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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.
Mozzarella sticks were my favorite junk food growing up. I'm sure I am not alone with this one. They were crunchy, stringy and yummy!
Every restaurant that I visited had them and I ordered them religiously. They were quite addictive and filling and I'd usually get full before my meal arrived.
Now, I can still enjoy these fun snacks without dairy 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.
When 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.
How to make Vegan Mozzarella Sticks
Prepare your breading station by placing ¼ cup flour in a bowl or a plate & set aside. In another bowl, place ¼ cup flour and ½ cup water together, mix well & set aside. In a third bowl or plate, mix bread crumbs and salt together, set aside.
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.
Then place it in the batter mixture and cover all sides with batter. (allow runoff batter to drip back into the bowl when removing).
Next place the battered heart of palm into the breadcrumb bowl. Roll around and press, until completely covered in breadcrumbs.
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!
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Vegan Mozzarella Sticks
- ¼ 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)
- ½ cup all-purpose flour , divided (GF if preferred)
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¾ teaspoon Himalayan salt (or preferred salt)
- Prepare your breading station by placing ¼ cup flour in a bowl or a plate & set aside. In another bowl, place ¼ cup flour and ½ cup water together, mix well & set aside. In a third bowl or plate, mix breadcrumbs, garlic powder and salt together, set aside
- 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. 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)
- Next place the battered heart of palm into the breadcrumb bowl. Roll around and press, until completely covered in breadcrumbs. Repeat until all hearts of palm are breaded.
- 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. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce. Enjoy!
I made these yesterday and they were so simple to make and they tasted so good!!!! Thanks for this one!
My pleasure, Suzanne.
Can't wait to try these! I think they would work in an air fryer? Has anyone tried?
Really tasty! The smaller ones definitely work best!
I'm so glad you liked them! Thank you for giving them a try 🙂
I have actually made these before!! They are so yummy!
I commented on hearts of Palm years ago to my friend saying they taste just like string cheese and texture. I'm not veagan or anything but she is and she took the thought and breaded and fried the suckered and they were great!
Ingredients different but amazing! She has a blog with it her recipe too. Thanks for sharing. I'll have to taste test and compare.
Hi Ann, thank you for stopping by. Hearts of palm are my fave too. Such a great replacement for string cheese. 🙂
I have to say these were amazing! I think cheese was the hardest thing to give up when I started my plant based lifestyle and now with these Mozzarella Sticks I feel like I can make it. Thank you for this recipe. I have already shared with other family members who have also changed to plant based.
Thank you, Beverly! I'm so happy you enjoyed them! Cheese was so hard for me to give up too. I love all the healthier and kinder alternatives now. So much to choose from! Have a great weekend! 🙂
I am speechless. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Who wasn't addicted to mozzarella sticks?! I need to find out where I can buy or order the hearts of palm in Germany.
Hi Jasnin, Ahh, thank you for the kind compliment. I used to big a fan of mozzarella sticks too. These are a fun replacement. I hope you can find them in Germany. Can you order from Amazon?
If you are newly vegan and remember the taste of mozzarella sticks you might be disappointed with these. But if you aren't trying to directly compare, these are a tasty treat! Such a good flavor and even though fried, much healthier than mozzarella! They look so pretty, too! I fried these in my deep fryer and they were quick to make!
Hi Melissa, yes, this is true...a newbie might expect something different. I'm actually working on a melty-cheese version right now. Fingers crossed. Thank you for making them, and for your feedback. Have a great week! 🙂
Would they bake well? I don't use oil.
Hi Tiffany, I've never tried baking these, but I think they would bake just fine. Just use parchment paper to prevent sticking. 🙂
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?
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. 🙂
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.
I'm so glad you liked them. I love how easy they are, too. Thank you for stopping by 🙂
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.
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 🙂
Looks delicious! Where can I buy hearts of palm? I live in Massachusetts? Thanks!
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 🙂
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
Thank you, Anna! Heart of palm is also great on salads 🙂 You've got to try them.
These are interesting and look yummy. They have officially been Pinned :). I can't wait to try them! Thanks for the recipe!
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 🙂
Natalie | Feasting on Fruit
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 🙂
Thank you, Natalie! I agree, the vegan version is so much tastier. My taste buds really have changed and for the better 🙂