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.
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.
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.
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.)
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.