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Dairy-Free and Vegan Cheesecakes

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It's true: nothing about a traditional cheesecake is dairy-free or vegan, from the cream cheese to the sour cream to the eggs to the butter in the crust. But, for those of use who love cheesecake but can't do the dairy due to allergies or dietary preference, there are ways to make a cheeseless and eggless cheesecake delicious. From classics like plain cheesecake and chocolate to more dressed up versions like banana cream and mint chocolate chip, you'll find fabulous alternatives to dairy-laden cakes in the list below.

Plain Dairy-Free Cheesecake (Vegan)

© 2007 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

There's nothing quite like a classic, but this Plain Cheesecake recipe takes the classic to a healthier yet amazing new level, substituting both the cream cheese and eggs found in traditional cheesecake recipes. I often prepare this recipe as written--with a homemade cookie crust--but feel free to prepare a more traditional Graham Cracker Crust instead.

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Banana Cream Cheesecake (Vegan)

© 2012 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

A slight twist on banana cream pie, this dairy-free cheesecake is one of those things that's special and beautiful but simple enough for everyday. A graham cracker crust is topped with a banana-infused cream filling and then topped with a layer of thinly sliced bananas and a generous dose of chocolate ganache.

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Blueberry Cheesecake

© 2012 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Rich, creamy, and so decadent, this vegan cheesecake is so good that no one knows that it's vegan! For this recipe, I used Galaxy Nutritional Foods' Vegan Plain Cream Cheese, and the result is an indulgent and delicious cake with a creamy texture. (Of course, I've always been a fan of Tofutti's Better than Cream Cheese, too, so use whichever cream cheese you like best.)

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Cherry Cheesecake (Vegan)

© 2012 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

A rich creamy filling is baked atop a graham cracker crust and then topped with a cascade of sweet cherry sauce--and it's dairy-free AND vegan!

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Chocolate Cheesecake (Vegan)

© 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

A rich, homemade chocolate cookie crust and a creamy vegan chocolate cheesecake filling is all you nee to make someone smile. But, you can also top it off with Vegan Ganache if you feel like it. Just sayin'.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

© 2012 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake is a fun take on the classic creamy cake, and it's always a winner with kids. Peanut butter and chocolate is always a winning combination, and in this vegan cheesecake, the flavors sing!

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Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

© 2011 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

This bright, lemony, creamy cheesecake is prepared without both dairy ingredients or eggs, but it's so full of happy flavors that no one will know. Meyer lemons, which are sweeter than regular lemons, can be found in most supermarkets among the other citrus fruits, and they are so worth it in this dessert!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

© 2011 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Perfect during the winter holidays (or anytime, really!), this cheesecake is a fun dairy-free variation on the classic. Feel free to use dairy-free dark chocolate chunks or shavings in place of the chips, and, if you happen to have a few fresh mint leaves around, don't hesitate to garnish your beautiful creation!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake (Vegan)

© 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

When I think of fall food, pumpkins and spices like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg are what instantly come to mind. This pumpkin cheesecake, prepared with a basic dairy-free graham cracker crust has become one of the most requested recipes during the fall season.

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Strawberry Cheesecake (Vegan)

© 2009 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Perfectly pink, this vegan cheesecake has become a family favorite, perfect for birthdays, the Fourth of July, cookouts, and Valentine's Day. And if you're in the mood for something single serving, try these Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Cups.

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