How to Make Vegan Cheese – Vegan Provolone

How to Make Vegan Cheese – Vegan Provolone

Have you ever wondered how to make vegan cheese?

After nearly 2 decades of being vegan, I have been on a quest to make the perfect vegan cheese!  I have finally done it and want to share it will you!  This vegan cheese recipe made with coconut milk will blow you away!

Does homemade vegan cheese really taste good?

If you have been vegan for a while, like more than 2 days, you probably miss the taste of cheese. The store bought brands probably aren’t what you had hoped they would be. This vegan cheese will amaze you! Even non-vegans love this stuff!
Vegan cheeses just don’t cut it for most people, but this recipe is as close as it comes to satisfying those cheese cravings! I’ve put out a cheese platter at many parties and family get-togethers and I’m always shocked with all the dairy eaters who are devouring my coconut cheese. (By the way, it’s rude to eat up all the vegan cheese at a party leaving the vegans hungry).

Showing how to make vegan cheese 3 ways. Vegan mozzerella, vegan smoked gouda, and vegan garlic herb.

Is making your own vegan cheese worth the effort?

It may seem overwhelming to make your own cheese, but I promise that it is very easy and worth every bit of your time! The cheeses that you buy at the store have sat on the shelf for a few weeks, they’re wrapped in plastic and have preservatives that change the flavor. You will not be able to buy vegan cheese that tastes this good in a store!  And… once you make it, you will see how simple it is to make your own!

Will it have a strong coconut flavor?

Surprisingly, this cheese doesn’t have much of a coconut flavor.  There is a slight coconut taste in the plain cheese, but it’s almost undetectable in the smoked gouda or garlic herb versions.  If you really hate the flavor of coconut, you may choose to use a different type of plant based milk, but your cheese will not be as rich and creamy as the coconut cheese.

What if I don’t want to use coconut milk?

You can substitute the coconut milk with any plant-based milk that you choose and some oil. Use 1 1/4  cup of plant milk and ½ cup oil instead of the coconut milk and water. This will work well, but it’s not be as rich and creamy as the coconut cheese. You can leave out the oil as well, but it will not have the same texture and mouth feel as cheese if you make a low fat version.

What ingredients do I need to make vegan cheese and what do they do?

With just a few ingredients, you can make the most delicious vegan cheese you have ever had!

  • Full fat coconut milk gives this dairy free cheese a rich creamy texture.
  • Some salt and nutritional yeast give it the cheesy flavor.
  • A small squeeze of lemon juice gives it a little cheesy bite.
  • Agar-agar is a white powder made from seaweed.  It is like a vegan gelatin.  It makes the cheese firm. (It comes in flakes or powder but use the powder. It is less expensive, you need less of it, and it blends easier and smoother. You can find great prices on it at most Asian markets or you can buy it on Amazon as well).
  • Finally, tapioca flour gives the cheese a little stretch when it melts.

Put all together, and it makes the perfect vegan cheese!

You can adjust the amount of agar agar to make the cheese more or less firm.  You can also increase the tapioca flour to make the cheese stretcher when it melts.  If you want cheese that is good for slicing and eating cold or on a cracker, use only 1 tsp. or tapioca flour.  If you want a melty vegan cheese for pizza or grilled cheese, increase the tapioca flour by 2 tbsp. for a stretchy vegan pizza cheese.

A perfect vegan grilled cheese sandwich made with strechy cheese that really melts!

How to make vegan cheese from coconut milk?

Simply put all the ingredients into a sauce pan and stir with a whisk.

Stirring the coconut cheese with a wisk.

Heat to a slow boil stirring constantly for 6 minutes. This allows the agar-agar to melt completely and set properly. (It may seem ready after 3-4 minutes but keep it at a low boil for 6 minutes to make sure that it is completely smooth).

It will get very thick and stretchy.

Pouring the coconut cheese into a Snapware container to set the vegan cheese.

Then pour into any shape container that you wish.  (One batch makes almost 2 cups of cheese).  I like to use these Snapware containers because they are made of glass and won’t affect the flavor and have lid with a good airtight lid to keep the cheese fresh longer.

5 from 4 votes
Recipe for making vegan cheese with coconut milk. Vegan cheese that melts and that you can slice.
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Chill Time
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time
10 mins

How to make a basic vegan cheese using coconut milk and free of dairy, gluten, soy and nuts.  Vegan provolone flavored cheese.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: cheese, gluten free, soy free, vegan
Servings: 8
Calories: 106 kcal
Author: Monica | The Hidden Veggies
  1. Prepare cheese molds by spraying  a glass bowl or container with spray oil or rub any neutral flavored oil on the molds to prevent sticking. (Recipe will make about 2 cups of cheese).

  2. Pour the can of coconut milk into a sauce pan.

  3. Put 1/2 cup of hot water into the empty coconut milk can to melt all the remaining coconut milk and add the water to the pan.

  4. Add all remaining ingredients to the sauce pan and stir with a whisk.

  5. Turn heat on to medium and stir frequently until it boils.

  6. Turn down heat until the cheese sauce is just barely boiling and stir constantly for 6 minutes until it is very smooth.

  7. Immediately pour into the prepared cheese molds.

  8. Let it cool with the lid off for about 15 minutes at room temperature, then transfer to the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to firmly set. 

  9. Once  cheese is cooled completely cover and store in the refrigerator in a sealed for up to a week.

Recipe Notes
  • To make this cheese able to melt and better for use on pizza or grilled cheese, add 2 additional tablespoons of tapioca starch.
  • For firmer cheese, leave out the tapioca starch from the recipe. 
  • For a cheesier flavor add and additional tsp of nutritional yeast.
  • You can substitute the coconut milk with any plant-based milk that you choose and some oil. Use 1 1/4  cup of plant milk and ½ cup oil instead of the coconut milk and water.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Sodium 299mg 12%
Potassium 156mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin C 0.7%
Calcium 1.6%
Iron 10.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

How to make vegan cheese with different flavors?

