for many people, the world of vegan cheeses just sounds like an oxymoron (or doesn't even exist). for some of us though, these cheeses are rich and fulfilling, healthy, creamy and incredibly satisfying! when i first considered becoming vegan, i was heartbroken at the thought of giving up cheeses and creamy things. i liked cream in my coffee and always veered to creamy sauces and cheesy toppings. i didn't think giving it all up was possible! well, it's been over two years and i'm happy to report that i still enjoy cream in my coffee, creamy sauces and cheesy toppings. they're just different! but equally as satisfying and so much healthier for my body and our planet.
if you're interested, you can read about why switching to a plant based diet is the best thing i ever did and also how i make it incredibly easy.
vegan cheeses are most usually made out of a nut source like pine nuts or cashews and can taste incredibly close to their not-so-healthy dairy counterparts. i've experienced vegan cheddar, bleu cheese, pimento, cream cheese, mozzarella and feta cheeses that have all surpassed my standards for amazing taste and texture! above are a few recipes i've spotted lately that i can't wait to try myself.
have you tried any dairy free cheeses? what did you think?