Ah, the human obsession with cheese! I myself, was vegetarian 5 years before going vegan because I didn’t want to give up cheese. With the emergence of plant-based cheeses, there are now more choices than ever so I don’t have to! They have become widely available at grocery retailers, online, and at local restaurants. The marketplace is changing and the demand for good, natural vegan cheeses is on the rise and artisan cheesemakers are responding with delicious products. Below is my vegan cheese guide. You’re welcome!
Best For A Cheese Plate
Hands down, this is the best cheese I have ever had – dairy or not. With 10 varieties, including Herbs de Provence (Oh! My! God!), Double Cream Chive, and French Style Winter Truffle, there is literally something for every occasion. They are based in Northern California and worth every penny of the shipping cost.
This new Los Angeles cheese shop is getting rave reviews. They are soft cheeses with varieties like Brie and Manchego. Their mozzarella is creamy and delicious in a caprese salad. They ship if you aren’t local.
This is my latest favorite artisan cheese find. They are based in Portland and ship via Vegan Essentials.
These stand alone on a cheese plate, but they also have a “Ricotta” that is perfect for sprinkling on salads (so are their other varieties), pizzas, and in lasagna.
Best For Spreading On Crackers
You can find these chia seed spreads in Whole Foods. She has several varieties, including Smoky, Spicy, and Creamy. My favorite is the Ne Chevre which is reminiscent of goat cheese.
This is available at Whole Foods and online at Vegan Essentials. It is creamy and flavorful and they have some fun varieties.
Best For Melting
These coconut based slices come from Field Roast and are delicious in a panini!
This is my go-to for topping pastas and lasagnas.