Daiya Cutting Board Shreds are the Dairy-Free Cheese that Melts

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Updated in April 2020 – New Formula! Many people don’t realize that Daiya Foods came out with a second line of dairy-free cheese shreds a couple of years ago. Don’t worry, their classic shreds are still available. They met with too much backlash when they underwent formula changes previously, so they decided to keep those around and leave them as is. But they’ve added Daiya Cutting Board Shreds to their product line, which have a very different formula, and are being adopted by a lot of restaurants.

The packaging of the two dairy-free cheese shred lines is very similar. But the Cutting Board Shreds have a more colorful front label and specifically state “Cutting Board Collection” on the front.

Daiya Cutting Board Shreds Review and Full Information (Dairy-Free Cheese Alternative) - picture: Nachos made with new Daiya Dairy Free Premium Cutting Board Shreds

Daiya Cutting Board Shreds are the Dairy-Free Cheese that Melts

We tried Daiya Cutting Board Shreds and were impressed with the “melt.” They get quite ooey and gooey atop nachos, pasta, pizza, and more, but were a little sticky too. They reformulated in early 2020, and some of the stickiness seems to be gone. The ingredients below reflect the new formula.

The flavor seemed on par with their Classic Shreds for us. Both tasted good, in small doses. We found that using a light hand when sprinkling added enough cheesy flavor without overwhelming the dish. But tell us what you think! Once you’ve tried them, leave your own rating and review below.

Cheddar Style

Daiya Cutting Board Shreds Review and Full Information (Dairy-Free Cheese Alternative) - picture: Nachos made with new Daiya Dairy Free Premium Cutting Board Shreds. Pictured: CheddarIngredients: filtered water, tapioca starch, coconut oil, expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, vegan natural flavors, chickpea protein, salt, potato protein, tricalcium phosphate,  lactic acid (vegan), konjac gum, xanthan gum, yeast extract, annatto color, turmeric color, inactive yeast, potassium chloride.*

Nutrition (per 1/4 cup serving): 80 calories, 5g fat, 8g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 0g protein. Fortified with 10% Calcium RDA.*

Mozzarella Style

Daiya Cutting Board Shreds Review and Full Information (Dairy-Free Cheese Alternative) - picture: Nachos made with new Daiya Dairy Free Premium Cutting Board Shreds. Pictured MozzarellaIngredients: filtered water, tapioca starch, coconut oil, expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, vegan natural flavors, chickpea protein, salt, potato protein, tricalcium phosphate, lactic acid (vegan), konjac gum, xanthan gum, yeast extract, fruit and/or vegetable juice color.*

Nutrition (per 1/4 cup serving): 80 calories, 5g fat, 8g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 0g protein. Fortified with 10% Calcium RDA.*

Pepperjack Style

Daiya Cutting Board Shreds Review and Full Information (Dairy-Free Cheese Alternative) - picture: Nachos made with new Daiya Dairy Free Premium Cutting Board Shreds. Pictured: Pepper JackIngredients: filtered water, tapioca starch, coconut oil, non-GMO expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, vegan natural flavors, chickpea protein, salt, potato protein, tricalcium phosphate, lactic acid(vegan), konjac gum, xanthan gum, red bell pepper, green jalapeno pepper, yeast extract.*

Nutrition (per 1/4 cup serving): 80 calories, 5g fat, 8g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 0g protein. Fortified with 10% Calcium RDA.*

Cheddar & Mozza Style

Daiya Cutting Board Shreds Review and Full Information (Dairy-Free Cheese Alternative) - picture: Nachos made with new Daiya Dairy Free Premium Cutting Board Shreds. Pictured: Cheddar MozzarellaIngredients: filtered water, tapioca starch, coconut oil, expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, vegan natural flavors, chickpea protein, salt, potato protein, tricalcium phosphate, lactic acid (vegan), konjac gum, xanthan gum, yeast extract, annatto color, turmeric color, fruit and/or vegetable juice color, inactive yeast, potassium chloride.*

Nutrition (per 1/4 cup serving): 80 calories, 5g fat, 8g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 0g protein. Fortified with 10% Calcium RDA.*

Additional Allergen Notes*

Some Daiya products are made in a shared facility with dairy-containing products. But their shreds are reportedly made in their own dairy-free, allergy-friendly facility. They also test for the presence of gluten. The new formula (updated in 2020 and shown above) does contain chickpea protein. Some people with peanut allergies have cross-reactivity with other legumes. Always consult a physician regarding food allergy concerns.

