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Simple Tofu Cream Cheese

Cream cheese is traditionally not vegan, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a simple tofu cream cheese at home using vegan ingredients. This vegan tofu cream cheese can be whipped up within 7 minutes.

Tofu Cream Cheese Vegan Recipe

I’m all about making vegan versions of cheese products including Vegan Feta Cheese, Vegan Mozzarella Cheese, and Vegan Nacho Cheese. As per requests of many readers, I wanted to share my vegan cream cheese recipe.

Here is an easy way to make a creamy, whole foods cheese replacement using tofu and pantry staples, so you can enjoy creamy, cheesy goodness while saving money and without leaving the house.

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This easy tofu cream cheese recipe is a simple way to make any bagel, pasta, or dessert (tofu frosting) more creamy and full of flavour. Store in the fridge for up to 7 days, or freeze it, and use in countless recipes!Tofu Cream Cheese

How To Make: Vegan Cream Cheese




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Tofu Cream Cheese (Vegan)
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A simple tofu cream cheese at home using vegan ingredients. This vegan tofu cream cheese can be whipped up within 7 minutes using simple ingredients.
Recipe type: Cheese
Cuisine: Breakfast
Serves: Roughly 2 cups
  1. Place tofu, nutritional yeast, miso, coconut oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt, as well as your flavouring of choice (onion powder, garlic powder, dried dill, strawberries, blueberry jam, etc) in a blender or food processor and puree until very smooth, scraping down the sides.
  2. It can get quite thick, so you will need to help it along with a damper or wooden spoon. This may take some time, let it blend. If too thick, use unsweetened soy milk to blender to make it less thick.
  3. Taste and salt as needed.
  4. Place tofu mixture into a sealable Tupperware or bowl. Cover and place in the fridge as it will thicken in fridge.
  5. Spread onto your favourite bagels, or crackers or use in recipes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ cup Calories: 42.8 Fat: 1.8g Carbohydrates: 1.8g Sugar: 0.58g Sodium: 72.8mg Fiber: 0.75g Protein: 4.75g

The Edgy Veg making Tofu Cream CheeseHey, I’m Candice & welcome to The Edgy Veg! I veganize popular food recipes for vegans, plant-based diets, eco-conscious eaters & people who are trying to eat more plants over… y’know animals or by-products of animals. I hope you enjoy this tasty vegan recipe!


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  • Hi Candice! … I have tried a few vegan cream cheese recipes over the years and have been very disappointed…..Not this time….. I made it plain as the taste would not be covered up by other flavours…. I thought….”This is it!”……. I had a friend over who always tells me that she would never become vegan because of her love of cheese….. I gave her a bagel and with your cream cheese on it…. She was so impressed and took some home!…… Now to give your other cheeses a go…. Thank you …..thank you…..thank you!!

    • Hi Lea,
      You’re so welcome! Vegan cream cheese is a tough one to find. Glad your friend liked it too!

  • this recipe is amazing – i am on a budget and thought i’d never be able to enjoy a bagel with cream cheese since store bought can be so $$$ – i make a half batch of this and its good for a whole week of bagels. so delicious.

  • Hi lovely! Fantastic recipe.

    What could I use as a subsitute for Coconut oil as I am allergic to coconut?
    Is there an alternative to it for making Vegan Cheese with?


  • Stephanie Green says:

    Edgy Veg is always on point!!! Another fantastic recipe

  • This recipe is definitely a “keeper” and a “return to”!
    I am wondering if anyone has attempted to use this in jalapeno (or other small pepper) poppers?
    Dunno if it will withstand high roasting heat of 425 to 450.
    Thank you!

  • Zen Strain says:

    This cream cheese recipe is very tasty. I used it to make buffalo chick’n dip and it turned out much better than the times I’ve used store bought vegan cream cheese. Definitely making this my go to vegan cream cheese.

