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Our favorite vegan cheese alternatives

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One of the hardest things to give up when going vegan is cheese. Pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, and your mom’s homemade lasagna, how can you possibly live without cheese? Well, luckily, you don’t have to.

Over the last few years, the vegan cheese industry has exploded with brands offering alternatives for everything from smoked gouda to blue cheese! If you’re still skeptical that a vegan cheese can be just as good, if not better than the original, check out our favorite vegan cheese alternatives that are guaranteed to impress.

Best alternatives to mozzarella

Pizza wouldn’t be the same without mozzarella. One of the biggest hurdles that vegan cheese brands have had when it comes to mozzarella is making it melt in the same way that dairy does. But these brands have done a great job at doing just that:

vegan cheese by daiya

Daiya is the OG of vegan cheese. Their plant-based mozzarella-style shreds were one of the first options for vegan mozzarella, meaning they’ve had the longest to perfect their recipe. They’ve also recently launched a new line with a new and improved recipe, now called Cutting Board Mozzarella Style Shreds. It works great on pizza and pasta, making it one of the most-used vegan cheeses in the food-service industry. The recipe contains ingredients like tapioca flour, chickpea protein, and coconut oil.

follow your heart vegan cheese

The mozzarella shreds from Follow Your Heart melt almost identically to traditional cheese, making them one of the best alternatives on the market. They are loaded with calcium, plus they’re gluten-free, non-GMO, and soy-free. Sprinkle some on this comforting poutine recipe

Best alternatives to feta

Feta cheese is a staple in Greek food, like in Greek salads, dips, and pitas. The crumbly, salty cheese is hard to match, but these two brands have managed to get close.

vegan cheese by violife

Just Like Feta from Violife looks, well, just like feta. It comes in a block and crumbles the same way that traditional feta does. It makes a great compliment to salads, sandwiches, pasta, or just grilled in thick slices. It also melts well, so you can use it in raviolis or other stuffed pasta. It’s made from a base of coconut oil and potato starch, with some extra B12 as well!

follow your heart vegan cheese feta crumbles

Both salty and slightly sour, Dairy-free Feta Crumbles from Follow Your Heart capture the taste and texture of feta perfectly. The base of the vegan cheese is made using potato starch and vegetable oil, and the product comes already crumbled for convenience. Just pull it out of the fridge and sprinkle it on pizza, salads, or try with roasted beets and cucumbers.

Best alternatives to cream cheese

Cream cheese is another popular type of cheese that shows up in many different recipes and dishes. We use cream cheese on bagels and sandwiches or for dips and sauces. If your favorite recipe calls for cream cheese, try these vegan cheese alternatives:

montys vegan cheese

Cashews are a popular base for vegan cheese, and Monty’s uses them in their recipes for three delicious vegan cream cheeses. The flavors include original, scallion, and everything bagel(our personal fav). What’s unique about this vegan cream cheese is that it’s fermented, giving it a tangy taste and not overly processed, which we love.

tofutti vegan cheese

You can find Better Than Cream Cheese from Tofutti just about everywhere. It’s our go-to for bagels or toast and tastes fantastic in vegan mac and cheese. You can also use it as a sour cream alternative in tacos or burritos. As the name suggests, the base of this vegan cream cheese is tofu.

Best alternatives to parmesan

Parmesan has a very strong and intense flavor and taste, which can be hard to replicate. But these two brands have some great alternatives to give your recipes that zing that only parmesan can.

vegan cheese parmesan

Regular parmesan only comes in one flavor, but Parma! comes in six! The consistency of Parma! varies from the crumbly cow’s milk parmesan, but it still delivers that flavor profile you’re looking for. Plus, it’s packed with protein and includes ingredients like nutritional yeast, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts. It comes in six flavors – jalapeno bacon, garlic basil, garlicky green, original, better than bacon, and chipotle cayenne.

vegan cheese grated parmesan

Go Veggie Grated Parmesan Style Topping is more resemblant to what you’d expect parmesan to look like. It doesn’t have any crazy flavors but instead, Go Veggie focuses on doing one thing and doing it right with their parmesan. It goes perfectly on a vegan caesar salad or sprinkled on spaghetti. It has double the calcium of standard parmesan and way less fat. The recipe includes ingredients like rice flour, coconut oil, and soy protein.

Best alternatives to cheese slices

Never miss out on grilled cheese or cheese and crackers again with these delicious vegan alternatives to cheese slices.

vegan cheese slices

Follow Your Heart is getting another feature on our list for their range of mouth-watering vegan cheese slices. Make a melty vegan ham and provolone toasted sandwich, or jazz up your next picnic with tomato, lettuce, and smoked gouda sandwiches. Their range of flavors makes Follow Your Heart our favorite for vegan slices. Some of their other flavors include medium cheddar, pepper jack, garden herb, and mozzarella.

vegan cheese slices creamy

Field Roast may not yet be the most well-known brand on the vegan scene, but their unique and versatile vegan cheese recipe still lands them on our list. Their Chao Slices are mild in taste, making them great for toasted sandwiches where you don’t want the cheese to overpower the other ingredients, such as an addition to a vegan BLT with vegan bacon bits. This vegan cheese has a coconut base and is seasoned using fermented tofu, sea salt, and olive extract. Of all the cheeses on our list, Field Roast uses the least amount of preservatives.

Our favorite vegan cheese alternatives

These are just a few of our favorite vegan cheese alternatives, but there are many more fantastic options out there, with more brands emerging every day. Vegan cheese companies are helping to make the plant-based lifestyle more accessible for those struggling to make the transition by giving them another option that still satisfies those cheese cravings. We can’t wait to see how the vegan cheese industry continues to grow and what new recipes companies come up with next!