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Vegan “Mozzarella” Sticks

posted by Melissa Huggins July 6, 2016 18 Comments

Looking for a dairy-free alternative to the most popular appetizer around? Well, you’ve landed in the right place, because these Vegan Mozzarella Sticks are crispy, tangy and delightful. 

Vegan Mozzarella SticksAs a child and young adult, mozzarella sticks were my favorite junk food. I’m sure I am not alone with this one. They were crunchy, stringy and yummy! I would always order them as an appetizer and feel full before my meal arrived. They were quite addictive and filling. I had no idea how bad cheese was for my body and how cruel it was. Now, I can still enjoy these fun snacks without all the junk with these Vegan Mozzarella Sticks.

For this recipe, I used hearts of palm as the cheese substitute. I know it sounds crazy, but it works well, I promise. When breaded & fried, they get a little stringy inside. No, it’s not exactly like cheese, but it’s just as delicious. Also, they have a hint of tang, just like cheese. Fried food in general is not healthy, but this vegan version is worlds healthier than the deep-fried cheese version. Also, a lot kinder, too.

Vegan Mozzarella SticksWhen I purchase hearts of palm, I look for labels that say “sustainably harvested”. This way, I won’t be contributing to knocking down whole trees. Hearts of palm can be cultivated from a base plant… it has many branches & can be cut without killing the tree. This allows other branches to continue growing.  I buy Native Forest, but there are other companies using the same practices.

Vegan Mozzarella SticksOk, let’s get started on these Vegan Mozzarella Sticks!

Vegan Mozzarella Sticks

Prepare your breading station by placing 1/4 cup flour in a bowl or a plate & set aside. In another bowl, place 1/4 cup flour and 6 tablespoons of water together, mix well & set aside. In a third bowl or plate, mix bread crumbs and salt together, set aside.

Vegan Mozzarella Sticks

Dry the hearts of palm with a hand towel to remove excess moisture. Next, place a heart of palm in the flour bowl and dredge.

Vegan Mozzarella Sticks

Then place it in the batter mixture and cover all sides with batter. (allow run off batter to drip back into the bowl when removing).

Vegan Mozzarella Sticks

Next place the battered heart of palm into the bread crumb bowl. Roll around and press, until completely covered in bread crumbs.

Vegan Mozzarella Sticks

Place oil in a large pan over medium heat, until hot. You can test it by placing the edge of a breaded heart of palm in the oil, to hear if it’s ready. If it sizzles, you are ready to start frying.

Put each breaded heart of palm in the pan, and fry evenly on all sides, until golden brown. (to fry the ends, you can tilt the pan to one side & get all the hearts of palm to the edge & submerged in oil. When they’re golden brown, repeat for the other side)

When done, place on a large plate with a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Enjoy!

If you make these vegan mozzarella sticks, or one of my other recipes, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me, Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs.

Serves 3-4

Vegan “Mozzarella” Sticks
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Ingredients

1/4 cup coconut oil, more if needed (or any frying oil)
2 14 oz can/jar hearts of palm, drained (about 10-12 hearts of palm)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided (GF if preferred)
6 tablespoons of water
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Prepare your breading station by placing 1/4 cup flour in a bowl or a plate & set aside. In another bowl, place 1/4 cup flour and 6 tablespoons of water together, mix well & set aside. In a third bowl or plate, mix bread crumbs, garlic powder and salt together, set aside
  2. Dry the hearts of palm with a hand towel to remove excess moisture
  3. Next, place a heart of palm in the flour bowl and dredge. Then place it in the batter mixture and cover all sides with batter. (allow run off batter to drip back into the bowl when removing)
  4. Next place the battered heart of palm into the bread crumb bowl. Roll around and press, until completely covered in bread crumbs. Repeat until all hearts of palm are breaded.
  5. Place oil in a large pan over medium heat, until hot. You can test it by placing the edge of a breaded heart of palm in the oil, to hear if it’s ready. If it sizzles, you are ready to start frying
  6. Put each breaded heart of palm in the pan, and fry evenly on all sides, until golden brown. (to fry the ends, you can tilt the pan to one side & get all the hearts of palm to the edge & submerged in oil. When they're golden brown, repeat for the other side)
  7. When done, place on a large plate with a paper towel, to absorb excess oil.
  8. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

If batter in bowl is too thick, a little more water can be added. One teaspoon at a time.

