Vegan Mozzarella Recipe | How to make vegan mozzarella that melts!

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 Learn how to make stretchy vegan mozzarella cheese, the easy way! This tastes like real cheese looks like real cheese and melts like real cheese! Plus, it’s budget-friendly and healthy!

Oh my, oh my!!! I am so excited to present you this AWESOME vegan mozzarella recipe! This vegan mozzarella looks like real cheese, tastes like cheese and it even melts like cheese does! What I like even more about it is that it’s super-easy to make! Really, SUPER EASY! It doesn’t take forever to make either and it is budget-friendly. 🙂

This vegan mozzarella recipe is my no. 1 vegan cheese experiment, part of my Best Vegan Cheese Recipes Challenge I launched a few weeks ago. I am so happy that I succeeded in making a really good vegan cheese recipe. I had to test it 4 times before getting the perfect texture and taste.

How to make stretchy vegan mozzarella cheese recipe melt

Vegan mozzarella ‘making of’ video

I was inspired by @VedgedOut’s vegan moxarella cheese recipe and began my experiment from there. I modified the quantities ratios and added some new ingredients. The result was beyond my expectations.

If you have a high power blender, this mozzarella cheese will be extra-smooth. I don’t have a very good blender right now, so you may see a bit of “graininess” in the photos. Well, that didn’t bother me at all, but I’m sure it would have been even better if I could pulverize the ingredients with the help of a good blender.

vegan grilled cheese sandwiches

The first thing I wanted to make with this melty vegan mozzarella cheese was a grilled cheese sandwich. It’s the simple things you miss… 🙂 IT WAS SO GOOD. As you can see from the picture above…it really melts and it’s gooey, stretchy…PERFECT!

I also made some vegan mozzarella cheese balls and stored them in the fridge for later. You can then slice them and use them in salads, pizzas or sandwiches. It will melt again. 🙂

I created two vegan mozzarella cheese recipes with different quantities and different textures, but the same taste. I did this because I wanted to create a perfect melty cheese sauce (see video above) and also shape these mozzarella balls so you can store them in the fridge for later. If you want to create a cheesy sauce, you will need fewer ingredients, so it will be even cheaper to make. Of course, you can turn mozzarella balls back into a cheesy sauce again, but I thought separating the recipes would be better from an economic point of view.

I can’t wait to try some other vegan cheese recipes, such as vegan parmesan and vegan ricotta! 🙂

So, are you curious how I made this recipe? See below. 🙂

NOTE: Nutritional yeast is not brewers yeast! See here or here what nutritional yeast is! 

How to make stretchy vegan mozzarella cheese recipe

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How to make stretchy vegan mozzarella cheese | Tastes like cheese, looks like cheese and melts like real cheese! Plus, it's budget-friendly and healthy!
Recipe type: Cheese
Cuisine: Italian
For vegan mozzarella balls:
  • 2 cups (~250g) raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1⅔ cups (~400ml) hot water
  • 6 Tbsps tapioca starch/flour
  • 4 Tbsps nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
For cheesy, extra-sticky mozzarella sauce:
  • 1 cup (~150g) raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 2 cups (~500ml) hot water
  • 7 Tbsps tapioca starch/flour
  • 4 Tbsps nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
For vegan mozzarella balls:
  1. Put all ingredients in your food processor or blender. Blend well until it has the consistency of milk.
  2. Put a large saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Pour the "milk" in the pan.
  4. Start stirring continuously.
  5. After a few minutes the cheesy sauce with start to thicken. Cook it while continuously stirring for about 10-15 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and let it sit for a few minutes.
  7. Fill a large bowl with ice cold water. Add 1 Tbsp of salt and dissolve it.
  8. Using an ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, start scooping small mozzarella balls from the composition.
  9. Put the balls in the water and let them cool for one minute. You can refine their shape using your hands too.
  10. Do this until you finish the composition. You can store the vegan mozzarella balls in the fridge for a couple of days.
For cheesy, extra-sticky mozzarella sauce:
  1. Follow all the steps above, except the ones after "Remove from heat".
  2. Use this sauce for pasta or any other recipe you want.
Recipe inspired by Somer McCowan’s Fresh Moxarella Cheese.
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Vegan Mozzarella Recipe | How to make vegan mozzarella that melts! was last modified: November 13th, 2016 by Ruxandra
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92 Comments on “Vegan Mozzarella Recipe | How to make vegan mozzarella that melts!”

