sales of dairy alternatives are projected to reach over $21.7 billion in sales.

Those numbers are impressive but not really surprising. People love cheese. Turns out, there’s a scientific reason for this and it has to do with casomorphins. According to research presented by Dr. Neal Barnard in his book, Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings, cheese can be quite addictive because of the way our body breaks down animal milk proteins. “Casomorphins attach to the brain’s opiate receptors to cause a calming effect in much the same way heroin and morphine do,” Barnard explains.

Casomorphins aside, there are a lot of reasons to stop eating dairy including health, environmental and ethical considerations. With more and more dairy-free options available, you don’t have to give up the cheesy flavors you’ve come to love. All you need are a few good dairy-free cheese recipes—I found you 24.

Creamy, Cheesy Dips & Sauces

Let’s talk about creamy, cheesy sauces and dips. They’re perfect for nachos, french fries or baked potatoes, and for pouring onto freshly steamed vegetables. A tangy, dairy-free cheese sauce can enhance and transform boring dishes. Plus, they can be made from things like roasted vegetables or nuts which can make them sneakily healthy.

Here are a few dairy-free cheesy sauces to try.
Vegan-Cheese-Sauce-forkandbeansVegan Cheese Sauce from Fork & Beans

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Sliceable, Diceable, Shredable Cheeses

Homemade dairy-free cheeses of today have come a long way from the early non-melting days of the past. From blocks to shreds, to grated or even slices, these dairy-free cheeses are a great way to have the familiar taste of cheese without using dairy. Perfect for cheese plates, on top of pizzas, layered in sandwiches or even as a snack.

Get ready to slice, dice or grate your way into cheese-filled bliss with these recipes.

Vegan Parmesan CheeseGrateable Parmesan Cheese from Veggies Don’t Bite

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Cheese-Flavored Snacks

Are you a snacker? If so, you’re not alone. According to a 2014 Nielsen report, snacking is a $374 billion global industry. That’s a lot of snacks! If you are a fan of cheese-flavored snacks who has also ditched dairy, I have great news for you. There are plenty of dairy-free cheesy snacks to choose from.

The following recipes put a dairy-free spin on some cheesy snack favorites.

Vegan Cheez Its from Minimalist BakerVegan Cheez Its by Minimalist Baker

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Cheese-Filled Desserts

Whenever I think of decadent cheese-filled desserts, I immediately think of cheesecake. But a rich, delicious cheesecake (topped with a thick caramel sauce or tart fruit preserve please) isn’t the only dessert where cheese shines. Cheese works well in a wide variety of desserts and the reason why is straightforward: Cheese can hold it’s own flavor when paired with the sweetness of sugar. The mix of fatty, salty and sweet offers desserts a lush, unexpected taste.

Here are a few recipes to show how versatile cheese can be in sweet recipes.

Vegan New York Style Cheesecake from A Virtual VeganNew York Style Cheesecake from A Virtual Vegan

Recipes to Try:

Have you ditched dairy like me? Is there one cheese-filled food you just can’t get enough of? Let’s keep the cheese talk going in the comments!

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Photos via recipe authors; used with permission.


Angel W
Angel W8 days ago

looks good!!!!!!!1

Emma Z
Emma Z9 days ago

thanks for sharing

JoAnn Paris
JoAnn Paris11 days ago

Thank you for this very interesting article.

Melanie S

Just love extra old cheddar!

Mike R
Mike R11 days ago


Margie F11 days ago

Good for vegans

Stephanie s
Stephanie s12 days ago

Thank you

Elaine W
Elaine W12 days ago

O.K. Thanks ;)

Naomi Dreyer
Naomi Dreyer12 days ago


Marija M
Marija M12 days ago