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These 3 Vegan Cheese recipes You Will Want to Try!

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Are you looking for a vegan cheese recipe that tastes like real cheese? Then this article is for you! Here are three of our favorite vegan cheese recipes.

Vegan Cheese Recipe #1: Parmesan

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A 30-minute creamy pasta made with almond milk and infused with garlic and roasted tomatoes. It is perfect for a quick, weeknight meal and feeding vegan/dairy-free friends. This is my favorite Vegan Cheese recipe.

Components:

  • 3 cups of grape tomatoes, divided
  • Olive oil
  • 10 ounces of whole wheat pasta (for example linguini, penne, or fettuccine | You can make use of less in the event that you wish to use a higher ratio of sauce with the pasta | Make use of gluten-free pasta)
  • 2 medium shallots, cubed
  • 8 large size garlic cloves, grated/minced
  • Pinch each with black pepper and sea salt
  • 3-4 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups of plain Almond milk

Method

Preheat broiler to 400 degrees F and toss tomatoes in a pinch of ocean salt and olive oil. Place cut side up on a material lined baking sheet and heat for 20 minutes while you prepare whatever is left of the dish. At that point put aside.

Heat a substantial pot of water to the point of boiling and cook pasta as indicated by package directions. Whenever done, drain, cover and put aside.

Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. In a huge skillet over medium-low heat, include 1 Tbsp (15 ml) olive oil and the shallot and garlic. Include a pinch of black pepper and salt and stir much of the time, cooking for 3-4 minutes until softened and fragrant.

Stir in 3-4 Tbsp flour (or another thickener of your decision – see notes) and blend with a whisk. Once joined, slowly whisk in the almond drain a little at any given moment so clumps don’t shape. Include another solid pinch of black pepper and salt, bring to a simmer and keep cooking for another 4-5 minutes to thicken. Taste and add seasonings as required.

If you need an ultra-creamy sauce ex-change sauce to a blender (or utilize a drenching blender) to mix the sauce until smooth and creamy. Place back in the pan and decrease heat to a low simmer until it reaches your desired thickness.

Once the sauce reaches your desired thickness, taste and add seasoning as required. At that point include pasta and roasted tomatoes and stir. Serve instantly and garnish with crisp basil, additional black pepper, or/and vegetarian parmesan cheese.

Source: Cheesemaking

Vegan Cheese Recipe #2: Mozzarella

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It’s cheese! It’s cheese! What’s more, it’s truly easy to make! The base for this “cheese” is soaked cashews. They get superbly rich when soaked and make a nonpartisan flavor construct that takes in light of the tanginess of lemon, coconut yogurt, and nutritional yeast so well.

Melty, stringy, veggie lover “mozzarella cheese” made with 7 fixings and straightforward techniques! The ideal cheese for pizza, pastas, salads, and the sky’s the limit from there! This is the second favorite Vegan Cheese recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup simple unsweetened coconut yogurt
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened rice milk or plain almond
  • 2 – 2 1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast (for the cheesiness)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus extra to taste
  • 4 tablespoon of tapioca starch (for the stretchiness)

Methods

Soak the cashews in hot water for maximum 1 hour or overnight or a minimum 6 hours in chilled water. Drain methodically.

Add the cashews to a quick blender, together with coconut yogurt, lemon juice, rice or almond milk, nutritional yeast, salt, and tapioca starch, and mix on high till it becomes smooth and creamy, scraping down both sides as required.

Taste and alter flavor as required, adding up salt for saltiness, extra nutritional yeast for cheesiness, coconut yogurt for more tang or creaminess or lemon juice for acidity. The feel should be smooth, creamy, and pourable.

Pour it into another small skillet or saucepan, over medium-low heat, and start whisking. It might start bubbling and condense and look a bit clumpy – that’s OK. Continue whisking and the mix will collaborate in a ball-like shape between 4 to 5 minutes. Lower the heat in the event it begins to cook too fast. It’s also usual for the cheese to stick to the bottom of the pan a little. Don’t be frightened!

Lower the heat to the lowest point and switch to a wooden mixing spoon. Keep stirring till a loose “ball” begins to form. Then pour it into a small mixing bowl.

