Vegan Mozzarella that can be shredded or sliced! It melts and stretches beautifully just like the real thing and only takes minutes to make! Nut free option.

a cutting board with shredded mozzarella cheese and a blue towel

I have probably tested this vegan mozzarella 10-15 times in the last couple of months, trying to get it just right for you! I decided to keep the flavor very similar to my EASY Stretchy Mozzarella since it’s so well loved.

The difference with this recipe is that the mozzarella is SHREDDABLE and SLICEABLE. Total game changer!

Why this cheese is amazing

  • You can make it in a matter of minutes, and it’s ready to eat in an hour or two.
  • It shreds perfectly for pizza or quesadillas, and melts super well!
  • It can be sliced for sandwiches, used either cold or for grilled cheese.
  • You can make mozzarella sticks! (recipe is coming soon)
  • It only requires 9 ingredients.
  • It’s gluten free, dairy free (of course) and there is a nut free option that works so well!
  • Plus it will satisfy your cheesy cravings with it’s deliciousness!!!

sliced vegan mozzarella cheese with blue towel on a cutting board

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Ingredients for Shreddable Vegan Cheese

  • Raw cashews OR silken tofu – This is the base of your cheese. I prefer to use cashews for a slightly richer cheese, but silken tofu actually works well! If you have a nut allergy, or you don’t have a high powered blender, use the tofu version.
  • Tapioca starch – Also known as tapioca flour, this provides a wonderful stretchy texture.
  • Kappa Carrageenan – This is the magical ingredient that makes the cheese solid, and allows it to melt, and then go back to solid. I ordered mine from Amazon. *There is some controversy around carrageenan, but I feel totally safe using it after doing a lot of research. Do what you feel is right, I do include an option for using agar agar instead.
  • Nutritional yeast – For that cheesy flavor, however if you don’t care for it you can leave it out or use white mellow miso paste instead. It makes the cheese wonderfully flavored!
  • Salt
  • Refined coconut oil – Refined is the key word here! Don’t use unrefined or your cheese will taste like coconut. Oil free? You can leave it out, the cheese just won’t be quite as rich or melty.
  • Lemon juice
  • Apple cider vinegar, or just more lemon juice
  • Boiling hot water – This is what activates the kappa carrageenan.

pizza with sauce and shredded cheese on it, not cooked

How to make it

  1. Soak the cashews, unless you are using tofu. Also get out a clean container to hold the cheese. I used a glass container that holds 3 cups.
  2. To a blender, add all the ingredients except the boiling water.
  3. Carefully add the boiling hot water to the blender and then IMMEDIATELY put on the lid and blend. Use a towel for extra protection. You need to move quickly because the cheese will start to set almost right away.
  4. Pour into the prepared container, right away. Don’t let the mixture sit in the blender for any time at all!

collage of how to make vegan mozzarella

Place the container, uncovered, in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours until set and solid throughout.

Then it’s ready to slice or shred!

If you aren’t going to eat it right away, pop it out of the container, wrap in paper towels and place in a large ziplock bag or container. This will make it drier, which I think makes it better.

close up of shredded vegan mozzarella

How long will it keep?

It will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 1 week. It can also be frozen.

I made some simple pizzas on tortillas and OH MY GOODNESS they were amazing! This cheese melts better than any brand of vegan cheese I have bought at the store, and it tastes better, too.

I hope you love it as much as we do!

showing a whole pizza with cheese

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Method adapted from Vegan Blueberry and recipe adapted from my Stretchy Mozzarella.

close up of shredded vegan mozzarella
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Shreddable Vegan Mozzarella

Vegan Mozzarella that can be shredded or sliced! It melts and stretches beautifully just like the real thing and only takes minutes to make!
Prep: 10 minutes
Chilling time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup raw cashews OR 1/2 cup silken tofu
  • 4 tablespoons tapioca starch (also called tapioca flour)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kappa carrageenan*
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons refined coconut oil (make sure it's refined for no coconut flavor!)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, or more lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling hot water


