Dairy-free Cheddar Cheese

I love sharp cheddar cheese! This Paleo-Vegan cheese tastes almost exactly like Wisconsin cheddar, except it’s dairy-free. It is a firm, rich, creamy cheese, with a slightly tangy flavor. Delicious on crackers, slice it for sandwiches, grate it into salads and soups, or use it to make vegan cheese sauce for veggies. It is made with coconut butter, lemon and a few other secret ingredients you can find in any healthy grocery. Easy to make – just blend, chill, slice, and eat! It keeps well in the freezer. Allow it to thaw for a few minutes before slicing so it doesn’t crumble. This cheese grates and slices best when cold, but not quite frozen. It will crumble when frozen, and soften from the heat of your fingers very quickly, because coconut butter melts at 78°. The garlic is optional – if you’re a garlic fan like me, you’ll be in heaven! Makes about 2 cups cheese.

Vegan Cheddar Cheese



  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk, thick (or 2 tablespoons if thin.)
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter, softened (put the jar in a bowl of warm water)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon unprocessed salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vitamin-C crystals
  • 1/2 clove fresh crushed garlic, optional. (Try it, it's amazing!)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (put the jar in a bowl of lukewarm water)
  • 3-6 tablespoons carrot, finely grated, for color. I used a micro-plane grater.


  1. In any style blender add lemon juice, coconut milk, coconut butter, nutritional yeast, salt, Vitamin-C crystals, and garlic, if using. Blend well until smooth. Have patience and add a bit more lemon juice if you need more liquid. My blender did OK but I had to help it with the corner of my rubber spatula.
  2. Add the grated carrot until it reaches your desired cheddar cheese color.
  3. Add the coconut oil and blend again until smooth. It will be quite thick.
  4. Pour into a freezer-safe container and freeze until solid. A shallow container is easier for even thawing. Enjoy!

4 Replies to "Dairy-free Cheddar Cheese"

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    Alexandria May 14, 2022 (11:45 am)

    Hi! Trying your recipe today and I was curious, why does your recipe include vit C crystals? What does it do to the cheese? Also if I don’t have any on hand, could it be omitted or is it important for how the recipe turns out? Let me know and thank you so much for the recipe!

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      Jane Barthelemy May 28, 2022 (4:48 am)

      Hi Alexandria, Thanks for your comment. Vitamin C crystals make your melange more SHARP tasting – like an aged cheese. I had them in the kitchen and since I’m a crazy experimenter, I threw some in, and the flavor was divine! It’s optional of course. Best wishes for your delicious health! Jane

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    ShellMosh November 6, 2021 (7:20 pm)

    Hi Jane, thanks so much for this recipe it’s wonderful! Do you think it would work with other nuts like cashew and almond butter milk and a neutral oil? Many thanks Shell

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      Jane Barthelemy November 17, 2021 (12:36 am)

      Hi ShellMosh, Thanks. That’s a GRREEEEAT idea! Try Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, almonds.
      For the oil, you need one that is solid at room temperature. That could include butter, palm oil, and coconut oil. You’ll need to test it to get the perfect texture, as the ratios will be different with each change you make. I encourage you to try different ingredients, as it will be edible and delicious regardless of the texture. Let us know what you discover!!! Jane

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