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Vegan Cream Cheese {Best Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Brands & Recipe}

Discover the best dairy-free cream cheese brands and learn how to make your own vegan cream cheese from scratch in minutes!
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Looking for the best dairy-free cream cheese options to use on bagels, crackers, dips, frostings, cheesecakes, pies, and kugels? Read on to see the vegan cream cheese brand options available in stores, as well as a great simple recipe for making your own. From cashew cream cheese to coconut and tofu cream cheese, you have dozens of non-dairy cream cheese options to pick from today.

Cream cheese has become an indispensable staple for breakfast, brunch, and baking, and beyond, and for good reason. Is there any breakfast as quick and delicious than a toasted bagel with thick creamy savory schmear?

There’s a reason bagels are offered for breakfast at events, cafes, restaurants, airports, Bed & Breakfast hotels, and in many homes. And don’t worry, when you drop dairy from your diet you can still enjoy plant-based cream cheese!

Whether you DIY or buy, you’ve got dozens of dairy cream cheese alternatives for every application.

Vegan Cream Cheese Brands

Most mainstream grocery stores carry at least one brand of dairy-free cream cheese. Here are the best brands to explore.

  • Kite Hill
  • Tofutti
  • Miyoko’s Creamery
  • Violife
  • Follow Your Heart
  • Wild Creamery
  • So Deliciouus
  • Daiya
  • Moocho

Plus, stores like Trader Joe’s have even released their own version of non-dairy cream cheese!

Kite Hill Cream Cheese Alternative 

Many people consider Kite Hill cream cheese to be the best dairy-free cream cheese on the market. It’s a gourmet cream cheese that resembles the whipped cream cheese you might find at bagel shops, rather than Philadelphia-style schmear from a tub.

Better yet, they have an array of unique flavors, including seasonal specials like pumpkin pie! Their flavors include:

  • Plain
  • Chive (our favorite!)
  • Everything
  • Garden Veggie
  • Strawberry (limited edition / seasonal)
  • Pumpkin Pie (seasonal)
strawberry vegan cream cheese from kite hill
Photo: @KiteHillFoods Instagram

Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese 

The original vegan cream cheese by Tofutti used to be the only one on the market, and it has stood the test of time. It’s similar to Philadelphia-style cream cheese, and works great on bagels, in cheesecakes, and beyond.

open container of tofutti vegan dairy free cream cheese

Miyoko’s Organic Cultured Cream Cheese 

We can always count on Miyoko’s to raise the bar for dairy products made from plants, and the cultured cashew-based schmear is no exception. They even have a “Fish-Free Lox” variety perfect for salmon lovers and Jewish brunch spreads. It pairs beauitfully with fresh bagels and carrot lox!

miyokos fish free lox cream cheese served on cute fish crackers as an appetizer

Violife Cream Cheese

Creamy, delicious, and dairy-free! Violife’s “Just like cream cheese” is soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, lactose-free, and preservative-free. The Original flavor is the most common found in stores, but if you’re lucky you may find their strawberry cream cheese or cream cheese with herbs!

Ingredients include: water, coconut oil, potato starch, salt, glucono-delta-lactone, vegan flavors, olive extract, and Vitamin B12.

violife flyer for their vegan cream cheese

Follow Your Heart Dairy Free Cream Cheese

The makers of Vegenaise, the Vegan Egg, vegan parmesan, and other popular vegan staples joined the cream cheese party too! Follow Your Heart has been around since the 1970s, when they started as a soup and sandwich counter, and they’re now an internationally sold brand that was acquired by Danone in 2021.

bagel with lots of vegan cream cheese from follow your heart
Photo: @FollowYourHeart Instagram

Wild Creamery Dairy Free Cream Cheese Alternative

Newer to the scene are the Wild Creamery cultured plant-based schmears. They are really delicious, but be warned, because they are coconut-oil-based, if you leave them at room temperature the oils will start to separate.

The ingredients are quite clean, and include: water, coconut oil, sunflower oil, cashews, coconut cream, tapioca flour, chickpeas, cabbage, oats, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, and cultures.

wild creamery tub of dairy free cream cheese with a knife and jam on a cutting board.

So Delicious Cream Cheese Style Spreads

This brand is taking over the dairy shelves with plant-based alternatives. Their cream cheese is one of dozens of So Delicious products, including ice cream, plant milk, cheese, yogurt, and more. Their cream cheese flavors include:

  • Plain
  • Chive & Onion

Ingredients include: water, coconut oil, modified starches (potato and corn), salt, potato protein, cane sugar, cultured sugar, lactic acid, natural flavor, annatto extract.

so delicious brand plant based cream cheese on crackers breakfast appetizer

Daiya Cream Cheeze 

We applaud Daiya’s widespread distribution and creative flavors, but do want to warn that their cream cheeze has mixed reviews. It is soy and gluten-free, which is a win for many!

daiya garlic and herbs cream cheese spread on a bagel with a tomato and roasted garlic
Photo: @DaiyaFoods Instagram

Moocho Cream Cheese Style Spreads 

The new kid on the block, Moocho had released vegan cheese shreds and cream cheese spreads! Theri flavors include:

  • Plain
  • Garden Vegetable
  • Strawberry
bagel with vegan cream cheese from moocho brand

Photo: @SayMoocho Instagram

Vegan Foods & Recipes Using Cream Cheese

Cream cheese can be used in so many unique ways. You can spread it on bagels, crackers, or toast, mix it with seasonings into a dip, bake it into cheesecake, and beyond. Here are a few favorites!

Homemade Vegan Cashew Cream Cheese Recipe

It’s surprisingly easy to make your own cream cheese at home using nuts, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt, and water! Cream cheese that’s actually healthy? Yup! This recipe comes from our friends at Planted Table, vegan caterers in Oakland, California.

Vegan Cream Cheese

5 from 8 votes
A simple, healthy, dairy-free cream cheese that's perfect for spreading on bagels and wraps! Make a batch and keep it in the fridge for quick breakfasts all week long.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Equipment

  • 1 high-powered blender

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked overnight and drained
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • salt, to taste
  • water, to reach desired texture
  • chives, or green onion, optional

Instructions

  • In a high-powered blender, add the soaked cashews, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and salt, and blend until smooth, adding water as needed to reach a thick spreadable consistency. Mix in finely chopped chives.

Nutrition

Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Amercan
Keyword dairy-free cream cheese, plant-based cream cheese, vegan bagel schmear
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8 comments
  1. 5 stars
    I would of never thought that it would be so easy to make homemade vegan cream cheese

  2. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    Kite hill has been my go-to but I’m excited to try all of these others, including this recipe! Thanks for this!

  3. 5 stars
    So many options, I want to try them all! And the vegan cream cheese recipe looks so easy, definitely going to make that soon!

  4. 5 stars
    Thanks for the great guide and the homemade vegan cream cheese recipe … I will be trying them all!

  5. 5 stars
    I love vegan cream cheese, even more if its made with cashews!

  6. 5 stars
    Thanks for this comprehensive guide!! It will certainly come in handy !!

  7. 5 stars
    It blows my mind how easy it is to make your own vegan cream cheese! And it’s so good! I like it better than the store bought kind. But I’m also a huge fan of the kite hill chive cream cheese, so good on crackers.