Vegan Cheese Alternatives

vegan cheese alternatives

New to veganism and looking for vegan cheese alternatives? We have a catalogue of nearly 1000 dairy free vegan cheeses right here at VeganCheese.co and there is bound to be a number of fantastic plant based cheeses for you to discover.

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New to veganism and looking for vegan cheese alternatives? We have a catalogue of nearly 1000 dairy free vegan cheeses right here at VeganCheese.co and there is bound to be a number of fantastic plant based cheeses for you to discover.

Whether you're looking for dairy free cheeses, as you have not made the change to veganism or you're looking for a friend, there will be cheeses similar to your old favourites as well as new tastes and textures to discover in the world of vegan cheese.

You will find alternatives to absolutely every cheese type and further down we look at some of these types and what options you have.

You don't have to worry that you won't be able to find a nice semi-hard vegan cheddar or a camembert to replace for your cheese and wine evenings, there is a vegan cheese alternative for everyone and every occasion. 

 

Why Choose Vegan Cheese Alternatives

There are many reasons to try vegan cheese alternatives, here are just a few we went vegan and gave vegan cheese alternatives a go.

New Food Journey

It is an entirely new food journey, there is a huge adventure of new food that awaits your taste buds.

You'll hear most people say vegan food is bland, but guarantee'd, these people haven't tried more than one or two options nor tasted vegan food that has been lovingly created from plants by some amazing vegan chefs.

You will discover that you can create more from less, but you'll also find you're eating plants, nuts, seeds and more food types that you didn't really consider before.

For The Animals

Animals are the whole reason veganism exists, and demanding dairy and animal based cheeses, even vegetarian cheeses results in animals being directly harmed.

Here are a few ways the dairy industry works:

  • Cows and other animals used for milk for cheese are insemenated repeatedly from about 12 months of age so that they can keep making milk
  • Bulls have electro-ejaculators placed in their rectum so that semen can be collected
  • Baby cows are immediately taken from their mother
  • Mother cows are stressed due to this for days, if not longer
  • If the baby is male, they are killed and if female, they follow the same horrible existence as their mother

 

For The Environment

The environmental impact of animal milk for dairy cheese is huge, compared to that of plant milks and nuts used in most vegan cheeses is just a fraction of the environmental impact.

There are some amazing studies which show just how bad animal products and milk are for the environment.

"For example, a low-impact litre of cow’s milk uses almost two times as much land and creates almost double the emissions as an average litre of soymilk."

Which is taken from the largest study ever on farming across the globe: https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2018-06-01-new-estimates-environmental-cost-f… It has a fantastic visualisation of what food types are causing most harm:

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oxford study farming food emissions graph comparison

As you can see, dairy cheese and cows milk create magnitudes more greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to nuts and soymilk. As well as having worse acidification, eutrophocation and land use.

If you want to give veganism a go for the environment, the proof and facts are all around us and here you can see that for yourself.

The study and others dig deeper and go in to different types of nuts and plant milk in comparison to dairy milk and cheese, with the BBC creating a "which milk should I buy" to help the environment: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46654042

You can see this in a visual comparison here:

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which milk is better for the environment graph

 

As you can see, all plant based milks are far better for the environment and even almond milk, which is used as a scapegoat for it's water use by non-vegans.

It is in fact better across the board and in terms of emissions, land use and even water use, which it uses just over half that of cows milk but uses less than 10% of the land and produces 3/4 less emissions for the same 200ml glass.

And almond milk is seen as the worst for the environment, when in fact, it is magnitudes better in comparison to dairy milk.

 

Alternatives to Dairy Cheeses

If like us, you struggle with removing dairy cheese and animal based cheeses from your diet, you're in for a treat.

Since we went vegan and removed dairy and other animal products we couldn't be happier and so are the animals.

You may find a few dairy free cheeses that you don't enjoy, but isn't that the same for all new foods that you try, some you love and some you hate.

With nearly 1000 options for dairy free cheese, you're bound to find something you just love.

Types of Alternatives

Further down you will see alternatives and many different cheese family types to look in to, we don't cover all but the few we do are:

  • Vegan alternatives to cheddar cheese
  • Vegan alternatives to brie
  • Vegan alternatives to mozzarella cheese
  • Vegan alternatives to parmesan hard cheese
  • Vegan alternatives to camembert
  • Whole food plant based cheeses made solely from whole food plants

Plant Based Cheese Alternatives

It's the same with plant based cheeses, every single cheese you find one this website and vegan cheese discovery tool is plant based and 100% vegan.

If you've gone plant based this year, or even whole foods plant based, below you can find a number of vegan cheeses available for you to try. You'll find none of them have oil or any processed ingredients. Some may include cultures but we have included these as part of the whole foods ingredients.

Every vegan cheese below is 100% whole food plant based ingredients and taken from our discovery tool which you can use the same filter for to discover more plant based cheeses in your country.

At the time of writing you can find and compare over 169 plant based cheeses with all of them sat below.

