6 dairy-free cheeses that'll melt your heart

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LAST UPDATED: 27 March 2017

More people than ever are exploring the delicious world of animal-friendy foods and doing good things for their health, the environment and animals.

But what happens when you've got cravings for cheesy pizzas, toasties and cheesecake? Well the good news is with 1 in 6 Aussies mooving away from dairy, the number of dairy-free options is exploding. So it's easier than ever to have your cruelty-free cheesecake and eat it too!

We've tried and tested the best dairy-free cheeses out there and here some of our favourites...

BioCheese

Enter: the ultimate all-rounder. BioCheese is delicious on just about anything and amazingly made from coconut oil. It has lots of stretch when melted and even bubbles and browns under the grill. It's always tempting to devour straight out of the packet, so if it makes it as far as the dinner plate, you're doing well!

Left: Biocheese | Right: PHOTO - MyLife

Available at Coles, some IGAs, Woolworths, speciality shops and online (please see below).

Vegusto

This is cheese with attitude and it's the go-to when you're after sharp, punchy flavours. It's perfect sprinkled on pasta, in creamy sauce or melted in a fancy, savoury fondue. With just half the fat of dairy cheese, it's the perfect animal-friendly option.

Left: Vegusto | Right: PHOTO - Maplespice Eats

Available at speciality shops and online (please see below).

Cheezly

Weave your magic in the kitchen with seven delectable flavours of this plant-based cheese. The hard part is knowing what to make first! Whether you've got an appetite for golden, melted goodness on nachos, cheese burgers or pizzas — Cheezly have a variety for just about everything (including mozzarella, cheddar and blue-style cheese, if that's more your thing!)

Left: Cheezly | Right: PHOTO - healthysoycooking

Available at speciality shops and online (please see below).

To-fetta

These tofu cubes marinated in herb-infused oil will have you forgetting all about looking in the dairy section. It's the tasty, kinder choice to sprucing up a Greek salad, crumbling over avocado smash, spreading on crackers or serving on a platter — your guests will never know it's dairy-free!

Left: To-fetta | Right: PHOTO - likeavegan

Available at speciality shops and online (please see below).

Daiya

Impress your friends and watch your favourite dishes sing by adding these melty, stretchy, cheesy shreds. If you're in the mood for something quick and easy, try Daiya shreds oozing out of quesadillas or in a super creamy mac and cheese! It's not only free from dairy, but gluten free too.

Left: Daiya | Right: PHOTO - Daiya Foods

Available at some IGAs, speciality shops and online (please see below).

Tofutti

If you're in the mood for dessert (and still have room for it) — Tofutti 'better than cream cheese' is the best base for making dairy-free cheesecakes. It's also the perfect ingredient for making frosting and slathering on bagels. Not to mention it's totally free from animal fat!

Left: Tofutti 'better than cream cheese' | Right: PHOTO - Tofutti Brands Inc.

Available at Coles, Woolworths, some IGAs, speciality shops and online (please see below).

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Major supermarkets are beginning to fill their fridges with more dairy-free items. Health food stores and speciality shops are another good option for finding your favourite brands and flavours of vegan cheese.

And if you haven't quite found what you're looking for — ask your local retailers to stock these dairy-free cheeses! Businesses rely on customer feedback so it's a great opportunity to show there's demand for compassionate choices.

If you prefer to shop online, check out The Cruelty-Free Shop, Vegan Online and The Green Edge and Vegan Perfection, who deliver right to your door.

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