Shredded Violife cheese

Beginner’s Guide to Cheese Alternatives

When being told to remove dairy from your diet, many of the responses are “But, I love cheese!” We feel you. Nikki had this same response, but you do what you have to. Luckily, there are cheese alternatives out there so you don’t have to totally miss out.

Here is our Beginner’s Guide to Cheese Alternatives.

As always, all options are dairy-, soy-, and gluten-free. They are also low FODMAP.

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Violife is a brand we discovered recently at Publix. They have a variety of products including sliced cheese, shredded cheese, and cream cheese. The brand is 100% vegan. Violife also has a variety of certifications including NON GMO Project Verified, BK Kosher, and member of the Plant Based Foods Association.

We recently made a pumpkin cheesecake using their cream cheese.

This is Nikki’s favorite brand.

Violife Cream Cheese
Nikki was so happy to find a cream cheese alternative.


Shredded Violife cheese
Violife has Parmesan and American shredded cheese.


Follow Your Heart

Follow Your Heart is another really great cheese alternative. You can find a wide range of products including cheeses, yogurt alternatives, salad dressings, and Veganaise. Along with being NON GMO Project Verified, they are certified USDA Organic and zero waste verified.

Follow Your Heart cheese shreds
This will be ooey-gooey cheesy goodness


Follow Your Heart American Cheese slices
This is one of Nikki’s favorites.


An image of Follow Your Heart dairy free cheese.
Follow Your Heart is a new brand that is GFS approved.


Daiya was one of the first brands that Nikki found when she first had to cut dairy from her diet. They have a wide variety of products including yogurt, cheezecakes, dessert bars, and pizza. Daiya is free of seven top allergens and are a member of the Plant Based Foods Association.

Daiya Eazy Cheezy Mac is gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free.
Gooey, cheezy goodness


Daiya Pumpkin Spice Cheezecake is allergen-free.
Get this limited edition cheesecake while you can! (photo credit:


Daiya Black Cherry greek yogurt
Daiya greek yogurt alternative

Earth Grown

Earth Grown can be found at Aldi. As far as I know, this is the only cheese alternative from Earth Grown. From Aldi’s website: Our Promise: All our Earth Grown products are free from animal products, including meat, poultry and seafood, and our vegan items are also free from substances produced by animals – such as eggs, dairy, honey, gelatin and lanolin. 

Earth Grown Mozzarella shred
Even Aldi’s has vegan cheese options (photo courtesy of


If you enjoyed these food guides, you might also like these guides milk alternativesice cream alternativessnackscookiesyogurt alternatives, and even Halloween candy.

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16 thoughts on “Beginner’s Guide to Cheese Alternatives”

  1. My mom lives in Australia and they have Aldi so I need to ask her to buy me some of Earth Grown. I am not sure we have Earth Grown in our local supermarket. The cheese are limited here.

  2. I cannot imagine being told I couldn’t eat cheese! I have always enjoyed it but certainly eat more than I ever have done whilst following Keto – great to know there are so many alternatives out there though so people can still enjoy! Sim x

  3. Great guide. Thanks for sharing this. I had no idea there is such many options. I just discovered I’m lactose intolerant so this is really helpful.


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