Published by Michelle Feinberg.

Remember back in the day—like five years ago—when vegans had to substitute hummus, smashed avocado, or peanut butter for cream cheese? Yikes. Luckily, that would never happen these days, because many companies offer delectable vegan cream cheese options that make bagels worth eating again!

PETA and logic suggest avoiding dairy-based cream cheese, because cows are forced to produce up to 25 gallons of milk (that’s 400 glasses) every day. To do so, each one drinks the equivalent of a bathtub full of water and consumes around 100 pounds of food daily. This is unsustainable—and exploiting and slaughtering gentle beings is unethical.

Cows love getting back massages and have best friends who lower their stress levels. 💕 Between consuming dairy and being vegan, the choice is obvious. The real challenge is deciding which vegan cream cheese option you like best!

Store-Bought Vegan Cream Cheese Options

Most of these brands are available at major grocery store chains and can also be ordered online, and a few are regional. After trying any of them, you’ll vow to cut out all dairy-based cream cheese brands like Philadelphia—which is made with the stolen milk of exploited mothers—and you’ll never look back.

Credo Foods Cream Cheese (Chive & Onion, Plain, Strawberry)

Kite Hill (Everything, Garden Veggie, Plain)

Daiya Cream Cheeze Style Spread (Chive & Onion, Plain, Strawberry)

WayFare Cream Cheese (Onion Chive, Original)

Go Veggie Cream Cheese (Classic Plain, Chive & Garlic)

Spero (Blueberry, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Goat, Herb, Original, Red Pepper, Smoked, Strawberry)

Treeline Cashew Cream Cheese (Chive & Onion, Plain, Strawberry)

Trader Joe’s Vegan Cream Cheese Alternative

Miyoko’s Cultured Organic Vegan Cream Cheese (Cinnamon Raisin, Classic Plain, Everything, Fish-Free Lox, Savory Scallion)

Violife Just Like Cream Cheese (Cheddar, Garlic & Herbs, Original)

Plant Perks (Dill Havarti, Garlic & Herb, Smoked Gouda, Sriracha Cheddar)

Simple Truth Plant-Based Cream Cheese Alternative

Blöde Kuh Cream Cheese Style Spread (Black Garlic, Herbie Vore, Okie Smokie, Plain, Sriracha Cheddar, Truffle Fluff)

(Only available in the greater Los Angeles area)

Misha’s Kind Foods (French Connection, Joi, Lox, Sari, Seven Point Five, Smoked Cheddar)

(Only available in California)

Big Island Creamery Cream Cheese (Classic Plain, Green Goddess, The Herbinator, Hot Hawaiian, Sunshine Delight)

(Only available in Hawaii)

Dr-Cow Tree Nut Cheese (Chives, Plain, Tomato-Turmeric-Garlic)

(Only available in New York City)

Easy Vegan Cream Cheese Recipes

DIY is often cost-effective and even allows you to unleash your creative side. Make some bespoke cream cheese by adding cilantro, garlic, chipotle, chives, strawberries, mangoes, or any combination you like. It’s hard to beat a one-of-a-kind cream cheese tailored to your taste!

Cashew-Based Cream Cheese

Tofu-Based Cream Cheese

More Fun With Vegan Cream Cheese

Bagels are cool, but spreading cream cheese cheer doesn’t have to stop there. Check out these cream-cheesy ideas and recipes to make the most out of your little tub of love:

Vegan Cheesecake

Baked Jalepeño Poppers

Cheesecake Frosting

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

 Blueberry Breakfast Quesadilla

 Seven-Layer Mexican Dip

 Crunchy Vegetable Wraps

Chili-Cheese Fries

Orange French Toast

Vegan Sushi

Fruit Pizza

‘Bacon’ and ‘Cream Cheese’ Stuffed Mushrooms

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