Cheeseballs have long been a popular and indulgent appetizer enjoyed at BBQs, parties, and gatherings. They’re a versatile and delectable dish that combines rich, creamy, and savory flavors. It’s no wonder that cheeseballs have become a staple item in many people’s comfort food rotation.
However, what about those who adhere to a vegan diet? Does that mean they have to miss out on this delightful treat? Absolutely not!
Good news for vegan foodies, it’s 100% possible to make mouthwatering and scrumptious vegan cheeseballs! With a bit of creativity in the kitchen and some specific ingredient swaps, vegans can also enjoy these tasty spheres of appetizer goodness.
These vegan cheeseballs are not only an excellent option for those following a vegan diet, but they are also suitable for those who may be lactose intolerant or dairy-free. Many of these recipes are free from gluten as well!
What do you use to make vegan cheeseballs?
Many of these delicious vegan cheeseballs use vegan cheese substitutes like cashew cheese or store-bought vegan cream cheese. And I’ll tell you, these cheeses have come a long way in the recent years. Nutritional yeast also adds a pop of cheesy flavor.
Then, add a mix of spices and herbs, often featuring the bold and piquant flavors of garlic, dill, chives, or crushed red pepper. The combinations are truly endless. Roll it all together to form a ball, and then coat the exterior with crunchy toppings like chopped walnuts, crushed pretzels, or everything seasoning. After a bit of chilling, your tasty cheeseball is ready to devour!
What to pair with vegan cheeseballs
Pair these scrumptious vegan cheeseballs with colorful veggie sticks like carrots, celery, and cucumbers, or serve them with an assortment of pita crackers and artisan breads. No matter how they’re presented, these vegan cheeseballs will undoubtedly become the star of any cookout or gathering – and they’ll prove that everyone, regardless of their dietary preferences, can indulge in the irresistible charm of cheeseballs.
Here are my favorite vegan cheeseball recipes (in no particular order).
This vegan holiday cheeseball uses raw cashews and cranberries for a festive take on this appetizer. The red and green colors make it the perfect option for a winter gathering.
What’s better than one giant vegan cheeseball? Several small ones! This recipe makes individual cheeseballs, so they’re the perfect appetizer for a gathering. Or, you can make the recipe one big cheeseball. Made with cashews, chives, and pecans, you can’t go wrong with this tasty and comforting appetizer.
This vegan cheeseball is made with vegan cream cheese instead of cashews. The addition of vegan cheese makes it’s ultra creamy and decadent. I also love the addition of buttery olives for added flavor and texture.
There is something magical about the flavors of smoke and cheese together. This cheeseball is unique because it uses liquid smoke for a flavor that is different from the rest. You’ll love the rich flavor, especially on a cracker.
This creamy and delightful cheeseball uses simple ingredients, making this recipe an easy one to make at home. It’s perfect for a game day appetizer, or just to share with friends on game night. This cheeseball is thickened with agar, making it a unique texture that stands apart.
Did someone say tomato and basil? Yes, please! This vegan cheeseball incorporates all of the best flavors. Tofutti cream cheese and vegan cheddar come together for a mouthwatering and creamy appetizer that will please anyone at your party.
I hope you enjoyed this round-up of vegan cheeseball recipes. Next time you have a social gathering to plan for, try incorporating this appetizer in your rotation. They’re such a crowd pleaser!