These days you can find dairy-free alternatives to all kinds of cheeses, made from a wide range of different ingredients such as coconut oil, soy and nuts. 

With more people than ever following a vegan diet, demand for dairy-free alternatives continues to grow. According to Google, searches for ‘vegan cheese’ increased by 350% between 2013 and 2018.

Some people can’t have gluten, soy, coconut or nuts but vegan cheeses aren’t all the same, there’s something for everyone. Allergies won’t stop you enjoying your favourite cheeses, you just need to know where to look.

Let me break it down for you:

  1. ASDA Free From Mature Cheddar Alternative – GF, WF, SF, DF, NF

Ingredients: Water, Coconut Oil (21%), Modified Potato Starch, Maize Starch, Gluten-Free Oat Fibre, Modified Maize Starch, Thickeners (Carrageenan, Guar Gum), Salt, Yeast Extract, Flavouring, Acidity Regulators (Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate), Colour (Carotenes).

2. ASDA Free From Grated Mozzarella Alternative – GF, WF, SF, DF, NF

Ingredients: Water, Coconut Oil (25%), Modified Potato Starch, Gluten-Free Oat Fibre, Maize Starch, Salt, Flavouring, Modified Maize Starch, Calcium Citrate, Thickeners (Carrageenan, Guar Gum), Acidity Regulators (Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate), Colour (Carotenes).

3. Violife Original Vegan Slices Cheese Alternative – GF, WF, SF, DF, NF

Ingredients: Water, Coconut Oil (23%), Modified Starch *, Starch, Sea Salt, Flavourings, Olive Extract, Colour: B-Carotene, *Not to be confused with GMO (Genetically Modified) Ingredients.

4. Violife Original Vegan Cheese Alternative – GF, WF, SF, DF, NF

Ingredients: Water, Coconut Oil (21%), Starch, Modified Starch *, Sea Salt, Flavourings, Olive Extract, Colour: B-Carotene, Vitamin B12, *Not to be confused with GMO (Genetically Modified) ingredients.

5. Violife Greek White Block Cheese Alternative – GF, WF, SF, DF, NF

Ingredients: Water, Coconut Oil (29%), Starch, Sea Salt, Acidity Regulator: Glucono Delta Lactone, Flavourings, Olive Extract, Vitamin B12.

6. Violife Mediterranean Style Cheese Alternative – GF, WF, SF, DF, NF

Ingredients: Water, Coconut Oil (15%), Starch, Modified Starch, Barley Starch (Gluten-Free), Sea Salt, Organic Sunflower Kernel Grounded, Acidity Regulator: Glucoco Delta Lactone, Flavourings, Olive Extract, Colour: B-Caroten, Vitamin B12.

7. Applewood Vegan Smoky Cheese Alternative – GF, WF, SF, DF, NF

Ingredients: Water, Coconut Oil, Potato Starch, Modified Maize Starch, Yeast Extract, Salt, Natural Flavouring, Thickener (Carrageenan), Calcium Phosphate, Smoke Flavouring, Calcium Chloride, Colour (Carotenes), Paprika, Vitamin B12.

8. Vitalite Dairy Free Alternative to Cheese Block – GF, WF, SF, DF, NF

Ingredients: Water, Modified Starch, Coconut Oil, Salt, Tricalcium Citrate, Flavouring, Acid (Citric Acid), Preservative (Sorbic Acid), Colour (Carotenes), Vitamin B12.

9. ASDA Free From Garlic & Herb Soft Cheese Alternative – GF, WF, DF

Ingredients: Water, Coconut Oil (24%), Soya Protein Concentrate (9%), Salt, Acidity Regulator (Lactic Acid), Sugar, Garlic Granules, Thickener (Carrageenan), Flavouring, Garlic Powder, Parsley, Spirit Vinegar, Basil Leaves.

