Nut Free Vegan Cream Cheese

/Nut Free Vegan Cream Cheese

Nut Free Vegan Cream Cheese

This is a quick and easy dairy free and nut free recipe and it will be done in under half an hour!

With a neutral flavor, this homemade plant based cream cheese can be turned into a sweet or savory flavor of your choice.

If going sweet try adding sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, lemon juice etc… or try savory combinations such as herb, garlic, chives, pepper, chili and so on. The options are endless 🙂

It is a great vegan cream cheese spread that can be used on crackers, sandwiches, frosting and more!

Vegan Cream Cheese
Servings Prep Time
1cup 2minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
Votes: 16
Rating: 3.56
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Vegan Cream Cheese
Servings Prep Time
1cup 2minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
Votes: 16
Rating: 3.56
Rate this recipe!
10minutes 20minutes
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Vegan Cream Cheese
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  1. For this simple recipe you will need a medium saucepan or pot, a stirring spoon, whisk and a glass or plastic bowl to put in the fridge while the cheese sets.
  2. Add your agar agar to the pan first, followed by the hot water and milk, then bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for 7 - 10 minutes until the mixture thickens.
  3. Pour the hot mixture into your storage bowl and place in the fridge for approximately 20 minutes until set.
  4. Once the mixture has set, take it out of the fridge and use your whisk to break it up until the texture starts to feel like cream cheese.
  5. Next add the lemon juice, salt and sugar, then mix through thoroughly.
  6. From here you can take this base recipe and you can make it sweet or savoury. E.g. Cinnamon, sugar, maple syrup for a sweet option or go down the savory road with herbs, garlic, chives, pepper etc. The options are up to you.
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By |2015-07-29T06:01:43+10:00March 9th, 2015|Recipe, Videos|23 Comments

About the Author:

Anja Cass is a popular vegan cook with a passion for creating healthy plant based recipes that taste amazing! Having lost over 50 pounds, beating early onset heart disease and having more energy than when she was 20, she is motivated to share her new lifestyle with you. Enjoy her delicious recipes to get you, your family and your friends on the path to healthy living!


  1. Jill Sterner March 15, 2015 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Hi Anja I must say your Crusty Bread is so enjoyed shared some with my Friend she is definitely going to make it too I made it twice after I put in Frig I crisp it up single Pieces under the Broiler in Toaster oven taste like I just made it thanks this now my Favorite Bread Yay to You! :-))

    • Anja March 16, 2015 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      Fantastic Jill! So glad you like the recipe and that you are sharing it with your friend 🙂 I love sharing my food with friends too x

  2. Marygrace March 21, 2015 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Hi Anna please can you tell me why my cheese did not come so hard. It is solid but not hard that you can greeted. I did everything like yours. My Agar Agar was flakes but I did three times the measure of your Agar. So I really do not know what happened. Thank you

    • Anja March 22, 2015 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      My measurements are given in metric, maybe you need to use a little more agar. Also, make sure you cook it long enough so it activates the agar powder. When you set it in the fridge, make sure you don’t put a lid on, otherwise the condensation will make it a bit wet. Hope that helps 🙂

  3. Alexandra May 31, 2015 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Hi Anja,
    What a great recipe! Made it three times already and turned out so good. Today instead of stirring it I’ve put it in the food processor and the result was so smooth, yum! I seasoned it with herbamare. This recipe is the best vegan cream cheese 🙂
    Thanks for your videos, you’re so sweet and friendly plus you explain very good your recipes. I think you should write a cookbook, I’d buy it straight away.
    Thanks 🙂

    • Anja June 1, 2015 at 12:25 am - Reply

      Thank you for your lovely feedback Alexandra. So glad you like the recipe. By the way, I am working on a cookbook at the moment and it should be released in the next month or two 🙂

  4. Karla August 7, 2015 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Hi Anja! Thanks you so much for your beautiful heart and generosity! I recently used a savory cheesecake recipe,loved it but probably won’t make it very often due to the store bought “fake” cream cheese. Have you tried baking with the cream cheese from this recipe?

    PS I Love Forks Over Knives and The China Study!!

    • Anja August 10, 2015 at 2:46 am - Reply

      Hi Karla, I haven’t tried this in baking yet. If you do, let me know how it goes 🙂

  5. Andy October 7, 2015 at 5:31 am - Reply

    Hi Anja,
    i just found your recipe for the cream cheese, and while watching your video, I was wondering how to use it for frosting? How much sugar and anything else would it need? Can I use it for baking? It looks wonderful and easy to make, thank you!

    • Anja October 7, 2015 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      I haven’t really got too creative with this recipe… if you experiment, please let me know how it goes 🙂

  6. Matt February 20, 2016 at 9:06 am - Reply

    How do you think this would hold up frozen?

    • Anja February 23, 2016 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      It should be ok but I haven’t tried freezing it.

  7. Matt February 20, 2016 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Hi Anja – do you think you could use coconut milk for this?

    • Anja February 23, 2016 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      You can but it will add sweetness to the overall flavor.

  8. RACHEL October 7, 2016 at 8:23 am - Reply

    This should work in a no-bake cheesecake right?

  9. Dawn Marie Pokorny April 6, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Hi Anja, Thank you so much for your wonderful videos.
    I’ve been having a health issue, and i’ve been trying to heal by going vegan and making my own foods from scratch. (juicing etc.)
    I’ve been healing very well, everyday a little better. Your videos have been helping me on my journey. Thank you for that~

    ps. You have beautiful eyes!

    Much Love in California,


    • Anja May 18, 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      So glad that you have found my recipes Dawn, and I’m so glad that you on your healing journey.

  10. Halo April 17, 2017 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    How long would it last in the fridge?

    • Anja May 18, 2017 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      About 5 days.

  11. Kathy Killian December 12, 2017 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Hello Anja, I have tried most of your recipes, and when my husband ate it , I knew it was delicious, especially those brownie, trying the banana blueberry ice cream , thank u so very much, and I lost weight , wow what a blessing ,keep up , everyone should buy your book, Thank u Jerome & Kathy Killian

    • Anja January 9, 2018 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your fabulous feedback. I really appreciate it 🙂

  12. kaylene January 16, 2018 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Can i use something else than Agar Agar in the cheese recipes Anja.

    • Anja January 27, 2018 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      I’ve only used agar powder.

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