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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Lake

Smoky Vegan Cheddar to Knock your Socks off

Updated: Jan 25

I have tried to make vegan cheese before and I know everyone can make vegan mozzarella with cashews, but I had this recipe a very long time and all the ingredients for it before I finally had the time to and incentive to make it. I got the recipe from Chef Jana who is a you tube vegan chef from Italy, and it takes lupini beans from Italy to make it. I bought them on Amazon. It's a fairly simple recipe of dump and blend, the only trickier part is having the agar agar. Agar agar is marine red algae and is an incredible thickening and correct texture agent. The other weird ingredient is sour starch which I also bought on Amazon.

Smoky Cheddar Cheese

1 1/2 cups of lupini beans, peeled(they peel somewhat easily but it takes awhile to peel 1 1/2 cups of them:)

1/2 cup cooked carrots( I steamed them)

1 Tbsp and 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 tsp liquid smoke

2 Tbsp ACV(Apple Cider Vinegar)

3 Tbsp green olive brine(or whatever it takes to become smooth)

1 tsp iodized salt

1 tsp each of hot paprika, garlic powder, onion powder

pinch of white pepper(I couldn't find mine so I left it out)

2 Tbsp corn starch(always use organic corn starch because most corn is GMO and Gmo's are not good for us)

2 Tbsp sour starch

2 Tbsp water

2 Tbsp agar

1/2 cup and 3 Tbsp water

Remove lupini skins. Add all the ingredients up to the water into a blender. Blend it very well until very smooth.(Here is where I kept adding the olive brine until the mixture was smooth:() And smooth is a relative term. It was not chocolate mousse. It was somewhat thick hummus. Set aside. Add 2 Tbsp agar agar to a pot with 1/2 cup and 3 Tbsp water and bring to a boil then simmer for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly. This stuff is crazy stretchy. Once thick, add cheese mixture and combine well. You may see lumps, if you see any it's normal just keep stirring. Once combined well, pour into a mold.(Something that can go into the fridge.) Use a knife to get rid of air bubbles. Place in fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours.

This is cheddar cheese on Mary's Gone Crackers crackers.

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