If you’re looking for a vegan substitute to cream cheese, there are plenty of dairy free cream cheese options on the market. You can also make homemade vegan cream cheese if you don’t want to buy packaged products. Both options work great, but there are few simple things to keep in mind when using cream cheese replacements in recipes.
Dairy free cream cheese basics
- Dairy free cream cheese won’t react the same as real cream cheese in recipes like cheesecake, so it’s not always a 1:1 replacement.
- It will never be that great on a bagel. In general, I don’t recommend just eating it plain, but when used in recipes, dairy free cream cheese is a great alternative.
Our favorite vegan cream cheese brands
First choice: Violife. This is hands down our favorite. I think it tastes the most like real cream cheese, and it seems to work better in recipes like cream cheese frosting and creamy dips, like my Skyline chili dip.
Second choice: Daiya. This seems to be more readily available, and it’s my second favorite for that reason. I find that it has a slight “fake” taste to it, but it’s still better than most I’ve tried.
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Last Updated on September 2, 2021 by Melissa Belanger