You read that correctly. Daiya’s culinary innovators have been hard at work creating a plethora of deliciously dairy free new options for us. I’ve already got my cooking mitts on preview samples of the first ones rolling out: New & Improved Slices including a brand New American flavor (hitting shelves around May). And boy did I put these to the test. I landed on sharing an inside out grilled cheese bagel recipe with you, but we sampled them so many ways.
This post is sponsored by Daiya Foods to celebrate the release of their new & improved slices. Nonetheless, it only includes facts, honest opinions, and a convenience grilled cheese bagel recipe from my own kitchen.
What’s Will Be New with Daiya Slices
Daiya slices have been reformulated for a better flavor and texture, whether enjoyed hot or cold, straight from the pack. They also removed the titanium dioxide and carrageenan, and swapped in coconut oil and potato protein (yes, no palm oil and no pea protein!).
Like all Daiya products, the Slices are plant-based and allergy-friendly. They’re made free of dairy, soy, and gluten, and are technically tree nut-free, but with that “contains coconut” disclaimer due to the FDA’s faux pas. They also have a surprisingly big dose of calcium, with 15% of the RDA per slice!
They’ve also “rounded out” the slices with new convenient re-sealable packages that have a smaller footprint, but the same amount of product within. The new packages won’t have the extra paper dividers within either, so you should hopefully be able to spot them easily!
Chilling Out with Daiya Slices
The full line-up of Daiya Slices includes Cheddar Style, Swiss Style, Provolone Style, and the brand new American Style that I mentioned. I tasted them each straight up and was immediately impressed by the flavors. They really do taste true to their namesakes!
The cold texture was firm and pleasant with a softer and more “melty” consistency in the American Style. I liked the milder Provolone Style best, followed by the relatively mellow American Style. But for those of you who like more depth, the Cheddar Style and Swiss Style definitely deliver.
And that perfect round shape made me eagerly purchase some wholesome bagels. I’ve had a bagel sandwich craving for months, and this really hit the spot.
Melting Over Daiya Slices
As we all know, the true test of any dairy-free cheese alternative comes with the melt. Daiya Slices made PHENOMENAL grilled cheese sandwiches. I couldn’t resist trialing them in an inside out grilled cheese bagel (recipe below), too. The thick, cheesy towers were filled with ooey gooey, melty goodness. I mixed and matched the flavors for even more dairy-free excitement. I am easily entertained.
The round shape of the new and improved Daiya Slices also begged to be used on English muffins. They’re bigger than English muffins, so they drape perfectly over the sides when melted. I made English muffin pizzas and melts with whatever sauce and topping options I had on hand. It was SUCH a convenient and tasty lunch.
More New Products from Daiya Foods
The following deliciously dairy free goods will also be rolling out in stores in the months ahead.
Daiya Cream Cheese Style Spread (Improved + New Flavor!)
This popular product has been reformulated to be richer, creamier, smoother & more spreadable. Plus, they’re adding a brand new Garden Vegetable flavor!
Daiya Greek Yogurt Alternative (New Flavors!)
They’re going back to basics. New Plain and Vanilla flavors will be added to their fruity line-up of thick and rich Greek-Style dairy-free yogurts. They each pack in 6 to 9 grams of plant-based protein, among other nutritious goodness.
Daiya Cheeze Sauce
No need to keep stealing the package from the Daiya Cheezy Mac for other recipes. In response to their top new product request, Daiya is bottling their Deluxe Cheddar and Deluxe Alfredo cheeze sauces!
Daiya Cheezecake (New Flavor!)
As if four flavors wasn’t enough. For the holidays, you’ll also be able to get a fifth flavor, new Pumpkin Spice Cheezecake! We’re expecting their perfectly sweet, rich and creamy bite paired with comforting pumpkin and hints of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. But make sure to pick one (or two) up the second you see them, as it will be a limited seasonal flavor.
Daiya Premium Cutting Board Collection Shreds
Don’t worry, their Original Shreds won’t be disappearing. But they’ve added a new line that has a more dairy-like flavor and texture, but with the same amazing melt and stretch. They’ll be available in Cheddar Style, Mozzarella Style and Pepperjack Style. They aren’t due out until June, but I did get a sneak peek of them and we were impressed! These nachos were such a reminiscent indulgence.
Where to Find these Daiya Products
Daiya’s deliciously dairy-free foods can be found in more than 22,000 grocery stores across the US and Canada, including Whole Foods, Kroger, Safeway and Publix. Daiya is now available in Sweden, Australia, Iceland, Bermuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Hong Kong, Dominican Republic and New Zealand, too.
However, select products, like the American Slices, are available in the U.S. only. Luckily this inside out grilled cheese bagel recipe is good with any of the Daiya Slices. My picture shows a slice each of the American Style and the Provolone Style, but the Cheddar and Swiss are also fantastic and provide bolder flavor.
The Daiya Slices will retail for $4.99 and the new American flavor will be available starting in May 2017. The other products mentioned will rapidly start rolling out in April, with the Pumpkin Cheezecake as the grand finale in fall.
Special Diet Notes: Inside Out Everything Grilled Cheese Bagel
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, optionally vegan, and vegetarian.
- Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise or buttery spread on the cut sides of your bagel.
- Place one half, cut side down, on a plate. Top with one slice of dairy-free cheese alternative. Sprinkle with everything seasoning. Top with the second slice of dairy-free cheese alternative, and sprinkle with more everything seasoning. Top with the second bagel half, cut side up.
- Preheat a skillet over medium-low heat.
- Carefully slide the inside-out bagel into the pan. Place a pan lid, smaller than the skillet, over the bagel. This will help weigh the bagel down and cook the cheese alternative in the middle.
- Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until browned. Uncover, carefully flip, cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, or until browned. Remove to a plate and devour.
Holy Solutions: I use somewhat "chubby" bagels with smallish center holes. If you're using a bagel with a wide hole, you can punch a little cheese alternative out of the middle or add another delicious layer, like roasted bell pepper between the bagel half and the cheese alternative.