I couldn’t give you an scrummy pizza base recipe and not also share my awesome recipe for gooey vegan macadamia mozzarella cheese could I?! This recipe is so simple, just uses a few ingredients and can be kept in the fridge for a week – meaning you can add this delicious creamy cheese to your pizzas, burritos, pasta and more!
Delicious dairy free, vegan macadamia mozzarella cheese
So I’m sure I don’t need to go into too much detail about why it’s best to skip the dairy when it comes to healing your acne, but just incased you’re starting our your skin healing journey, I’ll recap!
According to the American Journal of Dermatology, milk contains, on average, 60 different hormones which are present in all types of dairy; pasteurised, grass-fed, homogenised, raw, organic, yogurt, cheese etc – there’s basically no escaping the hormones found in milk!
Cows milk is designed to grow baby calves very rapidly. All these growth hormones mean that milk contains high levels of androgens such as testosterone and IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor). These two androgens are now widely known to contribute to skin disorders such as acne and eczema. Not only does milk contain these acne causing hormones, dairy products can also have a huge impact on your insulin levels too which can have a negative impact on your skin.
Why macadamia nuts?
When switching over to a healthy lifestyle, our intake of nuts usually skyrockets! We replace our mid afternoon chocolate biscuit for a handful of nuts, ground almonds become a key ingredient in ALL our baking and nut milks and nut butters form a base for our porridge and shakes. It’s easy to suddenly find your self eating tonnes of nuts on a daily basis. While nuts and seeds contain so many important nutrients and are great for our skin – you can have too much of a good thing!
Although they have many health benefits, nuts and seeds can contain really high amounts of inflammatory Omega-6 and not as much anti-inflammatory Omega-3. As healing acne is all about overcoming inflammation – it’s important not to consume too many omega-6 on a daily basis. This is the reason that I only recommend eating 1 portion of nuts per day to keep our omega levels balanced.
The exception to this rule is Macadamia nuts, which contain a balanced ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 so I always use macadamia nut where possible in my snacking, baking and food prep!
Read more about nuts and the Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio here
I can’t wait for you to try this vegan macadamia mozzarella – it’s just sooo good! Remember, you can share your acne friendly recipes on Instagram using the hashtag #SkynApproved!
Want the pizza recipe?! Get the recipe for my gluten free and vegan buckwheat pizza crust here
Peace, Love & Clear Skin
- ½ cup soaked macadamia or cashews nut (see notes)
- 1 cup water
- 3 tblsp + 2 tsp tapioca flour
- 3 tblsp of nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- Soak the macadamia nuts for at least 4 hours to soften (or see notes for the cheat method!)
- Drain the excess water and pop them back in the blender with the remaining ingredients
- Blend until completely smooth - don't worry, it's meant to be very watery!
- Transfer the mixture into a small saucepan and cook on low/medium heat while continuously stirring as it thickens
- After about 5 minutes the mixture will suddenly turn into a gooey cheesy mess - at this point remove from the heat
- While it's still ultra gooey, dollop the mixture over pizzas or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week
- The cheese won't ever go completely solid so you can spoon in straight out the tub from the fridge onto your chosen dish!
- I’m often not organised enough to soak my nuts the night before I want pizza so the best way to soften nuts when you’re time limited is to boil them for 10 minutes then strain away the excess water!