Easy Dairy Free Ricotta Recipe with Almonds - The Urben Life (2024)

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This easy dairy free ricotta recipe comes together with almonds, lemon juice, salt, and water. It’s the ultimate creamy vegan cheese substitute, perfect for lasagna, pizza, or any recipe calling for traditional ricotta cheese.

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Whether you're dairy free due to food allergies, intolerances, and lactose intolerance, you'll never buy store-bought ricotta again!

This vegan nut cheese is smooth and fluffy in texture, with a spreadable creamy consistency, and a rich, fresh, and slightly tangy taste.

Why you'll love this recipe

  • Allergy friendly alternative: It's gluten free, soy free, and 100% plant based but tastes pretty dang similar to the real thing.
  • Simple recipe: No strange ingredients or cheesecloth straining required!
  • Great taste: This dairy free ricotta has the same texture and flavor you would expect from ricotta, with its light and nutty flavor.
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Equipment

You'll want to use a high-speed blender or food processor to make this dairy free cheese!

Ingredients

You just need a few simple ingredients for the ultimate ricotta substitute.

  • Almonds: This is the key ingredient! I used whole raw almonds because they're what I typically have on hand and seem to be the cheapest and most readily available at my grocery store. When blanched and blended, they transform into a thick, smooth paste, with a creamy texture.
  • Lemon juice: Lemon adds a subtle tartness that's needed for this dairy free cheese alternative. You can substitute using white vinegar or apple cider vinegar in a pinch.
  • Salt: Don't skimp on the salt! It's a critical ingredient that enhances the flavors.
  • Water: We'll blend everything together with water. For a creamier almond ricotta cheese, you could add a small amount extra water or a splash of your favorite unsweetened and unflavored non-dairy milk.

Flavor boosters

These ingredients aren't required, but I encourage you to play around with flavors once you get the base recipe down!

  • Nutritional yeast: Nooch (nutritional yeast) has a nutty taste that will give your creamy ricotta a mild cheesy flavor.
  • Garlic powder: Fresh garlic or garlic powder is great for adding if you'll be using the ricotta in a savory recipes.
  • Italian seasoning: A generous pinch of Italian seasoning is perfect for adding spices such as oregano, marjoram, thyme, basil, and more. For extra flavor, try fresh herbs and onion powder.

Variations

  • Swap the almonds with raw cashews or macadamia nuts, if needed.
  • For a nut free version, use sunflower seeds.
  • To make the dairy free ricotta silkier, add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, then blend again.
  • If you're not concerned about the color of your ricotta being perfectly white, you can use whole almonds with their skins and save on prep time.

How to store leftovers

Store leftover ricotta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for 1-2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before using.

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What to serve with almond ricotta

This vegan ricotta recipe is incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes. Here are a few of my favorite ways to serve it:

  • Spread on crackers or toasted baguettes for a light snack.
  • Paired with raw vegetables for a healthy appetizer.
  • Dolloped on dairy free galette, vegan pizza, or vegan lasagna. (Yes, it can be heated in the oven!)
  • On toast with sliced tomatoes and fresh basil.
  • Add to your favorite pasta dishes, pasta sauce, and other savory dishes!

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Dairy Free Ricotta Recipe

Author: Jenna Urben

This easy dairy free ricotta recipe comes together with almonds, lemon juice, salt, and water. It’s the ultimate creamy vegan cheese substitute, perfect for lasagna, pizza, or any recipe calling for traditional ricotta cheese.

5 from 43 votes

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 5 minutes mins

Total Time 15 minutes mins

Course Appetizer, Snack, Substitute

Servings 8 servings

Calories 208 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole raw almonds
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup water

Instructions

  • Soak the almonds in boiling water for about 10 minutes to loosen the skins. Once soaked, peel the skins off of each almond and place in a blender or food processor.

  • Blend the almonds with lemon juice, salt, and water until everything comes together. Add additional water to achieve desired consistency.

  • Taste and adjust seasoning, if needed. Sometimes I’ll add nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and herbs for a flavor booster!

Notes

Makes about 2 cups, about 8 ¼ cup servings. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for 1-2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before using.

Nutrition

Calories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 8gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 292mgPotassium: 266mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 97mgIron: 1mg

Did you make this recipe?Please leave a star rating or review in the form below, then snap a picture and tag me @theurbenlife on Instagram!

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About Jenna Urben

Jenna Urben is the recipe developer, content creator, and storyteller behind The Urben Life. She has over 10 years experience adapting family favorite meals to fit allergy-friendly diets. Join Jenna as she shares delicious dairy-free recipes that are easy to follow with plenty of tips and alternatives.

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  1. Nancy Parente

    Could this ricotta be used in an Italian Ricotta pie recipe? Thank you.

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    • Jenna Urben

      Hi Nancy, I've never tried an Italian Ricotta Pie but it should work! Let me know if you have success.

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  2. Veggie girl

    Would it work to substitute vinegar or citric acid for the lemon? I have a citrus allergy.

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    • Jenna Urben

      Yes, I would suggest substituting with apple cider vinegar or white vinegar 🙂 Enjoy, let me know what you think!

      Reply

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