I’m thrilled to share a plant-based recipe to revolutionize vegan cooking. This instant mix is my favorite to pull out on a busy day. Use it to make the best vegan mac or make a luscious sauce – this easy-to-make vegan cheese sauce powder can do it all!
It’s a must-have in your homemade vegan pantry along with my oat parm, chicken bouillon, and beffy bouillon. This almost instant cheesy pasta dish is a must-have and Cheryl’s favorite thing!
If you, like my picky eater Cheryl, love the simplicity of boxed mac and cheese but crave a healthier, gourmet twist, you’re in for a treat. Meet my DIY Oat Vegan Cheese Powder – your new staple for creating luscious, dairy-free cheese sauces with ease!
Why You’ll Love This Vegan Cheese Powder
Long Shelf Life
Store it at room temp in an airtight container and it’s ready when you need it.
Ideal for mac ‘n’ cheese, casseroles, or as a simple cheesy sauce on steamed veggies and potatoes. Be sure to try it on your favorite gluten-free pasta!
This cheese mix is packed with nutritional yeast, oats, and spices for a healthy yet delicious alternative to real cheese. Best of all no oil or nuts in the recipe!
Ingredients You Need
- rolled oats – provide the bulk of this powder mix, and believe it or not, the creaminess for this cheese recipe
- nutritional yeast – makes it taste like cheese
- tomato powder – adds more umami and gives another layer of flavor
- salt or salt substitute if you are on a salt-free diet
- smoked paprika – for a smoky flavor and umami
- mustard powder – adds a bite like in cheddar cheese
- onion powder – layers of flavor
- garlic powder – layers of flavor
- lactic acid – gives an aged flavor to your cheese sauce and it’s completely vegan!
- turmeric powder – for color
Using the Cheese Powder:
- Heat 1 – 1.5 cups of non-dairy milk (like soy milk, oat milk, or almond milk) in a pan over medium heat.
- Whisk in 1/2 cup mix (the cheese powder) until smooth.
- Add cooked pasta or veggies, and stir in the creamy sauce until well-coated.
What is Vegan Lactic Acid?
It’s a plant-based ingredient that adds a tangy, cheese-like flavor. It’s commonly used in vegan foods to mimic the taste of dairy products.
Can I Use Different Plant Milk?
Absolutely! Oat milk, soy milk, almond milk, or even coconut milk work great.
How Long Does the Powder Last?
Stored in an air-tight container, it can last several months.
Tips and Tricks:
- Add More Spices: Feel free to experiment with additional flavors like black pepper, lemon pepper, or even a bit of vegan parmesan cheese for extra zest.
- Use as a Topping: Sprinkle over warm noodles, brussels sprouts, or any savory recipe for a cheesy taste.
More Plant-Based Cheese Recipes
- Nut-Free Okara Ricotta
- Pasta Cheese Sauce for Mac and Cheese
- Vegan Cashew Pub Cheese
- Vegan Goat Cheese – no nuts
- Almond Goat Cheese
- No Oil Vegan Pizza Fondue – Made with Oats
- Almond and White Bean Fondue
- DIY Oat Vegan Cheese Powder Recipe
- Easy American Vegan Melty Cheese Recipe
- Oil-Free Pepper Jack Cheese Recipe
- Easy Vegan Parmesan Recipe: Nut-free, Soy-free, and Made with Oats!
- Nut-Free Oat Vegan Queso
- Instant Pot Cauliflower Queso
- Bean Queso
- Vegan Torchy’s Queso Copycat
Easy Vegan Cheese Powder Recipe – Made with Rolled Oats
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tablespoon tomato powder or 2 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
- 1 teaspoon salt , or salt substitute
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder , add more to make sharper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon lactic acid
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
Make the vegan cheese powder:
- Blend all ingredients until the mixture becomes a powder.
- Store in an airtight container.
To use to make a cheese sauce:
- Heat 1 – 1.5 cups non-dairy milk, water or use pasta water in a pan over medium heat.
- Then add 1/2 cup of mix, whisk well.
- Either toss in the cooked pasta is using, or cook till thick enough to pour over your veggies!