Title Rating
Jay & Joy Organic Josephine Vegan Cheese Jay & Joy Organic Josephine Vegan Cheese
Average: 7 (2 votes)
Jay & Joy Organic Joy Prairie Vegan Cheese Jay & Joy Organic Joy Prairie Vegan Cheese
Average: 7 (2 votes)
Jay & Joy Organic Le Jean Cendre Vegan Cheese Jay & Joy Organic Le Jean Cendre Vegan Cheese
Average: 7 (2 votes)
Kehoe's Kitchen Basil Vegan Cream Cheese Kehoe's Kitchen Basil Vegan Cream Cheese
Average: 7 (2 votes)
Kehoe's Kitchen Chilli Vegan Cream Cheese Kehoe's Kitchen Chilli Vegan Cream Cheese
Average: 7 (2 votes)
LeGrand Chive & Onion Plant Based Vegan Cheese Spread LeGrand Chive & Onion Plant Based Vegan Cheese Spread
Average: 7 (2 votes)
LeGrand Creamy Original Plant Based Vegan Cheese Spread LeGrand Creamy Original Plant Based Vegan Cheese Spread
Average: 7 (2 votes)
LeGrand Toasted Sesame Plant Based Vegan Cheese Spread LeGrand Toasted Sesame Plant Based Vegan Cheese Spread
Average: 7 (2 votes)
Mommus Semi-aged Manchego-style Vegan Cheese Mommus Semi-aged Manchego-style Vegan Cheese
Average: 7 (2 votes)
Mommus Tomme Vegan Cheese Mommus Tomme Vegan Cheese
Average: 7 (2 votes)

Alternatives to Hard Cheese Like Parmesan

What if you want a parmesan vegan cheese, a hard cheese which can be grated on top of your pasta dishes?

At the time of writing there are 58 vegan alternatives to parmesan which means you shouldn't have to go without when transitioning over to veganism.

If you want to find out which vegan parmesan alternative options you have in your country, head to the discovery tool and filter by location available.

 

Vegan Alternatives to Camembert

With nearly 40 available options right now, there isn't a better time to try vegan cheese alternatives.

Below are a list of those currently available around the world.

If you're looking for what vegan alternatives to camembert you have in your country, head to the discovery tool and filter by location available.

Vegan Alternatives to Brie Cheese

If you're looking for a brie, creamy, soft and strong flavoured vegan brie, below are a number of alternatives for you to give a try.

There are a total of 36 vegan brie alternatives worldwide as the time of writing and you can see them on the discovery tool and even further filter by location available amongst other options to find a new vegan brie alternative that you love.

Vegan Alternatives to Cheddar Cheese

One of the most popular types of cheese on the planet, and with vegan cheese, there is the most choice. Literally hundreds of options from all around the world and here we share them with you.

This semi-hard cheese is just as good in it's vegan form and without the need of animal products.

With more options than any other type of vegan alternative, you can choose just under 200 vegan cheddar alternatives.

They are all shown below in the cheddar alternative table and can be further filtered on the vegan cheese discovery tool by your location and much more.

 

Title Rating
Nafsika's Garden Pizza Style Vegan Cheese Shreds Nafsika's Garden Pizza Style Vegan Cheese Shreds
Average: 7 (2 votes)
Nature & Moi Grated Classic White Vegan Cheddar Cheese Nature & Moi Grated Classic White Vegan Cheddar Cheese
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Nature & Moi Grated Red Cheddar Vegan Cheese Nature & Moi Grated Red Cheddar Vegan Cheese
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Nature & Moi Hot Pepper Flavour Vegan Cheese Slices Nature & Moi Hot Pepper Flavour Vegan Cheese Slices
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Nature & Moi Red Cheddar Vegan Block Nature & Moi Red Cheddar Vegan Block
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Nature & Moi Red Cheddar Vegan Cheese Slices Nature & Moi Red Cheddar Vegan Cheese Slices
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Noshing Cheddar Caramelised Onion Vegan Cheese Noshing Cheddar Caramelised Onion Vegan Cheese
Average: 7 (2 votes)
Noshing Cheddar Chive & Onion Vegan Cheese Noshing Cheddar Chive & Onion Vegan Cheese
Average: 7 (2 votes)
Nutcrafter Creamery The Ancient Extra Aged Gomasio Vegan Cheddah Nutcrafter Creamery The Ancient Extra Aged Gomasio Vegan Cheddah
Average: 6 (2 votes)
Nuts for Cheese Red Rind Vegan Cheese Nuts for Cheese Red Rind Vegan Cheese
Average: 7 (2 votes)

Vegan Alternatives to Mozzarella Cheese

If mozzarella is your thing, maybe you put it on your pizza or just eat it raw? We have a total of 77 vegan alternatives to mozzarella cheese in the discovery tool and in the table below.

You can still shred vegan mozzarella, just like you can with the dairy cheese and a lot of them melt fantastically as well, which makes them perfect to add to your vegan pizzas.

You can further filter the discovery tool to find some available in your location and find the best vegan alternative to mozzarella for you.

Discover Other Vegan Cheeses

Thinking of going vegan but finding it hard to quit dairy cheese?

We have the biggest database of vegan cheeses anywhere online at our discovery app

Go check it out as we're sure you can find a new favorite or first vegan cheese that you love!