Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Cheesecake

I love cheesecake. Always have, always will. Something about the slightly sour, slightly sweet flavor and creamy texture gets me every time. When you pair that with the graham cracker crust, it’s the perfect match.

Dairy Free Chocolate Cheesecake |

Unfortunately, about five years ago I cut dairy from my diet due to stomach issues, which meant no more cheesecake for me.

Chocolate Dairy Free Cheesecake |

Or so I thought. Today I’m happy to say that after a few attempts I’ve created a great tasting dairy-free cheesecake recipe, which just so happens to be vegan and gluten free as well.

Recipe for Dairy Free Chocolate Cheesecake |

I hope you give this recipe a try! And if you’re looking for more gluten-free and vegan desserts, we have a perfect paleo chocolate chip cookie for you!

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  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates soaked for 10 minutes in warm water and drained
  • 2 1/2 cups raw cashews* soaked for at least 4 hours
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract for a plain cheesecake
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted virgin coconut oil plus 1 Tbsp.
  • 1/2 cup Lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup or liquid sweetener of choice
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 bar dark chocolate crushed (I used dark chocolate mint)
Servings: slices
  1. Lightly oil a spring form pan (9-10inches) with coconut oil and set aside.
  2. Make the crust by placing all crust ingredients in a food processor and processing until crust starts to stick together. Pour into a prepared pan and pat down evenly with your hand.
  3. Next, make filling by placing all ingredients in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth. You may need to add more water, as you want mixture to be silky smooth and not grainy. Once desired consistency is reached, pour mixture on top of crust. Store pan in the freezer while you make the topping.
  4. Make topping by placing all ingredients (except bar of chocolate) in a clean food processor and processing until smooth. Pour topping over filling layer and place back in freezer.
  5. Finally, shave or chop bar of chocolate into fine pieces and sprinkle over the top of the cheesecake. Place back in freezer for at least 2 hours.
  6. Remove from freezer 15 minutes before you want to slice the cake. Store any leftovers in the freezer.
Recipe Notes

*Macadamia nuts also work quite well for this.

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About Sarah Hagstrom

Sarah is a health food advocate and loves to spend her time whipping up something healthy and delicious in the kitchen and then sharing either on Foodal or on her own blog "The Seasonal Diet" ( She lives in Sunny San Diego with her husband, where they enjoy running on the beach and weekend adventures.

36 thoughts on “Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Cheesecake”

  1. Cashews is an interesting alternate to the cream cheese element. I have also seen similar recipes that utilize avocado which ‘creams’ the cocoa element of the recipe when used. I’m absolutely giving this one a shot. I’ll put warning signs all over it for those allergic to peanuts.

  2. Dairy bothers my stomach a lot of the time as well and I love cheesecake so needless to say I don’t eat it often but this recipe looks delicious, I cant wait to give it a try!!

  3. Awww yes, this is perfect. I love cheesecake, but dairy isn’t exactly my friend, so it’s great to have an alternative. I might need a better blender for this but once I get one, you bet I’m trying this out!

  4. Before I comment on this post, I would like to thank you for such a wonderful blog-site. I am very impressed. Well done to you. Now lets get to the cheesecake 😉 I LOVE cheesecake too and so does my family. But, unfortunately, it can be a little heavy on the hips, so I’m always eager to try new and tested recipes. With that said, I am DEFINITELY going to be trying this one too. Well done and keep up the good work.

  5. I love trying new things! I am lucky enough to be able to enjoy as much cheesecake I like but a friend of mine has a dairy intolerance so she is always on the hunt to try new things. I think I might just go and make this for her this week as a little treat. Normally if I make a cake or desert of some sorts she can’t eat it so this time it will be a nice surprise for her to actually taste something that I have prepared !

    • I was just thinking the same thing, but for one of my daughters. She recently learned she has developed a lactose intolerance, and she’s missing the foods she can no longer have. This might just be the perfect treat for me to make for her. That should cheer her up. Well, I know chocolate cheesecake would cheer me up. Haha. I enjoy cheesecake anyway, but with chocolate too? What’s not to like?

