Vegans and those allergic to dairy don't need to give up their beloved bagel and shmear -- thanks to tofu cream cheese. Tofu cream cheese is made from tofu, otherwise known as dried, ground soybeans that have been boiled and strained. Tofu cream cheese mixes tofu with soybean oil, sugar, salt and various thickeners to make a dairy-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, cholesterol-free, vegan substitute that rivals any regular cream cheese in taste and texture.
The Vegan Spread
Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese comes in plain, garlic and herb, herbs and chives, French onion and non-hydrogenated versions. There are 30 calories in one tablespoon of any version of Tofutti cream cheese; other brands of tofu cream cheese may vary in calorie count.
Bonnie Crowe is a mother of two teenagers; a teacher and author of children's books, curriculum and articles on English grammar, literature, technology, art, parenting and career guides for high schoolers. She's a former director of AOL Parenting, a member of SCBWI, and a graduate from the University of California,Berkeley.