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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 October 14, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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