The biggest bagel chain in the U.S. has added Vegan Shmear to their menu in select locations. The new cream cheese alternative at Einstein Bros. Bagels is reportedly Kite Hill. It has landed after PETA petitioned them for a dairy-free option with about 43,000 signatures.
Vegan musician Adam Russell discovered the dairy-free shmear, and shared a photo from in store.
It’s unknown if the vegan shmear will roll out nationwide, so consumers are being urged to ask their local Einstein Bros. Bagels. If they don’t have it, then make a request!
Other Dairy-Free Options at Einstein Bros. Bagels
This large chain has a great nutrition and allergen chart that can be found via their FAQ section. Within it, we discovered all of the following:
- Their Avocado Toast is a great dairy-free, egg-free option.
- Most of their Bagels are dairy-free, unless they have cheese in the actual name. However, the Cinnamon Sugar and Green Chile also contain dairy. The French Toast bagel appears to be dairy-free, but it does contain eggs.
- All of their Bagel Thin flavors appear to be dairy-free and egg-free.
- All of their Specialty Breads appear to be dairy-free and egg-free.
- Aside from the new Vegan Cream Cheese Shmear, they offer honey, jellies, natural peanut butter, and hummus for spreading on your dairy-free bagel.
- All of their Meats (plain) and Tuna Salad (but contains egg) appear to be dairy-free. Their fresh cracked eggs appear to contain milk, but the fried egg patty and egg whites do not.
- For Vegetable toppings, the avocado, roasted artichokes, and roasted red peppers are listed as dairy-free and egg-free. However, the granola and sauteed mushrooms do contain milk.
- For Sandwiches off the board, the Harvest Chicken Salad on Multigrain, Albacore Tuna Salad on Multigrain, and Original Bagel Dog appear to be dairy-free. Other sandwiches will need to be modified.
- The Strawberry Chicken Salad looks to be dairy-free without dressing, but they don’t list dressing options on the nutrition chart.
- For Soup, the Chicken Noodle and Vegetarian Chile are listed as dairy-free.
- And on the Sweets menu, the Cinnamon Twists and Cinnamon Twist Poppers are surprisingly listed as dairy-free and egg-free.
This information is subject to change at any time, and potential cross-contamination with allergens can always be a concern. Check in store on the ingredients and processes before ordering. And leave a comment if you see any changes or additions.
Where to Find Einstein Bros. Bagels
Einstein Bros. Bagels has about 300 locations in 27 states across the U.S. See their website below for addresses, hours, and more information.