Before ditching dairy, it wasn’t uncommon for me to wake up and venture down the street to the corner bodega—still half-asleep—to get myself a toasted bagel smothered in cream cheese. These days, I’m more of a PB-and-toast kind of girl, but that doesn’t mean I don’t ever get the hankering for one of my pre-vegan go-tos. And the next time I do, I’ll be reaching for a can of coconut cream.
I’m not alone in my love of cream cheese-smothered bagels. Lauren Kirchmaier, the recipe developer behind the plant-based food blog Flora & Vino, grew up eating them on a regular basis, which is exactly why she made it her mission to create a dairy-free version she can enjoy.
“During summertime, my mom used to take my sister and I to Chesapeake Bagel Bakery near our house for lunch,” she wrote on Instagram. “I always ordered a bagel sandwich with plain cream cheese and all the veggies in the house. The best part was licking the cream cheese that oozed out of the sides after they sliced it down the middle.”
To recreate that creaminess, she didn’t go for nuts or tofu. This time, coconut cream was the star of the show. After chilling it overnight then combining it with four other kitchen staples—lemon, Himalayan sea salt, nutritional yeast, and maple syrup—she was left with a mix that perfectly firms up in the fridge and spreads on bagels like a champ. I love you, bodegas… but this stuff is going to be pretty hard to beat.
Make this vegan cream cheese for yourself by following the recipe in Flora & Vino’s Instagram post below.
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LOADED COCONUT CREAM CHEESE BAGELS SANDWICHES 🥯 During summertime my mom used to take my sister and me to Chesapeake Bagel Bakery near our house for lunch! I *always* ordered a bagel sandwich with plain cream cheese and all the veggies in the house. 😁The best part was licking the cream cheese that oozed our of the sides after they sliced it down the middle. 🤤 Trying to recreate that OOOZE on these bagel sandwiches that are loaded with my favorite new cream cheese that’s dairy-free and vegan and NUT FREE too— made with @edwardandsons organic coconut cream! 🥥 //#sponsored It’s actually SO easy to mix up- you just have to remember to chill the coconut cream cans overnight. ✌🏻 Throw some in the fridge now and make a batch of my GRAIN FREE EVERYTHING BAGELS to go with it! The trick is to really squeeze out the liquid on the coconut cream so you have a super solid “cream cheese” consistency. EASY RECIPE BELOW. 👇🏻 – INGREDIENTS: ✖️3 5.4 oz. cans @edwardandsons unsweetened organic coconut cream ✖️Himalayan sea salt, to taste ✖️1 TBSP lemon, squeezed ✖️1 tsp maple syrup ✖️2-4 tsp nutritional yeast (optional for “cheesy” flavor) ✖️1 batch of Flora & Vino “Everything” Bagels, link in profile! ✖️Toppings: sliced heirloom tomato, cucumber, sprouts, red onion, and black pepper – METHOD: 1. Chill canned coconut milk overnight. The next day, scrape out the solid part ONLY and place in the cheesecloth or nut milk bag. 2. Squeeze and strain out any excess liquid, then place coconut cream in a bowl with lemon, Himalayan sea salt, nutritional yeast, and maple syrup. Beat with a whisker together until smooth, then place back in the fridge for 1-2 hours to firm up again. 3. To make bagels sandwiches, spread a thick layer of coconut cream cheese on one bagel halve and top with heirloom tomato, cucumber, red onion, sprouts, and black pepper. Top with the second bagel halve. Serve immediately! . . . https://www.floraandvino.com/vegan-gluten-free-bagels/ . . . #floraandvino #toasttuesday #edwardandsons #dairyfreecreamcheese #bagelsandwich #vegancreamcheese #coconutcreamcheese #grainfreebagels #glutenfreebagels #feedfeed #feedfeedvegan #dairyfreecreamcheese #veganbagels #nutfreecheese