Nutty Cow Nut Cheese (Discontinued)

Ricotta Style, Garlic Herb, Maple Pecan
$5.99 per 10-ounce tub

Reviewed by:
On April 4, 2013
Last modified:April 22, 2016


This nut- and soy-based vegan option has a fluffy ricotta-like texture that works beautifully in recipes. The three flavors add delicious versatility.

The second I spotted Nutty Cow Cheese Alternative, I knew it was destined to be featured on this website.

Nutty Cow Cheese Alternative - Ricotta

As you can see, there are three flavors of Nutty Cow cheese, and my appetite was up to the task of sampling each one …

Ricotta-Style is basically the “Original” flavor with a more versatile profile. Interestingly enough, I actually liked this one best when paired with strong flavors. It tended to enhance and slightly mellow the dish. My favorite was a big dollop of this Nutty Cow Cheese in Moroccan Tagine.

Though I did sample the Ricotta-Style in some vegan eggplant stackers (pictured below), for Italian, I preferred the pungent Garlic Herb. I’m a sucker for bold flavors, and this one packs a solid dose.

Nutty Cow Ricotta Cheese Style Spread

I had never tried a sweet ricotta, but could definitely see the applications of the tasty Maple Pecan flavor – a slather on toast or waffles, folded into dairy-free crepes, and maybe even piped into muffins for a “surprise in the middle” recipe.

After reading several blogger reviews about the product, I expected more of a cream cheesy spread than a ricotta, but the “cheese” makers at Nutty Cow never stop improving their recipe. The three varieties that I received were certainly spreadable, but the tender texture of each could easily pass as a mock ricotta.

Nutty Cow Ricotta Cheese Style Spread

So did it taste like ricotta? In going from memory, somewhat, but not exactly. Like many cheese alternatives, I wouldn’t go in expecting an exact duplicate. That said, I’m not one to compare – I just want to know if it’s good. Nutty Cow Cheese alternative is definitely tasty and pretty darn versatile, to boot. And thanks to the fluffy ricotta-like texture and selection of flavors, it could easily stand-in for ricotta cheese in most recipes.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, these cheese alternatives are vegan, vegetarian, egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and peanut-free. They do contain tree nuts and soy. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Please note that processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

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Nutty Cow Ricotta Cheese Style Spread

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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