This category of cheese is best when you want to substitute grated parmesan, feta or cotija. Remember that this section is the easiest to make at home, allowing you to mix in healthy ingredients!
Nutritional yeast isn’t a vegan cheese substitute by itself, but it’s a good option when you want to thicken a sauce with some Parmesan cheese.
This wonderful yellow substance is basically inactive yeast packaged in a powder form. It’s considered “nutritious” because you can eat it by itself and it won’t ferment the foods it contains, unlike yeast used in baking.
Again, despite its appearance, nutritional yeast by itself will not serve as a particularly good cheese substitute for vegans. It has a slightly richer flavor, but its powdery texture isn’t as salty or salty as you’d expect parmesan or feta to be.
That said, nutritional yeast tastes great when mixed into creamy sauces, soups, and pestos. It adds the same rich flavor and density that a shredded cheese doesn’t overload your sauce with artificial flavors.
Finally, nutritional yeast is a winner when it comes to, well, nutrition! It’s low in fat at just 0.5 grams, 25 milligrams of sodium and packs 8 grams of protein per serving. As a result, it’s a nutritious and delicious choice for cheese-loving vegans.
Violife Just Like Feta
The Violife is just like the Feta Block One of the few vegan feta options, and a solid option when you want that specific flavor. Like genuine feta, this cheese alternative for vegetarians comes in block form, meaning you can grate or crumble it yourself to get a finer texture. Alternatively, you can place large slabs of cheese on sandwiches, slices of bread or tomatoes.
Like Violife’s other cheeses, feta is made with water, coconut oil, potato starch and olive extract for a slightly Mediterranean flavor. It’s also light on calories and carbs (90 calories and 3 grams, respectively), but it’s quite fatty (8 grams) and contains no protein.
If you are going to use parmesan or other cheese as a topping, the best choice would be to make your own almond and nutritional yeast mixture. To make an almond-based Parmesan, choose your favorite tree nut. Cashews are an excellent choice because they are fatty and flavorful. If you want a different flavor, you can also try walnuts, pecans or macadamia nuts.
Combine about 3/4 cup of your chosen tree nuts with 2-4 tablespoons of nutritional yeast and a teaspoon of salt. For a more flavorful cheese, add 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, more salt, or other spices. Add these ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend them until a cohesive powder is formed.
Nut-based Parmesan is great for vegan cheese fans for a few reasons. First, they allow you to customize your cheese with your preferred flavor suite; If you want to spice up a pasta dish, you can make a herb parmesan. If you want a shredded Mexican-inspired cheese, you can add lemon salt to make it sharp and tangy.
Second, they are an incredibly nutritious option. Adding the nutritional benefits of cashews along with salt and nutritional yeast, a natural cashew-based parmesan has about 150 calories per serving. It has the same amount of sodium as the leading vegan parmesan (450 mg) and 5 more grams of protein.
Finally, this variety of vegan cheese bypasses the litany of artificial ingredients and preservatives you typically find in cheese alternatives for vegetarians. Instead, it’s made almost entirely of ingredients from your pantry, making it fresher, tastier and less dense with mystery ingredients. Plus, it’s perfect for a paleo diet!