We were delighted to discover two NuCulture cashew spreads at our local food co-op (stay tuned for the review of the Garden Herbs variety).
NuCulture has four plant-based spreads (including a dessert flavor, pumpkin spice), and all are vegan as well as gluten- and soy-free. The Bacony Chipotle is slightly bacony and incredibly spicy (in a great way).
We enjoyed this spread on crackers and fresh bread, and it would also be delicious on a baked potato or as a dip for french fries … it’s light and creamy in texture and would be incredibly versatile on just about anything you wanted to add a bit of spice to (or make that a lot of spice).
NuCulture offers recipes on its website, and we also discovered that this variety, combined with the Garden Herbs flavor, created a wonderful cool-hot sensation (but that’s as far as we went, recipe-wise). Stay tuned for our next review…
As ever, Miyoko’s Creamery is always trying new and amazing things. We were thrilled to see a new cream cheese available, and we ordered it right away. (It’s not currently on the Miyoko’s website, but join the mailing list to be notified of new cheeses!)
The cream cheese doesn’t have the smooth texture that others (such as Daiya) have, and it’s also quite sweet.
There’s a very pleasant nutty flavor, but there is also slightly chalky aftertaste. As one taster pointed out, “It doesn’t finish well.” In the end, we were split on the bagel factor, with half of us finding this new cream cheese lovely on bagels and the other half not so much.
In the interest of further research (this is all for science, people), we decided to see how it would work in a recipe. The good news here is that it’s brilliant. Behold this double-layer, peanut butter-chocolate cheesecake (all vegan, naturally).
This cheesecake turned out to be quite delicious — though keep in mind that this was a no-bake recipe, so we haven’t yet tried baking with this new Miyoko’s cream cheese. Still, given the success of this recipe, we’ll likely give it a try soon.
Most of all, you should give this new cream cheese a try yourself soon, and see what you think.
In our continuing ice-cream coverage during this sweltering summer…Coconut Bliss Dark Chocolate Bars.
This coconut-milk ice cream bar is as delicious as the dark chocolate ice cream that comes by the pint from Coconut Bliss — but of course, in the summer it’s fun to eat ice cream on a stick.
And these bars feel a little lighter and fluffier than the amazing dense chocolate of the dark chocolate pints … which, again, is perfect for summer.
The chocolate is rich and creamy and flavorful … we can’t think of a better way to beat the heat. In fact, we’d enjoy them even in winter.
We hope to try out every Coconut Bliss bar flavor before summer’s end, but in case we don’t, you can check them out here. Flavors include naked coconut, strawberry, latte, and coconut almond in chocolate. And you can see our review of the Salted Caramel in Chocolate here.
Since we are still in a heat wave, we sampled Nada Moo! coconut-milk ice cream, which came highly recommended by a fellow sweet tooth who says she’s never met a Nada Moo flavor she didn’t like.
After tasting Nada Moo’s Cookies & Creme, we feel quite certain that we’d agree about all the other flavors.
Cookies & Creme is amazing: rich, creamy, with a strong vanilla flavor and plenty of crunchy chocolate cookies.
The texture is lighter and fluffier in texture than Coconut Bliss (which isn’t better or worse, just different), and, like Coconut Bliss, the ice cream is made with organic coconut milk.
We are very much looking forward to enduring the heat wave with more Nada Moo. Other flavors include Chocolate Cherry Fudge Brownie, Pistachio Nut, Vanilla Cha-Cha-Chai, Sweet Cherry Lime, and Maple Pecan. Yum.
So, Coconut Bliss is not exactly cheese, but it’s in the triple digits here this week, and so we are eating much vegan ice cream. And we feel it’s our duty to inform you of the deliciousness of these coconut-milk ice-cream bars.
Already huge fans of Coconut Bliss ice cream by the pint (which are available in flavors including Chocolate Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge, Mint Galactica, Mocha Maca Crunch, and Ginger Cookie Caramel, among others), we could not resist trying out the bars.
The bars are not as large as they look on the package (are they ever?), but they are a good size and very satisfying.
The Salted Caramel coconut-milk ice-cream is sublime by the pint, and it is only more delicious wrapped in chocolate and delivered on a stick.
