The descriptor “plant-based” is popular these days and has done a great job with changing the narrative surrounding animal-free foods.

Plant-based foods are nutritious, protein-packed, and often quite tasty. Plant-based dairy products are having a moment right now because the messaging isn’t about leaving animals out, it’s about being able to indulge without guilt. If you’re on a plant-based diet or dairy doesn’t agree with you, you can have your kefir, milk, cheese, even your ice cream, dairy-free. Following are some new, plant-based dairy products on store shelves today.


Field Roast Vegan Chao Slices—Tomato Cayenne. Coconut-based and seasoned with fermented tofu, Field Roast Vegan Chao Slices are dairy-free, yet they peel easily, shred well, and melt like a dream. Field Roast Tomato Cayenne slices are made with a hint of tomato and complemented by Bell peppers and cayenne, making for a sharp and spicy cheese. They are vegan and gluten-free, and work well melted over chili dogs, crispy tater tots, or mixed with a meat or meat substitute for queso con carne. fieldroast.com


Follow Your Heart Vegan Cheese—Smoked Gouda. Elevate your cheese party with this hickory-smoked Gouda. Follow Your Heart Smoked Gouda Vegan Cheese is gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, and soy-free, but still has the creamy and authentic cheese flavor and texture of real cheese. Pair Vegan Smoked Gouda slices with caramelized onions for a gourmet panini, or add to mac ‘n cheese for a sophisticated take on the American classic. followyourheart.com


Incredible Foods Salted Caramel and Vanilla Frozen Bites. These non-dairy frozen bites are free from the big eight food allergens. The taste of melt-in-your-mouth salted caramel and vanilla is the perfect balance of decadence and delight without the guilt. Frozen Bites utilize Incredible Foods’ proprietary encapsulation technology that mimics nature, just like the skin of a grape or other fruits, allowing for versatility when it comes to flavor and form, as well as a unique eating experience that makes for a novel frozen finger food. incrediblefoods.com


Los Chileros CO YO Mixed Berry Yogurt. This coconut yogurt is made with coconut cream and plant-based probiotic cultures, and is full of vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6. It is dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and 100 percent vegan with no added sugar. Additional coconut yogurt flavors include mango and raw chocolate. coyo.com


Melt Rich and Creamy Organic Buttery Spread. Melt Organic is made from a blend of fruit- and plant-based oils, such as organic virgin coconut oil, organic flaxseed oil, organic palm fruit oil, organic canola oil, and organic hi-oleic sunflower oil. It cooks, bakes, and melts just like butter, with half the saturated fat and fewer calories. It is USDA certified organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Fair Trade certified, and kosher. Additional products from Melt include Melt Probiotic Buttery Spread and melt Vegan Butter Sticks. meltorganic.com


MUD Vanilla Coconut Mousse. MUD Coconut Mousse is the first plant-based frozen dessert made with no processed sugars or additives. It is cold, creamy, and rich in taste and nutrients. Made with a base of coconuts and cashews, it is whipped into a creamy texture and sweetened only with dates. MUD Vanilla Coconut Mousse is dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, paleo-friendly, and non-GMO. Additional flavors of mousse include chocolate and coffee. eatmud.com


Neoliv Chocolith Vegan Gelato. This raw, vegan gelato has no added sugar or sweeteners. Made for the “modern crave-man,” Chocolith gelato is gluten-free, low calorie, and has a low glycemic index. It is made with only five ingredients: organic dates, organic coconut milk, organic coconut cream, raw cacao, and organic coconut water. neolivfoods.com


nutpods Peppermint Mocha Creamer. Shelf-stable, unsweetened dairy-free Peppermint Mocha Creamer is made from almonds and coconuts, making it an ideal plant-based alternative to half and half. Peppermint Mocha is rich and creamy, giving consumers the opportunity to create their own seasonal cup of coffee or tea, or an extra creamy hot chocolate filled with winter flavors. It is free from dairy, soy, added sugar, gluten, and carrageenan. Additional nutpods flavors include Original, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Vanilla Lemon, and Pumpkin Spice. nutpods.com


Oatly Chocolate Oat Milk. A childhood favorite without the milk, Oatly’s Chocolate Oat Milk is full of oats instead, which contain protein, carbs, fibers, and healthy fat. It’s also enriched with calcium and vitamins to provide the same nutritional value as traditional milk. Pour over a bowl of morning muesli, or drink on its own for a chocolatey treat. The rich, chocolatey flavor is UTZ certified, ensuring it is subjected to sustainable farming practices. Additional offerings available in the U.S. include the original Oatmilk, Low-Fat Oatmilk, and Barista Edition Oatmilk. oatly.com


Ruby Rockets Stellar Strawberry Non-Dairy Frozen Pops. These non-dairy frozen pops are a unique, better-for-you frozen pop that is a creamy alternative to yogurt. They are dairy-free, made with no added sugar, and have 2g of plant-based protein. Made with organic, non-GMO ingredients, these frozen pops are gluten-free, vegan, and kosher. Ruby Rockets Frozen Pops are made from fruits, vegetables, creamed coconut, chia seeds, and pea protein, and are an excellent source of vitamin A. rubyrockets.com


Sara Kay is content and education specialist for the Specialty Food Association. 



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