Easy Vegan Mozzarella “Cheese”

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Using a wooden spoon to stir a saucepan of amazing Vegan Mozzarella Cheese

It’s cheese! It’s cheese! And it’s seriously easy to make! Shall we?

Wood platter with ingredients for making Vegan Mozzarella Cheese

This is my take on vegan “mozzarella cheese.” There are quite a few methods out there to try, but to me, this is about as easy (and delicious) as it gets, requiring just 7 ingredients and simple methods to create.

The base for this “cheese” is soaked cashews. They get wonderfully creamy when soaked and create a neutral flavor base that takes on the tanginess of coconut yogurt, lemon, and nutritional yeast so well.

Blender with ingredients for making Vegan Mozzarella Cheese

Once blended, all you have to do is cook on the stovetop for about 5-10 minutes, first whisking and then stirring until you get a thick, sticky cheese ball!

Whisking homemade Vegan Mozzarella Cheese in a saucepan

At this point, the cheese is ready to use. But to add a bit more flavor to the mozz, you can soak it in a sea salt water brine. I personally thought this was a fun approach, but ultimately, I felt that it added too much moisture to my cheese, so in the instructions, I recommend skipping. But you can see the process photographed below.

Using an ice cream scooper to grab some of our Vegan Mozzarella Cheese recipe

What is this cheese good for? SO MANY THINGS.

I loved it on top of pizza, as it got all melty, browned, and gooey. But you could also add it to tomatoes, pesto sandwiches, pasta dishes like baked lasagna, Caprese salads, and so much more!

Slices of Vegan Mozzarella Cheese on a homemade pizza

I hope you all LOVE this recipe! It’s:

Easy to make
& Incredibly delicious!

Keep this cheese on hand when you need a cheesy topping for pizza, pasta, “meatballs,” salads, and more! I do have a vegan version of poutine coming up, which I specifically designed this recipe for, so stay tuned!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram so we can see what you came up with. Cheers, friends!

Grabbing a slice of gluten-free pizza made with homemade Vegan Mozzarella Cheese

Easy Vegan Mozzarella “Cheese”

Stringy, melty vegan “mozzarella cheese” made with 7 ingredients and simple methods! The perfect cheese for pastas, pizza, salads, and more!
Author Minimalist Baker
Wooden spoon in a pot of our Vegan Mozzarella Cheese
4.69 from 51 votes
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 10 (2-Tbsp servings)
Course Cheese Alternative
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1 Week



  • Soak cashews in very hot water for 1 hour or overnight or at least 6 hours in cool water. Drain thoroughly.
  • Add cashews to a high-speed blender, along with coconut yogurt (see notes for substitutions), lemon juice, almond or rice milk, salt, nutritional yeast, and tapioca starch, and blend on high until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed.
  • Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more nutritional yeast for cheesiness, salt for saltiness, lemon juice for acidity, or coconut yogurt for more creaminess or tang. The texture should be creamy, smooth, and pourable.
  • Transfer to a small saucepan or skillet, heat over medium-low heat, and begin whisking. It should start to bubble and thicken and look a little clumpy – this is OK. Keep whisking and the mixture will come together in a ball-like shape within 4-5 minutes. Lower heat if cooking too quickly. It’s also normal for the cheese to stick to the bottom of the pan a little. Don’t panic.
  • Lower heat to the lowest setting and switch to a wooden mixing spoon. Continue stirring until a loose “ball” is formed (see photo). Then transfer to a small mixing bowl.
  • At this point, it’s cheese that’s ready to be used! I prefer covering, letting it cool in the refrigerator, and then scooping into 1 Tbsp amounts for “curds” or 3 Tbsp amounts for “mozzarella-like balls.”
  • Optional: Make a salt water brine by adding 1 1/2 Tbsp sea salt to 2 cups (480 ml) hot water and stirring to dissolve. Then add plenty of ice to chill. Add your mozzarella balls or curds to the bath to add a bit more salty flavor. However, I found that this caused the cheese to take on more liquid and become too moist, so I’d personally recommend skipping this step.



*If not using my Coconut Yogurt Recipe, I recommend Coyo Plain Coconut Yogurt for best results. Or you can always just sub full-fat coconut milk + 1-2 probiotic capsules.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
*Recipe loosely adapted from Vegan Huggs.

Nutrition (1 of 10 servings)

Serving: 1 two-Tbsp servings Calories: 98 Carbohydrates: 7.6 g Protein: 2.3 g Fat: 7.2 g Saturated Fat: 2.4 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 106 mg Fiber: 0.9 g Sugar: 1 g

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  1. Cassandra says

    AMAZING. Needs more than 5 stars. This is the third recipe I have tried and by far the best!!! I used unsweetened so delicious coconut yogurt and this cheese was so good I kept wanting to taste test it. Other recipes dont use coconut yogurt and I feel that must be the secret ingredient. Can not wait to make this again.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! So happy this recipe was a success for you, Cassandra. Thanks so much for the lovely review!

