Best Vegan Cheddar Cheese Brands & Recipes

Trying to find the most delicious vegan cheddar cheese on the planet? This guide will go over all the best vegan cheddar brands for snacking as well as a few irresistible vegan cheese recipes!
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Vegan Cheddar Cheese Brands So Delicious Follow Your Heart Parmela and Daiya
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Whether you’re feeling inspired to get down to business in the kitchen or you’d rather just pick up a bag of vegan cheese shreds, there are plenty of options for enjoying some rich vegan cheddar.

Vegan Cheddar Cheese Brands

From vegan cheddar cheese shreds to slices, these brands have vegan cheddar on (b)lock!

Daiya

Daiya, the pioneer of plant-based deliciousness, is here to satisfy your cheesy cravings! Their vegan cheddar cheese varieties are the perfect answer to traditional cheddar, minus the moo. Daiya’s cheddar comes in slices, shreds, blocks, and even cheeze sticks! Don’t skip their cheddar-style Cheeze Sauce perfect for pasta!

Two plates of vegan cheezy mac with forks, and topped with breadcrumbs.
Image credit: Daiya

Follow Your Heart

From slices to shreds, Follow Your Heart has nailed the art of mimicking traditional cheddar flavors without dairy. Created with a base of coconut oil and potato starch, this cheese melts and stretches just like the real deal.

A vegan cheddar jalapeno popper sandwich made with Follow Your Heart brand vegan cheese.
Image Credit: Follow Your Heart

GOOD PLANeT

GOOD PLANeT’s cheddar cheese shreds redefine meltiness and taste, making them a go-to for pizzas and comfort dishes. You’re going to want to try all of their vegan cheddar offerings, including their Smoked Cheddar Wheel, Cheddar Shreds, Cheddar Slices, and Cheddar Snack Packs.

Vegan nachos made with GOOD PLANeT Foods vegan cheddar.
Photo credit: GOOD PLANeT Foods

Miyoko’s

This awarding winning brand is all about artisanal excellence, minus the cows. Their vegan cheddar cheese wheels and blocks are a testament to craftsmanship, combining organic cashews and cultures to create rich, flavorful options.

Vegan cheddar dip made with Miyoko's Creamery vegan cheese.
Image credit: Miyoko’s Creamery

Moocho

Moocho knows that the best cheesy flavor doesn’t come from cows—it comes from plants! Aged just like dairy cheese, their vegan cheddar cheese shreds deliver a burst of bold flavor, perfect for topping off your favorite dishes.

Vegan fondue made with Moocho Foods brand vegan cheddar.
Photo credit: Moocho Foods

Parmela Creamery

Parmela Creamery is here to elevate the tradition of cheese, sans the animals. Their plant-based sharp cheddar slices and shreds are aged to perfection, crafted from cultured cashews and a hint of nutritional yeast. The result? Stretchy, melty goodness with the perfect cheesy flavor!

Packages of Parmela aged nut cheese shreds spilling onto a wooden cutting board.
Photo credit: Parmela Creamery

Simply Organic

Simply Organic lives up to its name, delivering simply delightful plant-based options. Their vegan cheddar sauce is the perfect blend of creamy flavor. Simply mix with your favorite vegan butter and pour over nachos, pasta, or even add it to broccoli cheddar soup!

A packet of dairy-free cheddar sauce mix by Simply Organic.

So Delicious

So Delicious vegan cheddar shreds are perfect for melting on nachos or stirring into pasta. Or stuff a grilled cheese with their cheddar-style slices for some melty goodness!

A vegan cheddar melt made with So Delicious brand vegan cheddar.
Photo credit: So Delicious

Violife

Unveil the wonders of vegan cheese with Violife. Their vegan cheddar cheese products, from slices to shreds, redefine cheesy satisfaction, using coconut oil and starches for the perfect texture. Melting, stretching, and simply delicious!

A vegan kimchi grilled cheese made with Violife cheddar.
Image credit: Violife

Vegan Cheddar Cheese Recipes

Get busy in the kitchen with these simple and satisfying recipes for vegan cheddar!

