To some of the non-vegans here this may come as a surprise, but I really do not miss dairy cheese. Not at all. And no, I’m not lying in an attempt to convince you all to come over to the vegan side.
I don’t find the smell attracts me in like it once did. If anything, it smells a bit rancid (sorry, not sorry). And all of the aspects of cheese that I did enjoy I now have an even better alternative for.
Cream cheese? We’ve got that, its made from nuts & oats.
Camembert? Have you really not heard of cashewbert?
Mozzarella? Our stuff melts now too don’t you know.
Okay, I am sure you are catching on already. We have all of the vegan cheese alternatives and they just get better and better. Some are fermented to give them a cheesy tang, whilst others are made to replicate the more subtle tasting cheeses.
We really do have it all, and I am here to show you (whether you are vegan or not) my favourite vegan cheese alternatives that I recommend you leave your sofa for right this second to go purchase and eat. No, just kidding, you can order all of these tasty vegan cheeses online from the comfort of your sofa. So, let’s get to it!
Here are the best vegan cheese alternatives
Each of these vegan cheeses brings something different to the table, or cheese board should we say. So whilst some of these brands do have a larger selection of vegan cheeses, I have displayed my favourite choice for you to have a gander.
I AM NUT OK
This is one of my favourite brands of vegan cheese. Not only do they have a great range, plus a black truffle cheese (YUM), but they also have a great little vegan deli in East London that is a must visit.
This black truffle vegan cheese is great spread over crackers or eaten straight off the knife. Whichever you prefer, of course…
Honestly Tasty live up to their brand name, because their range of vegan cheese really is quite honestly very tasty. I love their spreadable ‘cheddar’ cheese which goes really nicely with chunks of crusty bread and a nice chutney.
For those who know Purezza (the vegan pizzeria), you may be wondering why on earth I’ve added them to this list. But if that is you, then I have great news for you – Purezza now sell their vegan cheese online!! So you can get wonderfully melty mozzarella style cheese to top your homemade pizzas, like this socca pizza.
Kinda Co’s vegan cheeses don’t just look great on your cheese board they also taste amazing. I particularly love that this is a female founded business.
I would recommend their smoked farmhouse cheese which is like a smoky cheddar cheese alternative. If you are a big cheddar fan, then you’ll love this – it is even better than cheddar.
Another female founded vegan cheese brand – woop woop. Mouse’s Favourite have nailed the fermented vegan cheeses. So if you like your cheese with a tang, then give them a go.
Whilst I struggle to eat blue cheese on its own, I do really enjoy eating this inside a salad.
There are plenty of vegan cream cheeses on the market but in my humble (and correct) opinion, Nush make THE best version. It is made using almonds and comes either flavoured or neutral. It works perfectly as a base for a baked vegan cheesecake, or tastes great spread on toast with sliced cucumber.
Sheese are one of the OGs of the vegan cheese world, so it is no surprise they make good versions of it. For me, I really enjoy their greek style cheese, which is like a feta cheese. It works really nicely when paired with squash in a pasta dish, or placed on skewers with olives at a dinner party.
I’m sure you haven’t been living in a cave for the last 10 years so I’m going to make the assumption that you already know about Violife. They have dominated the vegan cheese market for ages. That being said, I’m not the biggest fan of most their vegan cheeses. But I do really like their vegan parmesan. It grates nicely and goes well with pasta dishes.
Applewood Vegan Cheese
This is the only non-vegan brand that I have mentioned here, but I kind of had to mention their vegan cheese since it is a big hit in the vegan community. They do these wonderfully smoky vegan cheese slices that work perfectly in toasties, sandwiches, and on top of vegan burgers, like this jackfruit burger.
Vegan cheese is a type of cheese which is made without animal products.
Usually it is made with coconut oil, nuts, seeds, or tapioca.
Many vegan cheesemongers follow traditional cheesemaking techniques. You can find many types of vegan cheese, including vegan blue cheese, vegan smoked cheese, vegan ricotta, etc.
Nowadays vegan cheese is just as good as the real thing, but it is made without harming animals. So you can eat your vegan cheese guilt-free.
Moreover, vegan cheese can be healthier than dairy cheese, because it contains no animal fat – have you watched gamechangers?
Do still eat in moderation, especially if you are eating more ‘processed’ vegan cheese.