Vegan Cheese: The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Cheese 2021
Vegans love cheese, so it’s a real treat that there are countless animal-friendly, dairy-free, and delicious cheesy goods out there for us to eat. Not only is vegan cheese yummy, it’s also cholesterol-free and usually lower in fat than cheese made from the milk of cows, sheep, or goats. Best of all? Buying it doesn’t support the cruelty of the dairy industry.
Here’s the ultimate rundown of the plant-based cheeses available in the UK. Whether you’re looking for sandwich slices, pizza cheese, or something suitable for a cheeseboard, you’ll be able to find an option for every occasion.
Follow Your Heart
From vegan Cheddar shreds and mozzarella to pepper jack slices and Parmesan, Follow Your Heart has loads of tempting vegan cheeses on offer. All the varieties have plenty of flavour and can be used to liven up all your favourite meals.
Bella Cheeze has four soft cheeses on offer: Camembert-Style Cashew Cheeze, Feta-Style Tofu Cheeze, Cream Cheeze, and Blue Cheeze. These dairy-free artisan delights are handmade in Scotland.
Many Sheese products are award-winning, and it’s easy to taste why. Whether you go for the Cheddar style, Greek style, or creamy Sheese, they’re dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, and full of flavour. The cream cheese–style spread can be used for cooking, baking, making cheesecakes, spreading on toast, or topping a baked potato – yum!
Cicioni is tangy, light, and fresh, making it the perfect addition to a salad, sandwich, or cheeseboard. This popular vegan cheese is made from almonds and cashews.
This brand is so good that it’s won awards! Whether you want to enjoy a gooey plant-based cheese toastie, make a dairy-free mac and cheese, or try your hand at a plant-based cheesecake, Daiya has cheeses for all dishes.
Koko’s plant-based cheese is fortified with calcium and vitamins D2 and B12, making it a nutrient-boosting option. Go for the Dairy Free Cheddar for an ideal addition to a cheeseboard, or opt for the Soft Cream Cheese as a smooth spread for your sandwich.
Morrisons has a great selection of non-dairy cheese on offer, including its well-loved vegan mozzarella sticks. These are just as you would want them to be: breaded on the outside and full of soft, meltable cheese on the inside. Bonus: If you want even more cheesy dippers, check out Marks & Spencer’s Plant Kitchen range.
MozzaRisella is the plant-based cheese of choice for many restaurants – and it’s easy to see why. It has a subtle flavour and melts perfectly, making it ideal for melting on top of pizza and other dishes.
This PETA Vegan Food Award–winning brand makes vegan cheese using traditional artisan cheesemaking techniques – replacing animal milk with plant-based milk. The results are delectable, classic flavours for all cheese lovers to enjoy.
If you’re looking for something a bit special, Nutcrafter Creamery creates handcrafted, artisanal dairy-free cheeses with exciting, rich flavours. You can find its products in health-food shops or order them from its website.
Violife is one of the most popular vegan cheese brands, and the fact that you can grab its tasty products from most major supermarkets across the UK makes us love it even more.
Not only is Sainsbury’s Deliciously Free From Cheddar-Style cheese very yummy, it can also be grated, melted, or cut into chunks or slices – basically, it’s a perfect all-rounder. We recommend enjoying it in a sandwich or straight out of the pack.
Tesco has a great range of plant-based cheeses, including cream, Cheddar, and blue varieties. They’re widely available and – best of all – kind to animals.
Tyne Chease offers a large selection of handmade artisan plant-based cheese, including soft cheeses flavoured with cranberry, truffle, chilli flakes, and more as well as some spreadable varieties. Its new Applewood smoked variety is sensational!
Whether you’re after a hard, grated, or soft cheese, you can trust that VBites has a delicious vegan option available. Its Cheezly line boasts over 34 varieties, with a range of flavours and textures to choose from.
The Big Vegan Cheese Making Kit
If you want to try your hand at making your own cheese, then this is for you. Get to know the ins and outs of making cheeses – like halloumi, feta, and Parmesan – that are 100% kind to animals and made entirely from plants.
Whilst not strictly vegan cheese, nutritional yeast is well known for adding a cheesy flavour to dishes. It’s ideal for putting in sauces, and not only does it taste great, it also contains loads of essential vitamins, such as B12. If you haven’t tried it, you have to give “nooch” a go!
Why Choose Vegan Cheese?
Cows raised to produce milk may spend their entire lives standing on concrete floors, which can make them lame, and they commonly suffer from painful udder inflammation and other health conditions. Workers take their calves away within a couple of days of birth, causing grief and anguish to both mother and baby.
All animals reared for food suffer. Females are repeatedly forcibly impregnated. Babies are torn away from their mothers, mutilated, kept in filthy and severely crowded conditions, and fed a cocktail of drugs, sometimes causing their bodies to become oversized, resulting in numerous health problems. Then, often when they’re only a few months old, they endure a stressful and terrifying trip to the abattoir, where many are killed while still conscious.
With so many delicious and healthy plant-based options available, going vegan is now easier than ever. Order our free vegan starter kit to get more tips from PETA on making the switch.