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This amazingly simple vegan cashew cheese is deliciously stretchy and gooey on pizza, French onion soup, and so many other recipes. It’s the perfect dairy-free cheese recipe that also happens to be gluten-free.

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Is it really possible? Homemade cashew cheese that requires only a handful of ingredients and no oil that stretches like mozzarella? YES, it is!

There is even a nut-free option available!

We love this vegan mozzarella because it’s…

  • Creamy
  • Full of flavor
  • Oil-free
  • Simple to make
  • Oeey-gooey
  • Shreddable after frozen
  • Has two options–cashews OR white beans
  • Can be frozen and grated into shreds
  • Perfect for pizza, nachos, and so much more
  • Delicious

Cashew mozzarella cheese

Regular mozzarella cheese is not dairy-free, because it’s made with milk. However, this cashew mozzarella is! It is made with only five ingredients and it’s completely vegan, dairy-free, oil-free, and gluten-free.

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I’m not going to kid you, this cashew cheese recipe is one of the best things since sliced bread, in my humble opinion.

This stuff will surprise you, guaranteed. Not only is it delicious, it actually has a stretch to it like mozzarella cheese. Seriously!

How to make cashew cheese

The base of this cheese recipe is soaked cashews. When soaked, the raw cashews create a creamy texture and neutral flavor that pairs well with tangy white wine vinegar and nutty nutritional yeast.

When blended together with the other ingredients, it creates a powerful warm, creamy, nutty flavor that is perfect for mozzarella.

Cashews or white beans for the base?

Begin by deciding whether you would like to use raw cashews or white beans for the base.

Personally, I love the cashew version because the flavor is out of this world. However, I understand completely that some folks have nut allergies or heart disease and are staying away from nuts.

Thankfully, white beans do a good job of substituting in this cashew cheese recipe. Just keep in mind that the outcome will taste a bit different.

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Soaking cashews to soften

If you are using cashews, you’ll need to soak them in very hot water for 1 hour or overnight or at least 6 hours in cool water.

I have also made this without soaking the cashews, but the texture and flavor are better if they are soaked even when using my Vitamix blender. I do highly recommend soaking.

And, I hope it goes without saying that if you’re using white beans, they will need to be cooked first unless they are from a can. If they are from a can, remember to drain the liquid and rinse them well.

cashew cheese ingredients in vitamix blender on white background

Once the cashews have soaked and become softened, add all of the ingredients to a blender and process on high until smooth.

The thickening process

Next, simply pour the blended cheese ingredients from the blender or food processor into a saucepan. Begin slowly heating and whisking together as it warms. This will happen quite quickly.

Do not leave it unattended because it needs to be stirred nearly constantly until it reaches the desired thickness and stretchiness.

The demo video below shows how creamy and stretchy the texture of this cashew cheese becomes while it’s heating up. Be sure to check it out!

vegan mozzarella cheese on fork over pot

At this point, the cheese is ready to be used in other recipes like grilled cheese sandwiches, lasagna, quesadillas, veggie pizza, no-meat balls, French onion soup, or anything else that comes to mind.

Can you freeze cashew cheese?

Absolutely, and I actually highly recommend freezing this cashew cheese. Once it’s frozen, it can be grated to use as shreds which are terrific on pizza and salads.

I simply pour it into a glass dish and cover it well then place in a freezer bag. When it’s frozen solid, remove from the freezer and grate into shreds.

cashew cheese block with shreds around it on wooden board

Use the shreds as a topping for pizza, soups, and salads. You can even slice it and make grilled cheese sandwiches. Refreeze immediately or it will become soft.

Once it’s frozen and shredded, it has to stay frozen and can’t be refrigerated.

Making your own vegan mozzarella cheese is very simple and SO much better for your health than the processed store-bought varieties.

