Forget what you thought you knew about Follow Your Heart Cheese Alternatives, or cheesy subs in general. These Slices & Blocks are not a part of their Vegan Gourmet group, nor are they a simple reformulation. This is a whole new “game-changing” line-up that we found rather addictive.
To preface, I don’t miss cheese. I’ve never really even liked cheese (I know, *gasp* am I really American?). So my only reason for seeking out the best cheesy options is for all of you. That said, I fell hard for the new Slices & Blocks Follow Your Heart Cheese.
Is it exactly like dairy cheese? Probably not. But does it taste delicious both cold and “melted”, does it add pungent cheesy flavor to recipes and quick meals, and does it have an alluring mouth feel? Yes, yes, and oh yes.
A little confession – I didn’t take flavor notes for each of the four varieties of Follow Your Heart cheese alternatives. But, we enjoyed the Cheddar in pan-fried corn quesadillas (pictured above), atop nachos and in sandwiches. We savored both the Mozzarella and Provolone in lasagna and on pizza (pictured below). And the Garden Herb was nibbled as a snack, melted into sauce, and used on sandwiches and salads. The flavors for all fit seamlessly with their respective specialties.
Aside from the slight flavor variations, each of the Follow Your Heart cheese alternatives has the same texture. They slice, they grate, and they have such a noshable consistency that I caught myself stealing a piece or two while making dinner. They also have the same basic ingredients, with the shortest list that I’ve seen on a nut-free, soy-free dairy alternative – pretty much filtered water, coconut oil, starch, and natural seasonings. No carrageenan, no gums, and no gelatinous agar.
In terms of melting, Follow Your Heart cheese does, but may look less appealing and not as creamy if melted on top of your meal. I recommend using it as a middle layer in heated recipes, like you would with lasagna or quesadillas. As you an see, with pizza I simply piled on the toppings and it turned into the perfect ooey-gooey ingredient.
Certifications: Follow Your Heart Cheese Alternatives (slices & blocks) are labeled as vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO, but we did not note any certifications.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Follow Your Heart Cheese Alternatives are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Follow Your Heart website at www.followyourheart.com.