Violife Vegan Cheeze Toasties

What is Violife Vegan Cheeze?
Violife original flavour grated is a vegan cheese alternative (or cheeze as some people are now calling such foods)! I spotted this 250 g pack in Morrison's in Cumbria a couple of weeks ago, for £2.50, and just had to try it. I've never been a huge lover of cheese on its own or when it's un-melted (I have never appreciated the texture) but I do like cheese as an added flavour to a dish or in a deliciously melty toastie! The Violife cheeze interested me in particular because it is not made from soya, nor does it contain any preservatives, lactose, dairy (obviously), gluten or nuts and its main ingredient is actually coconut oil, which I'm a huge fan of. It's fortified with vitamin B12, which is always great to hear as a vegan. Violife also claims to melt easily and I put this to test in this toastie challenge!

The company is based in Greece and has veganism at the heart of everything it does, rather than aiming to make products specifically for people with an allergy or intolerance to lactose/dairy. The only downside really is the plastic packaging. The Violife website points out that you are doing your bit for the environment by buying plant-based cheese, but it's a shame that they didn't continue this eco-friendly theme, as the grated cheeze comes in a plastic package. It's always so difficult to find pre-made vegan food that is in sustainable packaging, but I really hope that this changes in the future when companies realise that many people go vegan for environmental reasons, rather than or in addition to animal welfare ones.

How to make a toastie:
I have an ancient toastie maker that I use to make my toasties, so I simply spread my Vitalite sunflower oil vegan spread over one side of two slices of bread. Then I grabbed a couple of handfuls of the Violife original flavour grated cheeze and spread it over one slice, then you pop on any additional fillings (such as some sliced tomatoes or maybe a couple of spoonfuls of beans, like I did in these photos) and smush your concoction into your toastie maker!

Alternatively, you can toast two pieces of bread under the grill, with one slice of bread smothered in the Violife original flavour grated! Add your extra toppings, and then put them together and enjoy!

How does it taste?
I really enjoyed my cheeze and bean toastie lunch, though I must say that I tasted more bean than cheeze! The texture of the original flavour grated Violife was perfect - it melted in the mouth and was creamy and smooth, but the cheesiness was a very mild, so I think that true cheese lovers would be disappointed. Next time, I'm going to see if adding nutritional yeast will give it that extra oopmh!

I'm definitely impressed that they made something so cheese-like from coconut oil, and I will be making these toasties a regular part of my diet, but I'll leave a warning: if you like strong proper cheese, then this is not the product for you. I'm definitely going to have to try the mature cheddar flavour soon, in the hope it will have the taste factor as well as the great texture. Have you already found the perfect vegan cheese substitute? Let me know below so I can check it out!

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