At this time, it’s cheese which is prepared to get utilized! Cover, and let it cool in the fridge, and after that scoop into 1 Tbsp portions for “curds” or 3 Tbsp portions for “mozzarella-made balls.”

Source: Minimalistbaker

Vegan Cheese Recipe #3: Pepper Jack

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This Almond Milk Pepper jack shreds and melts. It is wonderfully easy and fast to whip up. Free of egg, Dairy, soy, gluten can be made corn-free.

Elements:

  • 5 Tbsp tapioca starch or use arrowroot starch
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk divided
  • 5 tablespoon chickpea flour
  • 5 tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot starch
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon or more nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon or extra lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon or more red pepper flakes
  • 5 teaspoon agar powder see note for agar flakes
  • 1/2 to 3/4 tsp salt

Methods

Lubricate a glass pot with extra virgin olive oil and keep it ready. In a pot, whisk 1/2 cup of almond milk with the chickpea flour, starches, extra virgin olive oil, nutritional yeast, vinegar, spices, lemon juice, and salt.

In a saucepan, add 1 cup almond milk and agar powder, heat on medium flame, fetch to a rolling boil and cook for 4 minutes.

Reduce the heat to a simmer and add slowly in the almond milk starch combination from step 1 and blend.

Amplify the heat to the medium flame and continue mixing and cook for another 4 – 5 minutes.

Add the pepper flakes and blend in. Cautiously taste and adjust the salt, spice, and tang (lemon juice). You want it to be a little spicier, saltier, in the fluid state.

Turn off the heat and transfer it to the well-lubricated glass pot. Let set in the fridge for an hour at least. Make use of a big size grater for shredding and then serve it.

Source: baked-in


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Simple Vegan Christmas Appetizers Recipes: Impress Your Guests!

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If you have ever been a victim of boring vegan snacks or flavorless dips, then its time to make a change this Christmas. Good cooking is like good music. They are all based on the foundation of proper technique. Vegan Christmas appetizers, tapas, finger foods, canapés, or whatever you might call them, prepare your pallet for the main feast.

It is a diverse category of foods; just like the occasions, we serve them for. And the beauty is that almost all types of food ingredients can be adapted as appetizers. This makes it hard to narrow down on specific foods especially for major Holidays like Christmas. In this article, I will share with you my all-time favorites, variations, and serving tips. Read on!

Baked Apples with Vegan Cheese

These are the simplest vegan Christmas appetizers to make. The best apples for this recipe are the green Granny Smith varieties, and the best cheese is the vegan cream cheese. You can also add fruits, nuts, and spices. I love the combination of star anise, cinnamon, and black peppercorns with dried apricots.

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For this recipe, feel free to adjust the measurements according to the number of guests you will be serving.

Ingredients

  • 8 apples
  • 4 tablespoons vegan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon diced dried apricots
  • 1 tablespoon diced raisins
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon, star anise, and black pepper

In a bowl, mix the vegan cheese, the diced fruits, and spices well.

Remove the core of your apples and a little more flesh around it. This creates holes in the apples for stuffing.

Spoon the cheese mixture in the apples and bake them at 200 degrees Celsius for 20-30 minutes or until your apples are tender.

As a tip, add a little water in your baking tray to keep the apples from drying out while baking.

Remove from the oven, garnish with some whole spices.

Serve hot!

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Variation

Instead of apricots, you can use chopped pecans or dried cranberries. These are rich in anti-oxidants and other nutritional benefits.

You can also use other firm apple varieties such as Empire or Cortland.

Finally, you can add maple syrup if you have a sweet tooth but remember to balance the sweetness with a pinch of salt. This also depends on the apple variety you use. If your apple is naturally sweet, you don’t need to add more sugar.

Vegan Cheese Balls

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Cheese balls are a delicious choice of vegan Christmas appetizers. You can prepare them in advance and cook them when your guests arrive. For this recipe, we shall use our favorite vegan cheese recipe.

Once you have the cheese ready, you will need the following to make the vegan Christmas appetizers.

Ingredients

  • 4 potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons vegan cream cheese
  • ½-teaspoon ground coriander seeds
  • 1-teaspoon chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • ½-teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1-teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
  • 1-tablespoon corn flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Wash and boil your potatoes (skin on) until tender. Peel off the skin and mash them with a fork. Add salt, pepper, and all the above ingredients and mix well. You can use any spices of your choice.

