How To Make Easy Vegan Mozzarella for Gut-Healthy Pizzas and Beyond

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Mozzarella is like the Tom Hanks of cheeses, in that you’ve probably never met anyone who hates it. For those looking to have cheesy pizzas and the like without animal byproducts, store bought is fine, but making your own is surprisingly simple with this easy vegan mozzarella recipe from chef Serena Poon, CN, CHC, CHN.

Vegan mozzarella is creamy and rich thanks to cashew yogurt and avocado oil. Poon combines those probiotics and pink Himalayan salt, then after it sit for a few hours she puts it into a saucepan and whisking in cassava flour, agar powder, and nutritional yeast to thicken it and achieve a gooey texture. In addition to being an easy vegan alternative to mozzarella cheese, it also boasts health benefits. Probiotics, like the rejuvelac used in the recipe, are linked to better gut-health. Cashews contain around five grams of protein per ounce, and are high in brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, they’re an excellent source of magnesium, a nutrient many of us aren’t getting enough of.

The end result is a vegan cheese that’s melty and stringy like the traditional mozzarella cheeses made with water buffalo or cow milk, but minus the animal byproducts. Poon recommends making it 12-24 hours before you plan to use it.

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Easy Vegan Mozzarella Recipe


  • Author: Serena Poon

Ingredients

  • 8 oz homemade unsweetened plant-based yogurt (I prefer cashew, store-bought is also okay)
  • 4 oz rejuvelac, homemade preferred, store-bought okay (can also use water kefir, miso)
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil (can use sunflower oil)
  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt or sea salt
  • 4 tbsp cassava flour
  • 2 tbsp agar powder
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • large bowl of ice water with 1 teaspoon of sea salt or pink Himalayan salt

Instructions

1. Combine the yogurt, rejuvelac or other probiotic liquid, avocado oil and salt in a blender or food processor and blend until mixture is creamy.2. Transfer the mixture into a clean (sterile!) glass container, cover with a cheese cloth and set on your kitchen counter for a minimum of 8 to about 24 hours.
3. Taste check the cheese mixture after 8 hours for preferred tartness and “bite”. Allow the mixture to continue to set until desired “bite” or sharpness. Continue to check every 2 hours.
4. Once the cheese has reached desired sharpness, pour the cheese mixture into a medium saucepan. Using a wire whisk, mix in cassava flour, agar, nutritional yeast.
5. Over medium heat, cook the mixture, stirring continually until the mixture is very smooth, thick, gooey and glossy. It is not ready if there is not a sheen to it, so keep cooking until the right consistency is reached.
6. Once the cheese mixture is slightly cooled enough to touch, use an ice cream scooper, to scoop and form little balls of the cheese and drop them into an ice bath of water (which has about 1 teaspoon salt added to it). They will harden almost immediately. (Refrigerate for 4-5 days, covered.)

This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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