Veganism became highly popular in recent years. Luckily, different companies all over the world started following the trend and producing different vegan products including cream cheese.
Vegans don’t prefer dairy-based cream cheese because it’s produced in a bad way. Manufacturers force cows to produce up to 25 gallons of milk per day. And to do so, each animal consumes the equivalent of a bathtub full of water and eats about 100 pounds of food per day which isn’t sustainable.
However, it’s the unethical treatment of these animals that frustrates vegans, so they don’t support the dairy industry.
Did you know that cows enjoy back massages and developing friendships with other cows who decrease their stress levels? They’re highly intelligent and gentle beings with feelings.
If you’re looking for vegan cream cheese, your search ends here! Below, I will list some of the best vegan cream cheese on the market and a homemade cream cheese recipe, so let’s take a look.
Which Cream Cheese Is Vegan?
Although good vegan cheese isn’t the easiest thing to make, the market is still flooded with different products by different brands.
That’s good news for vegans because they have many options to choose from, but they’re not all worth your time and money. Not every cream cheese is made the same.
After dipping into many different products, I decided that Wayfare, Violife, Kite Hill, Tofutti, Trader Joe’s, Daiya, Miyoko’s, Go Veggie, and Treeline make some of the most delicious cream cheese on the market.
In the following section, I will discuss some of their products, so let’s begin.
Best Vegan Cream Cheese: 10 Delish Options!
You can find most of the next products at major grocery store chains or online. I personally like Kite Hill’s cream cheese the most, however, let’s discuss each option in detail so you can find your favorite as well. These dairy-free products will help you cut out all dairy-based brands and you will never look back!
I prefer Kite Hill’s cream cheese because it’s similar to regular cream cheese and spreads easily. You can enjoy this cream cheese with different crackers and crostini. It’s very creamy and light in texture and has a rich flavor. It’s pleasantly tangy and just salty enough without tasting fake.
The main ingredients of this cream cheese include salt and almond milk, which provide protein and fiber in every serving. Other ingredients include guar gum and xanthan gum, which prevent separation as well as thicken the spread. To preserve freshness, there’s also a mushroom extract.
If you’re looking for a reasonably-priced but still good vegan cream cheese, look no further than Trader Joe’s plain classic vegan cheese cream. Although it’s a cheaper alternative with some consistency issues, it’s still worth the try.
You can enjoy this cream cheese with bagels but you can’t prepare a cheesecake. It’s sometimes runnier than other vegan cream cheeses. However, it’s still delicious and better than any dairy-based spread, in my opinion, of course!
If you’re searching for textured plant-based cream cheese, then Viola has the ideal choice for you. The flavor of this cheese is both tangy and salty with a coconut aftertaste thanks to the coconut oil.
The oil is also responsible for the rich flavor and smooth spreadability of this cream cheese. Other key ingredients include vitamin B12, olive extract, vegan acidity regulator, and vegan flavors.
I like Go Veggie’s cream cheese. However, I want to state that most of their products still contain animal by-products. They’re only lactose-free, so keep your eyes open when buying from this brand. As for their cream cheese, I love it! It’s soft, delicious, and resembles regular cream cheese.
Daiya plain cream cheeze style spread deserves a place on this list because it’s easily accessible. You can find this product in many different stores.
It’s a very thick spread that’s hard to remove from the tub, however, I still like it! It’s not as good as other options on this list but it’s still worth a try!
If you’re looking for smooth cream cheese, look no further than Wayfare dairy-free cream cheese. It’s a spread with savory flavor, rich texture, and very soft spreadability.
Wayfare consists of organic oats, organic butter beans, water, coconut oil, organic gum Arabic, sea salt, agave syrup, konjac root powder, and a few natural preservatives.
The Treeline vegan strawberry cream cheese isn’t your regular vegan cream cheese. It’s a fruity, smooth, and sweet spread that even kids love! The best part? It’s pink!
The sunflower oil and cashew cream base provide a slightly nutty flavor but also make the product easily spreadable.
Other ingredients include sea salt, cane sugar, cultured brown rice, dried strawberries, and natural strawberry flavor.
The nice pink color comes from the beet powder while the lactic acid gives the cream cheese a tasty tang and consistency. It’s affordable, unique, and just yummy!
If you were a fan of smoked salmon before you became vegan, you will definitely enjoy Spero Foods’s smoked salmon sunflower cream cheese.
It tastes just like smoked salmon! And it’s so good you won’t believe it’s vegan!
The base of sunflower seeds and water infused with some salt, onion powder, coconut oil, chipotle peppers, liquid smoke, vegetable-derived colors, and xanthan and guar gums make this spread taste amazing!
It’s also good for your gut so give it a try!
This cashew milk-based cream cheese tastes great! So, if you don’t have a nut allergy, I suggest that you try it today.
It’s a solid, affordable option with a tangy flavor. It’s made of a few simple ingredients such as organic cashews, organic coconut cream, filtered water, and sea salt.
If you have a nut allergy and you can’t consume some of the cream cheeses made with nuts, seeds, and beans, don’t feel sad. Tofutti has your back!
It’s a soybean-based cream cheese made with mostly water, soybean, olive oils, palm fruit, soy protein, and tofu.
But here’s the real kicker. It looks and spreads like regular cream cheese thanks to the smooth texture. I also want to mention that instead of a cheesy or tangy flavor, Tofutti’s spread has a tofu-like flavor. You can enjoy it with your favorite bread, crackers, etc.
Homemade Vegan Cream Cheese Recipe
You would be surprised to learn that making vegan cream cheese at home is a walk in the park. I kid you not! You can have a smooth and delicious plant-based cream cheese in just 5 minutes or less. Just gather the following ingredients and blend!
- ½ cup water
- 1 + ½ cup raw cashews
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- ¼ – ½ tablespoon mineral salt
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons fresh, chopped chives (optional)
- 1 small minced jalapeno without seeds (optional)
First of all, soak your cashews in warm water for about 10 minutes. You can also soak them in cold water for about 2-3 hours.
They don’t need more than a couple of hours to soak. However, they will be good if soaked overnight. Then, add the ingredients to your blender cup and process until creamy.
You can serve your vegan cream cheese right away. Or keep in the fridge to chill and become thicker.
In case you have leftovers (which I highly doubt because it’s delicious), you can keep them in the fridge for 5-6 days in a covered container.
You can also freeze them in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months. Let your vegan cheese cream thaw in the fridge one day before using.
My Top Pick
I personally prefer Kite Hill, Violife, and Wayfare over other brands.
However, if you’re on a budget and you want something more affordable, opt for Trader Joe’s classic vegan cheese. It’s way cheaper but still good.
Have you tried any of these? Share your experiences and suggestions below!