Dairy-Free and Vegan Cheesecakes

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...MORE dairy-laden cakes in the list below.

  • 01 of 06
    Slice of cheesecake on silver platter, close up
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    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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  • 02 of 06
    Dairy-Free Blueberry Cheesecake. And vegan, too!. © 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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  • 03 of 06
    Dairy-Free Cherry Cheesecake. © 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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  • 04 of 06
    Topped with vegan ganache, this vegan cheesecake is really special. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    A rich, homemade chocolate cookie crust and a creamy vegan chocolate cheesecake filling are 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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  • 05 of 06
    Vegan 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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  • 06 of 06
    Dairy-Free Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. © 2011 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Perfect for 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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