Ask a non-vegan why they can’t do it and they’ll likely tell you;
“I just can’t give up cheese.”
The good news is you don’t have to “give up” cheese.
Over the last few years, several companies have taken on the task of creating non-dairy, plant-based vegan cheeses and I’m here to report, there are some great cheeses out there.
I’ve had the pleasure and good fortune of getting to try a whole bunch of these as I too struggled with quitting cheese. For me, pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, and cheeseburgers are an essential part of every diet.
I’ve been on the hunt for cheese substitutes since we decided to stop eating dairy.
My list below is a collection of cheeses I have tried and some that are on my list.
As you know, the types of dairy-based cheeses is vast. There are many styles and flavours. As for vegan cheeses, the varieties are starting to come out as new businesses are started and new cheese become available.
I have tried hard cheeses, soft cheese, block cheese, cream cheese, cheese wrapped in banana leaves and shredded cheese.
Below is my ultimate list of vegan cheeses that you should give a try and see if it satisfies your taste buds.
Free & Easy Dairy Free Cheese Sauce
The cheese sauce substitute makes you a rich and tasty sauce with cheese flavour in no time. A tasty alternative which fits perfectly to pasta, potatoes, rice or casseroles. Vegan. The cheese sauce substitute is purely vegetable and gluten-free. Preparation: 3-4 teaspoons of cheese sauce in 300 ml of water or rice milk – stir and heat. Ready!
Beyond Better Cashew Cheese Spicy Queso
Beyond Better Cashew Spicy Queso Cheese Alternative Sauce and Dip Mix makes a rich and creamy, versatile and delicious sauce. Organic ingredients. Comes in a resealable bag. Just add water, boil 1 minute, 1 package makes 3 cups. Makes 4 1/2 cup servings. Cure the Craving! ™
Daiya Shredded Cheese
Daiya Block Cheese
Daiya Vegan Cheese Shreds
A true breakthrough in vegan cheeses!
This vegan cheese actually melts into a *stretchy* consistency like that found on dairy-cheese pizza. It makes amazing vegan pizzas and offers authentic dairy-cheese consistency when melted in just about any recipe.
This is the cheese that Panago and other pizza restaurants are using to offer vegan alternatives to their regular cheese pizzas.
Italian: Filtered water, tapioca and/or arrowroot flours, non-GMO expeller-pressed canola and/or non-GMO expeller-pressed safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein, salt, vegan natural flavors (derived from plants; no MSG), inactive yeast, vegetable glycerin, sunflower lecithin, calcium citrate, xanthan gum, citric acid, vegan bacterial cultures.
Go Veggie Parmesan cheese
Sprinkle a little delicious on all your favorite foods with GO Veggie! Grated Parmesan Flavor cheese alternative. Grated Parmesan Flavor cheese alternative, GO Veggie! grated topping takes pizza, pasta, soups and salads to the next level.
Eat smart, live happily and reduce your lactose intake. Get up and GO Veggie!