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Vegan Sesame Cheese

A nutty smokey vegan cheese made from a base of sesame seeds.
Prep Time10 mins
Servings: 12
Author: Amanda Nicole Smith


  • 1 cup water* + 1 tbsp agar agar
  • 1/2 cup un-hulled* sesame seeds
  • 1/8 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Example Flavoring

  • 2 tbsp onion; minced
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric


  • Grind the sesame seeds, nutritional yeast and salt until it forms a flour
  • For a thicker cheese, add 1 tbsp of oil and keep grinding until it becomes a sesame butter aka tahini.
  • Simmer 1 cup water or non-dairy milk and agar agar flakes for about 5 minutes. Let cool for another 5 minutes.
  • Blend together the sesame seed, apple cider vinegar and agar agar mixture.
  • Hand mix in your spices and herbs.
  • Cover a bowl with plastic wrap and pour in the cheese, cover and refrigerate until firm.


*Water can be replaced with any non-dairy milk or you can reserve 1 tbsp tahini and mix with water to make your own non-dairy milk.
*You can use hulled sesame seeds for a less "smokey" flavor.
Adapted from Eating Whole