Product: Daiya Deliciously Dairy Free Plain Cream Cheese Style Spread – $4.49+
In the previous blog, I reviewed some bagel thins which were made of awesome and happiness. Like butterflies and unicorns.
Well, I also mentioned vegan cream cheese. My usual go-to vegan cream cheese is Tofutti. Which I LOVE so much. It’s just really, really tasty. But, you see, my favorite vegan cheese company, Daiya, had just released some vegan cream cheese of their own…and yes…I really wanted to try it.
It was just a matter of finding it, in stock, here in my area.
It took a little while…but I finally stumbled across it at my local grocery store. The last place I expected to find it…but there it was in all it’s dairy-free glory. So, you bet your bagel-loving butt that I snatched up a container of it. With bagel thins in my freezer…I needed some cream cheese, yes? Of course. Justifying the grocery budget here!
Anyway…having tried two other vegan cream cheese options and loving them…Daiya had a lot to live up to. But…Daiya is a brand that I love and trust, so I wasn’t worried. Not one bit. And when those bagel thins came out of the oven that morning…I was ready to give each half a nice, healthy schmear.
Which…is exactly what happened.
Compared to the other vegan cream cheese spreads I have used, Daiya was definitely not as creamy or as spreadable as the rest. It was a bit clumpy when I dished out a serving to put on each half of the bagel thin. That being said, it did spread out just fine, especially on the toasty top of each bagel, even melting down like regular cream cheese does. And the taste? Well…it tastes like Daiya. That’s about all I can say. Daiya has this distinct flavor to it. But it is the absolute best vegan cheese out there and I found myself enjoying the taste of this the more I ate. Honestly. At first, I wasn’t too sure about it…but then as I kept eating, I liked it…then loved it.
So, let’s talk about Daiya Deliciously Dairy Free Plain Cream Cheese Style Spread, yes? Yes. As with all Daiya products, the Plain Cream Cheese Style Spread is casein free, lactose free, and soy free. It is made up of filtered water, coconut oil, non-GMO expeller pressed canola and/or safflower oil, potato starch, pea protein isolate, sea salt, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, lactic acid (for flavor) agave syrup, natural vegan flavors, titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral), vegan enzyme, and cultured sugar. So, it’s not a complete chemistry experiment when it comes to ingredients. Although not everything is all natural either. But, you have to make exceptions sometimes, right?
Nutritionally speaking, Daiya Deliciously Dairy Free Plain Cream Cheese Style Spread is doled out in servings of 2 tablespoons. These two tablespoons contain 90 calories and 7 grams of fat. That’s not too bad. Each serving contains no cholesterol and a scant 190 mg of sodium. A serving of this spread does not contain any fiber and only 1 gram of protein.
So, as it stands, Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese is a better option, however…it does contain soy. If you are sensitive to soy or limiting your consumption of soy, than Diaya is the way to go. The cream cheese works great on bagels and I hope to dish up a delicious cheese cake with it in the very near future. Maybe for Thanksgiving since I am playing host for the first time. We’ll see.
Give it a try…see what you think!