  • This is our GO TO vegan cream cheese… the BEST tasting we’ve found!
    Thank you for posting these recipes to live for!

  • Can I use silken tofu

  • Hey there, thanks for sharing this awesome recipe! I made it with a couple of changes – using roasted garlic instead of the garlic powder. Sometimes, the cream cheese develops bubbles overnight, and goes bad pretty quick. Any suggestions on how to avoid the bubbles formation in the cream cheese, and whether at all the shelf life can be extended naturally in any way? I like to make a big batch for my family… thanks so much

    • I haven’t made this recipe yet, but I wanted to throw out some ideas anyway. Citric acid is a common preservative, not sure if that or something similar could extend the shelf life of the cream cheese. In my experience, when I make soymilk fresh, or cut up tofu to be used over a few days, both expire quickly. I’d be interested in looking at products like Tofutti and seeing what combination of ingredients they use to preserve the product for longer. Maybe canning or freezing part of this recipe to then be eaten later could work.

    • Great recipe!

  • I swapped 2/3 of the coconut oil for fat free plain Greek yogurt (one 5 oz container). The result was more of a soft spread and a little tangier (think I will skip half the lemon juice next time) but VERY good! (One container of yogurt and 3 1/2 TB coconut oil)

  • To make cream cheese made from Tofu is just amazing & it is really, really good. Made it for the first time last week and made another batch yesterday. So much quicker & cheaper than the nuts based cheeses. Thanks Candice.

  • Kendra says:

    Do you press the tofu first?

    • EdgyVeg says:

      Yes! But you don’t need to worry about pressing it too much, even just with a kitchen towel and your hands should squeeze out enough liquid

      • Marietta says:

        Hey, this sounds amazing. One question for a beginner like me: can you omit the miso or what is its purpose? Thanks so much!

  • Has anyone tried this to stuff jalapeno poppers? I was wondering if it would work for that.

  • Eugene Powers says:

    Why not use silky tofu and less coconut oil?

  • This was incredible, and I almost like it better than Tofutti because this has better nutrition!! That’s saying a lot for a diehard Tofutti fan over here! I didn’t have miso so I swapped it for half tahini half soy sauce.

  • I made this for recipe specifically for plain cream cheese morning bagels. He gets heart burn with coconut oil, so I used earth balance vegan sticks. He really loved it! I thought it was salty and grainy still despite using vanilla almond milk to make it smoother. But I used a food processor and probably should have used the vitamix instead. I should’ve waited on the salt. I will try again in vitamix and wait on the salt. I will say though adding jam made it a lot less grainy! I will try your plain cream cheese recipe for the frosting too. Plant based diets take some adjustments and we just keep trying! Thanks.

  • This is a game changer! I’ve been looking for a low(er) calorie vegan substitute for peanut butter and this is it.
    I used canola oil rather than coconut and its working out. Going to try to reduce the amount of oil next time to bring the calorie count down. I’ve found that this recipe as written packs more calories than the nutrition data on the recipe suggests.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Hi there, I made the vegan mozzarella for my son and he loved it. I’d love to make this cream cheese also, but he is allergic to coconut, could this be swopped out for another oil? If so what would you use? Thank!!

    • You really need coconut oil to get the right texture for cream cheese. I only tested it with coconut oil so I don’t want to steer you wrong giving you bad advice, sorry I couldn’t be more help!

      • I didnt use the coconut oil, just left it out and it was like a soft spread but all good 🙂

  • Estralita says:

    For a sweet cream cheese can i add only the nutritional yeast and leave out the miso paste?

  • Would it be possible to use this cream cheese for a cheesecake recipe?

  • This was sooo good I coul have eaten it straight out of the container.

  • Hi I just calculated the nutritional values for this recipe and my sodium and calorie count is way off from the values suggested for thi recipe.

