Dairy-free cheese has come a long way in the last couple of years. Gone are the days when you tried to melt it on toast and its rubbery form disappointingly refused to budge. If you miss cheese, here are some of the best vegan cheeses available in the UK to satisfy those cravings.
Now we can enjoy and serve up a proper, good-looking cheese board with cheddar, Wensleydale, soft cheese and even Camembert (yes really).
Tesco Free-From Jalapeño & Chilli Cheddar
When Tesco teamed up with vegan cheese connoisseurs Bute Island Foods Ltd., they created one of the most extensive free-from cheese selections out there. Made from a coconut oil base, their range includes a Jalapeño and Chilli Cheddar which is undoubtedly one of the tastiest with that familiar, creamy cheddar texture and a fiery burst on your taste buds.
Violife Mediterranean Style Block
The internet exploded when Greek company Violife announced the arrival of their Mediterranean Style Block. This has established itself as one of the best vegan cheese options here in the UK. A vegan alternative to halloumi has got to be one of the most sought-after cheeses in history and their version has a taste and texture that’s very close to the real thing! Hint: Whack a block under your grill for a crisp outside and super gooey middle.
Bute Island Wensleydale Style with Cranberries
Bute Island Foods have been creating their own 100% dairy-free Sheese for over 20 years. Their impressive range includes a Wensleydale Style with Cranberries which ticks all of the boxes for a great cheese – creamy, crumbly, flavourful and utterly moreish. Perfect for those who love a sweet and savoury combo.
Violife Prosociano (Parmesan)
No spag bol or carbonara would be the same without a generous sprinkling of grated Parmesan. And thanks again to Violife, us vegans don’t have to miss out as their Prosociano Vegan Cheese wedge is an amazing coconut-based alternative with added Vitamin B12. So, it’s basically a health food when you think about it.
Sainsbury’s Deliciously Free-From Garlic & Herb Soft Cheese
Like many supermarkets, Sainsbury’s now has a range of own-brand vegan cheeses . Their Garlic and Herb Soft Cheese is the perfect cracker partner with a lovely garlicky flavour and creamy texture. It also works really well in a creamy pasta dish. Just don’t expect a snog afterwards.
Tyne Chease’s Pink Peppercorn Cashew Chease
If you’re looking for a real cheesy treat and are willing to spend a few more pennies, then look no further than north-east based Tyne Chease. Their artisanal cultured and aged cashew cheeses are incredible in both taste and texture, especially their Pink Peppercorn flavour. It’s a firm cheese but spreads nicely on crackers or bread and the added crunch and hit of pepper is amazing.
Another luxurious cheesy delight I’m sure we’ve all missed is baked Camembert. Well, one-woman operation, Poppy Lettice runs plant-based company Lettices from her Isle Of Wight kitchen, and she has created an artisan, soya-based cheese called Camembear! You can bake it whole in foil (yum) and even better, you can freeze it. Although let’s be honest, you’re going to eat the whole thing in one sitting like me, right?
Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Mozzarella Shreds
This California-based company may be famous for their fantastic vegan mayo alternative, Vegenaise™ (if you haven’t tried it, you really should) but they also have an excellent dairy-free cheese range including grated Mozzarella, or Shreds as these cool Cali’ folk call it. Track it down in your nearest independent health food store and impress your mates with a super melty vegan pizza.
Now you have all the best vegan cheese options at your disposal. Tuck in!