  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil (I use my electric kettle.) Pour the hot water over the cashews and let soak for 5 minutes, then drain the cashews and discard the soaking water. Set aside.
  • Get out a clean container that can hold about 3 cups. I prefer glass, but plastic will work. Have it ready before you start because you will need to move quickly once the cheese is blended.
  • Heat up the 1 1/2 cups of water. It will need to be boiling when you add it to the blender. Again, I heat up water in my tea kettle, then measure 1 1/2 cups when I'm ready. You can also simply get it boiling in a small pan on the stovetop.
  • To a high powered blender (if you use tofu instead you can use a regular blender), add the soaked and drained cashews, tapioca starch, kappa carrageenan, nutritional yeast, salt, coconut oil, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.
  • CAREFULLY pour in the boiling hot water, and immediately put the lid on and blend. Use a towel for extra protection so the hot water does not burn you! Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down once if needed. It will only take a minute or so, and the mixture will start to harden fast so you need to work quickly.
  • Immediately pour the cheese into your prepared container. It will start to harden super fast, so do not wait.
  • Move the container to the refrigerator, uncovered and let chill for 1-2 hours, until solid throughout and cooled.
  • After a few hours, pop it out of the container, and either slice/shred right away or wrap in paper towels, then place in a large ziplock bag or container. This will help it be drier, which I think makes it better.
  • Use anywhere you would real mozzarella, such as on pizza, grilled cheese, cold sandwiches, pasta dishes, Mexican dishes, on top of soups or just for snacking.


  1. I have tested this with both cashews and tofu and I can hardly tell the difference! If you have a nut allergy, or you don't have a high powered blender, use the tofu. I still prefer the cashews for a slightly richer cheese, but the tofu version is really good too.
  2. Kappa Carrageenan is a natural substance from red seaweed that helps thicken/gels. I feel completely safe using it, but if you have concerns you can use agar agar powder instead or simply stick to my Easy Stretchy Mozzarella
  3. To use agar agar instead: Place all the ingredients except for the agar agar and water to the blender and set aside. In a small pot, stir together 3 tablespoons (instead of 1 1/2) agar agar and 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly until it firms up and gels. Add this to the blender, blend, then transfer to the container and refrigerate. To use agar agar flakes, increase the amount to 9 tablespoons.
  4. If you don't like nutritional yeast, you can leave it out or sub a mellow white miso paste instead.
  5. Oil Free: You can leave out the coconut oil if needed. It won't be quite as melty or rich but it does work quite well.
  6. Storing: The cheese will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 1 week. If you can't eat it all in that time, you can freeze it.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 437mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Nora Taylor
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  1. Hi, I tried making this recipe. I used cashews and agar agar and no oil. It set really well and tastes good. The only problem I’m getting is when I try to melt the cheese. It’s refused to melt. Any idea what’s causing that?

    1. Try using higher heat; so if your trying to melt in onto pizza in the oven, turn the heat up to 425 or 450. Or if on top of lasagna or something like that, you can also try spraying a little oil on top of the shredded cheese and broiling for a few minutes. It can be a little stubborn to melt at lower temperatures.

  2. I have not tried any of your cheese recipes yet, but I first saw your stretchy mozzarella and I plan to try it, but I was looking for something shreddable because I’d like to use it on a salad, so I was comparing the two recipes. I noticed the stretchy one does not call for nutritional yeast, yet this recipe does while at the same time saying you were trying to mimic the flavor of the stretchy one. Generally I’m not a fan of the flavor of nutritional yeast, but there is one recipe I’ve used that uses only a little and it was ideal (it was a queso recipe). I just wanted to be sure that the nutritional yeast was needed in this recipe and at the same time curious how its in one recipe, but not the other, but the flavor is the same. Thanks for all these vegan recipes! I’m so excited to try many of them as we transition to raw vegan eventually.

  3. I want to make this but my Breville blender instructions say to never blend with very hot or boiling liquids. Can the water be cooled down a little first? This sounds amazing!

    1. Hi Monica. Unfortunately, you must use boiling water to activate the kappa carrageenan and start blending immediately after pouring it into the blender. It’s important to use caution when blending hot liquids but as long as the blender bowl isn’t completely full, it should be fine.

  4. Do you think a liquid oil like olive oil could replace coconut oil? Or does it need to be something solid at room temp? Asking because I have a coconut oil allergy.

  5. Hi, I made this cheese using the cashews and agar agar. It came out really nice. Even my husband said it is nice and he does not eat vegan food. It was set nicely after a few hours in the fridge, the taste and texture is good and I don’t even have a power blender. Thanks a lot for this recipe. I have really been struggling to find an easy vegan cheese recipe and this is it. I will definitely make it again. Just one question, how long can I keep it in the fridge and freezer respectively? Thank you!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the cheese recipe! It will keep about 1 week in the refrigerator, and around 3 months in the freezer. Thanks!

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