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Vegan Buffalo Mozzarella

Vegan Buffalo Mozzarella

Creamy plant-based Buffalo Mozzarella...wait what? You're vegan and you thought you had to give up this summer favorite because you don't eat cheese? Not true. The magical ingredient is cashews and with cashews you can make incredible creamy and delicious vegan Mozzarella. It's simple and yummy!
Course vegan cheese
Cuisine Italian

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked in water for about an hour
  • ½ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 3 tablespoons refined coconut oil melted
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon mellow/white miso
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus more for brine
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon agar powder

Instructions
 

  • Make an ice bath by filling a large bowl with about 50% cold water and 50% ice and a few good pinches of salt. Set aside.
  • Drain cashews and discard water. Place the cashews, milk, coconut oil, tapioca starch, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, miso, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt to a blender or food processor. Blend on high for about 1 minute, or until the mixture is completely smooth (a food processor may take a little longer than a blender). Set aside.
  • Add the water to a small pot on low-medium heat. Whisk in the agar powder. Continue to whisk well for 2 to 3 minutes until the agar and water become thick and gel-like. Transfer the cashew mixture from the blender to the pot with the agar and stir well. Continue to cook for about 5 minutes, stirring continuously with a spatula. The mixture will become very thick and somewhat stretchy and start to pull away from the side of the pot and form a ball as it cooks. Remove from heat.
  • Carefully, use the desired size ice cream scoop or spoon to portion the mixture into balls and place in the ice water. Cover and place the bowl in the fridge for several hours. Serve chilled in slices or in your favorite recipe.

Notes

Special Equipment: Blender or food processor
Special Ingredients: Agar powder can be purchased online or occasionally found in health stores
Keyword vegan
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