  2. The Vegan Goddess says

    This is great! I haven’t tried this yet but love the other vegan cheeses that I have tried so far so I’m sure I will love this as well.

    Now all we need to do is replicate the delicious salty flavor of feta crumbles and we’ll be all set. : )

  3. Jess B says

    Oh my God!!!
    I have literally just made this (it’s still warm) and am posting my first ever comment on a recipe site because it is THAT good.
    I’ve been vegan about 4 months and pizza is the one thing I’ve been really missing. Store-bought vegan mozzarella is pretty grim in my opinion. This stuff is incredible – actually can’t believe it’s not cheese and I made it! I’m so excited to have pizza tonight!!!! Thank you so much 😊

    • Kate says

      I have acid reflux disease so I can have citrus can I lessen the lemon juice or leave it out or is it important to the recipe?

      • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Kate, it’s important for flavor balance, but perhaps more coconut yogurt would add some extra tanginess? Hope that helps!

  4. joe says

    Of all the recipes I tried I haven’t found one that behaves like the real one i.e. stretches and melts. Not even bought ones.

  5. Mel B says

    I have made this over a dozen times! it’s our go to! One time I got lazy on pizza night and bought the most popular pricey vegan mozzarella cheese at the store to save time and we regretted it!
    I keep cashews on hand to whip this up for pizza night! We can eat it plain it’s so good!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy the recipe, Mel! And honored that it beat out store-bought! Thank you so much for sharing! xo

  6. Cindy says

    Hey, could this be made with coconut milk (coconut flakes and water, not can)? Or better to just make up some almond milk?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Cindy! We haven’t tried it, but homemade coconut milk should work in place of the almond milk in this recipe. Let us know how it goes!

  7. Nina says

    Hi, I have to avoid all coconut products. Should I just omit the coconut yoghurt – would buttermilk work (I do not follow a 100% dairy free diet) or would Greek yoghurt work perhaps instead. Thanks. Stay safe…

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sharon, we haven’t tried it, but you could try omitting the nutritional yeast and adding about 1/2 tsp garlic powder for additional flavor. You could also try adding a little miso paste for flavor. If you give it a try, let us know how it goes!

  8. Rachael T says

    This turned out great and the process was fun! I used plain Silk brand Soy yogurt and 2 tbsp cornstarch instead of tapioca starch (got the amount by Google searching tapioca starch substitutes). I let it cool about 5 min prior to handling it with my hands and putting it on a pizza. Mmm Mmm good!

  9. Kate says

    Thank you for this amazing recipe! Since realizing I could not eat dairy about 10 years ago, I have tried countless vegan cheese recipes – some good, lots bad. The one area where I have not yet found a great substitute is mozzarella – specifically for making pizza. This is hands down the best approximation I have tried and it is a new staple in our house. Even our family members who can eat dairy love it! The flavor and texture are fantastic. Thank you!!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Woohoo! We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed it, Kate. Thanks so much for the lovely review! xo

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Adriana, we haven’t tried it, but it looks like another reader did so with success! Let us know if you give it a try!

  10. Lee says

    Could I use homemade cashew+coconut yogurt instead of coconut yogurt (I don’t have access to canned coconut milk where I live)?

  11. Ss says

    I used coconut cream instead of yogurt for this one. I found it difficult to cut off a piece…it sort of becomes a glob. However, I found that if I stuck it in the freezer for 20 mins, it hardens just enough to use a box grater to it. Just make sure to grate your cheese directly over your dish (I made the classic vegan lasagna from the book). If you grate it on a plate and try to transfer the cheese to your dish, it clumps up again.
    Very nice mild flavour!

  12. Judy says

    I followed the recipe exactly, except I used Kite Hill plain, unsweetened, non-dairy yogurt. I must say I was AMAZED at the results. This is stretchy & tastes EXACTLY like the real thing. In fact, my husband said it is better. I’ll look no further for a plant-based “mozzarella cheese” recipe. This one can’t be topped!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hm, we haven’t tried that and aren’t certain, but think it would lose some of its creaminess. Another non-dairy milk would be a better option if avoiding almonds.

  13. Tasha says

    Hi, loving your recipes. Thank you. Quick question about this one. My daughter is anaphylactic to cashews, pistachios and hazelnut but is fine with other tree nuts. Could I use macadamia or almonds in this recipe instead? I’m dairy intolerant and a lot of the cheese alternatives I have found are either disgusting or made with cashews. I’m going to try your macadamia ricotta tomorrow in the zucchini lasagna recipe.
    Thank you

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tasha, unfortunately we don’t think it would get as smooth and creamy. But if you give it a try let us know!

  14. Leanna says

    This is the healthiest and easiest homemade plantbased cheese I’ve found! I make it for everything! Mac and cheese, grilled cheese, tacos. , enchiladas, pizza! It’s good on everything! I’d give it 10 Stars if I could!

  15. Steph says

    This is so delicious I’ve made it several times. I followed the recipe exactly and its perfect, wouldn’t change a thing.

