With the zingy, fresh taste of garlic and herbs, this vegan cheese is tangy and easy to make. We find this vegan garlic herb cheese is perfect for serving at parties or just enjoying as a delicious everyday spread.
Making your own vegan cheese
This gorgeous wheel of garlic and herb vegan cheese is:
- Cheap and easy to make
- Nut free and oil free
- Tangy and flavourful
- Delicious spread on toast or crackers
Cheese is often the last thing to go for many vegans as they transition their diet – it was for us. We’re not a fan of store bought vegan cheeses, finding them too artificial and full of coconut oil and starches.
So instead we’ve learnt to make our own, not trying to replicate the exact flavour of cheese, but rather its role in a dish.
So we make stretchy, melty sauce to go on top of pizza. Nutty, salty vegan parmesan to go on pasta. And this tangy garlic and herb cheese to spread on our favourite bread.
And we think it does the job really nicely – no it doesn’t taste exactly like cheese. But it ticks the boxes of crumbly/creamy and tangy/salty.
And it makes you want to spread it generously on everything!
Our garlic and herb vegan cheese contains:
- Sunflower seeds for the base
- Lemon juice for tang
- Garlic for zing
- Garlic powder for a touch more sweet garlickiness
- Nutritional yeast for cheesiness
- Dried herbs for an aromatic earthiness
- Chopped chives for their freshness
- And salt to bring it all together
Most vegan cheese recipes use cashew nuts, but here we use sunflower seeds. They’re an awesome budget friendly and nut free alternative to cashews.
This cheese costs around a third of the price than if you made it with nuts! And sunflower seeds are super nutritious too.
You can easily try the cheese as you blend it and adjust the quantities to taste.
You could change this recipe up by:
- Using other nuts or seeds – we’re gonna try almond and pumpkin seed next
- And using different fresh herbs in place of the chives – wild garlic, spring onions, parsley or coriander would all be delicious!
Step by step
STEP 1 – Soak the sunflower seeds overnight – then drain and rinse
STEP 2 – Put all the ingredients in a blender
STEP 3 – Process until well blended and scrape down the sides as needed
STEP 4 – Fill a ramekin or dish with a layer of chopped chives on the base, then fill up with the cheese
STEP 5 – When you are ready to serve, run a spatula around the edge of the dish to loosen the cheese wheel
STEP 6 – Flip over onto a plate or board
To form the cheese you want to find a suitable bowl or dish. You want something with a capacity of around 230ml or 8oz.
We use a straight sided glass ramekin that is 9cm by 4cm on the inside. This is just about perfect with a spoonful leftover to instantly enjoy!
First fill your container with a layer of the chopped chives, then fill it up with the blended cheese.
Smooth over the top with a spatula, cover and store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
Run a spatula around the side of the container to loosen the cheese, then turn it upside down onto a plate. It should come out with a little encouragement!
You can use a spatula to neaten it up again if necessary, and sprinkle on a few more herbs.
The flavours of the cheese merge and develop after being left in the fridge for a day. You can keep it in the covered ramekin, or an airtight container, until you wish to serve, for up to 3 days.
We hope you have fun making your garlic and herb ‘cheese’! Here’s some more fun DIY vegan recipes which you can make at home:
Vegan Chorizo (our fave on pizza!)
Sophie & Paul
Vegan Garlic & Herb Cheese
- Soak sunflower seeds in water overnight. Then drain and rinse.
- Put about half the chives aside, and put all other ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until the cheese comes together, achieving uniform consistency.
- Pause to scrape down the sides as often as necessary if all the ingredients get stuck to the side of the blender. Eventually, it will come together.
- In a suitable bowl or ramekin, line the bottom with the rest of the finely chopped chives, and add the cheese on top, pressing it gently into the shape. Tip it out onto a plate (go round the side with a spatula or knife if necessary), smooth out the side until you are happy with it, and serve!
- Alternatively, shape the cheese on a plate by hand, or simply serve in a bowl or on a plate, topped with the extra fresh chives.
- The flavours of this vegan cheese develop and blend together when it's stored in the fridge for a day or two. So it's worth not eating it all up at once!
- Store covered in the fridge to keep fresh and moist. Use up within three days.