Top 10 Dairy Free Vegan Cheeses for Christmas
Yep, it's true, even vegans, those with lactose and dairy allergies and food in-tolerances or those who avoid dairy for ethical or other health reasons can enjoy a cheesey Christmas.
Here's a list of our top 10 favourite Christmas dairy free vegan cheeses
Vegusto Piquant Dairy Free Cheese
|Swiss dairy free vegan cheese to smile for|
A delicious, award winning Gruyere-like, good mature cheddar alternative that could rightfully take it's place on any cheeseboard in any restaurant without having to provide a warning with a wag of the finger introducing it as "The Vegan Cheese". Awesome with home made chutneys or pickle. Available online or from selected (selective) natural health food stores. Free from palm oil, wheat and soya. Made with nut butters.
V Bites Blue CheezlyBleu d'Auvergne but recent batches have had a light crumbly texture more like a young Blue Vinny or Blue Stilton. It goes very well with a Doves Farm digestive biscuit, a glass of Christmas port and most red wines. It makes an excellent Christmas starter toasted onto oatcakes with walnuts and avocado and a little cranberry jelly to garnish.
Vegusto Mild Aromatic
|Mildly Aromatic Vegusto Dairy Free Cheese|
Bute Island Smoked Sheese
Sheese from the island of Bute was one of the original dairy free brands in the UK. Now the hydrogenated fat has been removed and it's been reformulated a few times most recently for Tescos Free From range, it has a loyal following of fans. The texture is quite like that of those Austrian smoked cheese wrapped up in plastic like a sausage although far less rubbery and with a more subtle more naturally smoked flavour than the brown sausage dairy original. Delicious with some thin slices of cox - like tangy apple.
V Bites (Redwoods) Cranberry Cheezly Cheddar
|Cranberry cheese for dairy intolerants|
Vegan Dairylea - Vegusto No Moo Melty
|Dairylea / Laughing Cow / Baby Bel alternative|
Dairy Free Cream Cheese
Dairy Free Mozarella -MozzaRisella
Vegan Cambembert - Kite Hill White Alder Nut Cheese
We got very excited when we heard about this (still yet to taste it). Tal Ronnen the number one vegan food chef in the USA ( fed Oprah, advised Yves, consultant to Lyfe Kitchen ) has obviously spent some time and effort getting involved with French Cheese makers and Californian almond growers to take vegan dairy free cheeses to the next level. Here's how Kite Hill describe it ;
"White Alder is a soft ripened velvety cheese with a white, fluffy rind. It has a tangy mushroomy flavor profile with a rich, silky texture and pungent aromatics. This cheese is best served straight from the refrigerator and pairs well with white grapes"
If you live in the San Francisco bay area we are soooo jealous. In the UK I think we may have to wait some time before some dedicated and well financed individual sets their goats free and starts making cheese from nuts - perhaps in Ireland there is someone somewhere...or the Highlands of Scotland ? or Wales?
Home made Vegan Cheeses
Foods for Life Dairy Free Cheezey toppingIngredients
1/2 cup apple sweetened soy milk (hot)
1/2 cup of cold pressed rapeseed oil
1 tablespoon yeast flakes
1 teaspoon of bouillon powder/marmite/ yeast extract
1 teaspoon mustard
1 dessertspoon tomato ketchup
Heat soy milk until just too hot to touch
Blend with oil using stick blender (not electric whisk)
Whilst still blending add tomato ketchup and mustard until oil and milk emulsify into mayo consistency
Add herbs and other flavouring to taste.
It will thicken a little once cool but if you need it thicker, say for a quiche, or a pie then add some mashed sweet potato or some oat flakes.
Don't say Cheese say Cheeze!
If you suspect you are suffering from a dairy or other food intolerance come to a Foods for Life Nutrition and Health Clinic in Harley St London, High Street Croydon, or Beaulieu New Forest . For a biochemical laboratory test to find out exactly what's going on in your digestive system or professional advice on how to heal your gut and support your immune system to reach optimal health email clinic @ FoodsforLife .co.uk .