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10 Out of This World Vegan Cheeses

Time and time again, people claim that the food item they crave the most as a vegan is cheese.  Why is it that cheese is so hard to give up?  Would you believe me if I told you cheese is a drug?  It is shocking and probably sounds a bit crazy, but it is the truth.  The protein found in dairy, called casein, acts like a low dose of morphine in our brains, causing the same euphoric feeling associated with drug use.  Evolutionarily, this makes sense because this happy feeling ensures that a baby animal will continue to drink milk from its mother.

But if this morphine-mimicker is found in all dairy, why is it that these strong cravings are mainly associated with cheese?  Cheese is concentrated milk, so it has a higher concentration of casein than milk, meaning that a block of cheese floods your system with these feel good hormones.

Now, this would all be fine and dandy if cheese was chock full of vital nutrients, but the truth is that its effect on your health is also similar to that of a drug.  Cheese is full of cholesterol and has been linked to everything from heart disease to cancer.  While weening yourself off of dairy may be hard, there are now wonderful vegan cheeses on the market that make the transition much easier.  With brands available like the 10 listed below, you no longer have to suffer through cheese cravings.

1.  Daiya

No vegan cheese list would be complete without Daiya cheese.  Their line of products are the pinnacle of vegan cheese, tasting amazing as well as melting and stretching just like the real thing.  Their cheeses are free of dairy, soy, gluten, eggs, and nuts.  Their incredible line of dairy free cheese alternatives include shreds, slices, and wedges.  With flavors like cheddar, swiss, provolone, jack, jalapeno garlic havarti, mozzarella, and pepperjack, all your cheese dreams can be fulfilled with daiya cheese.


2.  Teese Vegan Cheese Alternative

Teese Vegan Cheese Alternative claims to taste, melt, and stretch better than any other cheese alternative on the market.  Teese is the perfect choice for pizza, grilled cheese, nachos, and macaroni and cheese.  These gluten-free and soy-free cheeses come in four flavors: mozzarella, cheddar, nacho, and creamy cheddar.  Get ready to bite into cheese bliss with this cheese alternative.

3.  Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Cheese Alternative

Follow your heart has a line of Gourmet Vegan Cheeses and Gourmet Vegan Cheese Shreds.  Their vegan gourmet cheese come in blocks of mozzarella, cheddar, monterey jack, and nacho.  These soy-based cheeses are perfect for cutting for sandwiches, salads, crackers, or any other way you could think to use a block of cheese.  Their gourmet cheese shreds are soy-free and melt just like the real thing.  They come in three flavors: mozzarella, cheddar, and fiesta blend.  All their cheeses are gluten-free and non-GMO verified.

4.  Dr. Cow Tree Nut Cheese

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Dr. Cow makes aged tree nut cheeses, all of which are fresh, simple, and creamy.  Their cheeses have no preservatives, stabilizers, artificial ingredients or additives, and are all organic.  Their tree nut cheese options include aged cashew nut cheese, aged cashew and hemp seeds cheese, aged cashew and crystal algae cheese, aged cashew and brazil nut cheese, aged cashew and dulse cheese, aged macadamia nut cheese, and aged macadamia and hemp seeds cheese.  These uniquely wonderful cheeses are bound to be a hit at your next wine and vegan cheese party.

5.  Parma! Vegan Parmesan

Parma! makes vegan parmesan that is deceptively realistic.  Made with only a few simple ingredients, it is perfect for sprinkling on pasta, pizza, salads, popcorn, or any other savory goodies.  Their original flavor is made with only three ingredients: walnuts, nutritional yeast, and Himalayan salt.  They also have two other flavors: chipotle cayenne, which will give your food a smokey cheesy flavor, and garlicky green, which is a mix of garlic, seeds, and kelp, giving your foods nutrients and a flavor kick.  You definitely cannot go wrong when adding any of these flavors to your foods.

6.  Nacho Mom’s Vegan Queso

Nacho Mom’s vegan queso has been hailed as a healthy and delicious way to spread cheesy queso on all of your food.  Their three vegan queso flavors are called ultimate, fire roasted, and voodoo.  The ultimate queso is their original flavor, packed with spice and cheesy flavor.  The fire roasted queso is a gluten free cheese spread with with the smokey flavors of fire roasted tomatoes, chipotle peppers, and spices.  The gluten-free voodoo queso is made with black beans, giving this spread additional creaminess and depth of flavor.

