Disclaimer: We were sent a range of Violife vegan cheese products to review, however all thoughts are my own
With so much going on in the world including war in Ukraine, the pandemic and the threat of climate change, I find myself wanting to be more eco-conscious and find ways to protect the planet so my children and their children can grow up safe and secure. One thing we try and do on a regular basis is eat vegan meals. By choosing at least one meat-free day a week, we are contributing to positive change to the climate. However, I know I need to do more!
Enter Violife vegan cheese. 100% vegan, yet with all the taste of dairy cheese, Violife helps families like ours to choose a plant-based diet that helps us to respect the planet and live in harmony with it. I was excited to try more plant-based options in our diet – however also a bit concerned as my boys (husband included!) can be rather fussy…!
Who is Violife?
Violife is a vegan-dedicated community based in Thessalonica in Greece who have been committed to making 100% vegan, non-dairy, non GMO foods since the 1990s.
Violife doesn’t just make products that are vegan. Their alternative cheese products are free from dairy, lactose, GMO, gluten, nuts, soy, preservatives and cholesterol. Meaning you can enjoy them no matter what allergies you have!
What types of vegan cheese do Violife offer?
Violife have a huge vegan cheese offering, however we were sent five cheese alternative favorites to sample as part of our review including:
- Epic Mature Cheddar Flavoured Vegan Cheese
- Original Flavour Vegan Cheese Slices
- Original Flavour Vegan Grated Cheese
- Smokey Cheddar Flavoured Vegan Cheese
- Le Rond Camembert Flavour Vegan Cheese
Let’s take a look at each in turn.
Epic Mature Cheddar Flavoured Vegan Cheese Block
Perfect for grating on toast for delicious cheese on toast or adding to wraps with roasted red pepper and hummus, the Epic Mature Cheddar Flavoured block can also be sliced or cubed and served with crackers and cubes of pineapple.
Packed full of Vitamin B12 and protein, this block is deliciously crumby and tastes suspiciously close to the real thing!
Original Flavour Vegan Cheese Slices
We love using cheese slices when making vegetarian patties such as these sweet potato and spinach patties, but unfortunately by using traditional dairy cheese, we stop the meal from being fully vegan.
These slices melt gorgeously in the frying pan on top of veggie burgers or work equally as well inside a sandwich or a wrap. Truly delicious!
Original Flavour Vegan Grated Cheese
To test the vegan grated cheese out, we made homemade naan bread pizza. The kids loved sprinkling the vegan cheese all over the naanizzas and had absolutely zero idea that it was a vegan alternative. The naans went in the oven and I have to admit, the creaminess that the vegan cheese brought to the pizza made me never want to choose traditional grated cheese ever again!
Smokey Cheddar Flavoured Vegan Cheese
This had to be one of my favourites of the selection sent to us. I love a good smokey cheese slice with crackers, grapes and some wine and these went amazingly well stuffed inside pittas with avocado slices and falafel.
Just like all the other variations, this vegan cheese covers all bases by including Vitamin B12.
Le Rond Camembert Flavour Vegan Cheese
New to the Violife family is Le Rond Camembert Flavour vegan cheese. Soft, round and creamy, this cheese bakes perfectly in the oven and can be served with crackers, grapes and wine for a truly decadent supper. Are you seeing a recurring theme here yet?!
Our overall thoughts of Violife vegan cheese
We absolutely loved this range of vegan cheese that was sent to us to sample. The authentic taste of each and every variety means I can easily swap out dairy cheese and replace it with vegan options and no one in the family will have a clue!
I also loved that each type of ‘cheese’ included Vitamin B12 so you didn’t need to worry about lacking in this essential nutrient while they were all allergen-free so I can serve them to friends with allergies, safe in the knowledge they won’t cause them any harm.
If you’re thinking about small plant-based changes to your diet, I’d definitely recommend you give Violife vegan cheese a try. For vegan recipes and inspiration on how you can choose plant-based options for your family, visit the Violife website.