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Chickpea Flour Cheddar Cheese {Vegan, Oil-Free, Nut-Free}

Got 10 minutes? Then you have enough time to make some incredible Chickpea Flour Cheddar Cheese! It is naturally soy-free, grain-free, oil-free and nut-free, plus high in protein. Enjoy it plain, as a snack or appetizer, or slice it for all kinds of sandwiches.

It started with Chickpea Flour Feta Cheese.

Now it’s time for another cheese made from chickpea flour, one that is ideal for sandwiches, snacking, shredding, and so much more.

It’s time for Chickpea Flour Cheddar Cheese! It’s addictively delicious, easy to make, and inexpensive, too. 

Benefits of Chickpea Flour Cheddar Cheese

This nut-free, frugal cheese is:

  • Vegan
  • Oil-Free
  • Nut-free
  • Soy-Free
  • Grain-Free
  • High Protein
  • Rich in B Vitamins

Cut it into cubes for a supremely satisfying snack, or impressive appetizer.

How to Make Chickpea Flour Cheddar Cheese

The method for this cheese is as simple as the feta cheese: a small amount of chickpea flour and salt is combined with cool water, and then the mixture is added to boiling water and cooked until very thick.

To create a Cheddar flavor, I used a combination of the following: paprika (sweet Hungarian for regular Cheddar, or smoked paprika for a smoky Cheddar), nutritional yeast flakes (for umami cheese taste), a bit of tahini (lends richness; I have options in the recipe if you cannot eat sesame seeds), and vinegar.

Prepared yellow mustard is my stealth ingredient. It adds a distinctive Cheddar tang as well as golden color (which comes from turmeric).

As with chickpea flour feta, it is VERY important to set aside a 9×5-inch loaf pan BEFORE you begin cooking. You do not need to do anything to the pan (yay!), simply keep it near.  This Cheddar cheese sets up even more quickly than the feta; as soon as it is very thick, start scraping (quickly!) into the pan.

Aim for an even layer in the pan, but do not worry about the top being perfectly smooth. This will become the bottom side of the cheese when it is inverted. If you like, you can dip the spatula in warm water to help smooth the mixture.

Let the cheese cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours until cold and very firm. Once the cheese has set, drain off any accumulated liquid and unmold onto a cutting board (it should release with ease).

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In addition to cubes for snacking, consider cutting the block into some cheese sticks for packed lunches and after-school munching:

Or, slice it for sandwiches:

You can shred it, too! It does not melt in the same way as traditional cheese, but it is a flavorful topping for salads, baked potatoes, and tacos.

The cheese will last for about 3 weeks in the refrigerator, perfect for many lunches, quick suppers, and snacks!

Keep it cheese-y, everyone!

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Yield: About 16 ounce of cheese (8 servings)

Chickpea Flour Cheddar Cheese {Vegan, Nut-Free, Soy-Free}

Chickpea Flour Cheddar Cheese {Vegan, Nut-Free, Soy-Free}

Easy-to-make, vegan Cheddar cheese, made with chickpea flour! It is naturally soy-free, grain-free, oil-free and nut-free, plus high in protein. Enjoy it plain, as a snack or appetizer, grate it, or slice it for all kinds of sandwiches.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (120 g) chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup (40 g) nutritional yeast flakes (such as Bragg's)
  • 1 tablespoon (7 g) paprika (sweet, or smoked)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 and 1/4 cups (560 mL) water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL)  prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL)  cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) tahini

Instructions

  1. Set a 9x5-inch (22.5 x 12.5 cm) loaf pan close to your work area.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the chickpea flour, nutritional yeast, paprika, onion powder, and salt. Slowly whisk in 1 cup (237 mL) of the water until blended and smooth, and then whisk in the mustard and vinegar.
  3. In a medium saucepan, bring the remaining 1 and 1/4 cups (296 mL) water to a boil. Reduce the heat to very low and whisk in the chickpea mixture and tahini. Cook, whisking constantly (it sets up very quickly!), for 4 to 7 minutes, until the mixture is very thick.
  4. Immediately scrape mixture it into the pan, smoothing the top.
  5. Cool the cheese to room temperature and then place it in the refrigerator, loosely covered, for at least 2 hours until very firm.
  6. Drain any water from the pan (water will release from the cheese as it sets); invert the cheese onto a cutting board.
  7. Cut, cube, slice or shred as desired!

Notes

Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Tahini-Free Variation: If you do not eat seeds (tahini is made of sesame seeds), you can use an equal amount of oil (e.g., olive oil or avocado oil), or unsweetened almond butter or cashew butter.

