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Chickpea Flour Feta Cheese {Vegan, Nut-Free, Soy-Free}

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Incredible, easy-to-make, chickpea flour feta cheese ! It is naturally soy-free, grain-free and nut-free, plus high in protein. Enjoy it plain, as a snack or appetizer, or crumble and use in any recipe calling for feta cheese.

chickpea flour feta cheese in a glass jar

Make Vegan Cheese with Chickpea Flour

You might think you’ve seen the limits of what chickpea flour can do. For example, as an all-around grain-free flour, egg substitute, or soy-free tofu.

You haven’t.

Cue the drumroll (this deserves one): Chickpea flour can also be used to make cheese!

It’s very easy and inexpensive, too.

For starters, I offer my Chickpea Flour Feta Cheese.

chickpea flour cheddar cheese on toothpicks with cherry tomatoes

Highlights of Chickpea Flour Feta Cheese

Oh, how I am loving this cheese! The taste and texture is so much like traditional feta, with just the right amount of tangy-ness and a firm consistency that crumbles beautifully.

In addition, unlike other DIY vegan cheeses, this fabulous feta is:

  • Super-simple to make
  • Nut-free
  • Soy-Free
  • Grain-Free
  • Very easy to make

close up of a crumbled piece of chickpea flour cheese on a white piece of parchment paper

The process for making the cheese is like the method for Burmese (chickpea flour) Tofu: a small amount of chickpea flour and salt is combined with cool water, and then the mixture is added to boiling water and cooked until very thick.

However, for the cheese, several key ingredients are added to the initial chickpea flour mixture to create the first layer of feta cheese flavor: nutritional yeast flakes (for umami cheese flavor), olive oil, and a bit of fresh lemon juice.

Be sure to set aside a 9×5-inch loaf pan BEFORE you begin cooking. Once cooked, the cheese mixture sets up very quickly; you’ll want to have your pan close at hand.

Bonus: placing the pan nearby is the only requirement for prepping the pan!

Now, back to the cooking. Once the chickpea-water mixture is added to the boiling water, whisk, whisk, whisk over low heat for about 7 to 10 minutes until very thick. Be sure to scrape around the edges and bottom to avoid any lumps.

Use a rubber spatula to scrape the soon-to-be-feta mixture into the awaiting pan, smoothing the top. Don’t worry about it being perfectly smooth; it will settle and smooth out more as it cools.

Head off to do something else while it cools, and then chills. Feel free to forget about it for several days!

Once the cheese has set, drain off any accumulated liquid and unmold onto a cutting board (it slides right out). You can now enjoy it as it is (delicious!), but for the distinctive, briny flavor of feta, it needs one more step; an easy, fast marinade.

Cut the cheese into cubes. Mine are about 3/4-inch thick.

In a medium covered container, combine the marinade ingredients (more lemon juice, cider vinegar, water and dried herbs). I used herbes de Provence, but you can use Italian herb seasoning, oregano, dill, or no herbs at all.

Add the cheese cubes, cover, turn a few times to coat,  and then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (it does not take long for the cheese to absorb some of the marinade).

And just like that, you’ve got feta cheese!

The cheese will last for about 3 weeks in the refrigerator, ideal for easy. minimal-prep eating on hot summer days.

Enjoy all of the delicious eating ahead! I have more amazing chickpea cheeses to come.

More Delicious & Easy Vegan Cheese Recipes to Try: 

Cashew Cheddar Cheese

Cashew Boursin Cheese

Chickpea Flour Cheddar Cheese

Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Vegetable Nacho Cheese Dip

Easy Cashew Cream Cheese

Chickpea Flour Queso

Chipotle Cheese Bread Bites

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Chickpea Flour Feta Cheese {Vegan, Nut-Free, Soy-Free}


  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: About 8 ounce of cheese (8 servings) 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Incredible, easy-to-make, vegan feta cheese, made with chickpea flour! It is naturally soy-free, grain-free and nut-free, plus high in protein. Enjoy it plain, as a snack or appetizer, or crumble and use in any recipe calling for feta cheese.


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Cheese: Set a 9×5-inch loaf pan close to your work area.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the chickpea flour, salt, 3/4 cup of the water, nutritional yeast, lemon juice and olive oil until blended and smooth.
  3. In a small saucepan, bring the remaining 3/4 cup water to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the chickpea mixture. Cook, whisking constantly, for 7 to 10 minutes, until the mixture is very thick and glossy. Immediately pour and scrape it into the loaf pan, smoothing the top.
  4. Cool the cheese to room temperature and then place it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours until very firm (or up to 5 days).
  5. Drain any water from the pan (water will release from the cheese as it sets); invert the cheese onto a cutting board and cut into 3/4-inch cubes.
  6. Marinade: In a covered container or large mason jar, combine the marinade ingredients. Add the cheese; tightly cover and turn to coat. Let marinate at least 30 minutes before using. Store the feta in the marinade.

Notes

Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, in the marinade, for up to three weeks.

Fat Free Feta Variation: If you do not eat oil, feel free to omit the olive oil.

  • Category: Vegan Cheese
  • Method: Stovetop

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/8 of recipes (about 1 oz)
  • Calories: 41
  • Sugar: 0.6 g
  • Sodium: 149 mg
  • Fat: 2.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.7 g
  • Fiber: 0.8 g
  • Protein: 1.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Lia

Sunday 4th of April 2021

Hi, can i just check do i place the cheese in the freezer or just in the fridge ? Can i use nutritional yeast powder instead of flakes?

Jennifer

Wednesday 31st of March 2021

Would this work with gram flour? Or does it have to be 100% chickpea flour?

Christiane

Sunday 24th of January 2021

This recipe did not work for me. It reminded me of a thick pancake. I fried the chickpea mass and enjoyed it with some vegetables instead ;-)

Tanya

Sunday 6th of December 2020

My chickpea feta didn’t release any water. Has that happened to you? Is that ok?

Looking forward to trying it :)

Camilla

Sunday 6th of December 2020

Hi Tanya,

Hmm, sometimes there is more or less with batches I make (changes in humidity and how long I cooked on the stovetop). Has it been more than a day?

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