Whether you prefer your bagel plain, swirled with cinnamon raisin, or covered in salt and sesame, there’s no denying that it’s usually better with a heaping dollop of cream cheese. Although brands like Miyoko’s already offer plant-based cream cheese in stores, their availability in the bagel shop can be a gamble. The risk of having to stuff down your bagel without it’s classic cream cheese companion can be reason to miss out on your morning bagel altogether.
Enter Daiya, the plant-based food company with a storied history of cheesy substitutes. The company announced that this month, its soy-free Plain Cream Cheeze-Style Spread will be available at every Einstein Bros., Noah’s New York Bagels, and Bruegger’s Bagels nation-wide.
Interim CEO Michael Lynch said of the joint venture: “With plant-based, dairy-free options increasingly in demand, our partnership shows that leading national establishments like these are committed to their customers and to offering the very best quality and delicious alternatives to dairy cheese to better meet their evolving lifestyle needs and dietary preferences.”
Using restaurant partnerships to launch plant-based alternatives is a time-tested strategy. With the success of Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, it’s no surprise other plant-based food companies are trying restaurant roll-outs themselves.
Of course, when it comes to the popularity of plant-based substitutes, there’s always a much bigger story. Vegan alternatives have become unimaginably mainstream, and perhaps vegan cream cheese at the deli is but one stepping stone of progress. For plant-based bagel lovers, though, there’s nothing more welcoming than seeing one’s needs on the menu.
Bagels and Cream Cheese in Your Kitchen!
Of course, there’s no need to leave your kitchen for fresh, dairy-free bagel and cream cheese combinations. Check out these recipes, courtesy of the Food Monster App:
Bagels With Tomato Lox and Cashew Cream Cheese
Megan Sadd‘s Bagels With Tomato Lox and Cashew Cream Cheese is a breakfast ubiquitous to New York. As it turns out, boiled and peeled tomatoes make the absolute perfect fish-free lox ever. The color, the consistency, it’s all so perfect. Liquid smoke, tamari, and kelp powder give it the traditional umami lox flavor that goes perfectly with the tangy cashew cream cheese. Serve both on a toasted bagel with toppings of your choice.
Everything Pretzel Bagels With Carrot Lox
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Just when you thought everything bagels couldn’t get any better! Jasmine Briones‘s Everything Pretzel Bagels With Carrot Lox are taken to the next level with the flavor and look of a soft, chewy pretzel. Top it all off with some tender carrot lox that looks and tastes remarkably like the real thing. These everything pretzel bagels are easy, oil-free, and absolutely delicious!
Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese
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Sirke Reivo‘s cashew-based Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese can be whipped up in no time at all! Simply blend the soaked nuts with basil, thyme, sea salt, garlic, and a few other ingredients to create a flavorful herbed cream cheese. You can crumble this cheese and use it as a salad topper, spread some on bread, crackers, or veggie patties, or layer it onto pizza – the list of options is endless! This is great to have for pretty much any dish you want to add a little something special.
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