On a recent outing to the U.S., I managed to find Kite Hill Ricotta.A lot of dairy-free cheeses available are full of questionable ingredients. But Kite Hill uses the simplest ingredients, which is one of the many reasons I love them!
Having only tried dairy ricotta a few times in my life, I didn’t have many expectations for this dairy-free counterpart. I was told that it should have a bit of sweetness, but also some saltiness to make a nice balance. I didn’t find many sweet tones to this Kite Hill Ricotta, rather it is much more salty and savory. On its own, it has a pretty mellow flavor that is just lightly salty, but the texture was really nice. It was quite silky and melted in my mouth.
For a dinner party, I crumbled some of this on top of a pizza with sweet potato, arugula, and caramelized onion and it made for a seriously divine meal! The salty creamy ricotta on top was a very nice touch.
Next, I tried it on top of some ratatouille rice and really enjoyed having that creamy coolness on top of the hot food. I liked that it didn’t completely melt and disappear into the food. It softened just enough to meld with the rice and vegetables and still keep its thick creamy consistency.
Kite Hill Ricotta is made from Artisan Almond Milk, and Little Else
Overall I thought Kite Hill ricotta was pretty good, and had high quality ingredients that shined through. It’s not something I ever felt I was missing, but it’s fun to play around with. I am excited to try it in lasagna or pasta shells and perhaps baked into some sweet ricotta-infused treats. That said, it’s definitely a gourmet vegan product with a high price tag, and a little too mellow to warrant indulging in often. But tell me what you think! Leave your own rating and review below.
Ingredients: almond milk (water, almonds), salt, enzymes, tartaric acid, cultures. Contains: tree nuts (almonds).*
Nutrition (per 1/4 cup serving): 140 calories, 12g fat, 5g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 5g protein.*
According to Kite Hill, “we manage the big eight allergens per FALCPA regulations in all of our products.” They do not offer details beyond stating that their products are dairy-free and soy-free.
More Facts on Kite Hill Dairy-Free Ricotta
Price: $9.99 per 8-ounce tub
Availability: Kite Hill Dairy-Free Ricotta is sold at natural food stores in the U.S., like Whole Foods and Sprouts.
Certifications: Kite Hill Dairy-Free Ricotta is Non-GMO Verified and Certified Kosher DE (for dairy equipment, not ingredients; see our Understanding Kosher Guide).
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Kite Hill Dairy-Free Ricotta is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.
For More Product Information: Visit the Kite Hill website at www.kite-hill.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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This is great Stuff for someone resisting diet changes
My hubby has an acute lactose intolerance and he pretty much hates every non-dairy substitute I have purchased (cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc.). This sucks because he loves cheese. I have purchase this ricotta to make lasagna and he has not had any complaints. It is still creamy and the almond/nut taste is not overpowering. I think that’s why he doesn’t like alot of the plant base replacements, the weird after taste. He actually just requested I make it this weekend. The only problem, it is out of stock at the two stores that sell it. That is a problem I can live with temporarily.
Out of stock!
It’s great and I love to make spinach Gnocci Malfatti with it but it’s ALWAYS out of stock which is very frustrating…I’m going in search of another brand.
Vegan ricotta mellow and creamy
While I’m not able to really compare it to its dairy counterpart, this product exceeded my expectations. With a lightly salty flavor and thick creamy consistency, this ricotta alternative was a really pleasant element on top of pizza, pasta, and as a spread on sandwiches or crackers. I loved the simple ingredients and how it keeps its integrity when baked or heated. It should hold up well in your favorite lasagna or stuffed shells recipe. It’s definitely pricey, and a little too mellow for my taste, but it is a fun treat to have in the fridge once in a while.