  16. Lauren says

    Making pizza is a weekend ritual in my house. While I’ve found a decent vegan mozzarella in Whole Foods (Violife) it just isn’t the same as the real thing. I recently had vegan pizza at an amazing pizza restaurant on Cape Cod and found out they made their “cheese” in house with cashews. It was SO good, so I had to try to replicate it myself. I’m a long time MB fan, and make your recipes on the reg so I new I had to search here first. I made this tonight to put on pizza and it blew me away! It came out so awesome, and I was shocked how easy it was to make. I subbed arrowroot for tapioca since I didn’t have any on hand and it seemed to be fine. I will definitely be making this again.

    • Adolfo Lunardi says

      I would think you could use soaked almonds. I would get without the brown skin (blanched). Process them well before adding the remaining ingredients.

  17. Anna says

    I’ve had to cut down on my dairy intake so I was looking for cheese alternatives. This was very easy to make! Thank you! I made a cauliflower crust pizza and put this on top and it was very delicious. Really enjoying the recipes on your site!

  18. Anna says

    I have made MB’s parmesan cheese and quesos many times, but for some reason mozzarella cheese seemed too difficult. But then I got a craving for pizza and (fortunately) my rural grocery carries few vegan cheeses, so I decided to face my fears and make this mozzarella. I am so glad I did. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to make—I encountered no problems. I did have to make it with cashew yogurt and potato starch because that’s what I had, but it turned out very good. Like someone else said, I ate some directly from the bowl. I put it in the fridge for almost 18 hours and then on the pizza I made. It was so delicious! Better than actual cheese, in my opinion.

  19. Nick says

    No idea what went wrong for me but this was borderline disgusting, clearly something as everyone else seems to think it a winner..

    No substitutions or anything. Only thing; I used a food processor not a blender so the mixture was slightly grainy when I added it to the pan. Swing and a miss for me.

    Any ideas where it went tits up?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Nick, we haven’t tried it in a food processor, but that does sound like it may have been part of the issue. A couple other ideas- were you using unsweetened, plain almond milk? Or perhaps it was the brand of coconut yogurt?

      • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi, it’s pretty key for a stretchy texture. But the closest sub would be arrowroot starch. Let us know if you try it!

  20. Hannon says

    What do you think of soaking the cashews in salt water to sub the brine process?

    Huge fan of all your recipes!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks Hannon! We’ve never tried that, but might work? It could end up too salty though.

    • Sophie says

      Well, I tried this with two tbps cornflour and one tbsp ground flax as I couldn’t find tapioca starch, and it didn’t exactly turn out like ‘cheese’! what I got more closely resembled bread dough. It also had a slightly bready flavour. The flax may have been a mistake, or I used too much; the other problem may be that my magimix wasn’t up to the task of blending the cashews til smooth. There was a certain graininess to the mixture that even several minutes’ blending didn’t seem to fix. I may try again with tapioca, if I can find it.

      • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Sophie, we think the flax would cause an unpleasant texture, unfortunately. Let us know if you try again with tapioca starch!

          • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

            Hi Susie, other readers have mentioned using cashew yogurt or blended silken tofu with success. Hope that helps!

          • Susie says

            I opted for a almond natural yoghurt and I added 1.5tsp of garlic powder – this it by far the best vegan mozzarella recipe we have ever tried for my son!!!!!!!

            He is autistic and an extremely fussy eater, I make all his (very. Limited.) foods from scratch, he has so many food sensitivity – this is perfect 👌

            5stars from us!!

  21. Dina says

    Hi there,

    would love to try this but HATE coconut above all else. would it work with a soya yogurt?

    Thanks in advance!!

  22. Sana says

    Kso as a veggie, I find that I’m always trying to lie to my meat/dairy loving friends about what I eat and how “close to the real thing” it *totally* is…..and they look upon me with pity and disdain.

    No more, friends.

    Dana, this stuff is amazing. I’ve experimented with lots of not-cheese, and this stuff I nearly ate out of the damn pan before it was done cooking. It could easily be real cheese, but that’s not the point: it’s delicious enough on it’s own to not have to pretend to be cheese.

    I made no subs because I was terrified of ending up with a sad gloopy mess of doom, visiting three (!) damn stores to find tapioca starch. Totally worth it!

  23. Kathy says

    Tried this recipe and it was not what I expected (not in a bad way tho)! I followed the recipe closely except I used Trader Joe’s mayo instead of coconut yogurt with success (used the same amount). I’m not vegan but am trying to reduce my dairy consumption. The mayo did make the cheese pretty oily, however, but I expected it. The product reminded me a lot of recipes for vegan cheese crackers, but in a squishier form.
    I immediately made pizza with it and the cheese was super creamy. It didn’t act like regular cheese and doesn’t taste like regular cheese, but it’s good in its own way

  24. Kate says

    Crazy delicious! I did so many substitutions with this recipe because #quarantine and it still turned out great! I used homemade aquafaba mayonnaise instead of the yogurt, Bob’s Mill egg replacer instead of tapioca starch, oat milk instead of rice milk, and a little onion and garlic powder instead of nutritional yeast. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  25. Kat says

    Hi! I’m new to eating dairy free… I don’t have a high speed blender. The only blender things I have are an immersion blender and a food processor… Would either of those work? Thanks! Looking forward to trying this out!

