Best Vegan Dairy Products: Tried and True Plant-Based Cheeses and Milk
Some people assume vegans spend their time juicing celery and doing yoga. Well, if you know where to look, life as a vegan can be a lot more than that. Many people nowadays are rejecting dairy products, either for ethical, environmental or health reasons—but they’ll be thrilled to know the best vegan dairy products available taste just like the dairy products they no longer consume.
Chao slices are rich and creamy cheese slices made from a base of fermented tofu and coconut oil. A huge hit among vegans and people with dairy intolerances, the texture and flavor of Chao is eerily similar to cow milk cheese.
From cream cheese to yogurt, Kite Hill’s artisan vegan products are a hit with nearly everyone who tries them. Specifically, vegans know how difficult it can be to find a cream cheese made without dairy that is truly satisfying. Well, Kite Hill has the answer with their plain, chive, jalapeno, everything, and strawberry cream cheese. It’s satisfyingly creamy and has a bit of that classic cream cheese tang. As far as dairy alternatives go, this one’s a real winner.
Using soy, cashew, almond, and coconut bases, So Delicious is guilt-free vegan snacking made truly delicious. Well, maybe not entirely guilt-free—their vegan ice cream includes flavors like mocha almond fudge, salted caramel cluster, and snickerdoodle.
Until recently, vegans assumed they may never again spread delicious butter on freshly toasted bread. That is until Earth Balance changed the game with their fabulous buttery spreads. The world is a kinder place to vegans now; they can once again enjoy baking, saucing and heck, maybe even eating butter with a dinner spoon.
If you’re a vegan, you’ve likely spent hours soaking and blending cashews to produce a perfectly creamy cheese. Treeline nut cheeses provide robust flavor and excellent texture without the hassle of doing it at home. Treeline’s gourmet vegan cheeses aren’t cheap, but the quality of the product holds up to their steep prices. Let the cows roam free and unscathed—opt for Treeline’s French-style nut cheeses. They have a similar texture to Boursin cheese and rave online reviews tell us that it’s worth the price and the wait to sink your crackers into their cheeses.
Various Brands of Plant Milk
Until veganism really took hold, no one had ever really considered just how many foods you can create milk out of. Now the market is brimming with unlikely foods that we have turned into dairy milk alternatives, including hemp seeds, oats, peas, quinoa, rice, macadamias, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds, coconuts, and soy. Some popular and affordable brands include Silk, Almond Breeze, Rice Dreams, Ripple, Oat-Ly, and Elmhurst.
Hungry?! Try pairing these vegan cheeses with our vegan meat suggestions.