Guys, I am SO excited to share this with you. Like super, duper excited. I made a stretchy vegan mozzarella cheese that stretches and melts!!
I am so impressed with its texture that I made it twice more IMMEDIATELY after just to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating! This stretchy, melty, gooey, cheesy mozzarella can be used for SO many things! From pizza, to grilled cheese, to POUTINE!
Can this get any better? YES it can! This mozzarella is oil free and gluten free too! AND, it only needs six simple ingredients, and about 10 minutes (plus soaking) of your time.
How do you make vegan mozzarella cheese that actually melts?
The key ingredient here is the tapioca starch (also known as tapioca flour), so whatever you do, do not replace or sub this ingredient. It is essential to get your mozzarella stretchy.
First thing to do is boil some water and soak your raw cashews for about 30 minutes. Longer is fine too if you’re preparing ahead. The water will get the cashews to expand and soften, making them easier to blend into a smooth consistency.
Then add all your ingredients, but only half of the water called for in this recipe, to a high speed blender. Process the mixture until smooth and creamy, which should take around a minute or so. Let the blender run a little longer to ensure there are no loose bits before adding the remaining water.
By processing the mixture with only half the water, you’ll get a smoother mixture, with less space for loose cashew bits to float around.
Pour your liquid into a small sauce pot and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly so it doesn’t burn. Your mixture will go from liquid, to small clumps, and eventually turn into a big blob of gooey mozzarella. 🙂
If you don’t have a high speed blender and are still finding some small cashew pieces in your mixture, strain the liquid into your pot using a fine strainer or nut milk bag. Serve hot with all your favourite dippers.
How to use this vegan cheese?
You can use this vegan cheese recipe in almost any recipe calling for mozzarella cheese. Don’t limit yourself to a dip.
If using for pizza, it’s easier to let the cheese cool down slightly and cut or scoop blobs of delicious gooeyness over your crust. This cheese recipe will not grate well since it’s quite sticky, so just scoop or slice it onto pizza or into lasagna, or any other recipe that could use some of this mouthwatering “cheese”.
Don’t forget to try the POUTINE!
If you enjoy this stretchy vegan mozzarella recipe, you might also want to try my vegan parmesan cheese for a cheese you can sprinkle on just about anything. 🙂
- Add your drained cashews, tapioca starch, nutritional yeast, salt, vinegar, and half a cup of the water to your blender. Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy, this should take about 1 minute. Then add remaining water and blend to incorporate.
- Pour the liquid into a small sauce pot and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for approx 5 minutes. You will see your mixture go from liquid, to lumpy, to eventually a big ball of stretchy cheese. Make sure to keep stirring so it doesn't burn. Serve hot with chips, veggies or crackers.