Tip: The cheese will grate more easily after it has "set" for at least a week (it becomes firmer the more it sits). Alternatively, cut off a hunk of cheese (that you intend to grate), wrap, and place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before grating.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1 oz (1/16 of recipe)

Amount Per Serving Calories 45Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1.5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 122mgCarbohydrates 3.7gFiber 1.5gSugar 0.7gProtein 3.2g

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Yield: About 16 ounce of cheese (8 servings)

Chickpea Flour Cheddar Cheese {Vegan, Nut-Free, Soy-Free}

Chickpea Flour Cheddar Cheese {Vegan, Nut-Free, Soy-Free}

Easy-to-make, vegan Cheddar cheese, made with chickpea flour! It is naturally soy-free, grain-free, oil-free and nut-free, plus high in protein. Enjoy it plain, as a snack or appetizer, grate it, or slice it for all kinds of sandwiches.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (120 g) chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup (40 g) nutritional yeast flakes (such as Bragg's)
  • 1 tablespoon (7 g) paprika (sweet, or smoked)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 and 1/4 cups (560 mL) water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL)  prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL)  cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) tahini

Instructions

  1. Set a 9x5-inch (22.5 x 12.5 cm) loaf pan close to your work area.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the chickpea flour, nutritional yeast, paprika, onion powder, and salt. Slowly whisk in 1 cup (237 mL) of the water until blended and smooth, and then whisk in the mustard and vinegar.
  3. In a medium saucepan, bring the remaining 1 and 1/4 cups (296 mL) water to a boil. Reduce the heat to very low and whisk in the chickpea mixture and tahini. Cook, whisking constantly (it sets up very quickly!), for 4 to 7 minutes, until the mixture is very thick.
  4. Immediately scrape mixture it into the pan, smoothing the top.
  5. Cool the cheese to room temperature and then place it in the refrigerator, loosely covered, for at least 2 hours until very firm.
  6. Drain any water from the pan (water will release from the cheese as it sets); invert the cheese onto a cutting board.
  7. Cut, cube, slice or shred as desired!

Notes

Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Tahini-Free Variation: If you do not eat seeds (tahini is made of sesame seeds), you can use an equal amount of oil (e.g., olive oil or avocado oil), or unsweetened almond butter or cashew butter.

Tip: The cheese will grate more easily after it has "set" for at least a week (it becomes firmer the more it sits). Alternatively, cut off a hunk of cheese (that you intend to grate), wrap, and place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before grating.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1 oz (1/16 of recipe)

Amount Per Serving Calories 45Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1.5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 122mgCarbohydrates 3.7gFiber 1.5gSugar 0.7gProtein 3.2g

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JEAN

Tuesday 21st of June 2022

Great cheese substitute with a yummy yummy flavour. My husband is so happy. Thank you very much. All the fake cheeses in the supermarket are made of coconut oil and upset his stomach...plus they are SO high in calories. I just wish that it set a little more like cheese though and not so much like cheesy jelly. Im going to try again with less water but did you try adding a small amount of something like coconut flour to your mix when you were developing it? I don't want to mess with your recipe if you have already tried it and it failed. This one is definitely a keeper.x

Camilla

Tuesday 21st of June 2022

Hi Jean! I am so glad you like the cheese! And good news: I have a very firm sliceable version of the chickpea cheese in the works (😍). I should have it posted by next week (it’s still super easy)

Stephanie

Sunday 5th of June 2022

This was a simple and surprisingly realistic cheese replacement, not cheese but really enjoyable. Great in a sandwich with tomatoes or in a mushroom burger. Very easy to make and did set firm.

Camilla

Tuesday 7th of June 2022

I am so happy to hear that you like it, Stephanie!

Danae

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

Does this work well for melting cheese or just raw applications?

Camilla

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

Hi Danae, It is not great for melting, except as a cheese sauce.

Natalie

Monday 13th of September 2021

Where do you get chickpea flour? I'm new to this dairy free gluten free scene and have never heard of this as a flour.

Pasqualina

Sunday 1st of May 2022

@Natalie, you can make your own chickpea flour just buy dried chickpeas and put them in a food processor and keep blending till you get a flour texture and Voila !

Darryl Dunmore

Tuesday 15th of March 2022

@Natalie, Whole Foods or almost any other health food store would have it; stores that sell Indian food would have besan, which is ground a little finer so you would have to use less water. I have also read that stores that specialize in Italian food would have it, but I haven't personally experienced that. I don't know where you are, but here in Los Angeles even some of the large chain supermarkets have it. To avoid going out during the pandemic, I just ordered some from Amazon.

Nir

Friday 13th of August 2021

Hi Camilla,

Thank yo uvery much for this recipe, I was looking for vegan cheese recipes and stmbled upon yours which souunded great and I simply had to try it, alas, I only had red lentils flour and was missing the mustard so I thought I'd give it a try just in case, I mean, who doesn't love experimenting in the kitchen? I used a bit of spices gifugred I'd go for a spicey cheese but everything had set I ended up with the best pastrami-like vegan thingie I've ever tasted and I tried some of the better bought brands around here, pretty sure it's the lentils combined with the spices (just some bbq and kajun) but wow! I did not expect that, I'll try the recipe again with chickpea and mustard because I do want a vegan cheese recipe and let you know how that one went but thank you, I would never have thought about using legume flour for a cheese recipe

Since this recipe sets quite fast, do you, perhaps, have some ideas/pointers on how to mold it into smaller tubes/sausage-like?

Thanks again, this has been awesome and is now at the top of my recipe list

JEAN

Tuesday 21st of June 2022

@Nir, OOOOH now Im giving THAT a try. did you use the same quantities of everything? Just swapped the chickpeas for the lentils and added the different spices?My husband will think hes died and gone to vegan heaven.

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