You can make simple variations of this cheese recipe to suit your tastes and needs.  These are some of my family’s favorites!

Vegan cheese with garlic and herbs!

If you like a smokey flavor you will love this vegan smoked gouda!

A classic vegan mozzarella recipe!


How do I make vegan cheese that stretches and melts?

See the melty vegan cheese recipe for pizza, vegan grilled cheese, and quesadillas.

A vegan grilled cheese sandwich made with vegan cheese that melts! Gluten free, soy free, and nut free, yet still creamy and delicious! Use this melty cheese recipe to make the best grilled cheese you have had since giving up dairy! It melts, stretches, and has the texture that you love and miss in non-dairy cheese!

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Have you ever wondered how to make vegan cheese? This vegan cheese made with coconut milk with blow you away! Recipes for vegan provolone, vegan mozzarella, vegan smoked gouda, and vegan cheese with garlic and herbs. This cheese is vegan , gluten free, nut free,and soy free so everyone can enjoy it.


22 thoughts on “How to Make Vegan Cheese – Vegan Provolone”

  • Hey, there! I’ve got agar bricks that I pulsed into flakes. I know you said that the powder is ultra better, but will the flakes make a decent substitution?

    • I have never used the agar bricks before, but I have heard that you can pulse it down. Could you pulse it further into a more powdery substance? I used the flakes once, but it seemed harder to work with. I that is all you have, they will work, but just make sure you do the conversion correctly. You will need 10 Tbsp of flakes instead of 2 Tbsp of powder. I hope it works for you. Let me know.

  • Hi there! When you mention 1 can of coconut oil, how much is that in cups? I’m writing from Argentina, and I’m pretty sure our measurements aren’t the same. Can’t wait to try this, it looks so easy to make!

    • Hi Antonella.You need use coconut milk not coconut oil. The cans of coconut milk where I live are always 13.5 fluid ounces. (That is just a little more than 1 1/2 cups). I hope that you are able to find it! By the way, I’m so excited that someone from Argentina is reading my blog! It has such a special place in my heart. I was an exchange student in Argentina in high school. (I lived in the city of Resistencia). Where are you? 🙂

  • Hello! Could gelatin be substituted for agar agar? I realize it wouldn’t be vegan, but we’re more concerned about dairy in our house!

    • Hi Devin. You could probably substitute gelatin, but I am not sure if the gelling strength is the same. You may have to play around with the proportions. I wish I had the answer for you, but I never cook with gelatin, so I’m not sure. (If you are trying to find a cheaper source for agar agar, I find it really cheap at my local Asian market. Good luck. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

    • Yes, you could add a little vinegar or even mustard instead or a little bit of flavor instead of the lemon juice. If you want a mild cheese, like more of a mozzarella taste, you can leave it out completely. Enjoy! 🙂

  • Hi there! In your recipe it says to use one teaspoon of tapioca starch, but in your recipe notes you say to make it stretchier to use 2 additional tablespoons of it. Did you mean to say teaspoons? Or is the recipe supposed to say a tablespoon instead? Confused. Thanks!

    • Sorry about the confusion. To make cheese that is good for slicing and eating cold, I add 1 teaspoon of tapioca starch. For stretchy cheese that melts, I add 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of tapioca starch. (I know that is a weird measurement, but that is the exact amount that I have found that makes it soft and stretchy, but still firm enough to cut or grate. Hope that helps. Enjoy!

      • Sorry I’m still confused about the tapioca starch. In your recipe you put 1 tbsp + 1 tsp and in your comments you said only one tsp if you don’t want it stretchy.

        • Hi Heather, If you want firm cheese that is good for slicing add 1 teaspoon of tapioca starch. If you want it to melt and stretch, add 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of tapioca starch. So, the stretchy cheese will have 2 tablespoons more tapioca starch than the slicing cheese. Enjoy! 🙂

  • I’m vey excited to try this. Question though, could I use corn starch instead of tapioca starch or is there some reason that tapioca starch would be better for this?

    • You can just leave the tapioca starch out all together if you want a firm cheese for slicing and eating cold. However, if you want the cheese to melt and stretch, you absolutely need to use the tapioca starch. There is nothing else that gives it that same stretch consistency when it melts. I hope that you enjoy it! 🙂

  • I never thought that I could make cheese…its sounds like it would take more time than I have.
    It literally takes less time than going to the store and picking up a pack of vegan cheese.
    Just be sure to follow the recipe.
    And the taste! OMG!
    I love the variations – hard cheese for crackers and stretchy cheese for melting on sandwiches and pizza.
    Thank you!

    • You’re welcome Emily! It is surprisingly easy to make your own! Glad you tried it!

  • This cheese is AMAZING!!! Thanks so much for making this recipe so easy to follow! I never thought that I could make vegan cheese, but it was really easy and it’s delicious!

    • The cheese really isn’t as hard as you would think. I’m so glad you liked it! 🙂

  • Hi there,
    You say to use 1/2 cup of hot water… is that from the tap or boiled water straight from the kettle?
    Hot steaming water that has just been boiled ?
    Thank you

    • You just need to use water hot enough to melt any of the coconut milk that is stuck inside of the can, so hot tap water is fine. Especially when it’s cold, the coconut cream sticks to the can. This is just how I make sure to get all of the coconut milk.
      I hope that you enjoy the cheese as much as we do!
      Let me know if you have any other questions.

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