  26. Taylor says

    I soaked my cashews in boiling water and then left for work .. I will be about 8 hours .. is that to long to soak in hot water for ? If i want to make this cheese tonight , will i need to use another batch of cashews? Hopefully not !

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Taylor, we think it will still work. But for next time, we would say soak in cold water if leaving them that long.

  27. Sarah says

    Game changer!!! Thank you so much from a newbie who struggles to find tasty vegan recipes!! This came out amazing for me ?

    • Sarah says

      Update… this *cheese* makes a killer grilled cheese sandwhich too!

      Coconut oil on the bread to toast :)

      Creamy, cheesy, delish!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Sarah. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      You can skip it but no we don’t think it tastes coconutty (although different brands have different levels of flavor intensity).

  28. Jan Bays says

    We have a lot of vegan friends and I’m lactose intolerant, so I tried this recipe. It worked great — delicious and a good texture. I’m not a fan of coconut (its taste or its highly saturated fat) so I used Vegannaise as a substitute for the same amounts of coconut yoghurt and it worked beautifully. It came out a bit oily when I shaped it with my hands, but otherwise, super good (three tasters agree).

  29. Yolanda Brosseau says

    Hi – this recipe is great! And all of your recipes!!
    I was wondering, none of your recipes use kappa carrageen… any reason? It really makes for a shreddable cheese – but I’ve read there’s some debate (that seems unwarranted) about its safety.

  30. Tameka says

    Quick question: can I use unsweetened almond milk yogurt instead of the coconut milk yogurt? I can’t stand the flavor of coconut

  31. Caitlin says

    My boyfriend is lactose intolerant so I have to think of ways to feed him and satisfy my cheese cravings. This stuff is amazing- I’m surprised how close it is to the real thing! I like to add a small drop of olive oil before blending it in my blender, and a little bit of olive oil at the bottom of my saucepan before I whisk it. It adds a little more depth to it. The result? A stretchy, creamy “cheese”! (I also used unsweetened cashew milk instead of the almond. Plus I only had sweetened coconut milk on hand so I had to adjust the spices a bit lol. Still came out tasty, though!) Can’t wait time use this for our Friday night pizzas!

  32. Missy says

    Mmmmmmmmmm! It took me a week to get up the nerve to try this and I’m tasting it now. Holy Moly girl! Thank you!

  33. Vegan Jon says

    Made this cheese strictly as per your recipe, but mine didn’t melt down at all when on top of pizza, even after 25 minutes at 425F. Still tasted great (i ate half the 16 inch pizza in 30 minutes, so that says something good). Put all the cheese on the 1 pizza in tiny globs, so at least the cheese was still well dispersed. Thank you for helping me snub the ripoff $25-$30/pound vegan cheeses sold online!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      haha thanks for sharing! Yeah, it isn’t a perfect match for the real deal, but the closest we’ve found for sure and great on pizza!

  34. elodie says

    this is gross! the flavor is the worst part – overpowering weird tapioca flavor. the texture is not stretchy – it’s globbish and very unsettling. this recipe ruined my lasagna

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Elodie, sorry you had trouble with this recipe. Did you change any of the ingredients or methods? Would love to help troubleshoot. Understand it won’t taste exactly like mozzarella and the tapioca helps with the “stretchiness.”

      • elodie says

        i didnt change anything! i have been vegan for 12 years, so i am used to vegan cheese not tasting like the real thing. Not sure what went wrong…

  35. Leena Menon says

    Can I use soy yogurt instead of coconut? I have coconut milk but no probiotic capsules. My kids dont like the flavor of nutritional yeast so will try the garlic powder option. Also, if i want to put it on lasagna, can i cook it less and make it more spreadable? Does the cooking time impact the flavor?

    Thanks in advance.

  36. Jenny says

    This recipe is amazing and so fun. I did realize later that I had used tapioca starch *flour.* The cheese was a little firmer than I had expected and didn’t melt per se, could tha be why? Or is tapioca starch the same as tapioca starch flour? Maybe I should use less? In any case, so good and easy.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Tapioca starch and flour are the same thing! As for it melting, the more starch you add the firmer it will be. So next time use a little less!

  37. charlie says

    This was both easier and tastier than I thought! I used apple cider vinegar instead of lemon for that ‘bite’ and acidity and it was delicious. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly and I have no complaints! Super stretchy and super yummy :) Thanks a lot for the recipe that will now be a staple for our family

  38. Carol Danilowicz says

    Hi Dana – I made this for a special chef job I’m doing for a young woman who can’t have any iodine in her diet for 17 days, to prepare for a thyroid cancer test (she’s in remission – but has to check again every year) – therefore – she can’t have anything with iodized salt – or any products from the sea, seafood or seaweed – no eggs – no dairy etc. and so on. Your website has been a wonderful resource for coming up with fun things that fit her diet! – Can you tell me how long this ‘cheese’ will keep in the fridge, and if it can be frozen? – Many thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh great! It will keep in the fridge for a 5-7 days. And we haven’t tried freezing it!

