Complete Guide to Vegan Cheddar Cheese

ultimate guide to vegan cheddar cheese

If you're looking for a cheddar cheese alternative which is dairy free and vegan, we look in to all the options you have for vegan cheese like cheddar. 

Here at VeganCheese.co we have the biggest database of vegan cheeses, anywhere.

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If you're looking for a cheddar cheese alternative which is dairy free and vegan, we look in to all the options you have for vegan cheese like cheddar. 

Here at VeganCheese.co we have the biggest database of vegan cheeses, anywhere.

Whether you're a new vegan or you've been vegan and plant based for some time, if you're looking for a cheddar to replace your dairy cheese, because you loved cooking, melting it on toast and eating it raw, you can definitely find a vegan replacement below with our many suggestions.

We use this database and all of it's information on each and every cheese to show you every vegan cheddar cheese option you have.

Below we look in to the different diet types that are available, as well as all being vegan, you will find that you may be able to find nut free, soya free, and other vegan cheeses that fit your dietary requirements.

As well as dietary requirements you may have, you may want to find vegan cheddar cheeses which are made with a specific base ingredient, you'll find many are made with coconut oil, but there are other options too, further down we look more in to this.

But we don't stop there, you might be looking for a different flavouring, maybe a sweet cheddar or grated options, we dive deep in to the world of cheddar style vegan cheeses and hopefully you find some new cheeses and even some new favourites along the way.

We also have ratings and reviews of every vegan cheese and we use this to show you which cheddar cheeses are the best at certain things, like melting, eating raw and for cooking with. If you want a vegan cheddar cheese for a specific meal and to replace a dairy cheddar cheese then there are options out there for you and we'll hopefully help you find a favourite to replace your dairy cheese with a plant based cheddar cheese.

Before we go any further, we highly recommend you check out the smart vegan cheese discovery tool which has hundreds of vegan cheeses and you can find any answer to your vegan cheese questions and get shown recommendations based on your specific requirements.

And if you head to the bottom of this article, you will see a definitive list of cheddar vegan cheeses.

How Many Vegan Cheddar Cheeses Are There

Below is a live update which shows you how many cheddar vegan cheeses we have in our database and available to find in the discovery app.

We use each and every one of these cheddars and their specific information to create this guide for you. Thats right, nearly 100 vegan cheeses which are like cheddar are used to show you as many different recommendations and to answer as many vegan cheese questions you may have!

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Cheddar Vegan Cheese Base Ingredient

After being vegan, we believe the next main factor with selecting a cheddar is the main ingredient, we call it the base of the vegan cheese and here we look in to the different options available and what they're made of.

Vegan cheese like cheddar is made of many different base ingredients, using the discovery app you can see all the different main ingredients used when you select cheddar cheese as a type.

You may or not be aware that most vegan cheeses sold in stores and online are made with coconut oil and potato or maize starches as their main base ingredients. 

This means that they are high in fat because of the coconut content in most of the cheeses, but what if you are looking for a non-coconut oil vegan cheddar cheese? Maybe want to avoid the fat content or are just not a fan of the textures and tastes that most coconut cheddar vegan cheeses have.

You still have plenty of choice, here are some of the other base ingredients that vegan cheddar cheeses use:

You will find other vegan cheeses are made with different base ingredients, but those above are what are currently available for the vegan cheeses which taste like cheddar.

If you don't like coconut oil base vegan cheddars, we recommend you give a few more a try as we personally have found some we like and some we don't, so it might not be down to the base ingredient that sways our opinion of each cheese.

 

Other Dietary Requirements

As well as being vegan, you will find that all of these cheese are dairy free cheddar style cheeses as well as lactose free. If you have either of these allergies then you can be rest assured that cheese is still on the menu for you and you don't have to limit your cheese options just because you can't have dairy cheese.

At the time of writing there are nearly 300 vegan cheeses in the discovery app, so there definitely is something for everybody.

If you are looking for other dietary requirements, as well as veganism, here we have categorised many different diet type and free from vegan cheeses.

We would like to highlight, that we have added every vegan cheddar cheese to the database manually and mistakes can be made, we guarantee that all will be vegan, we ask that you just double check any other dietary requirements before purchasing vegan cheeses.

