Vegan Ricotta Cheese

Vegan Ricotta Cheese

Vegan Ricotta Cheese made with slivered almonds, vinegar, yogurt, water and salt. So easy and tastes so authentic and like True Food Kitchen's ricotta cheese! It is creamy, smooth, rich, thick and heavenly.

Sorry for the two-day-in-a-row posts, but when you all became so excited over my teaser pic on Facebook of my ricotta I created the other day, I rushed to get this post up in time before the weekend. I can tell you now, you will be glad I did. I sneakily asked a close reader to taste test it yesterday to see if she thought it was just as good as we did. She said "spot on" and loved it.

Once I made it onto the pizza and it tasted just like True Food Kitchen's, heck better I think, a little bit more flavor, I knew I had a winner. The inspiration originally came from theirs and I told you all I would eventually do it and so glad it's available for us all to enjoy.

The great thing about this Vegan Ricotta Cheese is that it has no nutritional yeast. It seems all the versions out there have yeast in them and since neither my hubby or daughter can eat it and so many out there don't like it, I definitely knew I had to come up with a recipe that didn't need it.

Creamy, smooth, rich, thick and heavenly.

For this Vegan Almond Ricotta Cheese you will only need 5 ingredients total, including the salt/water:

  • slivered almonds
  • plain coconut or soy yogurt (or whatever you like as long as it is not sweetened/flavored)
  • white vinegar (key to the best cheesy flavor, as evidence in my Best Vegan Queso and my Cream Cheese Alfredo)
  • salt
  • water

The combo of the vinegar and yogurt give it the perfect subtle ricotta cheese flavor. I love ricotta because it is a subtle cheese flavor, unlike mozzarella or other cheeses, yet the amazing creamy, thick texture makes it such a delicious addition to so many dishes.

Now, one amazing way to use this ricotta is of course, on pizza!

Before baking....I just used simple toppings here, as I usually don't like too many toppings. I wanted basil but when I went to Kroger, they had NO basil, can you believe that? Weird. So, I used spinach instead. Still yummy.

BAKED and delicious.

The first bite into that delicious smooth and creamy ricotta had both my daughter and I so happy! I mean, look at that texture.

I hope you all love it and please come back and let me know what you think after you've made it!

Vegan Ricotta Cheese

Vegan Ricotta Cheese made with slivered almonds, vinegar, yogurt, water and salt. So easy and tastes so authentic and like True Food Kitchen's ricotta cheese! It is creamy, smooth, rich, thick and heavenly.

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4.8 based on 12 review(s)

Ingredients

  • You will absolutely need a food processor to make this cheese, a blender will not work. This is the food processor I use.
  • 1 1/2 cups (210g) slivered almonds (not whole!)
  • 5 tablespoons (75g) water
  • 2 teaspoons (10g) white vinegar
  • 2-4 tablespoons (30-60g) unsweetened plain yogurt (coconut is best, I used So Delicious, but use any you like as long as it's plain/unsweetened)*
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • If you want to make pizza with it, be sure and make my easy 5 Minute Pizza Sauce ! So much better than store-bought.
  • Note: If you absolutely cannot find a plain, unsweetened yogurt anywhere you live, you can try a vegan sour cream. OR sub for full-fat coconut milk, starting with 2 tablespoons and adjusting only if needed.

Instructions

  1. You will need a food processor for this, a blender will not work, not even a vitamix because of the small amount of water used. Trying to use a blender will yield gritty ricotta and trying to add more water to compensate will yield a really bland taste, so a processor is a must here.
  2. Add the almonds to a large bowl and cover completely with boiling water. You must use boiling water here. Soak for a minimum of 6-8 hours or simply overnight. You MUST soak them this long and do not try to rush this step or do a quick 30 minute boil. Since so little liquid is used to blend up the almonds, the soaking is required. This is what will yield a richer, flavorful ricotta, as opposed to having to add a bunch of water to get it soft during blending.
  3. After soaking the almonds, drain and rinse them and add them to a food processor.
  4. Process the almonds into small pieces, but not fully. Add the remaining ingredients, starting with 2 tablespoons of the yogurt and process until it resembles ricotta and scraping the sides a couple of times, as needed. It will seem too dry at first, but keep processing until it is smooth and no longer crunchy bits of almond remain. It may take a minute or two for the liquids to soak into the almonds while processing, but it should be smooth, not gritty and have a very light, fluffy texture. Once it reaches the texture you like, taste and if you desire more tang, add the remaining yogurt. If using the coconut milk, it will not taste as tangy or cheesy so you may want to add a tiny bit more vinegar if needed. The ricotta should be subtle but have a nice mild tangy cheesy flavor.
  5. To use this on pizza, just add it with your other toppings before baking. If you want it to stay thick and round, just use rounded spoonfuls. If you want it more flat or spread out, that works too, just press it down a bit before baking. It bakes lovely.

