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Vegan Shopping Basket – The Best Vegan Cheese

by Laura Barns

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A phrase that puts fear into the hearts of the cheese-obsessed, these picks prove (once and for all) that great alternatives DO exist. And whilst they might not be 100% how you remember your cheesy classics, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Violife Mozzarella Flavour Grated Dairy-Free Alternative 

The biggest (vegan) beef people tend to have with dairy-free cheese is its lack of melt-ability (we hear you). Enter this option from the most popular vegan cheese brand out there. Pure, melty goodness. 

Best for: cheesy pizza lovers

Average price: £2.50

Availability: 5/5 

Taste: 4/5 

Overall rating: 4/5

Sainsbury’s Cheddar-Style Coconut Based Alternative To Cheese

Shoppers went mad for this cheddar replica when it came out, thanks to its crumbly texture and tangy taste. Slice it, grate it or melt it – it’s one of the favourites for a reason.

Best for: putting in a sandwich or salad

Average price: £2.25

Availability: 3/5

Taste: 4/5

Overall rating: 4/5 

Creamy Sheese Original

Free from palm oil and gluten, this soft cheese curbs all your cream cheese cravings. It’s thick, smooth and tastes just as great on a bagel as it does swirled through pasta sauces. 

Best for: soft cheese fans

Average price: £2.50

Availability: 4/5

Taste: 5/5

Overall rating: 5/5 

Follow Your Heart Smoked Gouda Slices

Our only issue with this one is you can’t find it easily enough. Other than that, it’s a smoky, flavourful dream. Pair with caramelised onions or add to your favourite mac and cheese recipe for the ultimate American experience.

Best for: fans of American-style cheeses

Average price: £3.60

Availability: 2/5

Taste: 4/5

Overall rating: 4/5

Tesco Free From Blue Cheese Alternative

You may be pleasantly surprised to know that Tesco sells a wide range of vegan cheeses, including Wensleydale and Ricotta. This one made our list for tipping the ‘inventive’ scales. 

Best for: adding to your vegan charcuterie board

Average price: £2.50

Accessibility: 4/5 

Taste: 3/5

Overall rating: 35

Tyne Chease - Truffle Vegan Cheese Block

Currently only found online and in specialist stores, we promise it’s worth the hunt. With a delicate touch of white truffle oil, this ‘chease’ is cultured and aged to bring a rich but delicate flavour.

Best for: impressing your non-vegan friends

Average price: £8.95

Availability: 2/5

Taste: 4/5 

Overall rating: 4/5 

Nush Natural Almond Cheese & Chive Spread

Another soft cheese, but this one from Nush is made using almonds – 60 in fact, in every 150g pot. So it’s rich in protein, and thanks to the chives, is delicately fragrant, too. 

Best for: fans of herby cheese

Average price: £2.99

Availability: 2/5 

Taste: 4/5

Overall rating: 3/5 

Violife Prosociano Vegan Cheese Style

It’d be rude not to include another offering from Violife. We love adding this one to pestos, sauces and sprinkling on top of pasta. Though it’s not the best one to eat on its own. 

Best for: adding some oomph to vegan Italian cooking

Average price: £3.50

Availability: 4/5 

Taste: 2/5

Overall rating: 3/5 

Stay tuned for the next instalment in our Vegan Shopping Basket series.

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