This is because we may have added a vegan cheese 2 months ago to the site and use it here to recommend, yet the manufacturer might have changed the recipe or can no longer guarantee that a certain vegan cheese is free from something, such as nuts, etc.

With that in mind, we do try our best to get across the diet types that each cheddar vegan cheese has.

Gluten Free Cheddar Vegan Cheeses

There are plenty of gluten free vegan cheeses which are like cheddar.  At the time of writing there are nearly 50 options for you to browse through and see what take your fancy. Some have different textures, tastes, base ingredients and made from many different brands.

You will find many hard blocks and pre-grated cheddar cheese which are gluten free. The good thing about vegan cheeses is that their main ingredients are usually gluten free and it is rare to find a cheese which has gluten in it as not very many are made with grains, wheat or oats.

As well as the options for gluten free, there are some vegan cheeses which taste like cheddar and are specifically sold as wheat free, you can see them here.

Soy Free Cheddar Vegan Cheeses

Just like gluten free cheeses, the vast majority of cheddar style vegan cheeses are soy free too. Here you can find over 40 options in the discovery app.

If you have a soya allergy, you can still enjoy vegan cheddar alternative cheeses without any worries.

As we continue to add new vegan cheeses to the site, expect even more soya, gluten free and nut free vegan cheeses to be added. Why not subscribe to the email list and be kept up to date with all the new cheeses being added to the site.

Nut Free Cheddar Vegan Cheese

At the time of writing there are nearly 20 options for vegan cheeses which taste like cheddar and are also nut free.

Here are nut free vegan cheeses in the discovery app.

If you have a nut allergy, you do have a few choices, but because a lot are made with either coconut or nuts like cashews, you'll have to look a bit deeper, but luckily with our discovery app, we can do just that.

There are plenty of brands covering you for nut free vegan cheeses and if you are after something other than cheddar vegan cheese you still have plenty of choice.

Other Allergies and Diet Types

As well as the above, you can also find vegan cheddar cheeses which are palm oil free, organic, non gmo and preservative free.

We're continually adding new diet types as we come across them when we're adding new cheddar style vegan cheeses, so make sure to sign up to the newsletter so you'll always be up to date when we find new vegan cheeses to share with you.

Different Flavours of Vegan Cheddar Cheese

There are quite a few variants to the cheddar style vegan cheeses, with some adding other flavours to their ingredients and cheeses.

If you're looking for something with a bit more flair and a cheese that tastes more than just a cheddar, something to spice up some crackers, there should be something here with that twist for you.

Sweet Cheddar Style Vegan Cheeses

Cheddar is a savoury cheese, but there are variants, and if you're looking for something sweeter, there are a few with fruits and sweet flavourings.

Most of the cheeses are savoury but there are a handful of sweet cheddars which are available for vegans.

Sheese, Nutcrafter Creamery and Kinda Co are some of the vegan cheese makers which are working on sweet vegan cheeses with a cheddar style. You can find them on the discovery app using the link above.

They are sweetened with other ingredients, in Sheese's case, with caramelised onions which is a favourite of ours. Kinda Co use fruit, specifically cranberry added to their cheddar style cheese to make it that little bit sweeter.

Variants of Vegan Cheddar

As well as sweet vegan cheddar, you can find quite a few other flavourings, here are some of our favourite picks from a range of available cheeses.

And as we add more vegan cheeses to the discovery app, even more exciting flavours should appear.

Hard and Soft Vegan Cheddar Cheeses

Whether you're looking for a hard or soft cheddar cheese, you have plenty of options.

More than three quarters of the cheddar cheeses are hard. This means you can grate them on to meals and pizzas and slice them up to put on crackers or as we like to do, straight in to your mouth!

What about softer and spreadable chedder vegan cheeses? They exist and there are quite a few options, with more coming out in to 2020 and beyond.

At the time of writing, here are 12 cream and soft cheddar vegan cheeses.

If you're looking for a new spreadable cheddar, sign up to the newsletter or follow us on facebook as we're always adding new cheeses to the site to share with you and we'd love to keep you updated.

The Best Vegan Cheddar Cheese

According to vegans from all over the world, here are the best 6 vegan cheddar cheeses.