More Facts on Daiya Cutting Board Shreds

Price: $4.99 per 7.1-ounce package

Availability: Daiya Cutting Board Shreds are sold at major grocers like Safeway, Publix, and Target, and at some natural food stores. They’re also available to order in quite a few restaurants. Go to the product finder on their website (below) to see the restaurants near you, too.

Certifications: Daiya Cutting Board Shreds are Certified Vegan, Non-GMO Verified, and Certified Kosher Pareve.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Daiya Cutting Board Shreds are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.*

For More Product Information: Visit the Daiya Foods website at daiyafoods.com.

*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy. 

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Plastic texture, no flavor

1.0 rating
September 18, 2020

Yuck. Why vegan and vegetarian food is so mocked and reviled. Tried mozz slices and shreds, cheddar shreds, all on pizza—all gave me terrible acid reflux (not usually an issue for me. Imagine eating American cheese with the wrapper still on

Michele

Leave them on the Cutting Board!

1.0 rating
July 25, 2020

I wondered what happened to our Daiya cheese. Both grocery stores we shop at went to the new NOT improved ingredients. It is nothing like the original which is so hard to find. Hopefully Ingles and Whole Foods will quit only carrying the cutting board.

Sharon McConnaughy

Very good melted!

5.0 rating
June 29, 2020

Awesome! Straight out of the bag, the texture and taste is not good at all. However, after melting, it tastes great and feels gooey/creamy. I just put it on some pizza and it was amazing! Melted perfectly and tasted great.

Kelsey

Good in small doses

4.0 rating
June 8, 2020

I like the mozzarella style, but I’m not a fan of the cheddar style. And as the review states, they are best in small doses. We like to make homemade pizza with our kids and the mozzarella style is a nice substitute on my pizza when used sparingly. It melts nicely and gives just enough of a ‘cheese-like’ flavor to make me feel like I’m enjoying the real thing. I also like the mozzarella style on homemade nachos. I just can’t get on board with the cheddar style though…something about the flavor I guess.

Rebecca

The Cheddar Melted on Nachos Is Wrecking My Diet

5.0 rating
February 4, 2020

I picked up the cutting board cheddar after seeing the nachos on the package thinking it would suffice as a substitute for dairy-based cheddar on nachos for a super bowl snack. I typically don’t like Daiya cheeses on pizza because they have more of a creamy texture rather than the chewy texture of dairy-based mozzarella. If you’ve had Boursin cheese on pizza you will know what I mean.
I was pleasantly surprised when I microwaved the cutting board cheddar on some nacho chips with meatless taco meat. The melt was nice and the flavor tasty. I am now obsessed with this cheese on nachos which is killing my diet.

CRW

utter garbage

1.0 rating
November 30, 2019

Might as well sprinkle your food with water starch and oil cause that’s all it tastes like.
Not worth 5 cents much less 5 dollars.

logan

Fabulous

5.0 rating
October 26, 2019

This is the only non dairy cheese I’ve found that melts, tastes like cheese, and doesn’t make me react.

Rosie

Good but a little sticky and hard to find

4.0 rating
May 31, 2019

My husband and I really enjoyed these shreds. We thought the flavors were great and they really did melt! My only complaint was that it is very sticky. And if you use a lot, it can overwhelm. Use a light hand when sprinkling it on for the first time. It’s also hard to find. Most stores in my area carry the classic Daiya shreds, but the Cutting Board ones aren’t usually available.

Alisa Fleming

Daiya Cutting Board Shreds

5.0 rating
May 30, 2019

I have tried all of their products and I LOVE them. They have opened up a whole new menu for me and my family. There were so many things that I could never have but now I can. It even taste good enough that my non-allergy, cheese eating family members will eat what I cook with Diaya. LOVE it.

Lisa Getson


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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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