      • Carol Danilowicz says

        Thanks Dana – I tried freezing the vegan mozz (in little balls – on a plate – then after they were completely hard I moved them to a ziplock bag.) – Sadly – freezing destroyed the ‘stretchiness’ – though the flavor was still good and the “cheese” was still soft and a little creamy. So it didn’t ruin it entirely – just isn’t ‘ideal’. – Thanks again for all your wonderful recipes. They are SO helpful for cooking for special diets, and – for just being danged delicious!

  39. Will says

    I didn’t have tapioca starch but I did have Bob’s Red Mill egg replacer (which contains tapioca and potato starch). I ramped up the nooch, the lemon, the salt and added a half teaspoon of Dijon mustard, too. The end result was still pretty flavourless, but the texture and consistency spot on. I rolled mine into balls, cooled then froze them, coated them with highly seasoned breadcrumbs and baked them on very high (240) for about 8 minutes to make ‘Nozzarella’ balls with a spicy tomato dipping sauce. Ultimately not worth all the effort or the washing up, but hey, a fun night in the kitchen.

  40. Erick Stone says

    My wife is trying to stay away from nutritional yeast. What would be a good supplement for this ingredient. Btw your recipes are the best!!!?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Erick, we haven’t tried it, but you could try omitting the nutritional yeast and adding about 1/2 tsp garlic powder for additional flavor. You could also try adding a little miso paste for flavor. If you give it a try, let us know how it goes!

    • Marin Woronets says

      Hey guys!
      I got home from shopping tonight and realized I had forgotten nutritional yeast! I remembered this comment immediately and tried the garlic substitute. Erick, if you haven’t tried this yet, you absolutely need to. It was EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!! It worked really well. I have never made cashew mozzarella before, but this is going to become a staple in our home.

      Thank you Minimalist Baker!!!!!

  41. Cat says

    Question regarding this note about substituting – “Or you can always just sub full-fat coconut milk + 1-2 probiotic capsules.” To clarify, does this mean I could literally just put a can of coconut milk + the probiotic capsules straight into the blender with the rest of the ingredients vs. making your 2-ingredient coconut yogurt beforehand? I love your coconut milk yogurt recipe but if I’m not misunderstanding, not having to actually make the yogurt would save a lot of time!

    Also, unrelated – would you be open to considering adding a “skip to recipe” link at the top of your posts? I love the photos and reading the narrative, etc. but sometimes while I’m cooking and need to pull up the recipe quickly or am in the store checking the ingredient list it would be great to not have to scroll so much to find the info.

    Thanks for the amazing recipes, can’t wait to try this one for my dairy free pizza!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Cat, Yes, no need to make the yogurt beforehand for this recipe! Regarding your “skip to recipe” idea- thanks for the suggestion- we will take it into consideration!

  42. Brooke says

    This is so tasty, and is a forgiving recipe. I attempted to make the yogurt per your recipe. I used a different probiotic and despite following the recipe, the mixture never solidified, however it tasted good and so I used it. I then ran out of almond milk and used oat milk. I added more lemon and salt as well. While cooking, the cheese developed lumps and did seem like it was sticking to the pan – just like you said! Those details are so helpful, like little reassurances that I was on the right track. Before putting this masterpiece into the fridge, I tasted it and it was great. I loved the stretchy texture, tang and the savoriness. I’m excited to add to my dinner tomorrow night. The saltiness and tartness of cheese is difficult to duplicate, but this recipe does!
    Thank you Dana!!

  43. Rov says

    Great recipe and a doddle to make. I’m a Chef and the Vegan mozzarella available from catering suppliers, here in the UK, is ghastly. Appreciate you sharing this.

    Many thanks!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tried without and I’m not sure you’d have the same success, but if you experiment with the recipe, report back on how it goes! Good luck!

    • Will says

      Hey teele,

      I automatically reached for coconut cream when I made this for a thicker, creamier consistency and it worked a treat.

  44. Elaine Garnett says

    Best vegan cheese recipe I’ve tried so far. It has the tang of a good Wensleydale or Cheddar Cheese. Thanks for sharing

  45. Kylie says

    I made this twice, both times fantastic! Although the first time I put it on pizza and it sort of just stayed in blobs, still delicious! The second time I added garlic powder and made vegan jambons sans the jam. I only got to try one as they disappeared as soon as I served them. Thanks Dana

  46. Meredith says

    I made this and it is delicious! I didn’t have tapioca starch so substituted corn starch. Not stretchy, but I have a sliceable ball of cheese to send home with with vegan college student…kept half for myself. Really good!

