What are Violife Vegan Cheeses Like?

AD When I stopped eating dairy six years ago the thing I missed most was cheese. I was missing pizza and cheese toasties and even just a nice nibble of cheese and crackers. Luckily vegan cheese has come a long way and there is a huge range of choice for any of your cheesy cravings whether you are just giving up dairy or becoming vegan. One my favourite vegan cheese brands is Violife and it’s the only cheese that my son will eat. Whether you want to use cheese for cooking or a cheese board read this post to find out which Violife cheeses you might want to try.

a plate with a selection of sliced, block and grated dairy free vegan cheese
Violife original slices, grated and smoky cheddar flavour slices

Violife Vegan Cheese Review

As well as being vegan Violife products are free from dairy, soya, gluten, nuts and preservatives. You can get them in most supermarkets however for the more unusual varieties you might need to order from Ocado or visit a specialist shop.


Violife Original Flavour Slices

The original flavour slices are the first Violife cheese I tasted and they are still my favourite. Handily they are now really widely available in supermarkets and stores, even my little corner shop sell it. These squares of cheese are a plain, mild cheese similar to a mild cheddar slice. They make a great sandwich and also melt so you can add them to a burger.

A packet of Violife original sliced cheese in a sandwich
Violife original flavour slices in a sandwich

Violife Original Flavour Grated

Good for cooking, but don’t expect it to behave like dairy mozzarella or cheddar. It goes soft and runny making a great vegan pizza or topping for nachos, but it doesn’t do that good crispy golden topping you get from dairy cheese. Violife cheese is best not overcooked 

Violife Epic Mature Cheddar Flavour Block

As the name suggests this is a block of cheese with a stronger taste than the original flavour. It is described as crumbly, but I would say it is crumbly in the same way that a normal cheddar is as opposed to crumbly like a vintage cheddar or Wensleydale. I can taste the coconut flavour in this cheese, which I can't in the other products I have tried in the range and I don't really like that in my cheese.

A block of vegan cheddar style cheese cut with a small cheese knife
Violife Epic Mature Cheddar Flavour Block

Violife Smoky Cheddar Flavour Slices

One of the first vegan cheeses I got on board with after giving up dairy was a smoked cheese slice. The smoky flavour helps hide the difference in taste to dairy cheese so it can help introduce you to vegan cheeses. That first smoked cheese toasted sandwich was sooo good. Definitely worth a try if you haven’t found a vegan cheese you like so far.

Violife Le Rond Camembert Flavour

This round soft cheese can be eaten cold or baked in the oven or even microwaved for that dinner party favourite of baked camembert. I was never really a fan or camembert, brie or any of those types of cheese so I didn’t really expect much from this. The taste is quite mild though so I quite like it. It can also be used melted in other dishes, check out these vegan recipes for ideas.

a baked camembert style vegan cheese with a bread stick stuck in.
Violife Le Rond Camembert Flavour

Violife Creamy

Another one of my long time favourite vegan cheeses, I love creamy on crackers or breadsticks. I would describe it as like a cream cheese with a similar texture to a vegan Dairylea style cheese. You can even use it to stir through pasta, to make a vegan cheesecake or cream cheese style frosting for carrot cake.

My daughter and partner still turn their nose up at the cheese alternatives and don’t like the smell. After so long of not eating dairy cheese I embrace them, but not all vegan cheese is equal and there are some I don’t like due to either really weird tastes or strong smells. Violife cheese is made from coconut oil, but I don’t notice a coconut flavour in most of the products and I really enjoy having cheese in my life again.

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