Daiya Cheezecake: Decadent and Deliciously Dairy-Free!

New York, Strawberry, Chocolate, Key Lime
$8.99 per 14-ounce cake

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On November 29, 2015
Last modified:February 11, 2017


They may appear petite, but these desserts are over-the-top decadent with a luxurious taste and creamy, rich consistency that truly satisfies. Trust me, no one will believe these are vegan and allergy-friendly. The New York is a popular "Original" that is amazing on its own, but each of the varieties can also serve as an excellent base for your favorite toppings and party-worthy presentation.

It isn’t often that a new food makes nearly everyone take pause. Yet, curiosity captured the minds of many when Daiya Cheezecake was released this year. Is it good? Does it really taste like cheesecake? How do they make it without dairy? Wait, no soy, nuts, eggs or gluten, either?

Daiya Cheezecake - You won't believe these rich, decadent desserts are dairy-free! (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free & soy-free, too!). 4 Flavors: New York, Strawberry, Chocolate & Key Lime

To answer the most burning question: Daiya Cheezecake isn’t good … it’s a freakin’ delicious miracle! I sampled a bite of the more traditional New York Cheezecake at Expo West earlier this year, and had to pull myself away from sampling every flavor at 10am on a Saturday morning. I was offered another hefty taste at the Food Allergy Blogger Conference in Colorado a couple of weeks ago, this time of the Strawberry, and remained seriously impressed. They had run out of the Chocolate by the time I made my way to their table … not surprising as I had heard close to a dozen raves about that flavor from other attendees at the relatively small event.

So, with dairy-free cheesecake fresh on my mind, I opted to forgo the more traditional desserts, and pick up a Daiya Cheezecake for our intimate little Thanksgiving dinner last week.

Daiya Cheezecake - You won't believe these rich, decadent desserts are dairy-free! (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free & soy-free, too!). 4 Flavors: New York, Strawberry, Chocolate & Key Lime

Since I had some morellos cherries begging to be made into a sauce (and I really am a “vanilla” girl), I selected the New York Daiya Cheezecake for our feast finale. Though in hindsight, the Chocolate would have made for a delicious black forest combination.

Tasting Notes for Daiya Cheezecake

The Daiya Cheezecake consistency is so incredibly smooth and fulfilling with a taste that boasts a pleasant light tang and the absolute perfect sweetness. The graham crust is a relatively thick but light and scrumptious complimentary base that crumbles a touch … but in a somewhat charming bakery-fresh way.

Daiya Cheezecake - You won't believe these rich, decadent desserts are dairy-free! (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free & soy-free, too!). 4 Flavors: New York, Strawberry, Chocolate & Key Lime

The Daiya Cheezecake seems a little small when you remove it from the package, but one dessert does satisfy four who’ve saved room for dessert or six who are determined to squeeze something sweet in. The only problem is, it tastes luxurious but not overly heavy. It could be easy to devour half of this dense treat in one sitting if you opt for dessert first.

Like all Daiya products, the Cheezecakes are remarkably vegan, gluten-free, and free of top allergens. They even have a little boost of protein and calcium in each slice! As for how they do it … I have no idea. The ingredients do include coconut, yet there weren’t overt notes of the drupe. In fact, after reading the full label, I have no idea how I would formulate a replica at home. But in all honestly, the price of a Daiya Cheezecake is pretty darn fair for such an occasional treat, so why bother? Just pick one up and impress everyone with how amazing dairy-free can be!

Daiya Cheezecake - You won't believe these rich, decadent desserts are dairy-free! (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free & soy-free, too!). 4 Flavors: New York, Strawberry, Chocolate & Key Lime

My friend Sandy of No Cow Chocolate had this to say on the other flavors:

The new Daiya Cheezecake is amazing! It comes in 4 flavors, we tried the Key Lime and Strawberry ones. The texture of the cheezecake is consistent in both, and it is smooth and creamy as you would expect. The crust is just like a graham cracker crust and you wouldn’t guess it’s gluten free. The combination of smooth cheezecake and crumbly crust is well balanced. The key lime flavor is a beautiful blend of tart and sweet, and the strawberry is refreshing. It doesn’t quite reach the flavor of regular cheesecake covered in strawberries, but it is still yummy. We added a drizzle of our chocolate on the strawberry flavored one and it was awesome, though we are probably biased. Whether you top it or eat it plain, the Daiya Cheezecake is great!

