When I switched from Lacto Ovo Vegetarian to Vegan, it took a long time to pull together all these resources. I am grateful to be able to share them with you, and hope they make your journey towards a 100% plant based, vegan lifestyle a bit easier …. And if you have any resources you’d like to see added, please email me 🙂
Nut and Grain beverages are all over the place now. Choose from soy, coconut, almond and other nut, rice, oat, hemp … You name it.
When cooking, I prefer Natur-a Soy brand unsweetened Soy Milk.
Try So-Delicious Coffee Creamers. Or Silk Brand.
Like non-dairy beverages, non-diary yogurts are getting easier to find. They can be found using soy milk, coconut milk, and now almond milk.
Manufactured Cheese Substitutes
Be careful on other brands … Many, such as Galaxy Brand Shreds still contain a lactose derivative.
Make Your Own Nut Cheezes for Cracker Spreads (I’ve never found I needed to use the cheesecloth)
Make Your Own Fermented Tofu Cheeze (very similar to a pungent Goat Cheese)
Manufactured Cream Cheese Substitutes:
This Tofutti version does contain hydrogenated oils. Tofutti also makes a version without, but I have yet to see it at my supermarket.
Galaxy also makes a vegan cream cheese, but I do not like it at all. Follow Your Heart brand would be second choice.
VeganBaking.net’s Cream Cheese Taste Test
Sour Cream Substitutes:
Vegan Sour Creams are significantly lower in calories than milk-based sour creams. I feel Follow Your Heart brand is closest in taste and texture to real sour cream. But at my store, it is almost double the price of Tofutti brand. So if I’m planning on using it in a dip, I’ll buy Tofutti. But topping a potato … I’ll splurge on the FYH.
Non Dairy Ice Creams:
A Few Other Helpful Vegan Dairy Makeovers:
More Excellent Resources on Vegan Baking Substitutes (egg and dairy):
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