    • Kyli says

      When you say sliceable do you mean you could slice it up for sandwiches? Did it melt? I made it with Tapioca and chilled it but I couldn’t slice it. I was going to try freezing and grating it but perhaps I’ll try your method. Thanks for sharing!

  47. Kara Western says

    I made this last night following the recipe to the letter. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out stretchy or melty at all. I cooked it for 5 minutes and it turned into a solid ball, afterwards I put it in the fridge to solidify some more. Then I tore off chunks to put on pizza and baked it 20mins. The taste is okay, but no stretch at all, and definitely didn’t melt. Just stayed as big globs of cashew purée. Not sure what went wrong.

  48. Sandy says

    This was SO delicious! Thank you!
    The first time I made it, I thought it was pretty good but not spectacular. I made it again and read the instructions *a bit* more carefully and then cooked it a bit longer than the first time, and it was PERFECT! The extra time is needed to make it have the right texture. I am so happy I tried again!

  49. Heather says

    Living in a 3rd world country, I don’t have access to many things, and I so so so appreciate your recipes! I haven’t made this one exactly how the recipe states since I haven’t found all of the right ingredients here, but I made it just as more of a cheese sauce and mixed it in pasta. It is SO delicious! Thank you so much for taking so much time to list all of these recipes. Having a child with a dairy allergy kind of threw us into eating vegan a lot, and your recipes have made me feel not so lost. Thank you! They are simple, healthy, and delicious!

  50. Charity says

    I used coconut milk (from a carton not canned) as the almond milk I have on hand has vanilla in it. Turned out wonderful. Hadn’t seen that anyone had tried coconut milk so I wanted to let everyone know it works great!

  51. christina says

    finally my search for vegan cheese is over.
    I used soy milk and corn starch
    keep up the great work!!!

  52. Eileen (Marinara) Cavanaugh says

    I’ve been working towards a totally plant based diet. Came across the vegan meatball recipe and the vegan mozzarella “cheese” recipes and cannot WAIT to try them… I can make a decent Marinara sauce as my maiden name IS “marinara” finding recipes that eliminate oil is not so easy and I can easily adjust some recipes.. CANNOT wait to try both recipes !

  53. Bevva says

    Hi there. Can you use home made coconut milk kefir instead of coconut yoghurt ? I love your recipes by the way, as a newly vegan I’m finding them so easy and interesting to follow. Thanks x

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Bevva! We haven’t tried and can’t say for sure, but if you try it out, report back! Good luck!

  54. Hailey says

    I made this recipe with cornstarch instead of tapioca starch because I couldn’t find it at the store. There were a few things that were interesting to note. First it was more gooey than stretchy. But when it cooled I found that it was very moldable and held its shape rather well. I don’t know how this compares to using tapioca starch, but it seemed to have a thicker texture than the pictures of the original recipe. Aside from the texture, it tasted fabulous and it worked really well on a pizza and my non-vegan siblings enjoyed it.

    • Alexis says

      Hailey would you say it was molded enough to form mozzarella sticks? I may try the cornstarch method! A lot cheaper :)

  55. NotAVeganBut says

    I’m not a vegan but…..I do have friends that are and the love of cheese is universal to us all.
    Having said that, the salty brine-y-ness is one of the best parts of mozzarella, it’s such an important characteristic.

    To solve the brine giving you an overly thin or watery vegan mozzarella you’ve got to adopt the dairy cheese making trick–ball up the vegan mozz, brine it in cool brine mix, layer some cheese cloth in a sieve or a bowl, add in your brined ball, fold up the cheese cloth and let the cheese drain. I’ve found its best to hang the ball in cheese cloth over a bowl and let the weight of the mozz help drain itself. Leave it for a a few hours until your mozz releases some of the extra water.

    Boom. Delicious.

  56. MLWilcox says

    I love pizza but can no longer eat cheese. I have tried all types of vegan mozzarella brands sold at Whole Foods and other grocery stores. None were remotely good. Even made pizza with just roasted veggies, etc. with no cheese but didn’t really like them either.

    Then a friend recommended your recipe. Made it yesterday and put it on a pizza last night. It really is wonderful. Fast and easy to make too. I literally had tears in my eyes because I can enjoy pizza again. Thank you so much.

  57. Gita says

    I regularly visit your site for recipe ideas, I loved your chickpea curry recipe, came out great! I can’t wait to try the vegan cheese recipes.
    I hate to stop visiting your site, but the ads have gotten extremely annoying
    The instructions are hard to read if the page is constantly shifting and more recently, a dove commercial blanked out the whole page for 15 secs, and it does it periodically

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Gita! We are so glad you’re enjoying our recipes! As for the ads, I will pass on your feedback and thank you for reaching out!

