Nothing about a traditional cheesecake is dairy-free or vegan. A classic cheesecake recipe includes everything from cream cheese and sour cream to the eggs and the butter in the crust. If you love cheesecake but can't eat 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 blueberry, you'll find fabulous alternatives to dairy-laden cakes in the list below.
If you are sharing one of these cheesecakes, let your guests know they are dairy-free and vegan. Those with dietary restrictions may normally pass by cheesecake because they can't eat them, so it's important to tell your guests these can be enjoyed.
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There's nothing quite like a classic cheesecake, but this plain cheesecake recipe takes the classic to a healthier yet amazing new level. The recipe substitutes both the cream cheese and eggs found in traditional cheesecake recipes. Feel free to prepare this recipe as written, with a homemade cookie crust. If you like the traditional taste and crust, go for the more classic graham cracker crust instead.
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Rich, creamy, and so decadent, this vegan cheesecake is so good that no one will know that it's vegan! The recipe calls for dairy-free cream cheese. Some favorite brands include Galaxy Nutritional Foods' Vegan Plain Cream Cheese and Tofutti's Better Than Cream Cheese. Both brands will result is an indulgent and delicious cake with a creamy texture. Vegan dairy products can be found in most grocery stores. Look for them in the refrigerated dairy aisle; they are often right next to the dairy product they are replacing.
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A rich creamy filling is baked atop a graham cracker crust and then topped with a cascade of sweet cherry sauce. This cherry cheesecake recipe is dairy-free and vegan. The cherry topping looks so beautiful. Be sure to serve it with plenty of napkins, as it can be a little gooey. For an extra treat, you can top each slice of cheesecake with vegan whipped cream.
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This indulgent chocolate cheesecake has two rich layers of chocolate. A rich, homemade chocolate cookie crust is topped with a creamy vegan chocolate cheesecake filling. If you are looking for true indulgence and the third layer of chocolate, try topping this chocolate cheesecake with vegan ganache.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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A tasty chocolate peanut butter cheesecake is a fun take on the classic creamy cake, and it's always a winner with kids and adults. Since peanut butter and chocolate is always a winning combination, the flavors come together so well in this vegan cheesecake. Just be sure to warn anyone with a peanut allergy to avoid this tasty treat. For an added indulgence, top the cheesecake with candied peanuts, slices of strawberry, or vegan whipped cream.