7.  Wayfare We Can’t Say It’s Cheese Non-Dairy Spreads

Wayfare makes a line of cheese spreads called We Can’t Say It’s Cheese that taste and melt just like the real deal.  Their spreads are made with real, non-GMO verified ingredients that will make you feel good about putting them on just about anything.  We Can’t Say It’s Cheese spread flavors include cheddar, hickory cheddar, and mexi-cheddar.


8.  Bute Islands Foods Sheese Vegan Cheese

Bute Island Foods makes an incredible range of vegan cheese alternatives called sheese.  With this brand on the market, you can no longer say that there is no such thing as a realistic tasting vegan cheese.  The soybeans for their cheeses are IP sourced and non-GMO.  They offer 11 different gluten-free flavors and a multitude of different styles and textures, including melty mild cheddar, melty red cheddar, smoked cheddar, medium cheddar, strong cheddar, mozzarella, blue, cheshire, cheddar with chives, edam, and gouda.

9.  Food For Lovers Queso


Food for Lovers makes a creamy vegan queso that is bound to satisfy all of your Tex-Mex cheese needs.  This product is said to have a creaminess that you never thought you would experience without dairy.  Made with nutritional yeast, tomatoes, and green chiles, this queso dip is simple yet delicious, coming in both original and mild flavors.




10. Tofutti Soy Cheese Slices

If you haappen to have a hankering for good old-fashioned American cheese, or a realistic grilled cheese sandwich, then Tofutti soy cheese slices are exactly what you need.  They make individually wrapped cheese slices that look, feel, and taste exactly like conventional cheese slices.  They make both American and mozzarella slices for your cheese needs.

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5 comments on “10 Out of This World Vegan Cheeses”

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4 Years Ago

One of the reasons I wrote the 1st vegan pizza cookbook (containing, among other recipes, some 60+ no-oil mostly gluten-free cheese-like sauce recipes) is because most of the fake cheeses are expensive, nutritionally useless, and very high fat. Compare Daiya, for example, to whole milk cheese... about the same in some cases. There\'s links to articles I\'ve written with recipes at \'In the News\' at http://www.hearthealthypizza.com ...took me over 5 years to get it all right and self-published. FYI, Mark

4 Years Ago

The Tofutti cheese slices aren\'t vegan. They contain casein.

05 Jun 2014

Good to know! Does the Tufutti cream cheese have casein as well?

05 Jun 2014

Last I checked this isn\'t true.

Debbie Veganess
20 Jul 2014

Tofutti cheese slices do not contain casein..Here is the ingredient list

American Cheese Slices




80 Calories/Servings
12/8 Oz. package

4 Years Ago

There must be something wrong. I only see the first one, Daiya, but there\'s nothing else.

4 Years Ago

Maybe it's just me, but... it is such a shame that Daiya cheese tastes that bad! They have such a huge variety, and the packages look so good, and the price is really reasonable! But the taste... I think it is all pea protein's fault because other products that contain them also taste weird.

05 Jun 2014

We don\'t mind the flavor of Daiya at all. Any of their flavors seem quite tasty to us. It is the only cheese I use for everything: grilled cheese sandwiches, casseroles, salads, "mac and cheese," etc.

05 Jun 2014

I\'m not a fan of Daiya either. I fall back on it in a pinch. The best cheeses are yet to be made. But I must admit that I do like (a lot) the sharp cheddar in the Artisan Vegan Cheeses book.

I was hoping this page was recipes, and not a list of commercial nondairy cheeses.

17 Mar 2017

I agree. I cannot for the life of me understand how anybody can say Daiya tastes good. They are truly revolting. The cream cheese almost made me puke.

4 Years Ago

I'm sad to see that Punk Rawk Labs isn't on the list. Their organic, handmade nut cheeses are delicious. They have both Cashew and Macadamia options. Perhaps the availability is limited, but I'm giving them a plug here. punkrawklabs.net

05 Jun 2014

Punk Rawk posts a link to the site where the "cheese" can be ordered but it\'s out of stock.

5 Years Ago

I totally agree with the previous poster - a few of these are passable, but some are just unforgivable. I am vegan and would rather go hungry than eat some of these options. (It's interesting that the formula for the FYH shreds is very different than the blocks.) In addition to the always-improving commercial vegan cheeses, there are now some terrific cookbooks for making your own v-cheeses.

Just because it's vegan, doesn't mean it's good
5 Years Ago

There are some very good vegan cheeses on the market and some that will come to market soon that look promising. While some of the cheeses on this list are good, some are absolutely disgusting, yet they always make these types of cheese lists by virtue of being vegan. Heaven help the vegan-curious who tries one of them based on lists like these expecting something tasty.


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