  58. Cara says

    I made this a few weeks ago and I am in love! Best vegan mozzarella for pizza EVER! I have been a vegetarian for 25 years and now I have been slowly eliminating dairy from my diet. Which is so hard because I love pizza and I am just not a fan of many of the brands of vegan cheese sold in the market. This is the light at the end of the food tunnel that I have been looking for. When combined with the vegan parmesan it makes the absolute best pizza. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe :) :)

  59. Karey says

    This is incredible. So much better than any commercially produced vegan cheese I have tried. I am making it for a second time now in 2 weeks. Thank you so much for this recipe! You are genius.

  60. Heather says

    This is SOOOOO good! I haven’t had anything “cheesy” in over a year and I didn’t even make this totally right since I didn’t have all of the ingredients. I keep it in the fridge and mix it into pasta for Mac and cheese and its so so delicious! Thank you!

  61. Beatrice says

    This sounds like a fantastic recipe. I am wondering if there is a way to make this very firm and square so one can grill it (like the Mediterranean grilling cheese?)

  62. Linda says

    Just made your cheese recipe. I love it and cannot stop eating it. I made once before but not sure whose recipe I used last time.I. Maybe last time I left out the salt. But this was delicious and stretchy. Using it later for pizza

  63. ToniAnn says

    I can hardly wait to make this!! My family is vegetarian and it is REALLY hard to find cheese made without animal or microbial rennet and tastes good. For the comments, this will be a great addition to our meals.
    Thank you so much for your blog and such wonderful food ideas!! I hope one day you tell us how you come up with so much deliciousness!!

  64. Christina Furlow says

    Hello, could this cheese shred. I’m planning to use it for a lasagna. Also have non-vegans tried this recipe? I’m making this for my family.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Christina! It probably wouldn’t lend itself to shredding, but you could very finely chop it?

  65. Laura says

    I only have vanilla store bought coconut yogurt. Do you think it would be very different? I don’t find it tastes very “vanillay” and it is unsweetened.

  66. Jaymie says

    Wow is all I can say, I’ve made this twice now and both times it has turned out AMAZING. It’s a stringy, cheesy piece of heaven. My omni boyfriend absolutely loves it, especially on poutine!

  67. Nathalie Bédard says

    Bonjour,est-ce possible d’obtenir votre recette de fromage a poutine svp mes papilles salivent!!!Merci bcp!!!

  68. Anthony says

    I made this and was so pleasantly surprised at how well it worked on pizza. Tasting it raw made me feel like the taste wasn’t like cheese but not bad either, more like nutritional yeast. Once on a pizza with pizza sauce, tomatoes, fresh garlic and basil, all I got was a mix of tastes and a very pleasant feel in my mouth. It felt halfway between fresh mozzarella and ricotta. I love cheese and I love animals so this will at least replace 1/2 the mozzarella that I eat.

  69. Izzy says

    hi! i haven’t tried making this cheese yet, but I was wondering how it would work for making mozzarella sticks? would u recommend freezing it first so as to be able to cut it into sticks before frying? thanks!

  70. Emily says

    Do you think putting it in a food dehydrator for a short amount of time after putting it in a brine would work to make it less wet and more shreddedable? just a thought here

  71. Ant says

    If you use the probiotic capsule, what kind is the best to use? How many millions/ billions of CFU should a capsule have?

  72. Angèle says

    Hey! Thank you so much for this recipe! Unfortunately I can’t find tapioca starch where I live.. Can i use cornstarch instead?

  73. Tricia says

    I made this for pizza last night and really liked it! I’m thinking next time i’ll spread it on the crust before adding sauce and toppings so that it’s not just in globs. Has anyone done that? Thanks for a great recipe!

  74. Jess says

    I was super apprehensive when I was thickening it in the saucepan because it didn’t smell or taste a whole lot like cheese but when I used it after it had been in the fridge I was amazed!! IT IS SOOOO DELICIOUS!!! I have been making the Parmesan cheese which is also great but I love that the texture of this one is creamy and stringy like real cheese. I have a feeling I’ll be making this once a week ? thank you so much!! ??

  75. Christina Kruk says

    I have severe chronic migraines and the can (and are, for me) triggered by glutamic acid, tyrosine and phenylalanine which is present in MSG as well and MSG is a definite headache trigger.
    Is there anything else I can use to get that cheesy taste you’re talking about?

  76. Kylie says

    I had some non vegans over and made pizzas, you should have seen their faces when I said vegan cheese, but of course I had to hide my smug face when they devoured it all, relishing every bite. I can’t wait to try this out in other recipes. I did find that mine didn’t really melt. I scooped blobs of it onto the pizza like in your picture but they just sort of stayed in place and didn’t melt down or spread. Did I need to cook for longer or spread it out?

  77. Andrea says

    Would you happen to know if this would hold up in a mozzarella sticks recipe? I want to try it but am nervous about how deep frying might affect the consistency, or if it is thick/solid enough to dredge and bake.

  78. Lina says

    Hi! Just wondering, for the coconut yogourt, do I use a full fat can? And use both the coconut milk and fat? Thank you!

  79. Shelby says

    Made this a few weeks ago. I have never used tapioca flour until now, and wow. It adds a really interesting texture to the vegan “cheese”. I will say though, to get the cheesy texture, it took quite a bit, and i found it added a floury-powdery flavour. I will def try this again though… the texture is unreal.

