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Easy Vegan Tofu Ricotta Cheese

October 16, 2020

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Vegan tofu ricotta in a bowl

Many times, the best recipes are complicated and time-consuming. But not this one. It's made with five simple ingredients and comes together in 10 minutes flat! And this easy vegan tofu ricotta has the right texture and perfect balance of flavors for your favorite Italian recipes, like cannoli, cannelloni, baked ziti, and vegan lasagna.

I tested lots of different ingredients for this recipe, including cashews, almonds, and sunflower seeds. Ultimately, tofu was the best at recreating the mild flavor and light, crumbly texture of traditional ricotta cheese. Plus, it's nut-free for those of you with nut allergies.

I kept the flavors light for this recipe, so the ricotta can be used in many different recipes. Depending on how you're using it (whether sweet or savory), you may want to add different flavors to your own taste preferences. For example, you could add fresh basil (or other fresh herbs), chopped and wilted baby spinach, garlic powder, onion powder, powdered sugar, or cinnamon.

If you need an excuse to make this dairy-free ricotta, try my stuffed pasta shells recipe (with spinach tofu ricotta). It's not only delicious, but it's also quick and easy to make!

Choose a firm or extra-firm tofu for this vegan ricotta recipe; softer or silken tofu won't work. You usually can find tofu in the refrigerated vegan meat section of most grocery stores. You should press the block of tofu just a little to release the excess water, but don't press too much or your tofu ricotta will be dry. I usually just press the tofu gently with my hands; no tofu press needed!

Easy Vegan Tofu Ricotta Cheese

Yield8 servings

Prep Time10 minutes

Cook Timen/a

Total Time10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 14 oz. firm or extra-firm tofu, pressed slightly, chopped into large cubes
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Press your tofu slightly, just enough to remove the extra water. Then chop it into large chunks (1-2” pieces).

  2. Add tofu, lemon juice, maple syrup, nutritional yeast, and salt to a blender and blend until well combined. Stop blending when you have a chunky texture that resembles ricotta cheese.

  3. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use, or skip refrigeration and use immediately!

Notes & Hints

Choose a firm or extra-firm tofu for this vegan ricotta recipe; softer or silken tofu won't work. You may wish to press the tofu just a little to release some moisture, but don't press too much or your tofu ricotta will be dry.

To press your tofu, you can use your hands to squeeze it slightly. No need for a tofu press!

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Nutrition Data

Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe; Calories: 59Fat: 2 g.; Saturated Fat: 0 g.; Cholesterol: 0 mg.; Sodium: 373 mg.; Carbohydrates: 4 g.; Fiber: 1 g.; Sugar: 1 g.; Protein: 6 g.; Vitamin A: 0 mcg. RAE; Vitamin B12: 3 mcg.; Vitamin C: 1 mg.; Vitamin D: 0 mcg.; Calcium: 49 mg.; Iron: 1 mg.; Potassium: 116 mg.; Zinc: 0 mg.

Note: This data should be used only as an estimate. Please see the nutrition section of my terms and conditions for more information on how this data is calculated.

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