Notes

Since this cheese is meant to be used as toppings or fillings, I just guessed at 6 servings, but obviously this will vary depending on how you use it: 206 calories | 17.7g fat | 7.4g protein | 8.1g carbs | 4.5g fiber | 1.8g sugar | 291mg sodium

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58 Comments

  1. Apologizing for giving us the gift of rich, tangy, nooch-free cheese...pssssssh!! SO not necessary. As long as you send me a slice of pizza that is. Not only nutritional yeast free but no cashews too, which is hard to find in the cheesy vegan world. But why not almonds? I have to admit I've only ever had ricotta in lasagna (which I'm sure this would make for a killer vegan version of!), but it was always my favorite part. I love the super tangy less cheesy cheeses too, and that texture just looks incredible. It it weird that I kinda want to use this as a dip ha? So so easy and giving me another avenue to explore my new found love of vegan yogurt woohoo :) P.S. Is this beautifully thin toasty pizza crust homemade too?
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Haha, I know right! This pizza was so epic and we couldn't get enough of it! Oh yes, would be soo amazing in lasagna, will definitely be trying that as well! Oh I totally was dipping crackers into this as well, honestly, it's very hard to stop eating it, lol. Oh no, this is a store-bought crust, haha, I didn't have time to do a homemade one since I wanted to rush to get it posted. It wasn't that good but it worked in a pinch.
  2. Wow, that's genius, using vinegar as the 'cheese' component. I'm going to try this. Thanks!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you India! It's been my choice for cheesiness for awhile now. Last year when I was testing 2 cheese recipes for my cookbook, I used white vinegar instead of apple cider and couldn't believe the difference, so I've been using it ever since. Check out my Cream Cheese Alfredo recipe and Best Vegan Queso on the blog that both use vinegar as well :)
  3. Cyd
    Thanks Brandi! By the way, great job in the "Eating You Alive" film! I was glad that they showed the audience some familiar and delicious comfort foods, such as your alfredo sauce.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Cyd! It was such an honor to be in the movie!
  4. Amy
    This looks amazing!! I'm totally going to make it! Thanks for making things without nutritional yeast, I can't have that either.
  5. This looks really good! Does it brown at all in the oven?
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you Sandi! Typically, ricotta cheese does not brown like mozzarella for example Even dairy ricotta doesn't. I've never had ricotta on pizza that has browned, but it firms up a bit on the top and gets nice and warm and creamy underneath, which is perfect! It's not the same as other cheeses.
  6. Guess what??? Great success and loved by the guys too! This Ricotta is fabulous and truly does taste like the dairy version. I can't wait to make all kinds of great things with it. I have to be honest I put it on bagels to try..heehee..pic on IG #thevegan8 tag. 💘💘💘
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yay!! SO thrilled you loved it!
  7. Any other suggestions for its use?! Never was big into cheese before I went dairy free.. now I have no knowledge of what to put it with!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yes, lasagna, on soups, bagles, really anything! Ricotta is traditionally used on lasagna, pizza or stuffed shells. I have my stuffed shells recipe coming soon too! I've also had some on hashbrowns...it honestly taste good on anything.
  8. Cheese looks great -- what did you use for the crust?
  9. Love the ease of this recipe. Delicious! Thanks!
  10. Made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS! Thanks so much!
  11. I saw you on “Eating You Alive” and, as a newer vegan, was thrilled to find easy delicious recipes to try. I think it is important to have those 10 or so “go to” recipes you absolutely love. Giving up meat and dairy seemed to pretty much erase my list. Your interesting substitutions have certainly given me hope to remake that list!
  12. Is there another nut other than almonds that will work with this recipe? We have allergies.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Nancy, I have only tested this with almonds since that is the main ingredient, so I can't say what/if another nut would work for this particular recipe. My guess would be cashews but I don't know how the amounts would work with what I already have listed and cashews are a much sweeter note, so it would change the flavor. I know there are cashew and tofu ricottas online though.
  13. Do you think I could substitute lemon juice for the vinegar?
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Julie, can you not do vinegar? I use the white vinegar because it gives the best authentic cheesy taste. You can try lemon juice if you want, but it will be less cheesy tasting and I'm guessing the same amount. I've only tested with vinegar though.
