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Vegan Cashew Mozzarella

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This vegan cashew mozzarella is thick, cheesy, and delicious. It’s made with raw cashews and seasonings for an authentic light cheesy flavor. Use it on pizza, or sandwiches – or wherever you might want a dollop of melted mozzarella.vegan mozzarella on a panini sandwich

This vegan mozzarella is was inspired by my Creamy Garlic Sauce with Cashews. It has most of the same ingredients with a few little add-ins to make it cheesier and to thicken it – just like a slightly stretchy, gooey, melted mozzarella cheese sauce.

This vegan mozzarella is not like the blocks or shreds you can buy at the store. But rather a soft cheesy spread you can put on sandwiches or pizza.

caprese pizza with vegan mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, and basil
Works great on pizza too!

To make this vegan mozzarella spread you will need:

ingredients for vegan mozzarella including cashews, tapioca flour, garlic and onion powders, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast
Not pictured is the white miso paste.

Tips and suggestions for making the vegan mozzarella spread:

The cashews

The best cashews to use are unsalted raw cashews. These are not found in regular grocery stores but might be found in stores such as Whole Foods, Trader Joes, or health food stores. I buy mine on Amazon in bulk. They might seem like a pricey investment but you will find raw cashews to be a useful item when added to your plant-based pantry.

Raw cashews are used in recipes such as my Chili Cheese Sauce, Jalapeno Ranch Dressing, or the best Vegan Mac and Cheese you will ever try!

Soak the cashews in very hot water for about 30 minutes or until they are quite soft. Then drain and add fresh water for blending.soaked and drained cashews in a a mesh strainer

Can I use regular salted roasted cashews instead of raw unsalted cashews?

If you are unable to find raw unsalted cashews you can use the regular roasted and salted ones. You will need to soak for a lot longer – even overnight. And triple rinse the cashews to get rid of the salt or it will affect the flavor of your cheese.

Making the cashew cheese spread

After soaking and draining the cashews, use freshwater for blending. Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend on high for about 3 minutes or until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Transfer to a medium-sized saucepan and cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly. It will start to get bubbly and thick. You will start to see some lumps form.

cashew cheese cooking with some lumps on wooden spoon

Give it another minute stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the pan and you will notice that the lumps “disappear” – probably because it’s all one big lump now! But the cashew cheese mixture will be very smooth now and look almost satin-like.

smooth cooked mozzarella cheese sauce on a wooden spoon
Very smooth now.

How long can I store my cashew cheese spread?

Put it in an airtight container and store for up to five days in the refrigerator. Scoop out the portion you want to use and warm-up in the microwave for about 30 seconds. This vegan cheese spread is best appreciated slightly warmed.

I’ve noticed that after a couple of days in the container it gets a little liquidy around the edges. Just pour off the liquid before using the cheese spread.

Do I have to use miso paste?

I will tell you that for the longest time I did not use miso paste. Then I thought I’d give it a try because miso paste made all the difference in my Mac and Cheese sauce recipe. Wow! Please find some white miso paste and use it in this recipe too. The difference is subtle – but there! I buy this miso paste on Amazon.

Can I replace the tapioca starch with corn starch?

Tapioca starch is the same thing as tapioca flour. You can easily find tapioca starch (or flour) in many grocery stores. It is found near the section with the gluten-free flours and health food items. If you are unable to find tapioca starch, you may purchase on Amazon.

If you do choose to use cornstarch instead, understand that your vegan mozzarella cheese spread will not have that nice glossy finish. It will be a dull matte. If you substitute, double the amount of cornstarch. For example, this recipe calls for 1/4 cup tapioca flour. Use 1/2 cup cornstarch as a substitute.

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vegan mozzarella on two paninis with text overlay

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caprese panini on white plate with green salad

Vegan Cashew Mozzarella

This vegan cashew mozzarella is thick and cheesy and practically stretchy. It's made with raw cashews and seasonings for an authentic light cheesy flavor. Use it on pizza, or sandwiches - or wherever you might want a dollop of melted mozzarella.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Sauce, Topping
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cashew cheese, vegan mozzarella
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 46 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 105kcal
Author: Cindy Rainey

Equipment

  • high-speed blender

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews raw
  • hot water for soaking (drain when soaked)
  • 2 cups water for blending
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons white miso paste
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour

Instructions

  • Cover raw cashews with very hot water and soak for 30 minutes. Drain the water from the cashews and discard the soaking water.
  • Add the soaked and drained cashews to a high-speed blender along with fresh water, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, garlic and onion powders, salt, miso paste, and tapioca flour.
  • Blend on high for 2-3 minutes or until creamy and smooth.
  • Pour contents of the blender into a medium-sized saucepan.
  • Heat on medium for about 5-6 minutes, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom. The mixture will first develop lumps and then suddenly will be smooth and thick.

Notes

Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Take out and warm up in the microwave before using. 
If you use satled and roasted cashews instead of the recommended raw cashews, soak for 6 hours or overnight. Change the water several times and triple rinse to make sure all the salt is gone.
If you choose to substitute cornstarch for the tapioca starch, double the amount. So for this recipe, you would use 1/2 cornstarch instead of 1/4 cup tapioca starch. Be aware that your mozzarella cheese won't have that nice glossy finish if you use cornstarch.

Nutrition

Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
By on March 23rd, 2020

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