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Vegan Cotija Cheese on a Plate

Vegan Cotija Cheese

$2.63 recipe | $0.13 serving
Crumble this mild, salty, and slightly tangy cotija cheese on pretty much any Mexican food. It'll add the perfect umami flavor to all your favorite dishes!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Rest time 12 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 15 mins
Course How-to, Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mexican, Vegan
Servings 20 servings
Calories 82 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender or food processor
  • Spatula
  • Small saucepan
  • Large piece of cheesecloth

Ingredients
 

  • 1 ½ cups almonds ($1.91)
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar ($0.01)
  • ½ tbsp nutritional yeast ($0.12)
  • 1 tbsp salt ($0.02)
  • 1 tbsp agar ($0.15)
  • 1 tbsp water ($0.00)
  • 3 tbsp refined coconut oil ($0.42)

Instructions
 

  • To begin, soak the almonds in room temperature water for about 12 hours, or overnight. Then, drain the nuts and remove their skins (they should come off easily).
  • Place the almonds in a high-speed blender or food processor with vinegar, nutritional yeast, and salt. Pulse together until the mixture is crumbly (stopping to scrape down the sides a few times).
  • Set aside while you heat the agar powder and water in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a low boil while stirring constantly.
  • Once it's at a low boil, turn the heat down to simmer and continue stirring constantly for about 3-5 minutes, or until the mixture starts to thicken up.
  • Add the agar mixture to your blender, then the coconut oil. Blend everything together for another 1-2 minutes, or until similar in texture to ricotta. Taste and adjust salt as needed (cotija cheese is traditionally quite salty).
  • Transfer everything to a cheesecloth (or nut milk bag) over a bowl or plate. Bring the edges of the cheesecloth in and twist together to remove the excess liquid. Transfer to your fridge and let the cheese set in the cloth for at least 6 hours, but preferably overnight.

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Notes

  • The blend time will vary depending on the quality of the blender or food processor you're using.
  • The agar powder needs to get to 85-90 degrees C/185-194 degrees F in order to activate and set properly, which is why you need to boil the water and oil with it.
  • Optional ingredients are not reflected in the price or calories of our recipes.
  • We calculate nutritional information for our recipes with Cronometer.
  • Recipe cost calculations are based on ingredients local to us and may vary from recipe-to-recipe.
  • All prices are in USD.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Cotija Cheese
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
82
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
7.4
g
11
%
Saturated Fat
 
2.2
g
14
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Sodium
 
349.2
mg
15
%
Potassium
 
86
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
2.7
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1.4
g
6
%
Sugar
 
0.4
g
0
%
Protein
 
2.5
g
5
%
Vitamin A
 
0.1
IU
0
%
Calcium
 
30.2
mg
3
%
Iron
 
0.5
mg
3
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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