  14. Ohhh I'm so excited to try this! I LOVE Ricotta cheese! Growing up in the NY metro area surrounded by Italians, I lived on it when I was younger. We've tried some of the store bought and to me, it always has a fake flavor. I'm going to give this a try this week!
  15. Has anyone tried to make the ricotta cheese with lemon juice instead of vinegar? If so how much lemon juice?
    • Hi Deborah! Not that I know of. Vinegar yields a much truer cheese taste than lemon juice which is why I used it.
  16. Sounds absolutely fabulous! Thank you so much!
  17. Hubby and I thought this was delicious! I used whole almonds because that is what I had. I soaked them in cold water overnight, peeled them, then covered them with boiling water for 4 hours. Then I made the ricotta and put it in the fridge overnight. The next day it was even fluffier. We have a pizza oven and now with this ricotta, we won't miss the mozzarella ;-) Thank you Brandi!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Wonderful to hear that Lori! I'm so happy you and your husband both loved this and that your whole almonds worked out!! Would you mind giving it a star rating too? They are so helpful, thank you so much!
    • Definitely 5 star! Unbelievably good!
      • Yay Lori! Thank you so much! So glad you loved it!!
      • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
        Thank you so very much Lori!
  18. Wowza! You just saved me $18 a week, Brandi! I have been purchasing two 7oz containers of almond ricotta cheese at nine dollars apiece every week to make veggie lasagna and now I can make my own!! It is so incredibly fresh tasting and really easy to make. Of course I was in a major hurry so instead of waiting for slivered almonds I just chopped up some whole almonds I had in the closet. It worked except there were still a little pieces after processing for a long time, so I stuck it in my good old Vitamix for a few mins more and, VOILA, creamy dreamy ricotta cheese! I am sitting down to some of it right now on top of my pizza made with your sauce, of course, and I cannot wait to use it for my veggie lasagna this weekend! Thank you! PS- I have a countdown on my calendar until I receive my shipment of your new cookbook on October 16... 188 days and counting! 😀
    • Yay Colleen! Thank you so much for such a fab review! So happy that it was such a hit! Thank you so much for your support, I can’t wait either!
  19. I have allergies too all nuts. Do you think seeds might work?
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Anita, this recipe is written specifically based off using almonds because of their neutral flavor. I do not believe seeds would work well because sunflower and pumpkin (for example) are both really strong in flavor. You are always of course welcome to experiment, but I don't think it would taste good. There are tofu ricotta recipes out there that might be better for you since you are allergic to nuts.
  20. This looks really good. I am going to try this recipe.
  21. Whoa!!!! I know what we’re putting on our pizzas next time! This looks incredible and I’m kinda blown away by how such a short ingredient list produced this delicious looking ricotta! Your trick with white vinegar really is genius...we made your ranch dressing again the other night (for like the 20th time!) and I swear that vinegar really does make it the best. It’s been SO long since I’ve had ricotta and in the past I’ve always made it with cashews so I’m super anxious to try your version! Yum!! Hope you have a great weekend, my friend! xo
  22. This was fantastic. I could not figure out how all the ingredients would amount to ricotta-like cheese but it was the closest thing to real that I've tried. It's only missing that creamy background you'd get from dairy, and also it tastes great baked/cooked but not so much raw (not a complaint, just an observation). I stirred in a big handful of chopped fresh basil and used it in a lasagna along with vegan tempeh Italian sausage and Miyoko's mozzarella...delicious! I had some leftover ricotta which stored well for several days, and used it to make a small pan of stuffed eggplant rolls. Thanks for the recipe!
    • Thank you Regina! So glad you loved it! I actually couldn’t stop eating it from the food processor, Haha, but yes ricotta is meant to be eaten inside baked pasta dishes typically! The coconut yogurt is high in fat so it gave that perfect creaminess but different yogurts yield different tastes/texture. Thank you again!
  23. This was a fail for me, twice. Not sure how others are having success. I soaked the almonds for 2 days (since the first time was a fail, I thought I'd give a longer soak a try) and still had to run the mixture through the blender AFTER the food processor. It was too gritty, even though I ran it through the food processor for at least 5 minutes. Flavor was also very bland, had to tweak it quite a bit. Love most of your recipes but this one just didn't hit the mark for me.
