This healthier cream cheese alternative is something to write home about.

Credit: Kite Hill

When it comes to dairy, I don’t discriminate—I love it all. Nothing makes me happier than an oversized cheeseboard, a hot latte or a few scoops of cookie dough ice cream. But over the years I’ve come to learn that dairy doesn’t love me back. In fact, it despises me. That’s why I’ve been on an ongoing quest to find the best dairy-free products that taste like the real thing. I’ve sampled countless condiments, cheeses, yogurts and ice creams sans lactose, but nothing holds a candle to Kite Hill.

Kite Hill was founded in 2008 with a sole mission of creating artisanal plant-based products. And that they did. By 2014 they launched their first line of soft cheeses at Whole Foods, and then went on to master yogurts and cream cheese. Kite Hill’s product line continues to evolve and grow with items like ricotta, tortellini, and dips.

I first came across Kite Hill cream cheese as I was preparing to host a Sunday brunch. I always like to have a few different “schmear” options on the table, and since some of my friends are lactose-intolerant, I figured this was a perfect time to try a new product.

I’m thrilled to report that Kite Hill cream cheese did not disappoint—it was actually delicious. Not only did it taste just like classic cream cheese, but the texture was nearly identical. Even my very picky husband enjoyed Kite Hill on his toasted cinnamon raisin bagel. Another great thing about this dairy-free cream cheese? Their products are non-GMO, and never contain artificial preservatives, soy, or gluten.

Since then, I’ve tried every single Kite Hill product on the shelves, and each one has been a homerun. The almond-milk ricotta tortellini with Rao’s marinara is the perfect weeknight dinner. The Greek style yogurt with granola and berries makes for a delicious breakfast or snack. And the jalapeño cream cheese adds a subtle kick to your favorite toast or corn muffin.

If you’re someone who also has food sensitivities, but absolutely loves all things dairy, you may want to give Kite Hill a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.