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Simple Vegan Ricotta Cheese Substitute

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This vegan ricotta cheese is a simple recipe you can use in a 1:1 ratio for any of your creamy ricotta cheese needs. It makes the perfect substitute as a ricotta cheese alternative. Plus, it only takes about 5 minutes to make.

Simple Vegan Ricotta Cheese

Regular ricotta cheese is one of those recipes I wasn't sure you could replicate, but it's actually pretty straightforward to make a vegan ricotta recipe. 

It's much easier than its cottage cheese counterpart. I haven't even attempted remaking that. 

Ricotta cheese goes great in pasta dishes. It adds that creamy, cheesy flavor you often look for in an Italian recipe.

It's nice to have a go-to vegan recipe at your fingertips.

 It helps that this recipe only takes a few minutes to whip up, and you're on your way to whatever your ricotta needs are.

All you need is a high speed blender and eight ingredients, and you're good to go!

The first time I made this recipe, it was a ricotta stuffed shell and cheese, and oh my gosh, it was SO good.

This ricotta mixed with vegan mozzarella filled in a pasta shell makes for some fantastic flavors. 

I wish I had some leftovers right now to be munching on.

What is ricotta cheese?

Did you know ricotta cheese isn't actually cheese?

It's made with whey and is considered a dairy by-product. Traditional cheese is made with cheese curds.

Vegan Ricotta Cheese Recipe Q&A

vegan almond ricotta cheese in a bowl with a bowl of slivered almonds to the side with a grey background.

What is vegan ricotta cheese made from?

Vegan ricotta cheese can be made from a variety of things; almonds (like this one), cashews, tofu, soy milk, coconut milk, and a handful of other simple, vegan ingredients.

You can also buy premade vegan ricotta at health food grocery stores. Your local grocery store may also carry it; it depends on how vegan-friendly they are with specialty items. 

Can I use fresh herbs instead of dried ones?

If you want the herbs to pop a little more, feel free to use fresh basil and oregano.

Can I make this a nut-free vegan ricotta?

I have never tried it, but I have seen people use silken tofu to replace almonds or sunflower seeds.

Can I use a different nut other than slivered almonds?

I've heard of people making it was macadamia nuts, but I have never tried it. You can also use cashews.

vegan ricotta cheese in a bowl with lasagna in the background.

Can I use regular almonds?

You could, but it will have brown specks, which might be a bit off-putting. 

Plus, the slivered almonds do a great job of blending to the perfect texture.

What can I use this dairy-free ricotta cheese recipe for?

  • Stuffed Shells
  • Vegan lasagna
  • Manicotti
  • Any Italian recipes that call for it

What I like about this recipe;

  • Naturally gluten-free ricotta alternative
  • Very easy recipe
  • No weird ingredients

What do I need for this homemade vegan ricotta cheese recipe?

Check out the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full recipe.

  • Slivered raw almonds- these add a creaminess to the recipe and the fat for flavor
  • Nutritional yeast- brings a cheesiness to the flavor of the ricotta.
  • Lemon juice- lemon juice helps bring some acidity to the recipe; you could use vinegar in a pinch, but I prefer lemon juice.
  • Salt- the salt brings the flavors alive.
  • Garlic powder or fresh garlic if you'd rather- you always need garlic to add some pop of flavor.
  • Water- the water is essential to blend the recipe to the consistency we want.
  • Oregano, dried- oregano brings the spices you need to give it that Italian feel.
  • Basil, dried- basil does the same thing oregano does.

You are welcome to leave out the oregano and basil if you do not want this to taste Italian.

How do I make this vegan ricotta cheese recipe?

Take your high-speed blender or food processor and mix all the ricotta ingredients. 

vegan ricotta cheese before blending in a blender.

Blend on pulses until it still has some chunkiness but not big chunks. Look at the picture.

vegan ricotta cheese blended in a blender.

Then use this vegan alternative in whatever dish calls for ricotta cheese. 

How do you serve this ricotta substitute?

This makes a delicious addition anytime you need a vegan ricotta cheese substitute.

Use it in a 1:1 ratio for dairy ricotta. 

How do you store this?

This is best stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Can you freeze homemade vegan ricotta cheese?

Yes, it freezes well. 

Just place it in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer for up to 3 months, and let it defrost before using it for whatever dish you need.

easy vegan ricotta cheese in a bowl with a grey background.
Vegan Ricotta Cheese Recipe

Simple Vegan Ricotta Cheese

This easy vegan ricotta cheese is a perfect substitute for whatever your ricotta cheese needs are.
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Course: All Recipes
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 .5 cups
Calories: 1310kcal


  • 2 cups slivered raw almonds
  • 1 TB nutritional yeast
  • 2 TB lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon oregano dried
  • 1 teaspoon basil dried


  • Take your high-speed blender or food processor and mix all the ricotta ingredients. Blend until it still has some chunkiness to it but not big chunks. Look at the picture.
  • Use this vegan alternative in whatever dish calls for ricotta cheese.


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Serving: 1g | Calories: 1310kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 110g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 96g | Sodium: 1186mg | Fiber: 31g | Sugar: 10g
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