    • Hi Shelly, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t have success. Because as you pointed out, all others have had amazing success. The recipe works perfectly which I why I shared it. May I ask what type of almonds you used?? Did you use ones with skins and did you use the yogurt, salt and vinegar and weigh the ingredients? Something is missing here because I’ve made it 5 times and it’s not gritty or bland at all. Ricotta isn’t a bold taste though, but it’s not bland, but more subtle than mozzarella and other cheeses. Hope I can help figure out what went wrong there!
      • My almonds were skinless, blanched and slivered. I followed your recipe closely which is rare for me since I usually successfully wing it. I have a good quality Breville food processor too. I started using the large bowl and wasn’t getting a smooth enough texture so I switched to the small bowl. Still no luck and the vitamix was the winner. So strange!
        • Yeah I don’t know what to tell you because I’ve had 4 more rave reviews come in on the vegan stuffed shells last night who made the ricotta and they all loved it. It gets smooth very easily for me and everybody else. Did you double the recipe? I know I tried doubling it and it was way too many almonds and wouldn’t get smooth so the amount listed was necessary.
  24. YAY!!! Another winner from Brandi!!! Seriously your recipes are incredible. This was super easy to whip up (after the almonds soaked overnight) and it has that real ricotta texture & TASTE! No one knew it wasn’t a dairy version. Thank you Brandi for ALL your hard work and dedication in bringing us these GREAT recipes!! 😊
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Awww, thank you so much Penny for this amazing review and feedback! I'm so happy to hear how much you loved this cheese and recipes in general, your comment was so sweet!
  25. I want to make this over the weekend but can't find plain dairy-free yogurt anywhere. Have you tried it with the vegan sour cream or the coconut milk? I have coconut milk here and have seen sour cream in the stores but was worried it wouldn't be the same.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Linda, I would definitely try the vegan sour cream and I think that should work much better than the coconut milk. It is tangy, a bit more than yogurt but similar. I think it would work!
  26. Sue
    Brandi, your recipes are always good and always dependable. But THIS time you have outdone yourself! It's amazing to me how much this looks like ricotta! And it tastes great, too. Last night I made cannelloni with spinach, spices and your ricotta If my family hadn't known better they would have sworn they were eating an old favorite with dairy ricotta. I doubled your recipe and it was absolutely perfect. I salute you, my ricotta queen.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Oh Sue, you have made my day! Thank you so much for the glowing review! I'm so very happy to hear how much you loved the ricotta cheese! Thank you Sue!
  27. Thank you so much for this recipe!! I tried True Food Kitchen's Butternut Squash Pizza a couple months ago and was obsessed with their almond ricotta. I emailed them asking for the recipe but they wouldn't give it up. Your recipe is amazing and I just used it to recreate that pizza from True Food Kitchen....it was delicious! Can't wait to try this ricotta in other recipes!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Woohoo! So glad it lived up to the True Food Kitchen’s Pizza, yay! Thank you AnnMarie for the wonderful review!
  28. I LOVED this recipe and it was super tasty. Even my meat eater friends loved it! Thanks so much for the tasty recipes you share all the time!!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      That is awesome Tara, love hearing that it was a hit all around! Thank you for the feedback!
  29. OMG you've done it again! This ricotta is fabulous! I've just made it for my manicotti tonight. I was going to cook the jumbo shells, but can't find any locally that I know are GMO free. I love your recipes, Brandi! Thanks for having your page :) *side note - I highly recommend for anybody making this to follow her instructions exactly. I started off with 2 Tbl of yogurt and finished off with about 3 for my liking.
    • So sorry...meant to give it 5 stars!!
  30. Oh my! I'm waiting for my lasagna to come out of the oven. I tasted the ricotta and it is spot on! Thank you so much for developing such a great and wonderful cheese! Love following your recipes and I can't wait to try the stuffed shells. Yummy!!
  31. This recipe is a game-changer for my plant based lasagna. I love your recipes!
  32. Could I use cashews or other nuts in place of the almonds in this recipe? Thanks!
  33. It turned out great! I made lasagna today with spinach and mushrooms, and it was delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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