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Now scoop the potato mixture and using your hands, flatten them into small patties. Add some more vegan cheese. Fold the patties into small balls, and set aside. The idea is to have more cheese inside your balls. So once they are done, you take a bite, and the cheese at the center melts in your mouth.

Make some batter to coat them before cooking. This batter gives a crispy layer outside. And at this point, you can get more creative.

For my batter, I use:

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons corn flour

Mix well to form a light batter.

Dip your vegan cheese balls and swirl around to coat well.

Roll the coated ball in breadcrumbs and set aside.

Repeat with the rest of the potato balls and roll in different coatings such as pistachio, chocolate shavings, chopped nuts, and cranberries to make several colorful vegan Christmas appetizers.

Freeze these coated balls for at least 1 hour before cooking. This ensures your cheese is firm enough to withstand the heat when cooking.

To cook, you can deep fry them in hot oil, or pan fry with just a little vegetable oil, or bake them at 250 Celsius for 15 minutes. However, deep-frying produces the best results.

Serve hot with a sweet and sour chili dip or this delicious vegan sour cream.

Baked Avocado Fries

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Avocado is a key ingredient if you are on a Ketogenic diet. They are rich in monosaturated fats, vitamins, and minerals. For these fries, you need to preheat your oven to 220 degrees Celsius (425 F).

Ingredients

  • 3 avocadoes – Slice them evenly (like French fries but not too thin)

For the flour mixture

  • 2 tablespoons of arrowroot flour, or cassava flour, or coconut flour (you can also use all-purpose wheat flour)
  • Spices – ½ teaspoon each
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Chili flakes
  • A pinch of salt and black pepper to taste

Mix all the dry ingredients and set aside.

For the wet mixture

  • 1½ tablespoon ground chia seeds (or you can use flax seeds)
  • 4 tablespoons of water
  • 1 lime juiced

Mix well and set aside.

For the final coating

You can use breadcrumbs, coconut flakes, cornflakes, or any similar ingredient that can create a crunchy effect.

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To assemble

Dredge the avocados in the flour mixture to coat well. Dip in the wet mixture and finally in the coconut flakes or breadcrumbs. Lay the slices on a lined baking tray and spray with olive oil (optional).

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

These avocado fries need a tangy dipping sauce. The vegan sour cream works well, but you can also use our vegan ranch.

Vegan Christmas Appetizers for the kids

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For the kids, this vegan snacks recipe has several treats that you can easily serve as appetizers. These include the energy balls, Tofu fingers, and of course the cashew cheese balls.

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Cashew cheese balls

You can also make deep fried vegan chicken nuggets from our easy vegan chicken recipe.

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So now you don’t have an excuse to serve sloppy vegan appetizers. The options are endless. You only need to be creative and think outside the box. Happy holidays!


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Delicious Vegan Christmas Cookies Done in 2 Ways

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What makes vegan Christmas cookies delicious? The list of ingredients and the procedure followed. Cookies are a versatile delicacy, especially when serving many people. You only need to make one batch of cookie dough and get creative with the shapes and cookie decoration designs.

In this article, I will share with you easy recipes for the two most common Christmas cookies: Christmas sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies.

Let’s get started!

For both recipes, you need to pre-heat your oven at 200 degrees Celsius (400 degrees F).

Christmas Sugar Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 1½ cups vegan butter
  • 1-cup white sugar (this is the best option to achieve pale sugar cookies)
  • 3 tablespoons vegan cream cheese (my secret ingredient)
  • 3 cups of almond flour (or any gluten-free version you have. You can also use all-purpose flour)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds – pre-soaked for 4 hours (these act as an egg substitute)
  • ½-teaspoon baking powder
  • Spices
  • 1-teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½-teaspoon almond extract
  • A pinch of salt

Cream the sugar, butter, and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Use your fingers to know the right consistency. If you can still feel large sugar granules, continue whipping.

Add the wet ingredients and mix well.

Sift in your dry ingredients and combine to form flaky dough. Avoid over-mixing at this point.

Let the dough chill for 1 hour.

Roll the dough to 1/4″ thick. Cut out different shapes using a cookie cutter.

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Transfer the cutouts on to a lined baking tray. You can also lightly spray the baking tray with coconut oil.

Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on how crunchy you love your cookies.

Let them cool completely before decorating.

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Gingerbread Cookies

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Ingredients

  • ¼-cup coconut cream
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar (you can use 2 tablespoons of maple syrup)
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons blackstrap molasses (optional)
  • 1-teaspoon bicarbonate
  • Spices
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • A pinch of salt

Mix all the dry ingredients.

In another bowl, mix the cream and sugar with all the wet ingredients. Combine with the dry ingredient and mix well to form soft dough. You can add a little almond milk if the dough is too dry.

Chill for 1 hour. Chilling makes the cookie dough firm hence easier to roll.

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Roll the dough to 1/4″ thick. Cut out different shapes using cookie cutters.

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Transfer the cutouts on to a lined baking tray. You can also lightly spray the baking tray with coconut oil.

Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on how crunchy you love your cookies.

Let them cool completely before decorating.

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For the Frosting

  • 1-cup coconut cream
  • ½ cup sifted sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk (for a slightly firm-runny consistency)
  • Natural food coloring (Green and red for Christmas themed vegan cookies)

Whisk the ingredients together.

Chill the frosting until you’re ready to decorate.

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In Conclusion

These vegan Christmas cookies taste terrific, and they are all gluten-free and of course dairy-free. They make an excellent breakfast addition or an accompaniment for your 10 o’clock tea. My kids usually poke holes right before baking. And when the cookies are baked, they loop a string around them and hung them in the Christmas tree as decoration. As you enjoy the cookies, create memories for your family this festive season. Merry Christmas!

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5-Minute Vegan Eggnog Recipes: Tastes Better Than Traditional One

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Traditional Eggnog is high in fat because it is made with whole milk, heavy cream, and egg yolks. A significant amount of alcohol is also added. In this article, I will share with you how to make Vegan Eggnog without alcohol for the festive season. I will also include a few healthy additions and variations. This recipe serves 2.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coconut milk – you can use any thick non-dairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds – presoak them in a little water for 4 hours
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 Banana
  • Spices – ½ teaspoon each
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
  • Ice cubes – you can also use frozen bananas instead of ice cubes.
  • A pinch of salt

Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend to a smooth consistency.

Serve immediately.

If you don’t plan on consuming the vegan eggnog immediately, blend everything in advance except the bananas. Once peeled, bananas start to oxidize. So right before serving, add the bananas and blend again.

Why Chia Seeds?

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For this vegan eggnog recipe, I use soaked chia seeds because of their “eggy” like consistency. Eggnog is all about eggs and milk (with cream of course). Secondly, Chia seeds are the healthiest natural supplements we have. Research proves that chia seeds contain twice more calcium than milk, more omega 3 than fish, more antioxidants, and the list goes on. In fact, for those of us following the Ketogenic diet, chia seeds play a significant role in boosting your health.

If you manage to get chia seeds from a farmers market, they retail very cheap. But if you can’t, buy the commercially packed ones from online stores. You can use the seeds in any recipe but don’t cook them. Add them raw just before serving.

An Alternative Vegan Eggnog Recipe

If you have more people to serve, this recipe works better. You can prepare in advance and chill in the refrigerator. We will use homemade almond milk and homemade coconut cream. If you don’t have the time, just buy some from your favorite vegan store.

This recipe serves 4.

Ingredients

  • 2-cups almond milk
  • 2-cups coconut cream
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (whatever sweetener you like
  • Spices – ½ teaspoon each
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend to a smooth consistency.

Serving

To serve like a barista, grind some vegan cookies or biscuits. Coat the glass with biscuit crumble and pour in the vegan eggnog. Sprinkle some of that powder and attach a cookie on the glass. Throw in two cinnamon sticks per glass and a hint of the spices you used on the serving plate. This is very important, especially when serving strangers. The hints help them identify the drink with its ingredients.

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The Bottom Line

For the best vegan eggnog, make your almond milk fresh at home. It is more creamy and frothy compared to store bought milk. It is easy to extract milk from fresh almonds, but you need to be patient as the nuts soak in water. If this is not your forte, buy high-quality milk. A mark of good quality vegan products is in the list of ingredients. The shorter the list, the better the quality!

Use any vegan eggnog leftovers to make cinnamon rolls or eggnog French toast.


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