Vegan Gouda Cheese Recipe

This vegan gouda cheese recipe came to existence because, ok, so cheese is life, and being super natural with food normally I had to look into making a really delicious vegan version. Best. Decision. Ever! Low Carb, Low Calorie, and Low Fat. Makes 16 ounces. Per 1 ounce serving: 5.5g Carbs, 3g Fat, 1.8g Protein

Who else runs to Pinterest or searches the grocery store for good vegan alternatives to cheese? Same here! It took a bit of trial and error, and I’m so excited to share this recipe with you because it is perfection. If I ever decide to totally give up cheese, I’m ok with it because I have this recipe.

Vegan Cheese Recipe displayed on a fruit and veggie board (strawberries, green grapes, mini bell peppers in red and yellow, and chocolate)

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Vegan Cheese Recipe displayed on a fruit and veggie board (strawberries, green grapes, mini bell peppers in red and yellow, and chocolate)

How To Make This Vegan Cheese Recipe Perfect Every Time

Ingredients For Non-Dairy Gouda Cheese:

Here’s what you need in one grocery list:

  • Raw cashews, soaked (1 cup)
  • Tapioca flour, also known as tapioca starch (1/4 cup)
  • Nutritional yeast flakes (1 tbsp)
  • Pink Himalayan Salt, finely ground (1 1/2 tsp)
  • Lemon juice (1 tbsp)
  • Garlic powder (1 tsp)
  • Agar agar (1 1/2 tbsp)
  • Boiling water (1 1/2 cup)
  • FULL RECIPE PROVIDED IN RECIPE CARD!

Like this recipe? You may want to check out these other Vegan Food Recipes. Not vegan, cool! Check out these Vegetarian Food Recipes.

Recipe Variations

Try adding liquid smoke and/or onion powder too!

Vegan Cheese Recipe displayed on a fruit and veggie board (strawberries, green grapes, mini bell peppers in red and yellow, and chocolate)

How To Make Vegan Block Cheese

The two ingredients necessary to get the right consistency for solid blocked cheese, shredded cheese, and/or melting cheese:

Agar Agar and Tapioca flour, also known as tapioca starch.

Once you have these two items, all forms of vegan cheese is a walk in the park! I’ve linked the brands I use. Agar agar is an amazon purchase, but tapioca flour is straight from the grocery store. I prefer the Telephone Brand for agar agar because it comes in little packets so it’s convenient to use without opening a whole bag.

Why Is agar agar and tapioca flour so important?

Agar agar is the solidifying agent. It allows your non-dairy cheese to be in block form for a cheese board and it shreds beautifully.

Tapioca flour is what gives the stretchy and melting factors.

Vegan Cheese Recipe displayed on a fruit and veggie board (strawberries, green grapes, mini bell peppers in red and yellow, and chocolate)
Vegan Cheese Board with Two Cheeses: Gouda Cheese Block and Cheddar Cheese Dip

What Is Vegan Cheese Made Of?

This vegan cheese recipe is made with raw cashews. I’ve also been making nut-free vegan cheese using chickpea flour and sunflower seeds for example. I absolutely adore making vegan mac and cheese with a few tweaks to this recipe or my smoked cheddar vegan cheese dip recipe. Literally the best. I’ll be updating this post when I get the chance to post those recipes, so please consider subscribing so you can get recipes when they come out!

Vegan Cheese Recipe displayed on a fruit and veggie board. One the board here are strawberries and yellow and red mini bell peppers, also green grapes

Vegan Gouda Cheese Recipe

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This vegan gouda cheese recipe came to existence because, ok, so cheese is life, and being super natural with food normally I had to look into making a really delicious vegan version. Best. Decision. Ever! Low Carb, Low Calorie, and Low Fat!
Per 1 ounce serving: 5.5g Carbs, 3g Fat, 1.8g Protein
Prep Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer, lunch
Cuisine non-dairy cheese, vegan food, vegetarian
Servings 16 ounces
Calories 53 kcal

Equipment

  • blender or food processor
  • pot
  • whisk
  • bowl
  • saran wrap or cling wrap

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Raw cashews, soaked soak in hot water for 30 minutes to 8 hours
  • ¼ cup Tapioca flour, also known as tapioca starch
  • 1 tbsp Nutritional yeast flakes
  • tsp Pink Himalayan Salt, finely ground or salt of choice
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder (1 tsp)
  • tbsp Agar agar
  • cup Boiling water

Instructions
 

  • Submerge raw cashews in hot water and soak for a minimum of 30 minutes up to overnight (8 hours). The longer you soak the cashews, the softer they are during the blending process. I find it works well with a 30 minute soak.
  • Add soaked cashews, tapioca flour, nutritional yeast flakes, salt, garlic powder, and lemon juice to blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If necessary, add only a very small amount of water to help blending up to ⅛ cup. I do not add water during this stage however.
  • Boil 1½cup of water and add agar agar to it once it is boiling. Immediately remove from heat and scrape blended ingredients to pan and whisk.
  • The cheese will be thick and stretchy. Pour into a bowl or ramekin of choice and cover with a kitchen towel or saran wrap.
  • Allow cheese to set in fridge for at least 2 hours to solidify.
  • Once solid, turn bowl over and remove cheese block. Serve on a cheese board, shred as desired, or use as desired!
  • Storage: Keep leftovers wrapped in cling wrap and use within 7-10 days.
Keyword non-dairy cheese, vegan cheese, vegan cheese recipe

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