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This AIP Mozzarella Cheese is an easy alternative to cheese! It’s made with coconut milk, tapioca starch, and other real food ingredients.

AIP mozzarella cheese on plate

AIP Mozzarella Cheese

Can you really have cheese after you give up dairy? Yes! Most dairy-free cheeses are nut-based, like cashew or almond cheese, but you can actually make cheese without any nuts or dairy! Sure, it’s not actual cheese, but when you’re not able to eat the real thing, alternatives are always welcome.

This cheese is made entirely with AIP ingredients and can be used just like you’d use any mozzarella cheese. It melts, it’s easy to slice, and it has a creamy and cheesy texture.

The Ingredients for AIP Mozzarella Cheese

  • Coconut milk. This is the main ingredient in the cheese as the dairy substitute.
  • Coconut cream. The coconut cream helps to make the cheese creamier. You can use coconut cream that hardens on the top of a can of coconut milk when set in the fridge overnight, or this.
  • Nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast gives this cheese an actual cheesy flavor.
  • Apple cider vinegar. This helps give the cheese a bit of a tang!
  • Tapioca starch. This helps set the cheese and make it stretchier.
  • Gelatin. This also helps to set the cheese. Collagen won’t work in this recipe.

How to make AIP Mozzarella Cheese

  • Combine the ingredients and heat: Using a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients (reserving the gelatin) and whisk well. Set the saucepan on the stove over medium-low heat and whisk for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is thick. Remove from the heat and sprinkle in gelatin.
  • Set the cheese: Prepare a small round container (a small glass bowl or Tupperware works perfectly) and grease well with olive oil. Pour the cheese mixture into the bowl and cover. Transfer to the fridge and allow to harden overnight.
  • Use as desired! 

AIP Mozzarella cheese block on plate, half sliced

Can you make this recipe without coconut?

Coconut is the main ingredient in the cheese, and I haven’t found an alternative that would keep it AIP.

Can you make this recipe with arrowroot starch instead?

Though I haven’t tried, it’s a swap that may possibly work!

Can you make this cheese without nutritional yeast? 

You can, though it won’t have the cheesy flavor that nutritional yeast provides.

How can you use this cheese?

You can eat it by itself, or add it to recipes that call for mozzarella cheese like pizza, etc!

AIP mozzarella cheese crumbles on plate

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AIP Mozzarella Cheese (Dairy Free)


  • Author: Michelle
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This AIP Mozzarella Cheese is an easy alternative to cheese! It’s made with coconut milk, tapioca starch, and other real food ingredients.


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Using a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients (reserving the gelatin) and whisk well.
  2. Set the saucepan on the stove over medium-low heat and whisk for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is thick.
  3. Remove from the heat and sprinkle in the gelatin. Whisk well.
  4. Prepare a small round container (a small glass bowl or Tupperware works perfectly) and grease very well with olive oil. Pour the cheese mixture into the bowl and cover. Transfer to the fridge and allow to harden for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  5. Remove from the fridge and carefully remove the cheese from the container. Slice or shred with a cheese grater before using as you would traditional mozzarella.

Notes

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 138
  • Fat: 11.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.7g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Protein: 1.8g