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Just because you've gone vegan doesn't mean you have to miss out on one of life's great pleasures: eating cheese. Fortunately, there are now plenty of delicious vegan cheeses available, made from a variety of plant-based ingredients.
At the Goodness Project, we are experts in plant-based tasty goodness! So we've put together this guide to vegan cheese to help you make the best choices. Keep reading to discover all you need to know about vegan cheese, including 6 of our top recommendations for your next snack!
What is Vegan Cheese?
Vegan cheese is a cheese made without any animal products, including dairy milk or casein, making it a great plant-based snack! They are sometimes also called cheese replacements, vegan cheese substitutes, or non-dairy cheese. These cheeses are often made from a base of nuts, soybeans, nutritional yeast or tofu, and are often gluten-free.
There are many reasons why someone might choose to eat vegan cheese instead of dairy cheese. Some people are vegan for ethical reasons, while others may be lactose-intolerant or have a dairy allergy. Vegan cheese can also be a healthier option since it is lower in saturated fat and cholesterol than dairy cheese.
Types of Vegan Cheese
There are many different types of vegan cheese on the market, ranging from hard cheeses like vegan parmesan to soft vegan cheese such as vegan cream cheese, vegan mozzarella or vegan cheese sauce for a vegan mac n cheese. Whatever the type of vegan cheese you choose, you want to be sure you get that cheesy flavor and creamy texture, without any of the dairy.
The 6 Best Vegan Cheeses To Try
#1: Mouse’s Favourite: Aged Dulce
Featured in our Vegan Cheese Hamper, the Mouse's Favourite Aged Dulce is a hard cheese with a sweet, nutty flavour. Made in Italy from a blend of organic cashews and other plant-based ingredients, it is perfect for grating over pasta dishes or eating on its own. Aged to develop a rich umami flavour, this cheese is sure to become a favourite in your household.
#2: Violife Epic Mature Cheddar Style Block
The Violife Epic Mature Cheddar Style Block is a tasty alternative to traditional cheddar cheese. It is made from a blend of coconut oil and soya, and has a strong, sharp flavour that will liven up any dish. This cheese is also great for grating over pasta or using in sauces.
#3: Sainsbury's Free From Mature Cheddar Style Cheese Alternative
The Sainsbury's Free From Mature Cheddar Style Cheese Alternative is a vegan cheddar that is perfect for those who are avoiding dairy but still want to enjoy their favourite foods. Made from a blend of soya and coconut oil, this cheese has a creamy texture and a sharp flavour.
#4: Tesco Free From Mature Cheddar Style Cheese Alternative
The Tesco Free From Mature Cheddar Style Cheese Alternative makes a great coconut-based vegan cheese that is perfect for those on a dairy-free diet. It has a strong flavour and a creamy texture, making it ideal for your next cheese board or as a topping on your favourite dishes.
#5: Follow Your Heart Shredded Mozzarella Style Cheese Alternative
The Follow Your Heart Shredded Mozzarella Style Cheese Alternative uses extra virgin olive oil to create a dairy-free cheese alternative. For a creamy cheese that melts well, this is a great choice. It can be used in all your favourite dishes, from pizzas to lasagnas.
#6: Goodness Project Vegan Cheese Hamper
Our Vegan Cheese Hamper is filled with tasty nibbles, ideal for putting together the perfect cheese hamper (and impressing the guests!)
Containing the Mouse's Favourite Aged Dulse, this luxury hamper is packed full of vegan snacks, from rich vegan cheese aged for several weeks to develop a strong umami flavour, juicy pitted green olives infused with lemon and rosemary, and an assortment of pretzels, nuts, and crackers for your loved one who loves cheese!
You can also wash it all down with a glass of the fruity, smooth merlot that comes with this hamper, which is Fairtrade, organic, and vegan. This Vegan Cheese Hamper really makes a wonderful present for vegans and non-vegans alike.
Is vegan cheese healthy?
Yes, vegan cheese is a good source of protein and calcium. Often, dairy cheese is high in saturated fat, but vegan cheese is usually made with healthy plant-based milk or oils, making it a healthier option.
What is a vegan cheese made of?
Vegan cheese is usually made from a variety of plant-based ingredients, including nuts, soy milk, coconut milk and nutritional yeast. Plant-based cheese can be either a softer cheese or a hard cheese, and come in a variety of flavours.
Which cheeses are considered vegan?
Most types of cheese can be made vegan, including cheddar, mozzarella, brie, blue cheese, and many other vegan cheeses. If you're unsure, always check the label or contact the manufacturer/retailer.
Where can I find vegan cheese recipes?
With so many vegan recipes out there, you're sure to find the perfect vegan cheese recipe for you. When it comes to homemade vegan cheeses, we recommend checking out these 30 Vegan Cheese Recipes from Vegan Heaven to find the perfect cheese recipe for you.
One benefit of homemade vegan cheese is that you can add your own little twist, such as making your cheese spicy or adding a dash of apple cider vinegar to give it a tangy flavour.
What cheese can I eat with a dairy allergy?
There are many types of cheese that are suitable for people with a dairy allergy, including all types of vegan cheese, which do not contain any milk or dairy products. However, always be sure to check the label and allergen advice before eating any cheeses.
Looking For More Delicious Vegan Snacks, Gifts & Hampers?
At the Goodness Project, we have a wide range of vegan snacks, hampers and gifts perfect for any occasion. For more cheese-related treats, why not try our Vegan Cheese Hamper which includes a selection of vegan cheeses, crackers, biscuits and chutney – everything you need for the perfect cheese board!
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