Daiya Cheezecake is Pure Decadence in Five Allergy-Friendly Flavors

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It isn’t often that a food makes nearly everyone take pause. Yet, curiosity captured the minds of many when Daiya Cheezecake was released in 2015. Is it good? Does it really taste like cheesecake? How do they make it without dairy? Wait, no soy, nuts, eggs or gluten, either?

To answer the most burning question: Daiya Cheezecake isn’t good … it’s a delicious miracle! I’ve watched dozens of people devour little slices, completely unaware that it’s dairy-free, or even allergy-friendly. As for how they do it … I have no idea. The ingredients do include coconut, yet there aren’t overt notes of the drupe. In fact, after reading the full label, I have not a clue 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? I just pick one up and impress everyone with how amazing dairy-free can be!

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Daiya Brings Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Cheezecake Back for the Season

I first sampled a bite of the more traditional New York Daiya Cheezecake at Expo West when they previewed it, and had to pull myself away from sampling every flavor at 10am on a Saturday morning.

I was offered another hefty taste at a Food Allergy Blogger Conference in Colorado later in the year, 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.

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So, with dairy-free cheesecake fresh on my mind, I opted to forgo the more traditional desserts, and pick up a Daiya Cheezecake for an intimate little Thanksgiving dinner. And every year since, I’ve been taking two of these decadent desserts to an annual Christmas Eve party. I always grab a classic New York Style, but each year I pick a different flavor for the second option, and this year, I think it will be Pumpkin Spice. Yes, their seasonal flavor is back, by popular demand!

Their are a few people at that annual Christmas Eve party with food concerns – two with severe nut allergies, one with gluten intolerance, and myself with a milk allergy. It’s a great option for all of us, but we aren’t the only ones who love it. I’ve watched several people, who obviously love cheese, stand by those dairy-free cheesecakes and inhale bite after bite.

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Daiya Cheezecake is Pure Decadence in Five Allergy-Friendly Flavors

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.

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.

But tell everyone what you think! Leave your rating and review below, and be sure to note which flavor(s) you’ve tried. Here are the details on each one.

New York

Daiya Cheezecake Review and Info - Vegan, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free and Decadent! 4 Flavors - we have the ingredients, ratings, and more!Ingredients: filling (filtered water, creamed coconut, cane sugar, coconut oil, tapioca starch, non-gmo expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, potato starch, pea protein isolate, vanilla extract, sea salt, xanthan gum, sodium alginate, lactic acid [vegan], tricalcium phosphate, vegan natural flavors, cultured sugar, vegan enzyme), gluten-free crust (tapioca starch, cane sugar, coconut oil, brown rice flour, white whole grain sorghum flour, potato starch, water, non-gmo expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, blackstrap molasses, vanilla extract, milled flax seed, psyllium, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, leavening [sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate], xanthan gum). Contains: coconut.*

Nutrition (per 100-gram slice / 1/4 pie): 360 calories, 24g fat, 35g carbs, 3g fiber, 17g sugars (includes 16g added sugars), 2g protein.*

Key Lime

Daiya Cheezecake Review and Info - Vegan, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free and Decadent! 4 Flavors - we have the ingredients, ratings, and more!Ingredients: filling (filtered water, cane sugar, creamed coconut, coconut oil, tapioca starch, non-gmo expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, potato starch, pea protein isolate, key lime juice concentrate, vegan natural flavors, sea salt, xanthan gum, sodium alginate, lactic acid [vegan], tricalcium phosphate, cultured sugar, vegan enzyme), gluten-free crust (tapioca starch, cane sugar, coconut oil, brown rice flour, white whole grain sorghum flour, potato starch, filtered water, non-gmo expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, blackstrap molasses, vanilla extract, milled flax seed, psyllium, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, leavening [sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate], xanthan gum). Contains: coconut.*

Nutrition (per 100-gram slice / 1/4 pie): 360 calories, 24g fat, 36g carbs, 3g fiber, 17g sugars (includes 16g added sugars), 2g protein.*

