This vegan cheese seasoning blend is quick to throw together and adds a cheesy flavor to any recipe. Use it to flavor pizza, pasta, popcorn and more. This spice mix is free from salt and sugar giving you more flexibility when preparing your meals.
Whenever I’m making vegan pasta, I always add in some of this homemade vegan cheese seasoning and it transforms my meals from bland to seriously delicious.
If you’d like to see how easy it is to throw all this together, check out my video where I walk you through the recipe step by step.
- Saves you a lot of time when you’re cooking. Avoids having to get out 10 different spices for each recipe.
- Saves you a lot of money. It is so much cheaper to make your own seasonings than to buy ready-made seasoning mixes.
- Salt-free. I don’t think it’s a good idea to use a spice blend that contains salt because the salt isn’t usually a good quality salt such as sea salt. If the salt is already added it usually won’t be in the correct proportions for the recipe meaning you might end up adding too much salt.
- Sugar-free. For the same reasons, it’s not great to use a seasoning blend that contains sugar because the type of sugar won’t be good quality. I prefer to add a more natural sweetener to my dishes such as maple syrup. But sometimes you don’t want to add any sweetener at all, and you won’t be able to avoid it if there is already sugar in your spice blend. If you increase the spiciness of the dish, you’ll always be increasing the sweetness if you use a spice blend that contains sugar.
- Vegan. Some seasonings contain milk powder, so it’s far better to make your own and be in control of all of the ingredients.
- Gluten-free. Some spice mixes contain a lot of fillers such as flour containing gluten, so it’s always better to make your own so you can avoid any ingredients you don’t want to eat.
- Make a larger quantity. When you buy seasoning from the store it usually comes in a very small jar, whereas when you make your own seasoning you can make as much as you like. For the seasonings that you use a lot, you can make a big jar of them. That means they’ll last months if not a year before you have to make the seasoning recipe again.
How This Recipe Can Be Part Of Your Plant-Based Plate
A plant-based plate is a way to create a nutritionally balanced meal on a plant-based diet. I have my own plant-based plate system that helps people to lose weight on a healthy plant-based diet called the Healthy-Weight Plant-Based Plate.
In every recipe I create I explain how that particular recipe fits into my Plant-Based Plate System.
So how does this recipe fit into my Plant-Based Plate system?
This recipe adds flavor to any dish. It falls under the “Taste” category on the Plant Based Plate and is not a complete meal.
The diagram below helps you visually see how this element features on a Plant-Based Plate.
Ways To Use This Recipe
Here are some of my favorite ways to use my vegan cheese seasoning:
- Vegan pizza
- Vegan lasagna
- Steamed vegetables
- Baked potatoes
Here are the main ingredients in this recipe and substitutions you can use if you want to replace something:
- Nutritional yeast. This is the most important ingredient in this seasoning mix. This gives a cheesy, umami-like flavor. Its best if you don’t substitute this, but if you can’t find this then a good vegan alternative is cashews.
- Garlic powder. Garlic powder gives a recipe a delicious sweet flavor. If you don’t have garlic powder, add more onion powder.
- Onion powder. Onion powder gives the recipe a deep umami flavor. If you don’t have this you can add more garlic powder.
- Paprika. Paprika is the main flavor in this recipe and it is difficult to replace it with anything. If you can have tomato powder that might be a good substitution.
- Ground mustard. Mustard powder has a very unique taste, but if you don’t want to use mustard powder, you can replace it with chili powder.
- Lemon peel. Lemon peel enhances the flavor of the seasoning mix. If you don’t want this, you can leave this out.
- Black pepper. Black pepper adds even more heat to the seasoning blend. If you don’t want to use it, leave it out and add more chili powder or paprika.
The equipment that you’ll need for this recipe is:
- Jars. The size of jars that I used was 200ml/ 6 oz. If you have a different size jar that you want to use, see below for my instructions on changing the quantity of the recipe.
- Measuring Spoons. It is much faster to use measuring spoons than to weigh small quantities of spice. Measuring spoons are very cheap and as most recipes use them, it’s a good investment to make.
- Chalkboard Labels. I like to use chalkboard labels for my jars so that I can change the label if I change the contents of the jar. To remove the chalk from the label, just use soap and give them a little scrub with a cloth.
- Chalk Pens. I use chalk pens to write the name of my spice blends on the jar. Once you shake up the jars, the contents will be unrecognizable, so it’s important that you label each jar.
- Food Clips. When you are making your own spice mixes, you’ll end up with unused ingredients in bags. I like to clip these closed with a food clip.
- Coffee & Spice Grinder. Although I didn’t use a coffee grinder for this recipe, you may like to replace some of the ground ingredients with whole spices and grind them. Your spice blends will be much more flavorful if you grind your spices yourself. I just didn’t take the time to do this myself. However, I did use a coffee grinder to grind my onion and garlic powder that had solidified in the jars. If you don’t have a coffee grinder, you could also use a high-speed blender, a mini chopper, or a small food processor.
- Add all of the ingredients straight into your jar.
- Shake your jar until combined. Or you can use a mini whisk or fork to stir the contents inside the jar.
The best way to make this recipe is to use a jar that you already have.
Here’s how to calculate changing the quantity of the individual ingredients for the size of your jar.
Here’s the calculation you’ll need to use.
Measurement of ingredient / 200 X size of your jar in ml.
For example, if you have a 150ml jar and you are trying to change the quantity of 2 tablespoons of spice, the calculation would be as follows:
2 divided by 200 multiplied by 150 = 1.5.
That would mean that you would need to use 1.5 tablespoons instead of 2 tablespoons of a particular ingredient if you were using a 150ml jar.
How Much Seasoning To Add To A Recipe
I would start by adding 1 tablespoon to a recipe that served 4 and then increase the quantity to suit your own tastebuds.
If you are making a recipe that serves 1, start by adding just less than 1 teaspoon of seasoning to your recipe.
How To Make A Single Serving Of This Recipe
If you’re not ready to make a big batch of this seasoning mix, and you want to make enough spice blend for just 1 recipe that serves 4, here are the quantities you’ll need to use:
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon ground mustard
- ¼ teaspoon lemon peel
- Pinch black pepper
Ground spices start to lose their potency after 6 months. However, when you buy ground spices, you don’t know how long they’ve already been on the shelves.
Personally, I would keep these spices as long as they still looked and smelled OK to me.
Vegan Cheese Seasoning
- 8 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
- 2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
- 2 Teaspoon Paprika
- 1 Teaspoon Ground Mustard
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Peel
- ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
- Add all of the ingredients to a 200ml spice jar.
- Shake the jar to combine or stir using a fork.
How Much Seasoning To Add To A RecipeI would start by adding 1 tablespoon to a recipe that served 4 and then increase the quantity to suit your own tastebuds. If you are making a recipe that serves 1, start by adding just less than 1 teaspoon of seasoning to your recipe.
How To Make A Single Serving Of This RecipeIf you’re not ready to make a big batch of this seasoning mix, and you want to make enough spice blend for just 1 recipe that serves 4, here are the quantities you’ll need to use:
Other Homemade Seasoning Recipes
Here are some more of my favorite homemade seasoning recipes:
- Mixed Spice Recipe For Cake (2 Minutes, No Sugar, Vegan, Gluten Free)
- Tofu Scramble Seasoning (Vegan, Gluten Free, No Salt, No Sugar, 2 Minutes)
- Vegan Stock Powder (Gluten Free, No Salt, No Sugar, 2 Minutes)
- Burger Seasoning Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free, No Salt, No Sugar, 2 Minutes)
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