  80. Aimee Coleman says

    This was amazing. I made pizzas tonight, piled high with sautéed mushrooms, spinach, artichokes, black olives, roasted garlic, vegan Parmesan and your mozzarella. It was so good! I didn’t miss the dairy at all. Who knew vegan could be so satisfying? Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  81. Alisa says

    I’m excited to try this- having been dairy free for years- but I too have an issue with tapioca.
    Have you tried arrowroot? I’ve used it as an alternative in baking, but don’t know about the stretch factor.

  82. Lis says

    This is SO GOOD! We grilled pizzas as our farewell-to-summer dinner party fare. I used it sparingly as I usually do when using vegan cheese. Our pizzas were perfect, the only complaint being that I didn’t use enough cheese! Tonight we had leftovers and I piled on more cheese…PERFECTION! Try this, it’s easy to make and tastes really yummy!

  83. Rachel says

    Made this recipe exactly as written and it was DELICIOUS!!! Used it for pizza- baked for about 15-20 minutes and it was melty and perfect. Thank you for another awesome recipe!!!

  84. Hillary says

    DELICIOUS!! I made it for pizza this weekend, didn’t have any tapioca flour but took a chance with egg replacer. It totally worked! Dana, you’re an awe-mazing chef. I’m newly vegan, stumbled upon your website and so grateful I did. Thank you. <3

      • Eliz Staeheli says

        She probably used the stuff that says “Egg Replacer” on the box. It’s been around for years, used often by Seventh Day Adventists, many of whom were vegan before the word became popular.

  85. Lauren Moran says

    You recommend using a high powered blender. If I don’t have one, will a food processor work or will the texture be different somehow?

  86. Helen says

    This is AMAZING! I just finished making it and am so so impressed. I ended up using the plain yogurt from Forager, which is a cashew yogurt and it came out perfectly! So tasty and the perfect texture – slightly stringy, soft, and chewy – just like mozzarella. You are a GENIUS. Thank you!

  87. Aimée says

    I really want to try to make this tonight (friday), but I also have a pizza party on sunday. Do you think I could store leftover cheese in the fridge for 2 days? That would be great :)

    • ToniAnn says

      I was scrolling through the comments to see about the same question. Glad I’m not the only one thinking that looks INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS!
      Haven’t looked for the crust yet.

  88. OneGreenSmoothie says

    Any idea if this would work with sunflower seeds or almonds or cauliflower? Have a kid with cashew allergy… Thank you!

  89. Halle says

    Yay! Can’t wait to try this! I just bought a big container of “modified tapioca starch” for another vegan mozzarella recipe that I tried (which unfortunately didn’t turn out so awesome). Do you think I can use that as a sub for regular tapioca starch or no?

    • Marcia says

      Generally speaking even cow’s milk Mozzarella is difficult to shred because it’s soft. We place our Moz in the freezer (the day using it) so it will get firm enough to shred. I wouldn’t let it stay out at all before shredding, it’ll still soften up before cooking.

  90. Vanessa Hill Ritthaler says

    I’m in a remote mountain town in the Dominican Republic, no coconut yogurt or probiotic capsules here- what to do? Any ideas for substitutions?!!

      • Valerie Lewis says

        I tried the chili trick…it left a chili taste sadly. This recipe can be adapted leaving out the yogurt (e.g. curdled soy milk)
        , but the tapioca starch is essential.

    • Rosalyn says

      Try using quinoa rejuvelac w/ full fat coconut milk. You can make rejuvelac using any sprouted grains like brown rice etc. http://rawmazing.com/recipe/rejuvelac/ Once the grains are sprouted and have released the magic stuff into the water you use that to make yogurt by putting like 1-2 Tablespoons w/ the milk.

      Some combos can be funky like quinoa rejuvelac + soy milk I didn’t like but I heard brown rice rejuvelac worked well. But quinoa rejuvelac + coconut milk I found pretty good. I also added a bit of sugar to help the little microbes do their magic but I don’t taste it really at the end since it’s food for them.

  91. jess says

    I don’t ever make comments on people’s food blogs especially if I haven’t made the recipe, but I just saw this one and will be making it… but more importantly – I think you are magical. How in the heck do you come up with these ideas? Your recipes (and I have made many from your blog and cookbook) are so, so good. Hats off to you, ma’am.

  92. Melissa says

    Can’t wait to try this–I REALLY miss cheese!!! Made your grated parmesan substitute last weekend and that turned out great. And vegan poutine?! I just died of happiness at the thought. :) Thank you for sharing your fabulous recipes with the world. They have made my transition from vegetarian to vegan almost totally painless.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yes! I tried doing so. It does take on some moisture though, so keep that in mind. Should keep for 1 month +.

      • Janet says

        Thanks, Dana. I am really looking forward to trying this recipe, especially with the poutine recipe that you posted: it looks fabulous!!!