Vegan Cottage Cheese Guide: Best Brands and Recipes

Discover the wonders of vegan cottage cheese, a creamy and compassionate alternative to its dairy counterpart. Perfect for a sweet snack or protein-packed lunch, this cool and curdy dairy-free cheese will leave you craving another bite.
post featured image Miyoko Creamery’s Vegan Cottage Cheese (Source: BigBoxVegan on Instagram)
A round white tub of Mikyoko Creamery's vegan cottage cheese on a white marble table top in front of a mini blackboard with the words, "Cultured Plant Milk Cottage Cheese" written on it. Miyoko Creamery’s Vegan Cottage Cheese (Source: BigBoxVegan on Instagram)
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Welcome to the world of vegan cottage cheese, where creamy dreams come true without a single moo! If you thought cottage cheese was strictly reserved for the dairy-loving crowd, think again. This plant-based twist on a classic favorite will have your taste buds doing a happy dance.

Why do people love vegan cottage cheese? It’s creamy, cruelty-free, and utterly delicious.

Packed with wholesome ingredients and bursting with flavor, plant-based cottage cheese is here to prove that you don’t need cows to create a velvety, protein-rich delight. Say goodbye to the cow and hello to a bowlful of veggie-powered goodness!

How is Cottage Cheese Made?

Traditionally, cottage cheese is made by curdling cow’s milk with an acidifying agent, such as lemon juice or vinegar, which separates the milk into curds and whey. The curds are cut, heated, and stirred to expel more whey, then drained and rinsed. Optional steps include washing the curds, adding salt for flavor, and packaging the cottage cheese for refrigerated storage.

When making a plant-based cottage cheese, you can’t recreate this chemical reaction in the exact same way. But, you can use comparable ingredients (such as nondairy milk, lemon juice or vinegar, salt, and seasonings) for a very similar flavor and texture.

Vegan Cottage Cheese Brands

Sadly, there is only one brand on the brink of debut. Recreating a classic cottage cheese recipe that tastes just like the original might be a daunting task for manufacturers at the moment. As new plant-based products emerge, we’ll make sure to update this list. All new cottage cheese substitutes are our priority!

A round white tub of Mikyoko Creamery's vegan cottage cheese on a white marble table top in front of a mini blackboard with the words, "Cultured Plant Milk Cottage Cheese" written on it.
Miyoko Creamery’s Vegan Cottage Cheese (Source: BigBoxVegan on Instagram)

Miyoko’s Creamery

Everyone is crossing their fingers that this organic watermelon seed and sunflower seed milk cheese blend will be on the shelves sometime in 2023. The creamy, curd-like texture and lovely mild taste has been much awaited by dairy-free fans. If this vegan cottage cheese is anything like Miyoko’s other plant-based dairy alternatives, we can certainly expect a delicious version that rivals traditional brands!

Best Vegan Cottage Cheese Recipes

From zesty herb-infused spreads to mouthwatering fruit-infused delights, this curated collection of cottage cheese creations will take your love to a whole new level of deliciousness. These ravishing recipes will give you a boost of plant-based protein and another appetizing addition to your weekly meals!

Quick & Easy Vegan Cottage Cheese

Sam’s terrific tofu-based (two types!), dairy-free cottage cheese is creamy but also has the perfect curd-like texture. In less than 10 minutes, you can have a high protein meal that pairs excellently with both fruit or veggies. A super tasty recipe by one of our favorite vegan bloggers.

A pale turquoise bowl filled with vegan cottage cheese and a spoonful held above the bowl against a white background and displayed on a white and gray patterned towel.
Quick & Easy Vegan Cottage Cheese (Source: It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken website)

Vegan Cottage Cheese

Conscious Plant Kitchen’s recipe is gluten-free, nut-free, oil-free, keto-friendly, low carb, and grain-free. Their recipe takes advantage of probiotics (for health, as well as flavor) in addition to tofu, unsweetened coconut yogurt, apple cider vinegar, and salt to create a delectable dairy-free version of this classic food. Definitely give it a try!

