The idea of making a dairy free cheese board might not sound all that appetizing, but if you know about the three best dairy free cheese brands (Miyokos, Kite Hill and Dr. Cow) you can put together a beautiful and delicious (not to mention clean!) cheese board. If you have our book, you know that a little bit of real cheese is the only dairy I eat. However, I don’t eat cheese because I think it is a health food (here’s why dairy and milk do not do a body good.) I eat cheese because cheese tastes good! I LOVE cheese but I have always limited my consumption of it, that is until I discovered nut-based dairy free cheese brands that truly taste amazing. Not only are the dairy free cheese brands full-bodied and incredibly flavorful, they are made with clean ingredients.
For years I avoided dairy free cheese because the only brands that were available 1) tasted terrible and 2) were not made with healthy ingredients. I don’t like to name names, but the ingredients below are typical for most dairy free cheese brands…
Not So Healthy Ingredients: Filtered Water, Tapioca Flour, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil/ and or Expeller Pressed Safflower Oil (anytime two oils are listed on the ingredients with an “and/ or” is always a red flag!), Coconut Oil, Pea Protein, Salt, Vegan Natural Flavors, Inactive Yeast, Vegetable Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid and Titanium Dioxide
Compare the ingredients listed above in the not-so-healthy brand to the super clean ingredients in Dr. Cow dairy free “Plain Aged Cashew Cheese”…
Dr. Cow Ingredients: Organic Really Raw Cashew Nuts, Acidophilus and Himalayan Pink Salt
Not surprisingly, the difference between dairy free cheese made with nuts and not much else tastes like night and day compared to the dairy free cheese made with oil, flour, natural “flavors” and titanium dioxide. The nut cheese brands are so delicious that you could feature them on a dairy free clean cheese board…
A Clean Cheese Board (Using the Best Dairy Free Cheese Brands!)
I made the dairy free cheese board (in the photo above) to bring to a dinner party hosted by Dr. Tom Rofrano, the owner of the Natural Medicine Clinic, and his wife Dawn from Spoonful of Health. Not only are the Rofranos dairy free and gluten free, they are one of the healthiest families I have ever met! In other words, the cheese board had to be SUPER clean 😉
Here are the basics for building a clean cheese board:
- Pick one to three dairy free cheese brands. For my cheese board I went with Miyokos Kitchen brand Sun Dried Tomato & Garlic cheese wheel —the sun dried tomatoes is why the cheese is reddish by the way (I’ve included the photo of Miyokos below.) Ideally you would serve at least two cheese options. Be sure to check out the different cheese options available by my other two favorite dairy free cheese brands, Kite Hill and Dr. Cow too!
- Add some spiced nuts. I made my Savory and Sweet Spiced Nuts Recipe to bring to Dawn’s house, but my old standby Candied Pecans (made without refined sugar!) would also be good. Of course if you don’t want to go to the trouble of making spiced nuts you could always just quickly roast some nuts (a lot of recipes for roasted nuts call for butter, but I would just use extra virgin coconut oil instead.)
- Add some grapes. You have to have grapes on a cheese board!
- Pick a whole grain cracker. I went with Mary’s Gone Crackers. (I’ve included a photo of this brand below).
- Add olives. I always buy fresh olives from the deli section of my supermarket.
- Add some dried fruit (optional) Dried apricots and figs are especially good on cheese boards.
I just had to share what was on Dawn’s dinner party menu too! It was too good not to share….
- Coconut Fish Croquettes (Dawn used fresh wild Alaskan cod)
- Salad with Zesty Lemon Dressing
- Cauliflower Fried Rice
- Creamy Limalicious Bars