Vegan Cheddar Broccoli Soup

souper creamy and comforting recipe from Sweet Simple Vegan that comes together in just a little over 30 minutes! The soup gets a sharp vegan cheese flavor from ingredients such as soaked cashews, nutritional yeast, onion, and garlic. Serve alongside some toasted bread and enjoy!

bowl of vegan cheddar broccoli soup

Easy Vegan Cheese Ball

It’s not a party without a vegan cheese ball to cut into! This recipe from Courtney’s Homestead features a combination of cashews, almonds, coconut oil, white miso, and spices, resulting in a rich and flavorful vegan cheese.

vegan cheddar cheese ball with crackers

Vegan Cheddar Cheese Spread

Made with just five simple ingredients, this smoky vegan cheddar recipe from Veggie Inspired couldn’t be easier to make. Slather it on a vegan BLT sandwich, top it on a veggie burger, or just enjoy with your favorite veggies or crackers!

vegan cheddar spread in a bowl and on a knife with crackers

Vegan Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Perfect for pouring over your favorite pasta, pierogis, or potatoes, this velvety vegan cheese sauce from watch. learn. eat. is nut-free, gluten-free, and super easy to whip up! Keep it for up to five days in the fridge and enjoy frequently.

round tortilla chip being dipped into a bowl of vegan cheddar cheese sauce

Vegan Cheddar Cheese Taste Test

In the name of great scientific experimentation, we decided to put four of the most popular brands head-to-head in a vegan cheese taste test! The three judges were: an omnivore, a brand-new vegan, and a longtime vegan. Our hope was that this would give a balanced perspective and help us find a clear winner—and it did! The winner, with a unanimous vote, was…well, you’ll just have to read on and watch to see!

With so many vegan cheese brands out there these days, it can sometimes be tricky to know what exactly is out there! What’s the very best dairy-free cheddar cheese on the market today? Four of the most widely available vegan cheese brands come head-to-head in this episode of: Battle of the Cheeses!

The Vegan Cheddar Cheese Competitors:

This list is not comprehensive—there are many other vegan cheddar cheeses out there (such as Go Veggie’s vegan cheddar) but we chose the four vegan cheddar cheese options that are both the most accessible and the most popular. It’s also worth noting that Daiya recently released a new formula for their vegan cheese shreds which they’re slowly rolling out in grocery stores and food service. It’s completely different from their original formula, so stay tuned for that. I tried it on vegan pizza at Disneyland and loved it!

The Winners

  • 1st Place: Follow Your Heart’s Vegan Gourmet
  • 2nd Place: Parmela Aged Nut Cheese
  • 3rd Place: So Delicious Dairy-Free Cheddar Cheese
  • 4th Place: Daiya Dairy-Free Cheddar Shreds

It should be noted that we only tried these cheeses in a quesadilla, and it’s quite possible that the ranking would change when using the cheeses in different dishes. We also taste-tested the cheeses cold (unmelted) and confirmed our suspicions—they really are meant to be melted. Of the four, Parmela performed the best unmelted—in fact, I just sprinkled it on tacos the other night and it was delish!

The Judges

  • Michelle Cehn (Longtime Vegan)
  • Greg Hicks (New Vegan)
  • Dan Safko (Omnivore)

Many thanks to our guest judges: Greg Hicks (my biological father who I met for the first time this year and who has been vegan for 2+ months now!) and Dan Safko (omnivore, public speaker and entrepreneur). We hope that this helps you out next time you’re at the grocery store shopping for vegan cheddar cheese!

Greg Hicks, Michelle Cehn, and Dan Safko hold up four bags of vegan shredded cheddar cheese

P.S. Have you seen our Ultimate Guide to Vegan Cheese? Check it out to see some of the most popular options for each type of vegan cheese (for melting, spreading, sprinkling, sandwiches, serving on a platter, and beyond).

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This vegan cheddar cheese guide was written by Michelle Cehn and edited by Amanda Meth. Although we love the brands mentioned above, this is not a sponsored article.

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