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Best Dairy-Free Cheesecake

A rich, creamy, dairy-free cheesecake that will delight even your pickiest guests.

  • Author: Dr. Rosane Oliveira
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 1x
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Ingredients

Crust

  • 1/2 cup flour, buckwheat
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 68 dates
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Cheesecake

  • 4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, dairy-free
  • 1 cup sucanat
  • 3 tbsp aquafaba
  • 4 tbsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Crust

  1. Combine flour and pecans in a food processor and pulse into a flour.
  2. Add dates and vanilla extract to the food processor then pulse until mixture begins to stick together.
  3. Press dough into a 9-inch springform pan to make a thin layer crust.
  4. Proceed to prepare the cheesecake filling.

Cheesecake

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine the all ingredients into the food processor and mix until very smooth.
  3. Pour the cheesecake filling into the pan (over the crust) and bake for 35 to 40 minutes (bake it covered with aluminum foil for the first 20 minutes, then remove the cover to slightly brown the cheesecake).
  4. Remove cheesecake from the oven and cool for 15 minutes.
  5. Top with a berry sauce and place it in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  6. Serve it cold and enjoy!

Notes: For this recipe, I used Kite Hill’s plain cream cheese style spread. Aquafaba is the viscous liquid in which canned legumes (e.g. chickpeas) have been cooked.  Though not entirely necessary for structure, aquafaba will add creaminess to the cheesecake. Crust will be flaky and fall apart when handled, but it will be nice and firm after the cheesecake is baked.

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Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.