“Many’s the night I have dreamed of cheese — toasted mostly — and woke up again and here I were,” says the cheeseless, shipwrecked Ben Gunn in the children’s classic, Treasure Island.
Many’s the vegan who’s echoed his sentiments. Until now.
Luscious, plant-based cheese is no longer a dream.SunRAWise
Based in Palatka, SunRAWise sells its vegan cheeses at West Palm Beach’s Bee-Organics and online, $11 for a 4-ounce package. (Brace yourself — once you factor in shipping costs, it’s possible to spend almost $20 for 4 ounces of vegan cheese.)
Made from cultured cashews, sea salt and herbs, Marino’s vegan cheeses are deep-flavored and firm, with a granular texture like aged Parmesan. All are aged, organic and raw; no cow, no cholesterol. One ounce contains 140 calories, 10 grams of fat, 220 milligrams of sodium, 1 gram of fiber and 5 grams of protein.Artisan Vegan Cheese Choices Cafe
A 1-ounce serving contains 90 calories, 6 fat grams, 220 milligrams of sodium, no fiber and 1 protein gram. It’s soy-free and made from tapioca starch, coconut and canola oils, pea protein and starch, vegan lactic acid, and B-12.
It’s dairy-free, soy-free and über delish. Brands like Red Star (5 ounces, $5.49) are B-12-fortified, too. Find it at Whole Foods and other natural food stores.
Because plant-based cheese doesn’t have to be a dream.