The Future is Plant-Based: The 10 Most Innovative Vegan Alternatives of the Year

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As the world becomes more conscious of the environmental impact of animal agriculture and the ethical concerns surrounding animal products, the demand for plant-based alternatives is on the rise. In response, food companies are innovating with new, exciting vegan products that are not only good for the planet but also taste delicious. From meat substitutes to dairy-free cheeses, the vegan market is booming with creativity and innovation. In this article, we’ll explore the 15 most innovative vegan alternatives of the year that are changing the way we think about plant-based eating.

Beyond Meat Sausages:

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Beyond Meat has been a leading force in plant-based alternatives, and their sausages are no exception. These sausages have an authentic texture and smoky flavor that can fool even the most ardent meat-lover. Ideal for grilling or adding to pasta dishes, they offer a high-protein, cholesterol-free choice.

Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

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Made with almond milk, these vegan versions of Ben & Jerry’s popular flavors offer a creamy, indulgent treat for vegans or those with dairy intolerances.


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This tropical fruit has a texture similar to pulled pork when cooked and can be used in everything from tacos to sandwiches, making it a fantastic substitute for shredded meats.


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The liquid leftover from cooked chickpeas mimics the culinary properties of eggs in baking, making it perfect for creating fluffy meringues or as an egg wash substitute.


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Made from gluten, the main protein in wheat, seitan is an excellent meat substitute with its dense, chewy texture. It’s particularly good in recipes where a ‘bite’ is important, like stews or stir-fries.

Cashew Cheese

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Soaked and blended cashews form the basis of this creamy cheese alternative. It’s versatile enough to be used in anything from vegan cheesecakes to nacho cheese dips.

Oat Milk

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With a creamier texture than many plant-based milks, oat milk works wonderfully in coffee, smoothies, and baked goods as a dairy milk substitute.

Almond Milk Yogurt

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As a cultured product, this alternative has the tang and creaminess of dairy yogurt. It’s suitable as a direct substitute in any dish requiring yogurt.

Nutritional Yeast

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This deactivated yeast gives a cheesy, nutty flavor to vegan dishes. It’s a key ingredient in many dairy-free cheese recipes and is excellent sprinkled on popcorn.


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Fermented from whole soybeans, tempeh has a firm texture and a nutty flavor. It’s a great source of protein and can be used in a variety of dishes, from sandwiches to stir-fries.

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