Best Plant-based Food Alternatives

New advances and a growing vegan community mean that there are some AMAZING meat and dairy alternatives available these days. However, there are also some shockers. We want to make sure you don’t waste your time, money or anticipation on the latter, so we’ve put together a list of our go-to products in the UK right now.

We’ll keep updating this regularly.  If you have any suggestions feel free to drop us a line at: pantry@the-brook.co.uk

Meat

Sausages - Sainsburys Shroom Dogs

Burgers - Beyond Meat Burgers

Meatballs - Tesco Plant Chef Meatballs

Sandwich slices - Quorn Chicken-Style

Sausage rolls - Linda McCartney or Sainsburys Plant Pioneers

Milk

Best for coffee and tea - Oatly Barista, whole or semi

Best for smoothies and cereal - Alpro Almond Unsweetened

Plant-based milk alternative

Cheese

Cheese sauce - The Brook Sauce for Cheese Lovers (of course)

Smoked / melty - Applewood Smoked vegan

Cream cheese - Nush or Violife

Cheddar-ish - the closest we’ve tried so far is I am Nut OK Miner Threat Smoky Charcoal, the Violife extra mature is also pretty good

Mascarpone -  Schlagfix Vegan Mascarpone

Butter

Best for buttery taste and baking - Vitalite

Also tastes amazing - Naturli (block or spreadable)

Yoghurt

Oatly - creamy or Greek-style

Koko - coconut yoghurt

Cream

Oatly single cream

Creme fraiche

Oatly… spot a theme here?  Yes, they are heroes.

Mayonnaise

Helmann’s vegan mayo

Best challenger and food waste fighter - Rubie’s in the Rubble (tastes a bit more like salad cream, but lovely)

Eggs

Scrambled - use tinned ackee or firm tofu, recipes here

Omelette - make your own chickpea alternative, recipe here

Baking - OGGS liquid aquafaba

Kala Namak - Indian Black Salt - a sulphurous salt to add an ‘eggy’ flavour to dishes

Scrambled tofu is a good egg replacement

Chocolate

Nomo - all of it… eat all of it

Galaxy Vegan - also pretty special

Pastry

Most shop bought pastry is made with margarine so naturally vegan

Jus Rol, make your own, croissants and pain au chocolat are vegan

Ocado also sell ready-made vegan croissants

Cakes & Desserts

Our Chocolate Brownie and Sticky Toffee (obvs)

OGGS lemon cake

Cheesecake - yet to be cracked… (someone pleeeeease!)

The Brook plant-based brownies