This is worked out from the site visitors and their votes and ratings. Every cheddar vegan cheese and all other vegan cheeses can be rated for how good the person thinks that the cheese is. They rate it out of 10 and then that rating is added to all of the others and averaged out from all the ratings.

Below you will see the best 6 vegan cheddar cheeses which have the best overall rating. 

If you're not new to vegan cheeses, you can even rate any of the cheeses you've tried before out of 10 and help others find cheeses based on your ratings, you don't even need to register to rate them.

Many people will have different reasonings behind their rating and why they think theses are the best cheddar cheeses, their reasons may differ to yours, although it is a good indicator as to what is enjoyed by the majority of vegan cheese lovers out there.

And these best vegan cheeses could be your favourites too.

Average: 8.8 (36 votes)
Average: 10 (8 votes)
Average: 8 (3 votes)
Average: 10 (3 votes)
Average: 6.5 (2 votes)
Average: 10 (4 votes)

Best Cheddar Vegan Cheese For Cooking

If you are looking for a vegan cheddar to cook with, put in to a lasagne, make a sauce with or add as an ingredient for another meal, here we have the best rated vegan cheeses like cheddar for cooking.

We love putting cheddar in to soups, as well as pies and lasagnes, when you find a good vegan cheese it really lifts a meal and there are definitely some great vegan cheddar cheeses to cook with.

If you find a good one, make sure to return to the site and rate it on it's cheese page, you don't even have to register, although registering does give you other cool features. This will help others in the future who are looking for new vegan cheese suggestions.

Below you will see a star rating for each cheese, this is the cheeses overall rating and you can see it's good for cooking star rating on it's own page, so click through to the cheese to see more about it.

 

Average: 10 (4 votes)
Average: 7.2 (38 votes)
Average: 8.8 (10 votes)
Average: 8.4 (8 votes)
Average: 8.8 (36 votes)
Average: 7 (3 votes)

Best Vegan Cheddar Cheese For Melting

If you're after a classic grilled vegan cheese sandwich or for melting some cheddar on top of a jacket potato, here we have the best rated vegan cheddar cheese for melting.

We melt cheddar vegan cheese a few times a week on toast and sometimes even on chips. A great cheese will make a good meal, great. Hopefully you can find a great tasting cheddar that also melts well for your favourite dishes.

Years back we would have cheesy chips a few times a week, today we continue to try out new vegan cheeses and cheddar is one of the best to go on top of chips and to melt on other foods.

If you do, we'd love to hear about it, you can rate and review any and every cheese you've tried before and this will help others that are new to veganism looking for a similar cheese that will melt well for their favourite recipes and meals.

Below you will find the star rating of each cheese, this represents the overall rating and not the melting rating of the cheese. That can be seen on the cheeses own page, where there is much more information about it.

Average: 8.4 (8 votes)
Average: 10 (8 votes)
Average: 8.3 (7 votes)
Average: 8.4 (15 votes)
Average: 8.8 (4 votes)
Average: 9.6 (15 votes)

Best Cheddar Alternative Vegan Cheese To Eat Raw

If you prefer your cheese on crackers instead, here we have the best rated vegan cheddar cheese to eat raw, on crackers, or straight from the packet in to your mouth.

Having a selection of cheddar vegan cheeses that you can eat raw, with no cooking or melting, means you can get your favourite dips, crackers an biscuits out and share in the goodness with friends.

Just because you're thinking about going vegan or already have gone vegan, doesn't mean you have to miss out on a night in with a cheese board and some tasty cheddar style vegan cheeses to enjoy.

This is voted on by the visitors of the website, people just like you. If you've had a vegan cheese in the discovery app before, you can rate it too, no need to register, and show people how good or bad a certain cheese is.

Below you will find a star rating for each vegan cheese, this is it's overall rating and not its raw rating. You can see each rating for each cheese on it's own cheese page with other info too.

Average: 8.8 (36 votes)
Average: 10 (8 votes)
Average: 8.3 (7 votes)
Average: 9 (4 votes)
Average: 8.3 (7 votes)
Average: 8.4 (15 votes)

Vegan Cheddar Cheese Recipes You Can Make at Home

A few months ago we launched our one of a kind vegan cheese recipes tool where you can find your very own vegan cheese recipes you can make right at home, right now, maybe even with the ingredients you have in your cupboards at this very second.