10. Follow Your Heart Cheddar Shreds – GF, WF, DF, SF, NF, CF

Ingredients: Filtered Water, Organic Palm Fruit Oil*†, Modified Food Starch, Natural Flavors (Plant Sources), Less than 2% of: Pea Fiber, Pea Starch, Bamboo Fiber, Nutritional Yeast, Calcium Phosphate, Rice Flour, Vegetable Glycerin, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Sunflower Oil, Lactic Acid (Vegetable Source), Carrageenan (Vegetable Source), Calcium Sulfate, Citric Acid, Enzymes, Annatto (for color), Xanthan Gum, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate.

11. Follow Your Heart Mozzarella Shreds – GF, WF, DF, SF, NF, CF

Ingredients: Filtered Water, Organic Palm Fruit Oil*†, Modified Food Starch, Natural Flavors (Plant Sources), Less than 2% of: Pea Fiber, Pea Starch, Bamboo Fiber, Calcium Phosphate, Rice Flour, Vegetable Glycerin, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Sunflower Oil, Carrageenan (Vegetable Source), Calcium Sulfate, Citric Acid, Enzymes, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate.

12. Follow Your Heart Italian Style Grated – GF, WF, DF, SF, NF, CF

Ingredients: Modified Food Starch, Filtered Water, Organic Palm Fruit Oil†, Canola Oil, Natural Flavors (Plant Sources [Contains Autolyzed Yeast]), Vegetable Glycerin, Less than 2% of Sea Salt, Bamboo Fiber, Nutritional Yeast, Calcium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Sodium Phosphate, Sunflower Lecithin, Citric Acid, Annatto. †Rainforest Alliance Certified

13. Follow Your Heart Italian Style Shredded – GF, WF, DF, SF, NF, CF

Ingredients: Filtered Water, Organic Palm Fruit Oil†, Modified Food Starch, Canola Oil, Natural Flavors (Plant Sources [Contains Autolyzed Yeast]), Vegetable Glycerin, Less than 2% of: Lactic Acid (Vegetable Source), Calcium Lactate (Vegetable Source), Sea Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Bamboo Fiber, Nutritional Yeast, Calcium Phosphate, Organic Chickpea Miso (Organic Handmade Rice Koji, Organic Whole Chickpeas, Sea Salt, Water, Koji Spores), Sunflower Lecithin, Citric Acid, Annatto. † Rainforest Alliance Certified

14. Follow Your Heart Pizzeria Blend Shreds – GF, WF, DF, SF, NF, CF

Ingredients: Dairy-Free Mozzarella (Filtered Water, Organic Palm Fruit Oil*†, Modified Food Starch, Natural Flavors [Plant Sources], Less than 2% of: Pea Fiber, Pea Starch, Bamboo Fiber, Calcium Phosphate, Rice Flour, Vegetable Glycerin, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Sunflower Oil, Carrageenan [Vegetable Source], Calcium Sulfate, Citric Acid, Microbial Enzymes, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate), Dairy-Free Parmesan (Filtered Water, Organic Palm Fruit Oil*†, Modified Food Starch, Canola Oil, Natural Flavors [Plant Sources (Contains Autolyzed Yeast)], Vegetable Glycerin, Less than 2% of: Sunflower Oil, Lactic Acid [Vegetable Source], Calcium Lactate [Vegetable Source], Sea Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Calcium Sulfate, Bamboo Fiber, Nutritional Yeast, Calcium Phosphate, Organic Chickpea Miso* [Organic Handmade Rice Koji*, Organic Whole Chickpeas*, Sea Salt, Water, Koji Spores], Sunflower Lecithin, Citric Acid, Microbial Enzymes, Annatto).

15. MozzaRisella Classic – GF, WF, DF, SF, NF

Ingredients: Biosurice* 46% (water, germinated whole rice* 20.8%, salt, apple vinegar*), water, cold-pressed coconut oil*, sunflower oil infused with oregano*, lemon juice*, thickening agents: agar-agar, gum arabic, xanthan gum, carob flour.