Three glass bowls filled with vegan cottage cheese and various fruit and vegetable toppings on a white background and accented by copper spoons and a gray and white striped towel.
Vegan Cottage Cheese (Source: The Conscious Plant Kitchen website)

5-Minute Vegan Cottage Cheese

A unique blend of extra firm tofu, plant-based yogurt, lemon juice and, surprisingly, garlic powder! This recipe by My Quiet Kitchen takes no time at all and results in a lovely texture and taste. A worthy tofu cottage cheese that has tang, but no off-putting sour taste.

A cutting board covered with wax paper displaying three slices of bread topped with vegan cottage cheese and berries.
5-Minute Vegan Cottage Cheese (Source: My Quiet Kitchen website)

Vegan Cottage Cheese (Easy Recipe)

Ela Vegan’s cool and neutral plant-based cottage cheese recipe is gluten-free, low-carb, dairy-free, low-fat, and uses only 5 simple base ingredients. This is a more savory version of the traditional by incorporating chives, spices, vinegar, and plant-based yogurt along with the tofu. You’ll have a delightful dish of cottage cheese whipped up in just minutes!

Two slices of bread covered with vegan cottage cheese and chives, as well as a small white bowl filled with cottage cheese and a wooden spoon on a gray stone circular plate on a gray countertop accented with a gray cloth napkin.
Easy Recipe for Vegan Cottage Cheese (Source: Ela Vegan website)

Tasty Tips and Serving Suggestions

Get ready to elevate your nondairy cottage cheese game with these terrific tips and suggestions that will turn you into a plant-based cheese connoisseur. From innovative serving ideas to experimenting with flavor combinations, we’ll inspire you with the knowledge you need to create delectable dairy-free delights that will impress even the most discerning taste buds.

  • Feast on Fresh Fruit: If you love the sweet and tart taste, top your dairy-free cottage cheese with berries, sliced stone fruit (such as apricots, peaches, or plums), apples, bananas, or any fruit that you fancy. Make a batch of this mouthwatering fruit salad and add a scoop on top!
  • Focus on the Savory: Grab hold of salty and umami flavors by sprinkling your cottage cheese with freshly cut herbs (chives, dill, parsley, cilantro, rosemary, etc.), nutritional yeast, olive oil, roasted red peppers, spices (smoked paprika, za’atar, cumin, etc.), avocado, or even hot sauce. Serve with thinly sliced veggies such as cucumbers, bell peppers, and tomatoes. Sensational!
  • Craving the Crunch: Add contrast to your plant-based cottage cheese with tempting textures such as corn tortilla chips, toasted bagel crisps, roasted chickpeas, or even crispy potato skin chips!
  • Attractive Edible Arrangement: Add a large scoop of nondairy cottage cheese to the bottom of a dessert or parfait glass. Then, top with a layer of fruity jam and sweet maple granola. Finally, finish it off with slices of fresh fruit and a dollop of homemade whipped cream. The perfect protein-packed breakfast or dessert!

FAQs

Is Daisy cottage cheese dairy-free?

No, this brand does not have a dairy-free option for their cottage cheese. Let’s hope they will offer one in the future!

Is Cottage Cheese vegan?

Unfortunately, no. Traditional cottage cheese is made with dairy milk, so it is vegetarian, but not vegan.

Can you eat cottage cheese if dairy free?

If you’re dairy-free, conventional cottage cheese is off the menu. Cottage cheese is made with dairy products and by-products, so it is not a good choice if dairy bothers your digestion.

More Delightful Dairy-Free Recipes to Try

So, friends, that’s all we know (for now) about vegan cottage cheese. It’s got all the creamy goodness without any of the moo-ness! Dairy-free cottage cheese is here to prove that alternatives can be utterly delightful. So go ahead, grab a spoon, and let the plant-based party begin!

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