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Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Recipe

Easy Vegan Mozzarella Cheese (Paleo, Gluten-Free)

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  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Vegan Mozzarella...can it be made at home? I say yes! This recipe is surprisingly simple, quick, and absolutely delicious. It's perfect for all of your favorite savory dishes, and especially good on pizza!


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  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked, drained and rinsed well*
  • 1 1/3 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt


  • Heat a medium saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat.
  • Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend for one minute on the highest speed until very smooth.  
  • Pour the mixture into the preheated medium saucepan.  Stir well for 5-10 minutes.  The mixture will start to thicken and clump as it heats.  Continue stirring until it becomes thick and stretchy and mostly uniform.  
  • Remove from heat and use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.  
  • It is best to use immediately, because it will thicken up more in the fridge. So if possible, make right before using.
  • This cheese will brown well in the oven on the broiler setting when drizzled with a little olive oil - watch closely so it doesn't burn.  Use on pizza, lasagna, grilled cheese sandwiches, baked ziti or manicotti or any recipe that calls for mozzarella cheese that will be cooked until melted.  For pizza, I drop 1 tablespoon of the cheese at a time overtop the pizza sauce and crust and scatter overtop.


*Soak cashews in boiling water for at least one hour.  Or soak overnight in water for at least 8 hours.  Drain and rinse well before using in this recipe.  Do not use the soaking water in this recipe. Learn more about How (and Why!) to Soak Cashews in this post.

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  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Blender and Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian