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Creamy Key Lime Dairy Free Cheesecake Recipe (No Bake)

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Can you make dairy free cheesecake? Yes! This no bake cheesecake is rich, creamy, and so delicious you won’t miss the dairy. This healthy cheesecake recipe has simple ingredients and doesn’t require any soy products, it is low-carb, egg-free, gluten-free, and vegan making it a favorite dessert for many. 

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Traditionally, classic cheesecake is made using cream cheese along with other dairy ingredients like sour cream, heavy cream, and eggs. However, this presents a challenge for individuals with dairy allergies, dairy intolerance, or who eat a vegan diet. But this creamy vegan cheesecake solves that problem.

With “cheese” in the name, you might wonder how to achieve that authentic creaminess in a dairy-free version. Well, this cheesecake recipe without cream cheese uses avocado! 

Avocado is a great substitute for cream cheese and has a naturally creamy texture when blended. It helps achieve the desired smooth and velvety consistency in a cheesecake filling.

With just a handful of ingredients and 20 minutes of preparation time, you’ll have a fantastic treat that’s a crowd favorite.


Reader Review of this dairy free cheesecake recipe

“This is one of the best vegan cheesecake recipes! It’s so easy to make and delicious! Definitely making again!”  Lyra


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Why this is the Best Dairy Free Cheesecake Recipe

  • Creamy Indulgence: Despite being dairy-free and vegan, this cheesecake offers a luxuriously creamy texture thanks to the avocado base. The avocado provides a velvety smoothness that rivals traditional cream cheese, offering a satisfyingly rich and indulgent dessert experience.
  • Guilt-Free: The sweetness in this cheesecake comes from natural sources like maple syrup and dates, providing a healthier alternative to refined sugars. 
  • Citrusy: The addition of lime juice gives this creamy cheesecake a bright burst of refreshing citrus flavor in every bite. It’s a delightful balance of sweet and tangy, making it a perfect dessert.

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I have to admit Before I lost 125  lbs I wasn’t a big fan of regular cheesecake and I haven’t had it in a long time. I think it had something to do with the texture. However, I have friends and family who adore the real thing, so I knew I would need to make a scrumptious dairy-free cheesecake. This is it!

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Key Lime Dairy-Free Cheesecake Recipe Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe card including ingredient quantities, full step-by-step instructions, and nutritional information below.

  • Crumble Crust – Typical cheesecakes call for graham cracker crust, but this crumble crust mixture has pecans, coconut, dates, lime zest, and a pinch of sea salt. You could use cashew nuts or walnuts if you prefer.
  • Creamy Filling – There is no silken tofu, dairy-free cream cheese, or egg yolks in this recipe!  I used avocados, lime juice, maple syrup, coconut oil, and a little more lime zest for the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. 
  • Toppings – This is optional, but I love adding more coconut flakes, nuts, fresh berries, or a drizzle of melted chocolate (dairy-free and vegan) to the top of the cheesecake for more flavor and texture. You could also serve individual slices with a little bit of strawberry sauce and fresh strawberries for a beautiful contrast of colors! 
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Key Lime Dairy Free Vegan Cheesecake

How to make this dairy-free cheesecake recipe

​You can follow these simple steps for this delicious dessert. 

  • Make the Crumble Crust – Process the crust ingredients in a food processor until they become sticky and will hold together if pinched. If necessary, add one tablespoon of maple syrup to get the right consistency.  Press an even layer into the bottom of the springform pan going slightly up the sides of the pan. Place in the freezer while you make the cheesecake filling. 
  • Dairy Free Cheesecake Filling – Process the filling ingredients in a food processor or large mixing bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. With a rubber spatula, scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure all of the avocado is blended and smooth.  Pour the filling into the chilled crust and place back in freezer for at least two hours or overnight. 
  • Serve and Enjoy – For best results, allow the dairy free cheesecake to thaw at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before serving. Be careful not to thaw too long or the consistency will change (still yummy, but more pudding-like).  Garnish with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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How to Store this dairy-free cheesecake

When it comes to storing this specific dairy-free cheesecake, it’s essential to keep it in the freezer rather than the refrigerator.

Carefully wrap it in several layers of plastic wrap to ensure a tight seal. If storing for longer than overnight, in addition to the plastic wrap, wrap it in aluminum foil or place it in an airtight container.