Tips for making this cashew cheese recipe

  • If you’re using cashews, remember to soak them first.
  • The fast method for soaking cashews is in very hot water for at least an hour. The slower method can be done in cooler water for 6+ hours.
  • The white beans I prefer in this recipe are white cannellini beans.
  • The bean version does freeze and grate as well. It’s a little darker in color and the taste, as well as texture, is different from the cashew version of course. I much prefer the cashew cheese, but white beans will work as a substitute.
  • When heating this cheese sauce in a pot DO NOT leave it unattended. It needs to be stirred nearly constantly until it reaches the desired thickness and stretchiness.
  • It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days and will freeze well for up to 6 months.
  • This recipe freezes well and works great for grating after frozen for mozzarella shreds.
  • I used an oven-proof mini loaf pan lined with wax paper to freeze mine into a block. The wax paper makes it easy to slide when it is solid.
  • Once it’s frozen and shredded, it has to stay frozen and can’t be refrigerated.

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Cashew Cheese Mozzarella

Cashew Cheese Mozzarella

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This Cashew Vegan Cheese Mozzarella is fabulous on cashew cheese pizza, lasagna, quesadillas, and anything else you can think of. With a warm and nutty flavor, it even stretches!

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. Begin by deciding whether you would like to use raw cashews or white beans for the base. Personally, I love the cashew version because the flavor is out of this world. However, I understand completely that some folks have nut allergies or heart disease and are staying away from nuts.

    2. If you are using cashews, you'll need to soak them in very hot water for 1 hour or overnight or at least 6 hours in cool water.

    3. If you're using white beans, they will need to be cooked first unless they are from a can. If they are from a can, remember to drain the liquid and rinse them well.

    4. Once the cashews have soaked and become softened, add all of the ingredients to a blender and process on high until smooth.

    5. Next, simply pour the blended cheese ingredients from the blender or food processor into a saucepan. Begin slowly heating and whisking together as it warms. This will happen quite quickly. Do not leave it unattended because it needs to be stirred nearly constantly until it reaches the desired thickness and stretchiness.

    6. At this point, the cheese is ready to be used in other recipes like grilled cheese sandwiches, lasagna, quesadillas, veggie pizza, no-meat balls, French onion soup, or anything else that comes to mind.

Notes

I actually highly recommend freezing this cashew cheese. Once it’s frozen, it can be grated to use as shreds which are terrific on pizza and salads.

I simply pour it into a glass dish and cover it well then place in a freezer bag. When it’s frozen solid, remove from the freezer and grate into shreds. See the photos in the article above.

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 303mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gProtein: 4g

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Carrie peters

Thursday 28th of January 2021

Hello, I want to try this and don’t have arrowroot powder. Would almond flour substitute well for it?

Terri Edwards

Thursday 28th of January 2021

Hi Carrie- It really needs to be a thickener. Not sure at all that almond flour would work. Cornstarch would be a great option though.

Amy

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

So I tried to make a larger batch (4x) and it never thickened. I used arrowroot as the thickening agent.

-Can this recipe be made in larger batches? -Curious if there is a thickening agent that works better than another?

Terri Edwards

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Hi Amy- There shouldn't be any problems with making larger batches. As long as you increase the amount of arrowroot (or cornstarch) accordingly, it should thicken up just as well as it does with smaller batches.

M. Manning

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

I just made this and have it in the freezer. I tasted it when I transferred it to the container and must say that it has a really good flavor. At first I thought it might be a little on the salty side but the second taste was okay. I used white vinegar in place of the white wine vinegar. 3/4 tbl. vinegar, 1/4 tbl. water, dash of sugar. Seemed to work out from the taste of it. Can't wait to grate it and put it on something! Thanks for the recipe.

Gayla

Thursday 30th of April 2020

Hi Terri, I tried this cheese with home cooked garbanzo beans because I thought it would be a richer flavor than white beans. I have heart disease so I don't eat nuts now. I wanted you to know that I think the garbanzos are better than white beans in flavor. It was delicious. You might want to try it. I would like to get your opinion.

Terri Edwards

Thursday 30th of April 2020

Hi Gayla- I'm so glad that garbanzo beans worked for you. It surprises me a bit because garbanzo beans are not soft and smooth like navy, great northern, or cannellini beans. Great to know the chickpeas work, and thanks for letting me know!

Tracey

Saturday 18th of April 2020

Thank you for this recipe. I used it on your easy veggie pizza recipe (using Sami's Bakery Millet crust) last night & it was delicious!!

Terri Edwards

Saturday 18th of April 2020

Hi Tracey- You are welcome, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Sami's pizza crusts are simply amazing in my opinion, and when you top them with yummy veggies and this cheese. OMGosh! :D

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