Dairy-free vanilla cheesecake recipe – it’s no-bake and only takes 20 minutes of effort and 6 ingredients! It’s vegan too with no cashew nuts required.
Dairy-free vanilla cheesecake recipe, anyone? I promise – you’d never know that this was a dairy-free, vegan AND gluten-free cheesecake. Pay close attention to the FAQ section to find out which products I used to make this crazy feat possible!
For years, you guys have been asking me for a dairy-free cheesecake recipe… and I’ve finally done it! So why did it take me so long?
Well, I really, really didn’t want to go down the whole route of soaking cashew nuts, blending them etc… it just seemed like so much more effort than all my other cheesecakes.
Plus, I’ve never really had a cheesecake made that way that truly tastes like a ‘real’ cheesecake.
So after a lot of testing, I discovered that you make a dairy-free cheesecake incredibly easily just by using the dairy-free equivalent products from the supermarket. So yes, this is just as easy as making a ‘real’ cheesecake too!
Why make my dairy-free vanilla cheesecake recipe?
- Super easy to make and it’s no-bake – that means no flour required and no need to turn the oven on.
- You only need 6 simple, supermarket-friendly ingredients to make this.
- You’d NEVER know this was dairy-free by tasting it, so there’s no need to make a separate dessert just for yourself.
- It’s 100% vegan-friendly
- It only takes 20 minutes to make + chilling time in the fridge.
So what does my dairy-free vanilla cheesecake taste like? Well… like a real, no-bake vanilla cheesecake!
The biscuit base is buttery despite containing no butter, with tons of thick, whipped vanilla cheesecake filling on top.
Then, I simply piped a little whipped dairy-free cream on top. It’s super creamy, indulgent and more-ish – just like any cheesecake should be!
Trust me when I say this: anyone would enjoy this cheesecake, whether they’re dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free or not. Promise!
Here’s everything you’ll need for this recipe, keep scrolling until you see the recipe card for the measurements and method…
Dairy-free vanilla cheesecake recipe: Ingredients
- dairy-free digestive biscuits (linked in FAQ section)
- hard dairy free butter
- dairy free cream cheese (linked in FAQ section)
- dairy free double cream (linked in FAQ section)
- icing sugar
- vanilla extract
So I thought I’d kick things off with a little frequently asked questions section – if you just want the recipe, then keep scrolling!
But I’ve thrown in some tips here that will be really helpful if this is your first time making this, or you want to adapt it. So here they are!
Dairy-free vanilla cheesecake recipe: Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make this recipe gluten free?
It is gluten free, though nobody would know just by tasting it – trust me! All you need to use are gluten-free and dairy-free ‘digestive biscuits which you can easily find down the free from aisle.
Bear in mind that minimising cross-contamination is hugely important if you’re Coeliac or making this for someone who is. Here’s some tips from Coeliac UK on minimising the risk of cross contamination.
Also, make sure that all ingredients used don’t have any gluten-containing ingredients. Then make that that they also don’t have a ‘may contain’ warning for gluten, wheat, rye, barley, oats (which aren’t gf), spelt and khorasan wheat (aka Kamut).
Here’s some more info from Coeliac UK on identifying safe gluten free products. Double check your sprinkles to make sure they’re gf too.
Is your vanilla cheesecake recipe dairy free? What magical ingredients did you use?
Yes, I know it may not look it, but it’s completely dairy-free! Here’s the products I used to make this recipe – I’d recommend sticking to them as much as possible:
- For the dairy-free cream cheese: Violife Cream Cheese (easily found in your supermarket’s free from chiller section)
- For the dairy-free double cream: Elmlea Plant Double Cream (has a ‘may contain’ warning for milk and easily found in supermarkets) or if you have a milk allergy, Flora Plant Professional Double Cream (no may contain warning for milk, but can only be bought online).
- For the dairy-free butter: Stork hard margarine.
- For the biscuit base: Gluten-free and dairy-free digestive biscuits like these
A few additional side notes too: aim for a dairy-free cream with at least 31% fat content. It must be high or it won’t set in the fridge.
The same goes for the cream cheese too – ensure the fat content is at least 23%. If you use the products I’ve recommended above you’ll be fine because that’s exactly what I’ve used to make this!
Can I make your dairy-free vanilla cheesecake recipe vegan?
It is vegan, but trust me – it tastes just like a REAL cheesecake. You’d never know the difference! See the dairy-free advice above to see what products I recommend using.
Is your dairy-free vanilla cheesecake recipe nut-free?
Yep, this is a nut-free recipe as far as ingredients go, BUT make sure you check the ingredients label on ALL the products you use just to be safe.
Even if the products don’t contain nuts, they may have a ‘may contain nuts’ warning due to being produced in a factory that handles nuts.
You can never be too careful so always read the labels on everything first.
Is this recipe low FODMAP?
I haven’t labelled this recipe as low FODMAP because it relies on using three different dairy-free products – the cream, cream cheese and dairy-free digestive biscuits.
None of these products will be low FODMAP, or low FODMAP certified, and ingredients will vary massively from product to product.
A lot of dairy-free products also use ingredients that are likely be high FODMAP in larger serving sizes.
So because of this, this recipe is not suitable for the elimination phase of the low FODMAP diet.
Can I make your dairy-free vanilla cheesecake in a food processor or standing mixer?
Of course you can! I actually use both in this recipe just to speed up things. I use my food processor to blitz the biscuit base (don’t over-do them, you want them to be nice and chunky!) and my standing mixer or an electric hand whisk to mix the cheesecake filling.
If you only have a food processor, you can happily use it to mix both separately (wash in between!). However, if you only have a standing mixer, you’ll have to bash the biscuits in a plastic bag using a rolling pin.
