Southern Style Vegan Cheese Grits


There’s an ongoing debate with those of us who eat grits. Some of us feel that grits are supposed to be served savory and others feel as though grits are served sweet. I grew up eating grits with a bit of sugar but as an adult I love eating them both ways. For those of you who don’t know what grits are, they are a porridge made from cornmeal.



I use to eat cheese grits all the time as a child. These vegan cheese grits are creamy, a bit savory and are my favorite weekend breakfast. This recipe also comes together very quickly. It can be served as a breakfast main or as a side to a tofu scramble and toast!

1-2 servings


1/2 cup of grits

1 cup of water

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1-2 tsp vegan butter

1-2 tsp nondairy milk

salt and pepper to taste


Optional Add-ins

1 tbs hemp seeds – adds some extra protein

1/4 cup spinach or kale

If you like your grits sweeter, add a bit of sugar!



  1. Bring a small saucepan of the water to a boil on medium high. Add a pinch of salt and grits. Stir well, cover and turn down to low. Let simmer on low for 5 minutes. (if adding in kale or spinach, add it when you add grits)
  2.  Once grits are done, stir in the seasonings, butter and milk. Adjust flavor to your taste. Enjoy warm.

Let me know what you think and if you give this recipe a try!


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