  1. Dianne

    I made mozzarella balls yesterday, and then cut them up to stuff roasted pablano peppers for vegan chile rellenos, which I have been trying to perfect for years. The “cheese” filled 4 peppers, and it melted beautifully when they were cooked. When I used my fork to cut the first bite from the end of the pepper, before it even got to my mouth, I knew I had found the right filling. It was glossy and steaming, and it stretched! It really stretched! And the taste and mouth-feel were spot on. It had the perfect balance of salty and tart, and it was creamy, but a little firm and chewy. No strange tastes or texture at all, and the color was just little of a yellowish beige. Now I can’t wait to try it on pizza, lasagna (along with cashew/tofu ricotta), quesadillas, and all kinds of sandwiches! I used a food processor and processed the cashews alone until they were like butter, then I added the rest of the ingredients. Other than that, I followed the recipe to a T, and I couldn’t be happier with it! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

    1. Ruxandra

      What a great idea, Dianne! I love mozzarella Jalapeno balls but never tried them with this recipe. Will give it a try soon. Thanks for the idea! 😀 Also, I’m so glad you liked the recipe! Thanks!

  2. Federica

    Hi! I’ve made them twice, amazing! Just the second time I forgot the salt in the water and it turned in a big mess 🙁

  3. Shel

    Just made the mozzarella balls! I’m excited to have a cheap and simple cheese alternative that fits both vegan and paleo diets. And I can melt it on pizza?!
    The texture is DIVINE! I just put them in the ice bath so hopefully they’ll firm up more in the fridge. I hope I’m able to grate mine.
    My nutritional yeast is very fine so I reduced it by half a tablespoon- Next time I might reduce by a little more. It also needed about 50% more lemon juice and 25% more salt, but thankfully the lemon juice blended well even after heating and I can add salt to whatever I put it in or rub some on the outside. I want to soak them in olive oil but I’ll wait to see how they firm up. Next time it might be fun to add extra salt and a few drops of smoke seasoning to do a smoked mozza. Or coat them on black pepper! Or some basil added in! So may possibilities!
    Thanks so much for this clever recipe!

  4. Kelly A

    I made both and prefer the sauce. It congealed nicely when refrigerated. I soaked the cashews and used a regular blender. Easy and way cheaper (and better tasting) than buying vegan cheeze. Actually, I think I might be a little addicted.

    1. Kelly A

      Tasted great, but the color was a little off, so I added a teaspoon of turmeric to the next batch. So pretty. Makes great cheeze toast.

      1. Ruxandra

        Thank you, Kelly! 😀 Such a great idea with the turmeric! You can turn it into vegan cheddar. Don’t know what you mean by strange color, mine was milky white. Not perfectly white, like paper-white, but very light beige, just like in the photos.

  5. Hannah

    Just made this according to your recipe, and I can hardly tell the difference to the mozzarella that I remember before becoming vegan! Really delicious, and great consistency! Will definitely be a recipe I use again and again! Thank you!

  6. Lorie Auguste

    We aren’t a vegan or even vegetarian family. My two grandsons have Autusm. They are severe, non-verbal. They don’t have dietary restrictions other than their own limited food choices. Basically carbs and melted (only) cheese. The flavor is surprisingly good. The color is off-putting, but unavoidable due to the yeast. I tried it in a grilled cheese. The ate around the cheese. I then made a pizza. It gets soft but doesn’t have ‘pull’. I took a knife and kind of spread it around, then sprinkled just the littlest bit of non-fat cheddar over the top. Stuck it under the broiler to brown it up some. They devoured it!! They even brought their plates back indicating that they wanted more. It won’t be a full on replacement…but its a heck of a start!! Its been murder trying to sneek anything healthy into their food…thanks for the recipe!! Btw… Only reason not 5 stars is the color…which again is unavoidable.

    1. Ruxandra

      Hi Lorie! I do hope you used nutritional yeast, not some other type of yeast. Even though I emphasized this in the recipe, some people still used brewers yeast and that can change both the color and the taste. Glad you and your grandsons liked its taste, though! 😀 It’s not exactly like real mozzarella cheese, but I think it gets pretty close. 😀

  7. Matthew

    I’m very excited to try this recipe! I’m not sure if it has already been mentioned in the comments, but in order to achieve a slightly more firm texture that will allow for better slicing, it might be worth it to try putting in a small amount of agar powder/flakes into the boiled mixture. I use agar in my cashew cheesecake recipes and it really helps to improve the texture and slicing ability with less chill time.

