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