Vegan Cheese Sticks | Recipe Testing

It’s time to talk vegan cheese sticks, my friends.

Vegan Cheese Sticks

One of the things stopping me going vegan initially was cheese. I bloody love cheese. Cheese on everything, in everything, around everything. I just really liked cheese, okay? I knew it was going to be some kind of hellish nightmare to give up, especially when my local supermarket only stocked Cheezly, the most tragic and miserable of all the vegan cheeses.

It’s approaching a year since I started my journey now and surprisingly, I don’t miss cheese all that often. I’ve found a few vegan cheeses I like for when the cravings take hold, but I honestly don’t eat much of it anymore. My (probably cheese stuffed) arteries are thanking me for it now, I bet.

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More recently I’ve been really pushing myself to take on more of a HCLF diet – I want to get fit (if you follow me on Twitter you’ve probably caught me crying over sore muscles and coughing up a lung in a bit to cycle 15k on an adventurous day. Would you believe I’ve even been tracking my macros? Needless to say, there’s not much room for cheese.

The last few weeks at work have been utterly hellish though, and you know those days you need comfort food? I’ve been having one of them weekends.

And so “recipe testing” was born. I stumbled on this video from The Vegan Zombie on YouTube, and I have literally not stopped thinking about vegan cheese sticks ever since.

Unfortunately his recipe for vegan cheese sticks uses melted Daiya cheese (who has time for that?!) and aside from being impatient, I also can’t buy Daiya here, so instead decided to improvise.

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These things turned out so damn good even though they’re ugly little things. I used Violife original as it was the closest cheese to hand that could be made into sticks, and I totally improvised on the bread crumbing since we had no stale bread around either (and again, I’m too impatient to wait for that to happen).

They’re not perfect in looks – I don’t know if I just suck at dredging or what, but I found it super hard to get the bread crumbing to stick so maybe next time I’ll take the time to use a proper egg replacer rather than just milk. They did come out a little patchy, but it’s deep fried cheese so who even cares???

Let me know if you make these!

 

Brianne xo

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Vegan Cheese Sticks
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
5-6 Sticks 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 Minutes 5 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
5-6 Sticks 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 Minutes 5 Minutes
Vegan Cheese Sticks
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
5-6 Sticks 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 Minutes 5 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
5-6 Sticks 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 Minutes 5 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Sticks
Instructions
  1. If you don't have ready made breadcrumbs, pop a couple of slices of bread into a food processor and process into crumbs. I added some fajita spice, garlic salt and 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast.
  2. Cut the cheese into "sticks" and dredge them. First into the milk, then flour, back to the milk and into the bread crumbs. Set aside.
  3. Heat up some oil in a pan to a medium if you don't have a deep frier - I used about enough to half cover the fingers.
  4. Pop the fingers into your pan and leave for about 3-4 minutes before turning. When you turn them, they should be browned and crisp.
  5. Once cooked, set aside and leave to rest for about 5 minutes on some kitchen paper. Serve up with some salsa and enjoy!
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