Vegan Mozzarella Cheese

Vegan-Mozzarella-CheeseOde to Mozzarella

Mozzarella is my favorite cheese;
I could eat a pound with ease.

On pizza, I love to pile it high,
Add olives and tomatoes – oh my!

Basil, tomato, and mozz on bread
For lunch is what I want to be fed.

With pesto it’s perfectly paired;
Way too good not to be shared.

But with figs or grapes, it’s my fave;
Cheese and fruit is what I crave.

Problem is, cheese adds pudge –
You know, like ice cream and chocolate fudge.

And to your arteries it’s not very nice;
It causes heart attacks in mice.

For humans, the story is the same;
Saturated fat is the one to blame.

So this vegan version is a perfect solution;
For fattening mozzarella it’s a great substitution.

Bring me some of this healthy mozzarella
And you will be my favorite fella.

 Vegan Mozzarella Cheese Recipe

 

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A homemade, vegan mozzarella that's healthier than store-bought and much better for you than dairy cheese.
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Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 3/4 cup plain (not vanilla) soy or almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, scant
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons + 3/4 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon granulated garlic (do NOT use fresh garlic)
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 7/8 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 1/4 teaspoons powdered agar powder - see note at bottom of post
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients, except 1 1/4 cups water and agar, in blender and blend on high speed until mixture is smooth.
  2. Scrape down sides of blender with a spatula and blend again on high speed until mixture is very, very smooth and creamy. (I recommend using a heavy-duty blender to get the mixture very smooth and creamy.)
    Set aside.
  3. Place water and agar in saucepan, and heat over medium high heat until boiling. Stir occasionally with a heat-proof spatula. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  4. Immediately add agar mixture to ingredients in blender. Scrape pan with a spatula to get all the agar mixture. Blend until smooth.
  5. Promptly pour mixture to an oiled container. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or until set.

What is agar?

Agar is a cooking ingredient that’s made from a sea vegetable and is used as a thickener.

I use agar to make this delicious, soy-free, vegan sour cream

Vegan Soy-Free Sour Cream

this yummy sandwich cheese,

Vegan Cheese Recipe

and, of course, this healthy mozzarella.

If you’d like to know more about agar and where to buy it, check out this post I wrote about it.

 

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