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Vegan Mozzarella Sticks are crispy, tangy and delightful.

 

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18 Comments

Natalie | Feasting on Fruit July 6, 2016 at 8:03 pm
This is such a clever cheesy makeover!! I used to love mozzarella sticks too, although honestly just thinking about them now I can't imagine why, but this heart of palm version I am totally on board with. Especially dunked in that adorable little pot of marinara :)
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mhuggs July 8, 2016 at 11:43 pm
Thank you, Natalie! I agree, the vegan version is so much tastier. My taste buds really have changed and for the better :)
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Krista July 15, 2016 at 11:35 am
These are interesting and look yummy. They have officially been Pinned :). I can't wait to try them! Thanks for the recipe!
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mhuggs July 31, 2016 at 11:29 am
Hi Krista, Thank you so much! They are really easy to make. Let me know how they turn out for you. Thank you for your comment :)
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Anna July 16, 2016 at 8:33 am
WOW!!!Wow and wow!!! I'm also with you guys on mozzarella sticks, I swear I was addicted to them at some point! And heart of palm...that's something I've never tried, so I'm off to do some research! :) great share Melissa! x
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mhuggs July 23, 2016 at 4:11 pm
Thank you, Anna! Heart of palm is also great on salads :) You've got to try them.
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Lee August 1, 2016 at 1:11 pm
Looks delicious! Where can I buy hearts of palm? I live in Massachusetts? Thanks!
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mhuggs August 1, 2016 at 7:04 pm
Thank you so much! You should be able to find Heart of palm in most grocery stores. You'll usually find it in a can or jar, near the pickles & artichokes. I know for sure that Trader Joe's & Whole Foods carries them. Good luck finding them. It will be worth it :)
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Karen August 8, 2016 at 10:06 pm
I just wanted to thank you for the recipe. A huge hit, even with my 12 year old. I always enjoy finding recipes I don't have to alter in regards to food allergies). In the panko crumbs, I added garlic salt & Italian seasonings. I also decided to slice each piece lengthwise to double the amount. I used avocado oil and an iron skillet. They were great with just a little lemon squeezed on them or marinara.
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mhuggs August 9, 2016 at 11:01 pm
Hi Karen, you're very welcome. Thank you for making this recipes and for your lovely comment. I'm so happy that you guys liked them. Cutting them in half is a great idea! I'm going to try that next time :)
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Casey September 12, 2016 at 9:58 am
I have got to try these! They look perfectly delicious and crispy!
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mhuggs September 13, 2016 at 11:00 am
Thank you so much, Casey! They are the most requested around here. :)
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Sophie November 23, 2016 at 10:36 am
These were so good! Super easy to make. They didn't taste like mozzarella but they had a wonderful taste of their own. Thanks for the recipe.
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mhuggs November 23, 2016 at 10:41 pm
I'm so glad you liked them. I love how easy they are, too. Thank you for stopping by :)
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Beatriz Herrmann January 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm
hi, I am really curious to try this recipe. However, I do no t get how the " cheese" flavors introduce to the recipe to call them Mozzarella...maybe we can add notch to the crumbs?
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Melissa Huggins January 7, 2017 at 3:49 pm
Hi Beatriz, thank you for stopping by. This recipe doesn't replicate cheese flavor exactly. However, there is a slight "cheesy" tang from the brine that the hearts of palm were soaking in. Also, the hearts of palm get slightly stringy after being fried. They are really good. I haven't tried it with nooch, but I'm sure it would be delicious. I'd love to hear how they work out for you. :)
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Tiffany March 8, 2017 at 1:12 pm
Would they bake well? I don't use oil.
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Melissa Huggins March 12, 2017 at 9:02 pm
Hi Tiffany, I've never tried baking these, but I think they would bake just fine. Just use parchment paper to prevent sticking. :)
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