The Best UK Vegan Food Products
Every single day, the awareness of veganism is increasing, that means, more people adopting a plant based diet, more vegan businesses, more vegan options in restaurants, and more vegan food products!
Luckily nowadays, these vegan friendly products have never been more readily available, especially in the UK, but also worldwide.
You may be surprised to discover just how easy doing your weekly shop in a supermarket can be, and just how mind blowing some of these vegan products are, without compromising on taste, texture of flavour. You’ll never need to opt for the animal products that don’t align with your morals just because you like the taste of something ever again!
We’ve got the lowdown on some of the best vegan products you need to try right now. Here’s our pick of our favourite ones ranging from mock meats to dairy free cheeses and ice creams.
The Best Vegan Mock Meats:
1. BEYOND BURGER PATTIES
Details: The Beyond Burger is a plant-based burger that looks, cooks, and satisfies like beef. It has all the juicy, meaty deliciousness of a traditional burger, but comes with the upsides of a plant-based meal. The Beyond Burger has a very similar nutritional profile to actual beef with 20g of plant-based protein and has no GMOs, soy, or gluten.
2. RICHMOND MEAT FREE SAUSAGES
Details: Richmond's first ever meat free sausages are now in stores all over the nation. They're a high protein alternative to the traditional meat sausages for those on vegetarian and vegan diets. The new meat free sausages are made from a soy protein concentrate and come in at less than 60 calories per sausage.
Everything about them including the taste, texture, look and smell replicates an actual sausage outstandingly well. We were mind blown the first time we tried them, and they still continue to do so every time!
3. ALDI PLANT MENU BURGERS
Details: Aldi's Plant Menu range consists of various vegan products, in particular a range of burgers including their no chicken burgers, beef burgers and jackfruit burgers. The Spicy No Chicken Burgers are a favourite of ours, they're more "stringy" and are rather similar to an actual chicken fillet you would get in KFC, created with soya and a vegan crunchy coating to give it some zing.
4. OUMPH THE CHUNK
Details: Made with only water, soya protein and a bit of salt, these Oumph chicken like pieces are incredible. They replicate actual chicken breast pieces extremely well and are a great way to add extra protein and bite into a meal. These would be perfect for our Vegan Caesar Salad.
Oumph also have a delicious range of other mock meat products including kebabs, ribs style fillets and pulled oomph too, all made from beans!
The Best Dairy Free Cheeses:
1. VIOLIFE EPIC MATURE CHEDDAR
Details: This epic mature cheddar block from Violife is brilliant for grating, crumbling and in fact, just perfect to eat straight from the pack! It melts really well so it works perfectly in pasta, lasagne, pizza or even in a toasty.
2. APPLEWOOD VEGAN CHEESE
Details: A delicious smoky flavoured vegan cheese alternative, with added calcium and vitamin B12. Smooth and creamy, it too melts beautifully! This is by far one of our favourite dairy free cheeses of all time.
3. KINDA CO. NACHO DIP
Details: A cheesy, cashew based dip that’s packed full of bold smokey, spicy flavours. Perfect on NACHOS, but equally great for dunking sweet potato wedges or drizzling over chilli.
Kinda Co. has a lovely wide variety of dairy free vegan cheeses all made from fermented nuts, including a garlic and herb cheese, blue cheese, greek style, farmhouse and many more.
4. VIOLIFE GREEK WHITE
Details: A greek style cheese by Violife, very similar to the classic feta and goat cheese varieties. Great for tossing in a crispy salad with olives and cherry tomatoes or even melting into a portobello mushroom.
5. SHEESE VEGAN MOZZARELLA
Details: This grated mozzarella style Sheese are a convenient dairy free alternative to the real deal and make for the perfect vegan pizza cheese. This vegan cheese is made from coconut oil and soya and melts extremely well.
6. NEW ROOTS SPREAD & CHEESE
Details: A vegan alternative to cheese spread with chives. All of New Roots cheeses are handmade in Switzerland from raw cashew nuts, fermented and matured using the traditional process of Swiss cheese makers. They have a fantastic range with so many tasty dairy free vegan cheeses.
The Best Vegan Dips & Sauces:
1. HELLMAN'S VEGAN MAYO
Details: This It mayonnaise has great taste, and is super creamy! You wouldn't be able to tell a difference between this and regular mayo. It's an awesome product for any mayo craving vegan, or anyone who just loves mayo!
2. PIZZA EXPRESS HOUSE LIGHT DRESSING
Details: A reduced fat dressing with white wine vinegar, rapeseed oil and herbs. The famous pizza express house light dressing. It contains 30% less fat compared to their standard house dressing. It's the perfect partner to fresh and vibrant salads at home.
3. LEON VEGAN SAUCES
Details:The healthy fast food chain Leon has released a selection of condiments that can currently only be purchases at the Sainsbury's supermarkets across the UK. Whether you're a vegan or not, there really is something for everyone in the impressive collection. It includes some of Leon's most popular sauces, such as creamy vegan mayonnaise and flavourful brown sauce.
Details: The Rubies range of ketchups, mayo's and relishes are another one of our favourites for vegan sauces and dips. They're made with fresh fruit and vegetables sourced directly from farms with an ethos of less waste and more taste!
The Best Dairy Free Plant Milks
Details: The pioneers of dairy free products with magnificent branding and marketing campaigns worldwide. Oatly have some of the best plant milks out there made from a base of oats. Their original oat milk drink has a creamy, smooth and subtle taste. Though they have several others in their range including a barista version and even a chocolate milk!
Details: Sproud is another pioneer of next level of plant-based products bringing taste and sustainability together. With a natural creamy texture and neutral taste, their products bring you dairy free alternatives with the closest taste to regular milk.
Sproud is the dairy alternative that blends with the food and drinks you love. Creamy and foamy in coffee, perfect in tea, in smoothies and on cereals. It’s just like milk. Powered by peas and developed in Sweden using the yellow split pea protein, their missions is to be the best tasting non-dairy milk.
3. RUDE HEALTH
Details: A refreshing alternative to milk. Rude Health take all the lovely white stuff from coconuts and whip it up until it’s smooth, then blend it with rice, pure mountain spring water and a pinch of sea salt. The coconut’s good oils give it a creamy texture, while giving you all kinds of nutrient goodies. Rude health have a huge array of dairy free milks and they are all made with no added sugar, thickness and artificial ingredients.
The Best Vegan Ice Creams:
1. BOOJA BOOJA
Details: Booja Booja are the creators of innovative and multi award winning premium dairy free vegan ice cream. Their ice cream is available in 8 scrumptious flavours bursting with goodness, caramel sauces and swirls. Made with only a handful of ingredients, with a base of cashew nuts, and sweetened with agave or coconut syrup, so simple, yet so dreamily delicious.
2. OATLY ICE CREAM
Details: Creamy, smooth and rich. Oatly's vegan ice creams are thick and scoopable with a subtle taste. It works incredibly well in milkshakes too.
3. BEN & JERRY'S
Details: This non-dairy flavour range of creations are made with almond milk, 100% certified vegan, and boldly loaded with chunks and swirls. You’ll get Ben & Jerry’s euphoria in every bite. These flavours deliver everything… but the cow.
4. MAGNUM VEGAN CLASSIC
Details: A vegan twist on the classic Magnum ice cream. This is a velvety plant based product that provides the original, creamy Magnum experience without the need for dairy.