Dairy-Free / Vegetarian “Cheese” Cake

My family has varied food allergies. I am one of the few members that can enjoy dairy products on a regular basis.  When I came across this recipe in a cookbook that a friend lent to me, I thought of my sister that recently realised she is allergic to even the smallest amount of dairy (hidden ingredients in bread, crackers, etc.).  Sooo. She may have to find a substitute for the graham cracker crust  if the ingredients list includes a forbidden food, but the filling should be okay…right?
p.s. I rewrote the recipe so as not to break the copyright. If you want the original, check out or purchase Cook’s Library Baking by Paragon Publishing.

Baked Cheesecake

Grease a 7-inch circular loose-bottom cake pan.

Preheat the oven to 350*F.

Combine the graham cracker crumbs with the vegan margarine, then press the mixture into the bottom of the cake pan.

Boil the chopped dates, lemon juice & peel, and the water in a small sauce pan. Simmer the mixture for about 5 minutes: the dates should be soft enough for you to mash them with a fork.

Allow the mixture to cool a little bit before blending them with the bean curd, apple juice, banana and vanilla. Process it until you have a smooth, thick paste.

Pour this paste onto the crumb base and smooth the surface with a spatula.

Bake the "cheese" cake for 30-40 minutes, until the top is lightly golden. Allow the cake to cool in the pan before refrigerating it.

Serve the cake cold with a fruit sauce.

4 T vegetable spread

2 1/4 c graham cracker crumbs

1/3 c chopped pitted dates

4 T lemon juice

grated peel of 1 lemon

3 T water

12 oz firm bean curd (drained weight)

2/3 c apple juice

1 mashed banana

1 t vanilla extract

fruit sauce: 1 mango peeled, pitted, chopped and blended.

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One thought on “Dairy-Free / Vegetarian “Cheese” Cake

  1. Linda

    This is intriguing. I have made a non dairy cheesecake with the tofu cream cheese. It was pretty tasty, even Doug liked it. (He doesn’t like anything made with tofu.)I’m wondering how this one would taste. Perhaps I will have to try it. hmmm

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