Cheese is one of those things that makes people cry: “I could never go vegan!” It’s delicious, it’s versatile, and western societies have been using it heavily for hundreds (or thousands) of years.
Many of our favorite meals revolve around cheese, especially those that we associate with comfort foods or our childhoods.
Because of this, going vegan can seem like giving up a lot.
Luckily, there are plenty of vegan cheese options, and heavy demand means that they just keep growing.
You can find these online or in a lot of stores, including Whole Foods, health food stores, and Trader Joe’s. There’s no need for you to give up mac ‘n’ cheese, or toasted cheese sandwiches, or parmesan on your pasta.
Sure, vegan options aren’t going to taste exactly the same as traditional cheese – no one is arguing that – but they are delicious, and the gap is getting smaller every day.
Vegan Cheese Brands Available Online
Chao Sliced Cheeses
Daiya Shreds, Wedges, Slices, and Spreads
Daiya is another brand very popular for its cheese offerings. They have a wide range of all types of cheese – shredded cheese, blocks, slices, cream cheeses, and others – of which a wide assortment can be found online. If you’d like vegan shredded cheese, go for their Mozzarella Style Shreds, their Cheddar Style Shreds, or their Papperjack Style Shreds.
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If you’d like a block, they have a Smoked Gouda Style Block, and if you like cream cheeses they have two types online: their Plain Cream Cheese Style Spread and their Strawberry Cream Cheese Style Spread.
Tofutti Cream Cheese
Go Veggie Vegan Parmesan Cheese
Follow Your Heart Shreds
Follow Your Heart is a vegan brand that has extended its reach into lots of different areas of the vegan market, including cheese. On Amazon they have Mozzarella Shreds, No products found., and No products found..
Treeline Nut Cheeses
Use any of the links above to check prices and read customer reviews on Amazon
Brands You Can Buy In-Store
As mentioned above, Field Roast’s Chao cheese slices are well-loved by the vegan community for their delicious flavor and great texture. While both their Creamy Original and Tomato Cayenne flavors can be found on Amazon, their Coconut Herb flavor can only be bought in-store. It’s one of the most widely-stocked vegan products, however, and can be found at Whole Foods, at some Walmarts, and at health food stores across the country.
Daiya has a massive range of vegan cheeses, in basically every form you could wish for. They have an assortment of different ranges: shreds, slices, blocks, and cream cheeze. Most of these can be found online, as listed above, but Daiya is also found in Whole Foods, Safeway, and lots of health food stores.
Tofutti’s vegan cheese alternatives come in four forms: cream cheese, slices, sour cream, and ricotta. They’re best known for their cream cheese alternatives, so they have the biggest variety there, with six different flavors. Tofutti can be found at plenty of supermarkets, including Whole Foods.
Follow Your Heart
Follow Your Heart does a lot of vegan products, including Vegenaise and their new vegan egg product, and they have a lot of cheese alternatives, including six flavors of pre-sliced cheese, four flavors of block cheese, two types of parmesan, four flavors of shredded cheese, and four types of their ‘gourmet’ cheese. No matter what you’re after, it’s likely that Follow Your Heart will offer it – and, since they’re widely stocked at Whole Foods and other health food stores, they should be easy to find.
Treeline is a slightly upmarket brand that has six different flavors of cheese. Four of these are soft, artisanal, French-style nut-based cheeses: Scallion, Chipotle Serrano Pepper, Green Peppercorn, and Herb-Garlic. Two are hard aged cheeses, in Classic and Cracked Pepper. Treeline products can be found at 2300 stores across the country, including Whole Foods, Fairway, Kroger, Ralph’s, and Wegmans.
Kite Hill specializes in fancier cheese alternatives than many of the more popular brands. They have their Artisinal Delicacies range, softer cheeses that come in three flavors: Soft Fresh Original, Soft Fresh Truffle Dill & Chive, and Ricotta; and they have their Cream Cheese Style Spreads, in both Plain and Chive. Kite Hill is found at Whole Foods and at other health food stores across the U.S.
Punk Rawk attempts to follow the traditional way of creating cheese, by fermenting nut milks in the same way as cow’s milk, rather than attempting to replicate the end result of cheese in a different way. Their products are therefore slightly more expensive and less accessible than some of the other brands on this list, but have a natural umami flavor that some cheese substitutes miss. Their products come in five flavors – Original, Herb, Smoked, Nacho, and Cashew of the Woods – and can be found at certain health stores across the country.
Miyoko’s Kitchen provides a wide range of different cheese alternatives, from hard cheeses to one of the only vegan mozzarellas on the market. Their products include Classic Double Cream Chive, Double Cream Sundried Tomato Garlic, High Sierra Rustic Alpine, Fresh Loire Valley (which is wrapped in a fig leaf), French Style Winter Truffle, Aged English Sharp Farmhouse, and Country Style Herbes de Provence, among others. It’s a beautiful, inventive range perfect for someone who wants artisanal cheese rather than shredded cheddar.
Other Smaller Brands
There are plenty of other producers of vegan cheese on the market too, which we’ll list below. In the interests of keeping things simple, we won’t go into the products they offer; we’ve stuck to the most popular brands only. But be sure to check them out, especially if you’re looking for something that you haven’t seen on this list (though I’m not sure that’s possible!).
Vtopian does fancier wedge cheeses, Trader Joe’s offers vegan cream cheese and mozzarella, Ste Martaen creates fancy handcrafted blocks, Bute Island does the well-known Sheese range, Dr-Cow makes lovely cashew nut cheeses, and Nacheez offers delicious nacho-style cheese.
Making Your Own at Home
The easiest cheeses to make at home are nut-based cheeses, rather than soy-based cheeses (which the majority of commercial cheeses tend to be). They’re pretty easy to make, and just require you to have a good blender.
This recipe uses nutritional yeast, which is a staple otherwise known as ‘nooch’ in the vegan community – even if you’re not planning on making your own cheese, you should pick some up anyway – it makes everything taste better!
Oh - and if you're unfamiliar with agar-gar - it's a great gelatin alternative which we wrote about in this post!