When you’re ready to enjoy it, thaw it for 10 – 15 minutes before serving. For more info regarding food safety, click here.

Tips & Substitutions for this no bake vegan cheesecake

  • Be sure to keep the cheesecake frozen until 10 – 15 minutes before you’re ready to serve. 
  • You could substitute lemon juice and lemon zest for the lime juice and lime zest for a more traditional cheesecake flavor. 
  • You could serve the dairy free cheesecake filling in these granola cups for a vibrant and fun brunch item.
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FAQ’s

Can you freeze a no bake cheesecake?

Yes, you can freeze a no-bake cheesecake and this no-bake dairy-free cheesecake must be frozen.

It’s a wonderful way to prolong its shelf life and enjoy it at a later time. To begin, ensure your no-bake cheesecake is fully set and thoroughly chilled in the freezer before removing it from the springform pan. This process typically takes at least 2 hours or overnight. 

Once your cheesecake has achieved the desired firmness, carefully remove it from the pan. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and seal it well to prevent any freezer burn or unwanted odors from affecting the dessert. For an extra layer of protection, consider double-wrapping the cheesecake in aluminum foil after the plastic wrap.

After the cheesecake is securely wrapped, find a flat surface in your freezer to place it. This ensures even freezing and maintains the shape of the cheesecake. If you prefer individual slices, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper before transferring them to a container.

When you’re ready to indulge in your no bake cheesecake, remove it from the freezer and allow it to thaw at room temperature for 10-15 minutes. 


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How many carbs in a slice of cheesecake?

The number of carbohydrates in a slice of cheesecake can vary depending on the recipe and serving size. However, as a general estimate, a typical slice of cheesecake (about 1/12th of a 9-inch cheesecake) can contain around 30-40 grams of carbohydrates.

This dairy-free cheesecake is low carb and has 26 carbohydrates and 6 grams of fiber making it 20 net carbs.

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Creamy Key Lime Dairy Free Cheesecake Recipe (No Bake)

Can you make dairy-free cheesecake? Yes! This no bake cheesecake is rich, creamy, and so delicious you won't miss the dairy. This healthy cheesecake recipe has simple ingredients and doesn't require any soy products, plus it is low-carb, egg-free, gluten-free, and vegan making it a favorite dessert for many. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword cheesecake recipe without cream cheese, dairy free cheesecake, egg free cheesecake recipe, gluten free vegan cheesecake recipe, low carb cheesecake recipe no bake, vegan no bake cheesecake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 250kcal
Author Cindy Newland with Intentionally Eat

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1 lime, zested about 2 teaspoons
  • 1 pinch salt

Dairy Free Cheesecake Filling

  • 4 avocados, ripe
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 lime, zested 2 teaspoons

Instructions

Crust

  • Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until it becomes sticky and will hold together if pinched. If necessary, add 1 Tbsp of maple syrup to get the right consistency.
  • Press an even layer into the bottom of the springform pan going slightly up the sides of the pan. Place in the freezer while you make the cheesecake filling. 

Dairy Free Cheesecake Filling

  • Add the filling ingredients to a food processor or large mixing bowl with an electric mixer and process until creamy. With a rubber spatula, scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure all of the avocado is blended and smooth.  
  • Pour the filling into the chilled crust and place back in freezer for at least two hours or overnight.
  • For best results, allow the dairy free cheesecake to thaw at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before serving. Be careful not to thaw too long or the consistency will change (still yummy, but more pudding-like).  Garnish with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional Information is only an estimate. The accuracy of this recipe may differ depending on the ingredients and amounts you use.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 slice | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Fiber: 6g

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​Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a medical professional. The information provided on this blog is based on my personal experiences and research as a vegan recipe enthusiast. While I strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, it is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional or a registered dietitian before making any significant changes to your diet, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns. The recipes and tips shared on this blog are meant for general informational purposes and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Always prioritize your health and well-being by seeking personalized guidance from a qualified healthcare provider.

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5 Comments

  1. I would like to try this recipe, as I have friends who would appreciate this dessert. Awesome way to show my friends that I care!

  2. I loooooove cheesecakes but I never even tried to bake one at home….Your recipe is very easy to follow, I love it.

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