  8. Neelofar

    My daughter has intolerance to gluten and dairy your recipe for vegan mozzarella seems very interesting I will try it and get back to you soon . Thank u so much for sharing your wonderful recipe

  9. Beri

    I had the same experience as Liza Shaw above. A few details as to what I did (maybe you’ll find the key to the mystery – if you don’t it may be my cashews).

    I only used half the measures because I wanted to try both recipes separately at first.
    I put in 2 sachets of Alsa baking powder (is this what you mean by nutritional yeast?), i.e. 11g×2.

    My blender did the job very well. During cooking, I didn’t stir for 10-15 minutes after the first clumps appeared, because it became doughey quite quickly, so I thought leaving it on the heat for longer would bake it or burn it. I must have lost all liquid appearance after about 7-8 minutes.

    After letting sit, I removed it from heat and scooped it into ice water. Since it tasted odd, I let it rest in the fridge for 1-2 hours and then… the Liza experience. It also tasted a bit fishy.

    I hope you can tell me what I did wrong.

    Thanks for your – visibly – awesome recipe!

    1. Ruxandra

      Hi, Beri! Sorry to hear it didn’t work for you but you used the wrong ingredients. 🙂 Nutritional yeast is not baking powder! I mentioned in the post and also in some comments. Nutritional yeast is this If you use brewers yeast or anything else, it will not work. Hope you’ll try it again, with nutritional yeast this time. 🙂

  10. Cristy

    I made these today! I tried it after I cooked it in the pan, and it was quite delicious. Very cheese-like. I just formed them into balls and put them in the fridge. I followed all of the directions. I only have a few questions. Are they supposed to be an off-white color? Will they be harder and sliceable after being in the fridge for a few hours? They weren’t sliceable before I put them in the fridge, and they had an off-white color unlike the pictures – I assume it’s because of the nutritional yeast flakes. I just want to make sure I didn’t do anything wrong here. Thank you for your time! 🙂

    1. Ruxandra

      So glad you liked it, Cristy! 😀 It is not paper-white, it has a slightly yellowish tone, but in the right light (like in the photos) you can’t notice that. Yes, nutritional yeast is the ingredient that slightly changes its color. It is definitely sliceable, but leave it in the fridge to harden.

  11. Marie

    I don’t like cashews they upset my tummy, how about almonds or walnuts or some other nut? Has anyone tried to substitute the nut?

    1. Ruxandra

      Hi, Marie! 🙂 I haven’t tried these with other nuts. I guess you could try using peeled almonds. Don’t use almonds with the peels on because it will look weird. Let me know how it goes!

    2. Beri

      For my second try, I’ve just attempted it with almonds, using only half a measure of each ingredient, in case it wouldn’t work well. The mix didn’t turn into a milk, more like a thick cream and my blender ended up blending thin air at the end because the mixture was too thick to flow down.

      I soaked 250g of almonds, so they probably swelled to 300g and used roughly half.

      The yeast I used reads “malted yeast” on the packaging. Does this sound OK? It says it’s used in salads, etc.

      The texture remained creamy in the saucepan, didn’t get really firm and it has a strong smell of almonds.

      By the taste of it, I feel more like turning them into something sweet, adding a lot of sugar, than using it as a spread, since it might prove to be a bit heavy on the stomach.

      1. Ruxandra

        Beri, noooo! :)) No malted yeast, brewers yeast etc. just NUTRITIONAL YEAST! 🙂 Pretty please everybody, stop using other types of yeast. I can just imagine the horrible taste. I even emphasized the note with red in the recipe. Only nutritional yeast MUST be used. No replacements. 🙂

        Did you use peeled almonds? I think they’re better, color-wise. Cashews have a milkier taste, that’s why they’re the best option. If you want to use almonds again, I suggest you change the recipe a little bit and maybe add some spices, just to cover the strong almond taste. Maybe some oregano? 🙂

        1. Beri

          According to the French Wikipedia page, malted yeast is a kind of nutritional yeast. It comes in flakes.

