Homemade Vegan Smoked Mozzarella Cheese

Homemade Vegan Smoked Mozzarella Cheese


A deep and smokey cashew cheese that melts in your mouth and easily comes together with only 6 ingredients. This Homemade Vegan Smoked Mozzarella Cheese deserves a spot on your next charcuterie board. 


Easy Homemade Plant-Based Cheese

One of the hardest things for us to give up when we became plant-based was cheese. Fortunately, we quickly learned that nuts are a great base for a dairy-free cheese that also happens to be protein rich. 

Although there are now a multitude of different vegan cheeses available at most grocery stores, there is no need to spend lots of money when you can easily make your own “cheese” at home! 


Homemade vegan smoked mozzarella cheese sliced on a wood cutting board


Silky, Creamy & Smoky

If you are in the mood for traditional mozzarella cheese that melts in your mouth, give this vegan fresh mozzarella a try. However, if you love the deep flavor of smoked cheese, no need to invest in a smoker when you can simply add liquid smoke. 

Best yet, this cheese only requires 6 ingredients and comes together with ease. Then, simply refrigerate it until ready to serve- even up to a few days. So easy! 


Watch: How to Make Homemade Vegan Smoked Mozzarella Cheese



  • Raw Cashews Protein rich cashews blend into a silky smooth cream which is the perfect base for a “cheese”. 
  • Tapioca FlourThe secret weapon to thicken and solidify homemade vegan cheese. 
  • Nutritional Yeast  – The staple ingredient that provides rich cheesy flavor. 
  • Lemon  –  Bright and tart lemon adds irresistible tanginess. 
  • Salt  –   Mimic the natural saltiness of cheese with a dash of salt. Use as much or as little as you want. 
  • Liquid Smoke  –  The gem in this recipe, robust liquid smoke adds intense flavor to this ”cheese.”


Stirring the blended mozzarella in a sauce pan over medium-high heat until thickened and smooth


FAQ & Homemade Vegan Smoked Mozzarella CheeseTips:

  • Is this a hard or soft cheese? 

    • This mozzarella is soft and is reminiscent of fresh mozzarella but it must be refrigerated in order to firm up so it can be easily sliced.
  • Is there a difference between tapioca flour and starch? 

    • Nope. Both names are interchangeable and depending on the brand you buy, you may see either one.
  • Tip: Make It In Advance!

    • This vegan cheese actually tastes better once it has had time to set, so go ahead and make it early. It can be made 2 or even 3 days in advance.  
  • Serving Suggestions:

    • This vegan mozzarella is great for an appetizer or add it to a charcuterie board for a crowd favorite. Additionally, it can be used for pizza, grilled cheese, sandwiches, and so much more!


A Gourmet Vegan Cheese

This is the plant-based cheese that needs to be on your next charcuterie board. Not only will your guests be wowed but it tastes incredible with fresh veggies, dry fruit, and more! Snack away! 

Finally, if you have made this smoked mozzarella, we would love to hear what you think! Please comment down below  and be sure to rate the recipe. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thanks so much!


Ingredients for vegan smoked Mozzarella cheese  Raw cashews boiling in a pot of water

Vegan smoked mozzarella cheese ingredients in a blender prior to blending  The vegan smoked mozzarella cheese after blending in a blender

Heating the blended cheese in a saucepan while stirring until it's thick and smooth  Homemade vegan smoked mozzarella cheese poured into small bowls for molding the cheese

Brushing a smoky mixture onto the outside of the prepared vegan mozzarella cheese  Homemade vegan smoked mozzarella cheese on a wood platter


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Homemade vegan smoked mozzarella cheese on a wood platter

Homemade Vegan Smoked Mozzarella Cheese

  • Author: Meatless Makeovers
  • Prep Time: 5 min.
  • Boiling Cashews (Optional): 10 min.
  • Cook Time: 3 min.
  • Total Time: 8 min. (+ more for boiling/soaking)
  • Yield: 24 Servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Condiment
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


A stretchy cashew cheese with robust smoky flavor- this homemade vegan smoked mozzarella cheese only requires 6 ingredients and is a perfect addition to your next charcuterie board!


  • 1 Cup Raw Cashews (Boiled or Soaked)
  • 1/2 Cup Tapioca Flour (Starch)
  • 3 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Lemon (Juiced)
  • 2 Cups Hot Water
  • 1 tsp + 1/4 tsp Liquid Smoke (Optional)
  • 1Tbsp Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce (Optional)


  1. Soak the cashews overnight or boil them for 10 minutes. 
  2. Drain the cashews and place them into a blender along with the tapioca flour, nutritional yeast, salt, lemon juice, water and 1 tsp liquid smoke. 
  3. Thinly coat the inside of a few small wide mouth jars with oil for molds.
  4. Blend until very smooth, approx. 1 minute. 
  5. Pour the mixture into a high sided frying pan and place over medium-high heat. 
  6. Stirring constantly, allow the mixture to thicken until it becomes thick and smooth with no clumps. 
  7. Quickly and carefully pour the thickened mixture into your prepared molds. Tap the fill molds lightly on the counter to release trapped air. 
  8. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 3 hours. 
  9. Once solid, turn the mold upside down and lightly shake or touch to let it naturally release from the mold onto a serving plate. For extra smokiness, combine the optional ¼ tsp liquid smoke with 1 Tbsp liquid aminos or soy sauce and brush the top of the finished mozzarella cheese with the smoky mixture. 
  10. Slice and serve with crackers and fruit, bake on a pizza, or add it to a sandwich. 
  11. Leftovers still in the mold can be kept for 4-5 days in the refrigerator and sliced leftovers can be kept for 2 days in the refrigerator. Enjoy! 


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