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Two halves of cooked panini on white plate with tomato soup behind it.

Vegan Cream Cheese Panini with Sweet Heat

Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan cream cheese, vegan panini
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 548kcal
Author: Cindy Rainey
Start with creamy and tart vegan cream cheese. Add in some sweet heat with apricot jam and jalapeños. Surround with a thick, hearty, buttery grilled bread; and you've got a mouthful of comfort and joy!
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  • panini maker or griddle


  • 2 Tablespoons butter vegan
  • 2 slices hearty thick bread like sourdough
  • 2 Tablespoons cream cheese vegan
  • 2 Tablespoons Apricot Jam
  • 12 slices jalapeños pickled/bottled I use miild


  • Prepheat your panini maker or griddle to medium.
  • Soften the vegan butter to make it spreadable. I use tub buttery spread which is already sofened.
  • Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. This will be the outside of your sandwich - top and bottom.
    top layer of sandwich being buttered with knife on panini press
  • On the inside of the sandwich, sread the creamcheese on one side and the apricat jam on the other.
  • Evenly place the jalapeños on the cream cheese side.
    panini on press with vegan cream cheese and jalapeños on bottom layer with top layer being placed on top. Top later includes apricot jam.
  • Put the sandwich together and place on heated panini maker. Close the lid gently - don't squish it down.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes or until sandwich is light golden brown and toasted. Remove of panini maker and cut in two.
    cooked panini sandwich on wooden cutting board being cut with knife
  • If you are using a griddle, cook on the first side till golden brown then flip and continue cooking.


Use a thick hearty bread like a sourdough or shepherd's bread. A standard slice of sandwich bread will not hold up to the fillings.
I use mild jarred jalapeños. If you desire more heat then feel free to use the basic hot jalapeños. 


Calories: 548kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 600mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 1171IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 2mg