          I did use peeled almonds but I think I’ll stick to cashews from now on. However, these are quite sweet and I am not sure I can get something satisfactory.

          1. Ruxandra

            Yes. Cashews are the best for this. 🙂 Just add a little bit more salt if you find cashews too sweet. Make sure they’re raw too.

  12. Cas

    Hi! This recipe looks amazing, and I am gonna try it next time I make pizza! One question I have is if I leave it in the fridge long enough will i be able to shred it like dairy mozzarella cheese? I would normally place it on my pizza in slices, but I like to switch it up sometimes with shredded cheese instead. Thanks!

  13. Danielle

    I just bought all ingredients on Amazon and can’t wait to try this! I am a long time vegetarian and newly vegan missing cheese. I made a cashew sauce before and love the flavor. This is exactly what I was looking for!! Thank you!

  14. Carolin

    Hey, this looks really nice but can i replace the tapioca flour with another flour?:) i cant find tapioca flour or starch anywhere here where i live. Thank you:)

    1. Ruxandra

      Hi, Carolin! 🙂 Unfortunately, no. Tapioca starch is what gives it a sticky, melty texture. You could just buy tapioca pearls and grind them until they turn into flour. Use that instead.

  15. Elmarie

    In answer to Liza Shaw who said hers didn’t taste good : is it possible that she used Brewers Yeast instead of Nutritional Yeast?
    As for sodium : salt is sour. Lemon juice is sour. Nutritional yeast is also quite salty tasting. So I would add a 1/2 tsp of each extra i/o the salt.
    Thank you for a grea recipe. I couldn’t find Tapioca flour, so I bought Tap.balls & put them put it in my hi-speed blender & ground it down myself. Also, roasted cashews work very well.

    1. Ruxandra

      Oh.. I hope Liza didn’t use Brewers Yeast. The taste would be terrible! Also, you should check the cashews so they’re not rancid. This changes the taste as well. I did this mistake once when I made a raw cake.. bleah.
      Great idea with the tapioca balls! If you have a high speed blender you can turn them into flour, in no time! 😀 Glad you liked it! 🙂

  16. Liza Shaw

    Hello, I tried this recipe tonight and I can’t figure out what went wrong. I followed the recipe to the letter and the results looked exactly like the pictures (except not as grainy because I used a vitamix), yet the flavor and texture were simply inedible. The texture was slimy and resembled something closer to raw Pizza dough than cheese. Or silly putty. That’s what it was like! Ughhhh… and the taste? Y U C K ! ! The only thing I can compare it to would be the way I can imagine a Mildewed gym sock would taste. It was salty but the yeast gave it that funky sourness that didn’t taste ANYTHING like cheese but more like someone’s stinky foot. So either I did something terribly wrong here, or perhaps it’s been to recently that I had the real stretchy, salty, delicious genuine article: CHEESE.

    I didn’t expect this to really taste like it (even though tons of comments here claim that it tastes exactly like it), but I thought maybe it would have a nutty flavor. Not even a little. What a waste of 2 cups of raw cashews!!!

    1. Ruxandra

      Hi Liza! Maybe your cashews were too old? I can’t imagine why it would taste bad. So many people have tried my recipe and not one complained about its taste. The taste is actually pretty amazing! 🙂 I’ve tried this recipe so many times so far and it turned out perfect every time.

  17. Cori

    This just rocked my world! Absolutely amazing! Thank you! Have already made pizza, caper se, grilled cheese! I am excited to try more of your recipes, tho this will be hard to top!

  18. Alana

    Omg! This is amazing! I’m newly vegan and really miss cheese 😖 Made cashew cheese before but not moxarella and this is just perfect! Can’t WAIT to try it on pizza. Thanx Ruxandra xxx

  19. Linda Weinberger

    Just made it but by mistake I wanted the mozzarella balls but did 7 tbs tapioca fl instead of 6. In refrigerator now. I also would like to use less salt . I think I did cut it back to 1/2 tsp. My husband I used to love the real no or low salt mozzarella .
    Thanks for the recipe

  20. Diane

    This is a great recipe. It actually tastes good. I’d like to make a sliceable mozzerella for a caprese salad. Would adding more tapioca flour work, or would that just mess up the taste?