  6. Kindly clarify… are the raw cashews being soaked in warm water or cold water?! Would really love to know 🙂
    This has been listed down on cakes section on my organizer, to be tried and tested 🙂 … fingers crossed i get this right, even if i don’t, i try till i get it right 🙂
    I’m imagining downing this with a hot cup of chocolate… pure heaven 😉

  7. What a great recipe! It’s always good to see alternative ways of cooking a dish to ensure everyone can enjoy it and this cheesecake must be very welcome to those who cannot tolerate dairy. It’s certainly one of the things I’d miss the most if I was forced to stop eating dairy and I’m sure it’s the same for others too.

  8. I’m lactose intolerant and diabetic – this is a dream come true. Every once in a while I’d make a regular one to satisfy the cravings, but I’d feel awful for days afterwards. The lemon juice bit is what concerns me, as it seems a bit out of place (in my tastes) but I do have a bottle on hand, so I can definitely give it a shot.

    Thanks for the amazing recipe!

  9. That looks absolutely delicious. I haven’t noticed an issue with dairy, unlike many other items, but this looks mighty tempting, so I might try making it when I have the ingredients and equipment. I do have friends and family with dairy issues, so I’ll be sharing this recipe with them.

  10. This picture is almost unfair to have on the front page! It looks so delicious, makes you want to throw any diet to the window right on the spot…

    Though to be fair, I looked avidly at the ingredients to see if I would have it on hand to make it, and I don’t have most of this at home. I’m both bummed and relieved. Hehe!

  11. I had to give up cheesecake when I developed a lactose intolerance so this is a great alternative. I will definitely try this and chocolate is perfect with it. I do like a buttery type base so I could experiment to try to still achieve that with this recipe.

  12. I simply love cheesecake, I’m not much of a baker though, but thanks to the recipes you guys posted, I might just become one. Thanks a lot ladies.

  13. Oh my goodness. Why do you have to tantalize us with those delicious looking cheesecake images? Those look so good, it’s indescribable. I’m glad you were able to nail the recipe and have it shared among us all. This qualifies as another good idea for a major BBQ that I’m going to next month. I’m just imagining how my family would react eating these.

  14. Thanks for this recipe Sarah! I eat dairy free and love cheesecake too. Sometimes, the cooked version I make with tofu, can be really rich and heavy, albeit, delicious. So, this is an attractive alternative that looks delicious and nutritious. I will definitely be trying out this recipe.

  15. Since being giving birth to my son I have become lactose intolerant. I was so excited to eat cheesecake. Unfortunately cheesecake generally has a lot of dairy, and most vegan ones I have seen look like a weird gramcrackery mess.

    However, this looks delicious. I plan on attempting to make this tomorrow. Though I plan to substitute walnuts for another nut. Hopefully it turns out as good as yours looks!

  16. Nice recipe, especially the fact it’s dairy-free. To be honest, I do tolerate dairy products and eat them on a daily basis, but I would always like to make a change in my life and try these hips-friendly recipes, including this one. It looks just fine and I’m more than eager to make it myself.

    Like someone stated above, it’s very unfair that it’s being shown in the front page listing, haha. Now I’m hungry…

  17. I have been looking for way to put more coconut oil in my diet as I have read how good it is for you. This sounds just the job. A slice of this a day would give me more than I need of coconut oil and satisfy my chocolate cravings as well! I do not have a dairy intolerance but I do want to improve my digestion and general health and I think this would help in a delicious way!

  18. I love sweets, and I have many vegan friends who are bakers. However, I have found that vegan desserts aren’t always my favorite. I don’t know if its the missing eggs or cream or whatever else, but even the vegan bakeries around here don’t seem to compare to the animal ingredient counterparts.

    That being said, the one exception to the rule is definitely cheesecake. Something about it just works out. If only the cakes and cookies could be this indistinguishable from non-vegan ones.

    • Looks very delicious and it accommodates me and my family needs. My husband also has stomach problems from eating dairy products and we love eating cheese cake. We also are trying to be clean eaters as well so the gluten free ingredients also help us as well. I cant wait to try this and substitute our favorite cheesecake for something more healthy so thank you because you have answered our prayer.

