Vegan Gourmet Shreds Cheese Alternative

Product by:
Follow Your Heart
Mozzarella, Cheddar, Fiesta Blend
$4.99 for 8 ounces

Reviewed by:
On August 15, 2013
Last modified:April 23, 2016


Our entire family, immediate and extended, enjoyed this dairy-free and soy-free cheese alternative. Many comments were made about the perfect cheesy tang. The only qualm is that a couple of the varieties required extra coaxing to melt.

We recently had the chance to try all three flavors of the new allergy-friendly (soy-free and made with Top 8-free ingredients) Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Shreds and share them with extended family and friends. The reviews were overwhelmingly positive, and I’m excited to have discovered another tasty, widely-available dairy-free shredded cheese option.

Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Shreds Packaging Small

Fiesta Blend Vegan Gourmet Shreds

We served the Fiesta Blend as an accompaniment for a fajita night. In addition to our immediate family, some relatives were present, two of whom have recently given up dairy and gluten—one for health reasons, the other in solidarity with the first. The jalepeno peppers made the Fiesta Blend Vegan Gourmet Shreds a bit spicy for some of the children, but the adults enjoyed it. Our two newly dairy-free guests said they planned to look for Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Shreds in stores where they live.

Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Shreds in Bowl

Mozzarella Vegan Gourmet Shreds

The Mozzarella was excellent on some Summertime Tomato Melts from Family Feasts for $75 a Week by Mary Ostyn. Those of us who know the taste of dairy cheese noted the tangy cheese flavor in the mozzarella that is sometimes missing from dairy-free cheeses. Note that this variety doesn’t melt quite as readily as the others, but still offers a relatively cheesy consistency.

Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Shreds Tomatoes

Cheddar Vegan Gourmet Shreds

The Cheddar cheese alternative was great on grilled turkey burgers. We were impressed to see how well these shreds melt and stretch like dairy cheese. And again, the cheddar has that elusive cheesy tang, making it appealing to dairy cheese eaters and non-dairy eaters alike.

Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Shreds Burger

A quick search of the Follow Your Heart website turned up seven stores within 25 miles of my little town that carry Follow Your Heart products, so hopefully they should be easy to find near you, too.

Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Shreds Feature

Certifications: Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Shreds are Non-GMO Verified.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Shreds are vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and tree nut-free. 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.

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About Author

Sarah is the Associate Editor for Go Dairy Free. She also shares food and daily dilemmas as a milk allergy mom via her blog, No Whey, Mama. Sarah’s previous experience includes work as a copy editor at Thoroughbred Times magazine, a content writer at, and an intern at Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.


  1. I find the cheese tasting really plasticky. Better to make your own one as at least, all the ingredients you will use will be natural, and there won’t be any unhealthy additives. After all, it’s still processed food, and because it says vegan, it doesn’t mean it’s good for you considering the additives.

  2. Sarah, I have a question: where were you able to purchase these Vegan Gourmet shreds? I have checked their company’s website, and they list stores in my area as carriers, but they only carry OTHER “Follow Your Heart / Vegan Gourmet” products — like Vegenaise, etc. our family has a unique requirement of needing our foods to now be gluten-, dairy-, AND soy-free — a challenging combination to easily access in the marketplace… any suggestions? I checked and saw certain items listed, but none are actually these particular shreds. i’d really appreciate ANY help you could to head me in the right direction! Thanks SO much for your time and attention. Sarah!

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