    1. Ruxandra

      Hi Diane! Thank you! You use the same ingredients. Once it hardens and cools down, you can easily slice it. See the instructions for mozzarella balls in the recipe. When the mozzarella sauce is warm, all you have to do is shape the balls and place them in ice cold water. It instantly hardens and you end up with perfect little mozzarella balls. 🙂

  21. Lauren Vaught

    Hi Ruxanda, your recipes are fun! I’ve made many versions of vegan mozzarella, and your recipe is really great. It only takes 5-7 minutes of cooking and stirring before my cheese is thick and creamy. After letting it sit a bit, I scooped it into balls and dropped it in ice water – perfect. I have also been able to freeze these ‘cheese’ balls and they thaw really well!

    1. Ruxandra

      Thank you so much, Lauren! It makes me so happy to hear that my recipes are appreciated. 🙂 It’s great to hear they can be frozen as well. This way we can make them in larger batches and have vegan cheese for a whole month! 🙂

  22. Natasha

    I made it today and I’m surprised how delicious it is. I made mozzarela balls, followed the recipe (specialy quantities) and everything went right. I think it is important to mantain the right temperature, not too high.
    I will repeat it for sure 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.

  23. Natasha

    I made mozzarela balls a few minutes ago for the first time and I’m surprised how delicious they are. I followed the recipe and everything went righr. I think it is very important to mantain the right temperature, not too high.
    I will repeat it again. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  24. Liz

    Been looking for a moxarella recipe that does not require garlic powder and yours is just awesome! Also, I cooked it for just about 7 minutes and it still turned out the amazing. Thank you!

  25. Lalla

    Great Recipe, thank you! For those who like a more flavoured ‘cheese’ add 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp garlic granules, 1 tsp Cajun seasoning and 1 tbs apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice.

    1. Ruxandra

      Hi Lalla! Thank you! So happy you like it! That’s a great tip! I will have to look for Cajun seasoning in the stores. Never seen it before here, but it sounds good. 😀

  26. Carey

    Maybe I’m just texturally sensitive but mine turned into a big blob of goop. Mine wasn’t creamy like yours in your video – it tightened up almost immediately, basically the consistency of softer silly putty. Is this right?

    1. Ruxandra

      Oh 🙁 No! It should be creamy and sticky when it’s hot. After it cools it hardens and you can make mozarella balls. I made this recipe so many times now. Are you sure you used the exact measurements? In any case, maybe add a little bit more water when this happens.

  27. Heather

    I just want to say that I used it as cheese on pizza and for the first time I can say that i am TOTALLY impressed with this substitute. It worked beautifully: good taste, texture and look. Thank you.

  28. Rae

    Just made this cheese. Have been vegan for three years and always afraid to try cheese. This recipe is easy to follow and easy to make. Didn’t need 10 minutes was done in 8.
    Very tasty, looking forward to my first grilled cheese sandwich and making pizza tomorrow.
    Thank you for sharing

  29. Anyssa

    How mich does this recipie yeild? I need to make about 10 pizzas for hungry college. Students. I’m just wondering how much id need tk make.

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      1. Lisa

        Did you (or anyone) try this with arrowroot? I’ve never made vegan cheese and only have arrowroot, but don’t want to mess it up by substituting!

    1. Ruxandra

      Glad you liked it! 🙂 You can store them both in water or in dry containers. If you want to keep them longer in the fridge you should store them in salty water.

  32. Lee

    These look wonderful. Would it work if I reduce or eliminate the salt? Is there something I could replace it with? I’m on a no / low sodium diet.

    1. Ruxandra

      They have to be a little bit salty or else they will be tasteless. I think there are salt replacers you can buy. I’m not familiar with them but I heard they’re ok for low sodium diets.

  33. Margaux

    This looks great! 😀 I haven’t actually seen tapioca starch in the shops over here though – could I use cornstarch (I might even have potato starch for some odd reason)? Can’t wait to impress the family with a “real” pizza effort or something similar.

    1. Ruxandra

      Hi Margaux! Thanks! Tapioca starch is the same with tapioca flour. Maybe you’ll find it by that name. I haven’t tried it with another starch, but from my experience cornstarch will make it thick but not sticky. I think potato starch will do the same. I’ve heard about agar agar that it could be used for vegan cheeses as well. Maybe if you combine agar agar with cornstarch…? I don’t know, but I may experiment it soon. 🙂

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