    Total sodium without the salt = 700.3 so per 1/4C = 87.5mg
    Total calories = 1992.6 so per 1/4C = 249.1cal
    Total net carbs =39.54 so per 1/4C = 4.94g
    Total fats = 124.6 so per 1/4C = 15.58g

    Could you please share the product brands you use to match the nutritianal values that you suggests? Thank you

    • EdgyVeg says:

      Sorry if our nutrition values didn’t show up being the same! I base my nutrition values on the ingredients I use at any given time. I do this to give you a guide but if nutrition numbers are very important to you I urge you to do these calculations yourself based on ingredients you are using!

  • may I know how long it can keep in refrigenator?

    • EdgyVeg says:

      This should keep perfectly for 3-5 days in the fridge before the flavour starts to change.

  • this tasted amazing!! thank you!! the tanginess is spot on to cream cheese’s. i calculated the nutritional facts on this, but somehow got a WAY larger calorie count than yours. 1 tbsp of coconut oil = 120 calories. 5 oz is like almost 10 tbsp of coconut oil.

  • Carriejo says:

    This recipe is amazing. The combination of spices give it a nice sharp tang. The coconut oil helps iit set up in the fridge so it’s great for spreading. I made this recipe straight up twice except I used chive instead of dill (my personal preference). Firm or soft tofu works. Yesterday we made macaroni and cheese with it- just added a little cashew milk and topped it with Chao Cayenne cheese crumbled. Thanks so much- it’s a family favorite. Glad it just popped up when I was looking for a bagel recipe. 👍

  • Steph says:

    My husband says he thinks this tastes better than regular cream cheese and he’s soooo picky about vegan recipes. This is going to be a staple in our household!

  • KayleeGuy says:

    Looking forward to more recipes like this one!

    • Philipe Viau says:

      This receipe is yummy!
      I couldn’t hold myself from adding fresh green oinions a clove of garlic and a teaspoon of dryed ground shiitake mushrooms

  • Sabrina says:

    You are the beeeeest!

  • If all I have is red miso but don’t have the ability to go to the store to get white miso , would that be an okay swap out? I know it would affect the color which I don’t really mind but would it affect the flavor ?

  • Turned out great. Can’t wait to try it tomorrow on my bagel 🙂

  • can oatmilk be used instead of soy?

    • EdgyVeg says:

      I haven’t tried but it should work! It might just add a touch of sweetness to the recipe

  • Can you use another plant based milk besides soy? Also is extra firm tofu okay?

    • EdgyVeg says:

      I always use soy milk but another thick milk like cashew, rice or oat should have a similar result. Extra-firm should be alright, you just may need to blend a little longer to get a smooth result.

  • JERRY P HANEY says:

    I attempted to print just your recipe but got 4 pages colored pictures also. Why do I need all the damn pictures? Are you getting a royalty from the printing ink people?

    • Next time just click ‘print recipe’ it automatically prints just the ingredients and directions 👍

  • Rebekka Augustine says:

    Would firm silken tofu work? I’ve been having trouble finding regular tofu in these pandemic times.

  • Can I leave the oil out? Would I need to replace it to keep the texture accurate “

  • Fiona Doherty says:

    Just made this an enjoyed it on toast!! So simple and so yummy! I used my food processor as my blender isn’t the greatest so I didn’t get the creamy texture like Candice did that didn’t change the flavor!

  • Olivia says:

    Super easy and beginner friendly! Way better than any store bought cream cheese!

  • Jamie Parks says:

    As a vegan chef and vegan food truck owner I would highly recommend this cream cheese recipe! ♥️ It’s so easy and takes no time at all. Give it a try yourself!

  • Taryn Schnugh says:

    When you say skip the savoury herbs for a sweet cream cheese, does that include the miso and nutritional yeast?

    • EdgyVeg says:

      To make the cream cheese sweet, I would include the miso and nutritional yeast because they make it “cheesy”. But skip the garlic, onion, dill

    • Sounds great and much cheaper! Curious if coconut oil could be swapped for something else? Thanks!!


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