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Vegan Mozzarella Cheese Recipe

This vegan mozzarella cheese tastes so much like traditional mozzarella that both dairy-free and non-dairy-free eaters alike will enjoy this.
Keyword: dairy-free cheese, dairy-free recipes, vegan cheese, vegan mozzarella recipe
Author: Lindsey Jenkins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked and drained
  • ¾ cup plain unsweetened dairy-free yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt + more salt for the brine
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons water divided
  • 2 teaspoons agar powder
  • a bowl with cold water and ice

Instructions

  • Soak the raw cashews in boiling water for 20 minutes to soften, then drain and rinse.
  • Add the softened cashews, dairy-free yogurt, apple cider vinegar, nutritional yeast, avocado oil, sea salt, tapioca flour, and 2 tablespoons of water to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Taste to see if you need to add more salt or vinegar and blend again if adjusting the seasoning. Set aside.
  • To make the brine that the mozzarella will go in once it’s finished, fill a medium bowl with cold water, ice, and a few pinches of salt. Set aside.
  • Add ½ cup of water in a pot over medium heat, once hot, stir (or whisk) in the agar powder. The agar will start to thicken after a few minutes. When this happens, stir in the blended mixture.
  • Continuously stir the mixture, so it doesn’t stick to the pot or burn.
  • The cheese will start to thicken up and become stretchy. You’ll notice it starting to pull away from the pot. This means it’s done.
  • Remove from heat, and using an ice cream scooper, scoop out the mozzarella and drop into the brine/ice bath until you’ve used it all up.
  • Put the mozzarella balls in the brine in the fridge for an hour to cool before enjoying.

Notes

  • This vegan mozzarella lasts for 5 days in the fridge.
  • It’s important to let it cool before eating, which will also make it easier to slice.
  • Keep the cheese balls in the brine in the fridge for the best flavor.
  • Although it doesn’t taste exactly like traditional mozzarella, cheese lovers said that if you didn’t know otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to tell that this wasn’t the real thing.
  • This vegan mozzarella cheese doesn’t really melt, but it softens when warmed.