  19. I don’t have problems eating dairy, at least not stomach related. I am actually allergic to all dairy products and components, so a recipe like this is really good to see.
    I have to say that I think I would probably cut back on the amount of dates in the crust. It does seem to be an awful lot and will make the crust really sweet and I am a touch curious why when you saw raw walnuts, raw cashew nuts, raw cocoa powder that you don’t then say raw dark chocolate or point out that a lot of dark chocolate actually does contain dairy. It is something that needs to be watched out for when you can’t have dairy products. I can’t also help feeling that the topping might just benefit from a touch of coffee powder as well, to bring out the chocolate flavour a touch more.

  20. I was looking for something to have on my cheat day, and here I am, rubbing my palms while the victory trumpets go off. Chocolate cheesecake have been my weakness since I was young, not even now I can’t say no to one! Excellent article!

  21. I am very interested in how this would taste compared to regular cheesecake. I have no problems with regular cheesecake but I do love new things. I showed this to my daughter and she got really excited. The only problem is that my mom can not eat nuts so I can not share with her. I can always make regular cheesecake for her. I also like the use of coconut oil. I have not used that to cook with yet but I have been meaning to try it and this gives me a good excuse.

  22. Thanks so much for this recipe! I’m slightly lactose intolerant 🙁 Just to be safe, I try to avoid all dairy. It’s just a little difficult buying these ingredients and staying stocked because it’s quite pricey. I would also just modify the crust; I don’t like dates… Any other recommendations?

    By the way, the photo looks excellent. Makes me jealous that it isn’t in my fridge right now 🙂

  23. That looks so delicious! I like to cut down on the dairy once in a while so this is a perfect alternative for when I decide to do that again. Can’t wait to try this and I’d rather use the macadamia nuts for the top. Yum!

  24. Alright this is something I would eat all day long. I’m loving the ingredients. A sea salt though is what I prefer or a pink himalayan salt. This is also a RAW recipe. The raw desserts have so much flavor to them. I have to make this one. The best part is that it is dairy-free. Sometimes I slip up and eat dairy just cause it looks so good, but I try not too. So this one is a guilt free recipe.

  25. This is perfect! Cheesecake is one of my favorite foods, but any amount of dairy sends me to the bathroom in agony. I’m gonna whip up some over the weekend. Thank you so much for this!

  26. I love cheesecake and I’m kinda wondering would it still be called cheesecake if there is no cheese in it? I’m not sure I would want my cheesecake without cheese. I guess this would be a good recipe for non diary users.

  27. This is a very interesting take on the cashews as replacement for the cream cheese. This is my first time to hear of it. The picture shows that it’s a viable replacement for cream cheese. While I’m not a big fan of cashews or cheesecake in general, I think this is something I can enjoy primarily because of the chocolates. Anything with chocolate just does it for me, and I seem to forget of the other ingredients.

  28. O.M.G… I want this RIGHT NOW! My mouth is literally watering. I love cheesecake, but I have had some really good vegan cheesecakes, so I don’t doubt this cake is awesome. All of the ingredients sound delicious.

  29. Oh wow! I had never seen this type of cheesecake recipe before. What a difference. I’m a total cheesecake lover and always attempt to try at least 3 or 4 types of cheesecakes a year that I had never tried before. From all of the cheesecake varieties of cheesecake I have tried before I’ve never had any that have been dairy free. I have had though the kind in which artificial sweetener has been used, This recipe is truly a welcome change. Thanks a lot!

  30. What I would give for a decent blender/processor… This dessert has everything one needs to enjoy a healthy alternative to chocolate cake.

  31. I have a friend who is not allowed to eat dairy foods because they make her sick. Therefore, I am very grateful that this recipe exists. I can finally make something that she would enjoy! Thanks.

  32. Well it certainly look delicious, but I cannot help but notice that the whole graham cracker crust that you love is not in there. I would agree with you, and I think that the crust can make all the difference, and while the one here looks pretty good with the cashews and all, it is hard to beat that graham cracker crust. I will have to see, though, and hopefully I have a new favorite. Thanks for sharing.

  33. I was hoping this was gluten free and nut free like the crust you had this recipe linked to, but that aside it looks very yummy.

    • Ah, that’s too bad. It is gluten-free, but since you can’t have nuts, maybe you’d like to give this crust recipe a try to swap out for the date and walnut base? It comes highly recommended! Search for “gluten free nut free cheesecake crust” on hungerthirstplay dot com. Happy baking!

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