Cheese is one of the foods most missed by many who follow a plant-based diet. Thankfully, there are some great store bought options out there, and it is even easy enough to make your own version at home. This pizza cheese recipe only calls for 5 simple ingredients and doesn’t require any fancy equipment! 

Recipe by Catrina Muolo of Planted

Homemade Dairy-free Pizza “Cheese”:

Makes enough for 2 large pizzas


2 cups full-fat canned coconut milk

¼ cup nutritional yeast

¾ teaspoon salt

2½ Tablespoons arrowroot powder

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 


Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan and whisk well.  Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens and drips off a spoon in long strings. This takes anywhere from 6 to 10 minutes (depending on your stove). Then spoon onto your pizza and bake as you would normally. 

If you cook arrowroot powder for too long, it will become extremely thick.  If this happens, all is not lost, just add a little more milk to help loosen it up! 

Note: Let the pizza sit for 5 minutes after coming out of the oven before slicing. The “cheese” will thicken as it cools. 

Catrina Muolo is a plant-based recipe creator who lives in Kittery, Maine. She began the Instagram page @plantedfamilies when she realized her daughter was sensitive to dairy, and she wanted to share her culinary experiments with others. Her goal is to share fun, family-friendly and approachable recipes that will also please any omnivore.  Her favorite foods to make are homemade “cheeses” and recreating Italian dishes from her childhood.  Last year she released an e-book of 16 homemade dairy-free cheeses which can be found here:
Catrina will also be selling her sauces and dips on the Seacoast starting Spring 2021! Planted will be selling some of her family’s favorites, including a sweet chocolate spread, a cheesy crumble made from seeds, and a mac and cheese-less sauce made from cashews. 

To follow along with where she will be selling: Or on Instagram

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