Vegan Mozzarella recipe to accompany our GF Cassava Flour Pizza Recipe
For those looking to have cheesy pizzas and and the like without animal by-products, store bought is fine, but making your own is surprisingly simple with this easy vegan mozzarella recipe from chef Serena Poon
- 226g homemade unsweetened plant-based yogurt (I prefer cashew, store-bought is also okay)
- 118ml 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
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.)