The perfect vegan cheese recipe to drizzle on broccoli or a baked potato, to make nachos with, to use as a dip, to smother French fries for loaded cheesy fries, or to enjoy with anything you like! This vegan cheese recipe is made with just 10 ingredients including raw sunflower seeds and a few other pantry staples, and when combined, they make the perfect creamy cheesy nut-free cheesy deliciousness!
Add the sunflower seeds to a small pot and cover them with water. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 - 15 minutes until the sunflower seeds are lighter in color and tender. This helps soften the sunflower seeds so that they blend smoother and creamier. Drain and rinse well.
Add the rinsed sunflower seeds to a blender along with 1 cup fresh water, the nutritional yeast, tapioca starch, paprika, agave, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and turmeric. Blend until smooth as possible, stopping to scrape the sides as needed.
Pour into a small saucepan and heat over medium-high heat, while stirring often. As you stir it will start forming clumps, and then it will all thicken into a gorgeous cheesy sauce, this takes about 5 minutes. If your sauce gets too thick, feel free to thin it out with a bit of water to reach the desired texture. Remove from heat and enjoy however you like!
Tapioca starch: tapioca starch is what will give the cheese a stretchy texture. If you prefer you can use another kind of starch such as cornstarch, but note that it will not have the stretchy texture.