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Brand Review: Daiya

Daiya cheese is a Godsend to people who are trying the elimination diet.  It provides a very palatable cheese alternative that presents a variety of uses.  Below are reviews for the individual products:

Daiya Shreds:


The shredded variety of cheese comes in several varieties, Mozzarella, Cheddar and Pepper Jack. The cheese melts very well and is useful for pizza, nachos and various dips.  The cheese is inedible in its raw form, so don’t go reaching for a shred out of the bag. (Bear disagrees, he finds the raw shreds to be delicious.  Binx prefers to simply chew on the bag.) When melted the cheese does get a little oily and will take between 3-5 minutes in a microwave to melt down.

One, out of the box application is to bake the shreds on parchment or on a silicone baking sheet until crispy.  It will crisp into cheesy cracker like treat.

The cheese isn’t particularly healthy.  A bag contains approximately 2 cups of cheese and 720 callories.  It’ll chew up 88% of your daily saturated fat and 96% of your sodium.  Now… you shouldn’t be eating a bag by yourself, but it’s good to be aware of the consequences if you do happen to find yourself alone with a plate of Daiya nachos.

Ingredients: (Mozzarella)

Filtered water, tapioca and/or arrowroot flours, non-GMO expeller pressed canola and /or non-GMO expeller pressed safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein, salt, vegan natural flavors, inactive yeast, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, citric acid (for flavor), titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral).

Daiya Wedge:


If Daiya has one exception to the never eat without melting rule, it’s their wedge.  Mind it’s better melted but you’ll be able to set this out as a part of a cheese plate.  The consistency raw is a little rubbery but not unlike a soft Swiss cheese.

Personally, we prefer the Havarti wedge as it has garlic and a little spice to it, but all varieties are good.

The recipes we’ve used this for are mostly dips which are super easy to make.  The key hear is to have something with a liquid component to combine with the cheese and it will melt liquidy smooth.  We suggest chicken stock, wine and taco meat for a tasty and less-than-healthy snack.  Let’s face facts… cheese isn’t the healthiest item in its non-vegan form.

Ingredients: (Havarti Wedge)

Filtered water, tapioca flour, palm fruit oil, non-GMO expeller pressed canola and/or safflower oil, pea protein, coconut oil, salt, inactive yeast, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, gum arabic, garlic, lactic acid (vegan, for flavor), vegan natural flavours, titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral), spices, natural smoke flavour, vegan enzyme.

Daiya Slices:


Daiya Cream Cheese:


Daiya Pizza:


Daiya product images taken directly from their product list.


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This entry was posted on November 23, 2013 by in Allergy Safe Products, Dairy Free.


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