If you have trialed any of the Daiya Cheezecake varieties, do comment below and tell us your take.

Daiya Cheezecake - You won't believe these rich, decadent desserts are dairy-free! (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free & soy-free, too!). 4 Flavors: New York, Strawberry, Chocolate & Key Lime

The Facts on Daiya Cheezecake

Certifications: Daiya Cheezecake is Certified Vegan and Certified Gluten Free.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Daiya Cheezecake is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Daiya Foods website at daiyafoods.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Is there anyway you could make it sugar free. For instance using one of the good sugar subs like monk fruit sweetener or even xylitol or erytritol? That would be amazing! I try to eat ketogenically as I am addicted to carbs.

  2. Today I purchased the Daiya Key Lime Cheezecake, and after tasting it and being very disappointed, I started searching for reviews online that would have warned me off if I’d read them earlier. So imagine my surprise that it’s being hailed as divine here.

    I found the texture of the creme filling to be slightly chalky and the crust dry and bland. I then slathered it with vegan whipped cream to make it more palatable, but it still left a really weird aftertaste. The lime flavor itself was pretty decent, but I’ll never be buying this again or any of the other flavors. I do regularly use and enjoy the Daiya cheese.

    • Hi Susan, I’m curious if they changed the formula! I’ve taken their cheesecakes to parties with dairy eaters, and they get devoured! We cut them into little squares, and everyone comes back for 2nds, 3rds, and more. You had me wondering, so I did a search online myself, and couldn’t find any other negative feedback. I haven’t bought one since last year – so I’ll have to buy one this season and make sure the formula hasn’t changed. It was far from chalky previously – very smooth. The above is my unbiased review – I purchase the product myself!

      • I’ll have to admit that I’m wondering if I got one from a bad batch. That actually happened once with a Healthy Choice product, but because I’d had it several times before, I realized it immediately. And never had that problem again. Hmm, perhaps I’ll try again, or try another flavor.

          • I am a dairy and gluten lover and I loved this cheesecake. I thought it was going to be tastefree. I ended up eating half the cake and the gluten free dairy free guy at the other half

  3. So this isn’t a place where you order and have delivered.? You just look at pictures? No place to order? Very confusing. Oh well onto the next vegan web page..

    • This is a review Colleen. Daiya is primarily available in stores. You can order it via Instacart to your local stores. As mentioned above, it’s frozen. No, Go Dairy Free isn’t a product retail site – maybe one day!

  4. I am truly in love with your cheezecakes! I honestly feel love with every slow bite of this heavenly dessert. To my surprise I found a pumpkin cheezecake today and had to buy it. I’m sure it will be wonderful just like the other flavors.
    I really wish you would improve your cheeses. There is just something about the texture and aftertaste that I feel could be tweeked and improved.

  5. Jacquie miller on

    I had not realized that the Daiya products were gluten free. Our local Stop and Shop has them on sale, I will definitely purchase a couple of cheesecakes, that I have been craving for so long. I am wondering that if in the near future you will try to make eclairs and napoleons. It’s so hard to crave all those delicious deserts, and not be able to have them.
    Thank you.

  6. I found this at WF this week and bought the New York style. I was amazed at how delicious it was! I spread some blackberry butter on it and entered dessert heaven. Thank you for making us aware of it! My scales do not thank you.

  7. I finally came across it at WF on Thanksgiving and it was so much like the real thing it was scary! But in a very good way. I got the NY style and the only fresh berries I had on hand were blackberries, so I just had them on the side. I wasn’t sure how to make a sauce, but it was still crazy yummy.

    • Yum! Blackberries would be amazing with it! If you want to make a sauce next time, just simmer the berries, adding sugar to taste. Whisk in a little starch (just a little! cornstarch or arrowroot work well) if the sauce is too thin. This is just a general guide, but it’s really that easy 🙂

  8. I have had the New York and the Key Lime both were as you said “delicious miracles”. Definitely worth the money for sure.

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