Amazing Dairy Free Chedda Cheese Fondue Gluten Free Recipe

Recently I had the pleasure to hang out with fellow gluten free food bloggers and what a time we had.  We spent a lot of the time eating of course and then taking pictures of the food.  We were in an amazing setting in the woods that was so peaceful except for our giggling fits.

One of the meals we shared was a Dairy Free Cheese Fondue.  We dipped gluten free bagette, broccoli and cauliflower florets into the creamy fondue.  We also had a side of Sweet Italian Sausage that we could dip into the cheese on our plate so we could keep the fondue pot vegetarian for our vegetarian guests.

photo credit Gluten-Free Cat

This is not the first time I’ve made this fondue recipe.  My youngest son requested it for his birthday and after I made it the first time I was totally hooked.  I know if you give this a try you will be too.  This recipe is not mine but one from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook: Delicious Dairy-Free Cheeses and Classic “Uncheese” Dishes.  I choose the Chedda Fondue from the selection of fondue recipes.  Yes there are quite a few in there like Pizza, Swiss, Smoky, Classic, Pub, and South-of-the-Border Fondue.

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We made a single batch and I don’t think we had any leftovers.  When I made it for my son and two friends we did have some leftovers because he also had a broth fondue and a chocolate fondue to fill them up.  I took the chedda leftovers and mixed it into cooked pasta to make Mac & Cheese. Yum!

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For a more visual representation of this amazing fondue check out this short video.

Dairy Free Chedda Fondue Gluten Free Recipe

photo credit Gluten-Free Cat


2 3/4 cups water or plain nondairy milk  (I used unsweetened Almond Milk)

1 cup roasted red peppers (skin and seeds removed), or pimento pieces (I used a jar of organic roasted peppers)

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

1/2 cup  raw cashews, or 1/3 cup cashew butter  (I used the raw cashews)

1/3 cup  quick-cooking rolled oats, or 1/4 cup flour (any kind, your choice)  (I used sorghum flour)

1/4 cup kuzu, arrowroot, or cornstarch  ( I used arrowroot)

3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 Tablespoon sesame tahini

1 Tablespoon onion powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic

1/4 teaspoon Tabasco

1/4 teaspoon each paprika and grated nutmeg


Place all the ingredient in a blender and process several minutes until the mixture is completely smooth.  Pour into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat to low, and continue to stir and cook a few minutes longer until thick and smooth.  Transfer to a fondue pot and keep warm over a very low flame.

Makes 4 cups (about 7-8 servings)

This opulent fondue is fabulous with button mushrooms, cauliflower chunks, bell pepper squares and cutes of sesame or her-seasoned whole-grain bread (gluten free for me!)

From The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook, copyright Jo Stepaniak, reprinted by permission of the author.

Now I want to hear from you!  Let me know if you’ve tried this and what you think.  Also, what would you do with the leftovers, if you have any?

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11 Responses to Amazing Dairy Free Chedda Cheese Fondue Gluten Free Recipe

  1. tessadomesticdiva June 18, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    Yum! What I am most interested in is how you came to hang out with so many fellow food bloggers Diane…what fun!! I can't wait for an opportunity like that!

  2. Johnna June 18, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    I'm so happy I got to try this fondue with you, Diane! I ordered the cookbook before leaving the table and it nearly beat me home. Fondue is back amongst the foods I can eat now and this one is every bit as delicious as any dairy cheese fondue I've had. Thanks for introducing me to this.

  3. Heather@GFCat June 18, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    What an amazing meal! The fondue, the company, the laughter…just amazing. And the video is fabulous, Diane! Great job!!!

  4. amber June 18, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    Hi Diane,

    What a fun party! And I'm in love with this recipe. WOW!!! This is seriously amazing. Thank you for sharing with us. Can't wait to try. 🙂

    Have a great week.

    Be Well,

  5. glutenfreehappytummy June 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    oh that sounds so delicious! i have been craving fondue lately — this is perfect!

  6. glutenfreegidget June 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    Sounds like a fun time!

  7. Alisa June 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    Yum, yum, yum Diane! Such an amazing gathering I'm sure – wish I could have been there!

  8. hunterslyonesse June 19, 2012 at 12:28 am #

    That was a great fondue! I just got my cookbook this afternoon. Thanks for bringing it with you so we could all check it out. 🙂 I had fun cooking with you!

  9. SunnyB@andloveittoo June 21, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    I love the Ultimate Un-Cheese Cookbook! So many great ideas for those of us who cannot have dairy. This fondue looks amazing. Thank you for sharing, Diane! xo

  10. SunnyB@andloveittoo June 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    PS. Your video makes me giggle! You all looked like you had a blast over at Ms. Shirley's home. What a joy and honor it must have been to be there! Thank you for sharing (again). xoxo

  11. simplyflicka January 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Diane, I am wondering if you could recommend an alternative to the cashews for this recipe. Both of my kiddos and myself are dairy free and miss out on a lot of "cheese-like" recipes because I also am allergic to cashews (and walnuts). Is there any substitute you can give? I'd love to try this and my son would be over the moon if I could let him have this as a nachos and cheese snack. Thanks!