I couldn’t possibly recommend this more … it’s the perfect summer treat. Stay tuned as we sample other varieties…
While traveling this summer, we were able to find Kite Hill in local groceries, and we found a product we haven’t yet tried — its almond milk yogurts. (While this is officially a cheese-tasting blog, we’ve clearly been expanding to include all non-dairy vegan products — it’s a tough job, but we are here for you.)
We sampled the Kite Hill strawberry yogurt, which was smooth and creamy, and a tiny bit tangy (a good thing for this flavor).
The texture is nice and light — and super smooth! — and it has none of the chalkiness of some vegan yogurts. It’s perfect for eating plain, with museli or cereal, and for using in smoothies.
We look forward to trying the other flavors and hope we can soon find them locally!
We were delighted to see a new brand of chipotle vegan mayo out there and immediately brought home this jar of Fabanaise, a new vegan mayo that is made with aquafaba.
Aquafaba is a miracle in vegan foods, especially for baking. Comprised of the liquid from cooked chick peas, its egglike quality makes it perfect for certain recipes…and, apparently, for mayo.
And this vegan mayo, while a bit thin, does basically have the consistency of the real thing.
However, we wished the chipotle flavor had more of a kick. (The Vegenaise Chipotle Mayo from Follow Your Heart is still our favorite for its perfect consistency and kick.)
And while Sir Kensington’s has myraid other products available, be aware that not all of them are vegan, which is a shame. We hope to see their Dijonaise, Sriracha Mayonnaise, and other products available soon without eggs and with aquafaba instead.
After tasting Daiya’s Cheezy Mac Cheddar, we were intrigued by this Alfredo-style variety.
Like the cheddar, this is quick and easy to fix (no more than 10 minutes), and the box contains everything you’ll need (well, except the boiling water). And because the macaroni is brown rice pasta, it’s gluten free.
The sauce for this Alfredo-style variety is a bit stickier than the cheddar style, and it also has a stronger chemical flavor than the cheddar, as well as a slightly sweet, orange-zesty taste as well.
So while we wouldn’t call this the best Alfredo-style pasta we’ve ever had, we were glad it was in the cupboard for a quick, simple meal.
It was rumored for a long time that Ben & Jerry’s would introduce vegan flavors — and they’re here! With summer on the way, we highly recommend stocking up on all these dairy-free flavors.
Made with almond milk, Ben & Jerry’s has four vegan flavors (so far), and all are absolutely divine.
- Chunky Monkey (banana ice cream with fudge chunks and walnuts)
- P.B. & Cookies (vanilla ice cream with chocolate sandwich cookies and crunchy peanut butter swirls)
- Coffee Caramel Fudge (coffee ice cream with fudge chunks and caramel swirl)
- Chocolate Fudge Brownie (dark chocolate ice cream with fudge brownies).
All are delicious — the very favorite among us was Coffee Caramel Fudge, closely followed by P.B. & Cookies. And my personal favorite is Chocolate Fudge Brownie, which is just sinfully rich and delicious.
Thanks to Ben & Jerry’s for making this compassionate choice — this a great step forward for animal lovers, ice cream lovers, and especially for the cows!
Cream cheese is one of those foods that is really hard to replicate, and I finally found a cream cheese I like in Daiya’s Chive & Onion. Then I heard that Trader Joe’s has a vegan cream cheese.
This TJ’s version was recommended by a friend who doesn’t like Daiya and hadn’t found a palatable cream cheese until this one. So, I was very eager to try it.
The texture is quite good — softer than you might expect of “real” cream cheese — and the flavor is wonderful: very creamy, with none of the tang that Daiya has (which made the plain style too sweet for me). So this is a much mellower, milder cream cheese.
Because the texture isn’t as smooth, I made my bagel with half Daiya and half Trader Joe’s — and while I like the smoother and thicker Daiya texture more, I prefer the Trader Joe’s flavor. So…I will probably continue to enjoy both (though maybe not half and half every time).
Whatever your vegan cream cheese preference is at the moment, it’s well worth checking out the Trader Joe’s version — it’s among the best around!