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  • 3/4 cups - Besan flour, 100 grams
  • 1/4 cups - Almond flour, 28 grams
  • 1/2 cups - Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tablespoons - Smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoons - Onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoons - Garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoons - Cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons - Red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoons - Salt
  • 2 1/4 cups - Water/ devided
  • 1 tablespoons - Yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons - Cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons - Tahini
  • 2 tablespoons - Ground flax seed
  • Directions:

    Place small loaf pan close to your work area. In a medium bowl, whisk the chickpea flour, nutritional yeast, paprika, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. In a separate bowl mix mustard, vinegar and tahini with 1 and1/4 cup of the water then combine that with the dry ingredients. In a medium saucepan, bring the remaining 1 cup of water to a boil. Reduce the heat to very low and whisk in the chickpea mixture. Cook, whisking constantly (it sets up very quickly!), for 4 to 7 minutes, until the mixture is very thick. Immediately scrape mixture it into the pan, smoothing the top.
    Cool the cheese to room temperature before placing it in the refrigerator, loosely covered, for at least 2 hours until very firm. **
    Drain any water from the pan (water will release from the cheese as it sets); invert the cheese onto a cutting board.
    Cut, cube, slice or shred as desired!

    Brief Description

    A vegan cheese substitute

    Main Ingredient:

    Garbanzo bean flour, AKA besan flour

    Category:  Cheese

    Cuisine:  American

    Prep Time: 12 min
    Cook Time: 15 min


    ** I like to place a folded paper towel between the cheese and the lid to the container to help absorb excess moisture

    Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
    Tip: The cheese will grate more easily after it has “set” for at least a week (it becomes firmer the more it sits). Alternatively, cut off a hunk of cheese (that you intend to grate), wrap, and place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before grating.
    Tahini-Free Variation: If you do not eat tahini (sesame seeds) you can substitute equal amounts of olive oil, avocado oil, unsweetened almond butter or cashew butter.


    Adapted from on Pinterest

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    November 10, 2019

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