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Dairy-free zucchini cheese is a great soy-free and nut-free alternative to cheese. It’s perfect for those struggling with the strict AIP paleo diet.
I’ll admit that since moving to a dairy-free AIP paleo diet, I’ve really been missing my cheese. And, since most cheese alternatives contain soy or nuts, they aren’t an option.
Searching for a dairy-free cheese to curb my cravings, I stumbled upon a recipe that’s compliant with the autoimmune protocol diet. And, it’s made with simple ingredients that are easy to find.
I’m talking about zucchini cheese which is probably one of the few cheese substitutes you can have on the AIP plan. It’s a recipe that’s basically a zucchini gelatin. You can see the original recipe here on Gutsy By Nature.
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It may sound kind of strange to make a cheese out of zucchini. But, when you think about it, zucchini has little taste or color so it makes a great vegetable base for cheese.
The main protein in milk, casein, has been shown to trigger inflammation in the body. That’s why it’s recommended for people like me with autoimmune disease to eliminate from their diet.
Most of the recipes I’ve seen for dairy-free cheese use nuts. But, nuts and seeds are eliminated on the AIP plan. Thankfully, zucchini cheese is free of nuts!
I plan to stick with the AIP diet for at least a month to calm down my immune system. After that that initial phase, I’m hoping to give some of those nut based cheeses a try.
Because of my autoimmune conditions, I’ve decided to eliminate dairy. My plan is to stick with a low carb paleo diet. Dairy has been the only thing keeping me being completely paleo.
I’ve also eliminated all sweeteners for a month while doing the AIP elimination plan. Except for special occasions, I only use concentrated monk fruit and stevia anyway. Both of those are acceptable for paleo.
If you aren’t on a strict elimination diet, zucchini cheese may not be for you. To be honest, it’s just gelatin squares made with pureed squash. So, you could use any similar vegetable puree.
It’s been almost a year since I had a results showing high immune activation based on a salivary neurotransmitter test. All of my neurotransmitter levels were elevated with serotonin, histamine, and dopamine full scale.
In a few months, I’d like to have the neurotransmitter test taken again to see if my levels have improved. I did show a strong reaction to egg whites and I didn’t completely give them up until recently. Eating eggs likely made my condition worse.
Autoimmune diseases are on the rise. The most common conditions are thyroid related. I wish I had known about how to reverse my Grave’s Disease before having my thyroid ablated.
Although environmental factors and genetics play a role, the biggest role for triggering disease does seem to be diet. That’s why I went low carb and gluten free.
Unfortunately, I’m going to have to say good-bye to dairy as well. Since cheese are cream are such popular low carb ingredients, I’ll likely continue to offer recipes with them. I just won’t be eating those dishes.
If you’ve started an AIP elimination plan and need a little treat, check out my blackberry fat bombs. They are totally compliant with the autoimmune protocol if you leave out the stevia.
Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free Zucchini Cheese Recipe
Zucchini Cheese - Dairy Free AIP Paleo
Dairy-free, soy-free and nut-free cheese that's made from zucchini. It's perfect for those struggling with the strict AIP paleo diet.
- 2 cups zucchini
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- nutritional yeast optional
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Line baking pan with parchment paper. (I used a 9x9-inch)
Steam zucchini for about five minutes.
Puree steamed zucchini with coconut oil and lemon juice in blender or food processor until smooth.
Blend in gelatin, salt, and nutritional yeast (if using).
Pour mixture into lined pan then sprinkle herbs on top.
Refrigerate until set. Slice into squares.