You can also use an electric hand whisk to whip up the filling too.
Can I make your dairy-free vanilla cheesecake without any kind of electric mixer/appliance at all?
You can, of course, bake this without any assistance from any appliance – just a good ol’ fashioned wooden spoon or spatula will do for mixing. Then bash the biscuits in a plastic bag with a rolling pin.
But you will need a lot of elbow grease to get the biscuits bashed and the filling mixed. Just make sure you give it a lot of welly, otherwise your mixture won’t be consistent!
Remember, an under-mixed cheesecake filling won’t set! And you’re much more likely to under-mix than over-mix if you’re doing it by hand.
Do I need any special equipment to make your dairy-free vanilla cheesecake recipe?
You won’t need anything in particular apart from a deep, loose bottom tin – here’s the one I use. It’s important to use a deep one as this is a tall cheesecake!
It’s 20cm (8 inch) in diameter, so remember if your tin is wider than mine, your cheesecake will end up looking a lot flatter!
A springform tin is fine too – here’s the one I sometimes use. I don’t use it all the time because it’s next to impossible to get the entire cheesecake off the base at once.
And ideally, I don’t want to be serving the cheesecake and slicing it on my springform base because it’ll get all scratched. So I much prefer to use a loose bottom tin.
But definitely don’t make this in a normal cake tin without a loose bottom/springform mechanism. You won’t be able to get the cheesecake out or cut it!
Do I need weighing scales to make your dairy-free vanilla cheesecake?
In short… yes, yes and yes! And I wouldn’t advise attempting any my recipes without them.
A lot of work went into fine tuning ratios and quantities and for me, baking is all about consistency and precision. I want you to make this recipe and for it to turn out EXACTLY like mine did.
I’d recommending using digital cooking scales like these so you know you’re getting an accurate measurement and replicating my recipe as accurately as poss.
Can I make your dairy-free vanilla cheesecake without sugar?
I can understand the need to reduce sugar in our foods, but this recipe is one where I wouldn’t recommend it.
The sugar in the cheesecake filling helps to balance out the rich cheese flavour. That makes it taste more like a dessert than an actual cake made of cheese if you know what I mean!
So yeah, remove the sugar at your own risk
Can I use other sugar apart from icing sugar in this recipe?
I’ve chosen to use icing sugar in this recipe because it’s nice and light, powdery and almost vanishes into the cheesecake filling. Other sugars just wouldn’t work the same.
By using other granulated sugars (like caster sugar, brown sugar, coconut sugar etc), you’ll end up with an almost gritty-like texture in your cheesecake filling which is far from good!
That’s because this is a no-bake recipe. That means there’s no heat to break the sugar down and dissolve it, so it’ll just be all grainy in the filling.
So yeah, icing sugar is the only way to go!
How long can I keep your dairy-free vanilla cheesecake for?
Obviously keep this in the fridge at all times and it should last around 7 days – keep it in an airtight container, or covered with clingfilm.
Can I freeze my dairy-free vanilla cheesecake?
Yep! You can freeze it for up to 2-3 months without a problem – just make sure you put it in an airtight plastic container. It’s probably a good idea to slice it first so you can defrost a slice at a time.
If you want to defrost the entire cheesecake, leave it at room temperature to thaw for around 12 hours. A single slice will probably only take about 5 hours to thaw, so get it out ahead of time!
Can I bake my dairy-free vanilla cheesecake in the oven?
No, please don’t! This is a no-bake cheesecake, meaning that it’s made to be chilled in the fridge and that’s it.
I can guarantee that if you try and bake this in the oven, you’ll just end up with a big mess to clear up!
My cheesecake isn’t as tall as yours – how come?
That means you probably used a cake tin that’s bigger than mine (mine is 20cm/8 inches).
I mean, don’t go rushing out to buy a new one if you have one that’s 10 inches wide – but your cheesecake will be a lot flatter!
Do I need cashew nuts to make a dairy-free cheesecake?
No, you definitely don’t. Soaking cashew nuts in water, then blitzing them to use for the filling is the ‘done’ way to make a dairy-free or vegan cheesecake.
However, it involves more effort and in my opinion, the end result isn’t nearly as good. Instead, I use a high fat dairy-free cream cheese/plantbased dairy-free double cream as a like-for-like replacement.
Not only does this give it a similar taste, but also that lovely, creamy texture you’d get in ANY no-bake cheesecake. Trust me, try it my way and you’ll never want to drown a cashew nut again 😂
Can I print your dairy-free vanilla cheesecake recipe?
Of course! Just hit the print button located on the recipe below (otherwise you might end up printing this entire post which would probably make your printer go into early retirement)
Dairy-free vanilla cheesecake recipe: Method
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Dairy-free vanilla cheesecake - no-bake and SUPER EASY to make. It tastes like a 'real' cheesecake! You'd never know it was vegan AND gluten-free too - no cashew nuts required. *The Elmlea Plant has a may contain for milk so it's not suitable for those with a milk allergy. That's why I tried it also with the Flora Plant which has no may contain. In terms of dairy free cream cheese - I use the Violife Original and would highly recommend using it too - I get mine in Tesco. Nutritional info is estimated and not always accurate.
For the base:
For the filling:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 395Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 228mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 4g
Dairy-free vanilla cheesecake - no-bake and SUPER EASY to make. It tastes like a 'real' cheesecake! You'd never know it was vegan AND gluten-free too - no cashew nuts required.
*The Elmlea Plant has a may contain for milk so it's not suitable for those with a milk allergy. That's why I tried it also with the Flora Plant which has no may contain.
In terms of dairy free cream cheese - I use the Violife Original and would highly recommend using it too - I get mine in Tesco.
Nutritional info is estimated and not always accurate.
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