You can head straight there by following this link, but if you want to find vegan cheddar cheese recipes go here.

At the time of writing we have over 20 vegan cheddar cheese recipes you can follow and create at home and you can further filter them for dietary and allergen issues you may have.

Complete List of Cheddar Vegan Cheeses

If you just want to see what cheddar cheeses you have available to you and what options are out there, look no further.

This list is automatically updated as and when we add new vegan cheeses to the discovery app, which is sometimes daily.

Below you will find the largest selection of cheddar vegan cheeses anywhere online, no matter if you are in the United Kingdom, or looking for vegan cheddar cheeses in Autralia, Japan or even Italy.

Simply use our vegan cheddar cheese finder tool below by selecting where you are in the world and you will get shown every single cheddar available for you to buy today in the country you are in.

And if that isn't good enough, head on over to our super duper one of a kind vegan cheese database which has the full catalogue of thousands of vegan cheeses available to buy today online and in shops around the world and you can filter by diet requirements, types of cheese you want, ingredients you may want to see in your cheese, whether they are aged or completely wholefood vegan cheeses, go crazy.

Displaying 1 - 20 of 291 vegan cheddar cheeses
Title Rating
Alive and Wild Macadamia Nut Cheddar Shards Vegan Cheese Alive and Wild Macadamia Nut Cheddar Shards Vegan Cheese
Average: 8.3 (11 votes)
Alive and Wild Original Fermented Cashew Cheddar Vegan Cheese Alive and Wild Original Fermented Cashew Cheddar Vegan Cheese
Average: 9 (3 votes)
ALT Farms Plant-Based Cheddar ALT Farms Plant-Based Cheddar
Average: 9.3 (3 votes)
Angel Food Dairy Free Grated Vegan Cheese Angel Food Dairy Free Grated Vegan Cheese
Average: 4 (3 votes)
Angel Food Dairy-free Cheddar Alternative Vegan Cheese Angel Food Dairy-free Cheddar Alternative Vegan Cheese
Average: 8.4 (15 votes)
Angel Food Smoked Cheddar Vegan Cheese Angel Smoked Cheddar Vegan Cheese
Average: 7 (2 votes)
Applewood Vegan Minis Applewood Vegan Minis
Average: 9 (3 votes)
Artisa Freycinet Vegan Cheese Artisa Freycinet Vegan Cheese
Average: 7 (2 votes)
ASDA Free From Grated Cheddar Alternative Vegan Cheese ASDA Free From Grated Cheddar Alternative Vegan Cheese
Average: 3.5 (6 votes)
ASDA Free From Mature Cheddar Alternative ASDA Free From Mature Cheddar Alternative
Average: 7 (2 votes)
ASDA Free From Sliced Mature Cheddar Alternative ASDA Free From Sliced Mature Cheddar Alternative
Average: 7 (2 votes)
Bandit Sharp Pimento Bandit Sharp Pimento
Average: 7 (1 vote)
Barrett's Garden Dairy Free Sassy Cashew Spread Barrett's Garden Dairy Free Sassy Cashew Spread
Average: 7 (2 votes)
Barrett's Garden IPA Cheddar Barrett's Garden IPA Cheddar
Average: 7 (2 votes)
Bedda British Style Vegan Cheese Block Bedda British Style Vegan Cheese Block
Average: 7 (1 vote)
Bedda Professional Scheiben Vegan Cheese Bedda Professional Scheiben Vegan Cheese
Average: 7 (2 votes)
Bedda Reiberei Vegan Cheese Bedda Reiberei Vegan Cheese
Average: 7 (2 votes)
Bedda Scheiben British Style Vegan Cheese Bedda Scheiben British Style Vegan Cheese
Average: 7 (1 vote)
Bedda Scheiben Classic Style Vegan Cheese Bedda Scheiben Classic Style Vegan Cheese
Average: 6.7 (6 votes)
Bedda Scheiben Zum Schmelzen Vegan Cheese Bedda Scheiben Zum Schmelzen Vegan Cheese
Average: 3 (3 votes)

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