16. Tofutti Creamy Mozzarella Grated – GF, WF, DF, NF, CF

Ingredients: Water, palm oil, tofusoy protein, stabilizer (carrageenan, guar and carob bean gum), maltodextrin, vinegar, corn starch, emulsifying salt (calcium phosphate, potassium phosphate), potato flakes, salt, adipic acid, soy lecithin, natural flavours, natural colours, preservative (potassium sorbate).

17. Mouse’s Favourite Camembert – GF, WF, DF, SF, CF

Ingredients: Organic cashew nuts, filtered water, sea salt, cultures.

18. Koko Dairy Free Soft Cheese – GF, WF, SF, NF

Ingredients: Water, coconut oil (14%), stabiliser: (potato starch, maize starch, modified potato starch, carob bean gum), coconut cream (6%), salt, natural flavouring, tri-calcium phosphate, citric acid, colour: carrot juice concentrate, vitamin d2, vitamin b12.

19. Tofutti Creamy Smooth Mozzarella Slices – GF, WF, DF, NF, CF

Ingredients: Water, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, TofuSoy Protein, Stabiliser (Carrageenan, Guar and Carob Bean Gum), Maltodextrin, Vinegar, Corn Starch, Emulsifying Salt (Calcium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate), Potato Flakes, Salt, Adipic Acid, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavours, Natural Colours, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate).

20. Wheaty Smoked Slices – GF, WF, DF, SF, NF

Ingredients: water, coconut fat* (18%), potato starch*, millet wholemeal flour* (2,8%), thickening agent: gellan and xanthane, natural flavours, rock salt, humectant: vegetable glycerin*, acidifying agent: lactic acid**, spices*, smoke***.

* = certified organic, **= vegan, ***= natural beech wood smoke.

21. VBites White Cheddar Style Block – GF, WF, DF, NF, CF

Ingredients: Water, potato starch, non-hydrogenated vegetable fat (sustainable palm), soya protein, thickeners: carrageenan, locust bean gum; yeast extract, vegetable oil (rapeseed), salt, natural flavouring, calcium phosphate, natural colour: carotene.

22. Nutcrafter Creamery Vhalloumi – GF, WF, DF, SF, CF

Ingredients: Cashews, purified watertapioca flour, sea salt, lactic acid, citric acid, calcium lactate, vegan live cultures.

23. Green Vie Sour Cream Spread – GF, WF, DF, SF, NF, CF

Ingredients: Water, Sunflower Oil (18%), Modified Starch, Chicory Root Extract, Sea Salt, Xanthan Gum, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid, Vegan Flavourings, Preservative: Sorbic Acid.

24. Nush Almond Cheese Spread – GF, WF, DF, SF, CF

Ingredients: Almond Milk (95%) (Almond / Filtered Water), Carob Gum, (Thickener), Potato Starch, Enzyme, Live Vegan Cheese Cultures.

*Cheeses from Asda & The Vegan Kind.

  • GF – gluten free
  • WF – wheat free
  • SF – soy free
  • DF – dairy free
  • NF – nut free
  • CF – coconut free

There are so many I could list but it would be too long. So whether you’re celiac, have an allergy or you just hate soy products there’s a cheese for you.

  • If you need gluten-free cheese: This is usually clearly marked and most vegan cheeses are fine for you. But always remember to check the packet for allergens, which are usually marked in bold.
  • If you need soy-free, go for a nut based cheese like Nush or Nutcrafter Creamery.
  • If you need nut-free go for a soy or coconut based cheese like Violife, Vbites or Tofutti.
  • If you need coconut free go for a soy or almond cheese, there are tons of options out there. Check out brands like Vbites, Tofutti, Nush or Follow Your Heart.

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2 Comments

  1. This is such an extensive list, thanks for sharing. I’ve found a couple of vegan cheeses I like, and actually bought the Asda soft cheese this evening to try.

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