Since writing this post, a number of new cheese alternative products have come on the market, and we’ve created some new recipes. So I’ve updated this post for you 🙂
When you’re diary, soy, gluten, egg or meat free you might think you have no options when it comes to cheesy pizza toppings.
Well, allow us to change your mind on this matter.
Over the years we’ve tried a few different products and home made/ whole food options and these are some of our favourite:
1. Tasty cheese alternatives:
We’ve listed a couple of options in this post here about cheese alternatives you can slice and this post here about cheese alternatives you can sprinkle. My personal favourite is the Vegusto No Muh Piquant (though the mild is nice too). Some new products on the market now include Biocheese Haloumi style cheese and Greenvie Smoked Cheddar. These are really nice sliced on crackers with tomato, in burgers and sprinkled on tacos or nachos. We’ve also created our own tasty cheese recipe (you’ll find it in The Little Book of Allergy-Friendly Snack & Party Foods).
2. Melty cheese alternatives:
We’ve talked about few options for cheeses that melt in this post here. My personal favourite in terms of taste and texture is the Biocheese, although Greenvie also make a fantastic mozzarella, gouda and smoked style cheese that melts. As with the tasty cheese alternative options, you can buy most of these commercial melty cheese alternatives from supermarkets now. Glenys and I have also created a mild cheddar that is delicious too.
3. Home made whole food options:
- Cashew Cheese
Without a doubt cashew cheese is one of the easiest and tastiest options.
One of our favourite recipes is this one here based on Glenys’ cashew cheese from our Lasagne Episode. This one is great dolloped on the pizza (and it’s really nice as a dip too with crackers or veggies sticks or even used as a spread). If you’d like a more subtle cashew cheese then check out Glenys’ ricotta style cheese and for another creamy cashew cheese recipe you could check out Hayley’s cashew cheese:
- 2 cups soaked cashews
- 1 tbs Nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
- juice of 1/2 a Lemon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric
- Herbs of your choice
- water for blending if required (aim to keep the amount added down to a minimum. Add a little at a time)
Add all the ingredients into the food processor and puree until smooth. (For a better result, stop the processor routinely to scrape the sides down). Store in the fridge.
Use within 3 days (discard if there is any sign of discoloration, pinkness or spoiling).
Find more cheese alternative recipes in The Little Book of Allergy-Friendly Italian Recipes.
Another way we get around having cheese on top of pizza’s is to use a few small dollops of mayonnaise around the edges of the pizza (this goes really nicely with mushroom and onion sauteed with a little porcini salt;-). If you’ve got issues with eggs then you might like to check out our egg -free mayonnaise recipes in The Little Book of Allergy-Friendly Tasty Toppings.
- Grated veggies
While it’s obviously not the same in flavour as a tasty cheese, grating carrot and or zucchini and sprinkling it over the top of pizzas with a little nutritional yeast can also give a pretty and colourful effect (as well as adding a few more veggies on to your pizza).
So there you go! We hope this post gives you something new to sprinkle on your pizza.
By the way, if you’d like some easy ways to sneak some extra veggies into your pizza toppings, to make nutrient packed pizza bases or to make the quickest gluten, dairy, soy and egg free-pizza based you’ve ever made in your life, then check out our Pizza Episode.
And find all our pizza recipes in The Little Book of Allergy-Friendly Light Meals.
You can also find our Homemade Tasty Cheese in The Little Book of Allergy-Friendly Snack & Party Foods.
And you can find our Homemade Mild Cheddar Alternative in The Little Book of Allergy-Friendly Sandwich Fillers.
Finally you can find the Cashew Ricotta and Hayley’s Cashew Cheese recipes in The Little Book of Allergy-Friendly Italian Recipes.
Updated: 12th March 2021
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