Faux Velveeta/American Cheese

There are many things that go missing when your diet requirements change. Some things, I can do without. Some things, I must keep, in some form or another. I LOVE Mexican food, and not having cheese dip and tortilla chips as an appetizer, was just unacceptable. So here we go. This recipe yields a cheese that is similar to Velveeta. The main “cheesey” flavor comes from nutritional yeast.

Now Foods Nutritional Yeast Flakes, 10-OunceNutritional yeast, not active or instant, it is an inactive yeast. It offers a complete protein and vitamin B complex, making this cheese far more nutritious than american cheese. It’s strong flavor can take some getting used to, but when used correctly it is a healthy, natural and cost effective cheese flavor substitute.  In this case, adding Rotel, to create Chile con Queso is an excellent complement to the cheeses’ flavor. With the addition of quinoa flour, this cheese sauce is packed with protein.

Amount               Ingredients

1 cup                    Now Foods Nutritional Yeast Flakes, 10-OunceNutritional Yeast

1/3 cup               Bob’s Red Mill Flour Quinoa Organic, 22-ouncesQuinoa flour

3 Tbls                   Organic Tapioca Flour / Starch (2.5lbs) by Anthony’s, Certified Gluten-Free & Non-GMOTapioca Starch

1.5 tsp                  Sherpa Pink Himalayan Salt, 2lbs Extra-Fine GrainHimalayan Pink salt

1 cup                    water

1 cup                    So Delicious Dairy Free – Organic Coconut Milk Beverage Organic Unsweetened, 32-Ounce (Pack of 6)Coconut milk, unsweetened So Delicious

1/3 cup               Grassfed Organic Ghee 15 ozGrassfed Clarified butter or Ghee or butter substitute


1. Whisk dry ingredients together in a large sauce pan

2. Add water, whisk into a paste

3. Place pan over medium heat

4. Stir constantly while sauce thickens, about 2 minutes

5. Whisk in the coconut milk

6. Stir constantly until sauce thickens and begins to bubble

7. Remove from heat

8. Whisk butter in

9. Pour into dish or mold

10. Chill completely in order to solidify

I used 3 of these 2oz portions (I used a silicone mini cupcake mold, it made 15 each). Then added 2 Tablspoons of Rotel with green chiles. I stirred it, then heated it up until melted, and stirred it again until smooth. Served with corn Tortilla chips.


5 Responses to “Faux Velveeta/American Cheese”

  1. This sounds like it would be delicious with nachos! I’m always looking for new ways to use my favorite So Delicious coconut milk. Can’t wait to try this! Thanks!

    • Thank you, yes, it’s great with nachos. I LOVE So Delicious coconut milk and use coconut as much as possible.

  2. Is there a possible substitute for the quinoa flour? I have quite a few alternative flours (my hubby is gluten intolerant…I’m the casein allergic one), but not that one.

    • Yes, you can use other gf flours as long as they aren’t mainly starchy since this recipe already contains tapioca starch which thickens it.


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