Strawberry

Daiya Cheezecake Review and Info - Vegan, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free and Decadent! 4 Flavors - we have the ingredients, ratings, and more!Ingredients: filling (filtered water, creamed coconut, cane sugar, coconut oil, tapioca starch, non-gmo expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, strawberries, potato starch, pea protein isolate, vegan natural flavors, sea salt, xanthan gum, sodium alginate, lactic acid [vegan], tricalcium phosphate, cultured sugar, lemon juice concentrate, fruit and/or vegetable juice [color], vegan enzyme), gluten-free crust (tapioca starch, cane sugar, coconut oil, brown rice flour, white whole grain sorghum flour, potato starch, filtered water, non-gmo expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, blackstrap molasses, vanilla extract, milled flax seed, psyllium, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, leavening [sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate], xanthan gum). Contains: coconut.*

Nutrition (per 100-gram slice / 1/4 pie): 360 calories, 24g fat, 36g carbs, 3g fiber, 17g sugars (includes 16g added sugars), 2g protein.*

Chocolate

Daiya Cheezecake Review and Info - Vegan, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free and Decadent! 4 Flavors - we have the ingredients, ratings, and more!Ingredients: filling (filtered water, cane sugar, creamed coconut, coconut oil, tapioca starch, non-gmo expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, cocoa powder [processed with alkali], potato starch, vanilla extract, pea protein isolate, sea salt, carob powder, xanthan gum, sodium alginate, lactic acid [vegan], tricalcium phosphate, vegan natural flavors, cultured sugar, vegan enzyme), gluten-free crust (tapioca starch, cane sugar, coconut oil, brown rice flour, filtered water, white whole grain sorghum flour, potato starch, cocoa powder [processed with alkali], non-gmo expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, milled flax seed, vanilla extract, psyllium, xanthan gum, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, caramel color, leavening [sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate]). Contains: coconut.*

Nutrition (per 100-gram slice / 1/4 pie): 360 calories, 22g fat, 40g carbs, 4g fiber, 22g sugars (includes 21g added sugars), 3g protein.*

Pumpkin Spice (seasonal)

Daiya Cheezecake Review and Info - Vegan, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free and Decadent! 4 Flavors - we have the ingredients, ratings, and more!Ingredients: cheezecake filling (filtered water, cane sugar, creamed coconut, coconut oil, tapioca starch, non-gmo expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, pumpkin, potato starch, pea protein isolate, vegan natural flavors, sea sal, sodium alginate, xanthan gum, lactic acid (vegan), tricalcium phosphate, spices, cultured sugar, color (pepper concentrate, apple concentrate, tomato concentrate), caramel color, vegan enzyme), gluten-free crust (tapioca starch, cane sugar, coconut oil, brown rice flour, white whole grain sorghum flour, filtered water, potato starch, non-gmo expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, blackstrap molasses, vanilla extract, milled flax seed, psyllium, baking powder, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, xanthan gum). Contains: coconut.*

Nutrition (per 100-gram slice / 1/4 pie): 350 calories, 21g fat, 37g carbs, 2g fiber, 19g sugars, 3g protein.*

More Allergen Information*

Daiya does run their own allergy-friendly facility, but they do outsource the production of certain products.

Our pizzas, Cheezy Mac, Cheezecakes and dairy-free Dressings are manufactured in another facility where we have an allergen program in place to prevent any cross contamination with dairy ingredients.

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More Facts on Daiya Cheezecake

Price: $8.99 per 14.1-ounce dairy-free cheesecake

Availability: Daiya Cheezecake is sold in the freezer section of natural food stores, like Whole Foods, in the U.S. and Canada. You might also find it in some mainstream retailers like Smith’s and Publix. See their website below to find where to buy.

Certifications: Daiya Cheezecake is Certified Gluten-Free, Certified Vegan, and Certified Kosher Pareve.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Daiya Cheezecake is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.*

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

*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy. 

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Daiya Cheezecake is amazing

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November 12, 2019

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!

Sandy

Everyone loves these!

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October 24, 2019

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.

Alisa Fleming

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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.

21 Comments

  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. 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.

  4. 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.
    Jacquie

  5. 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.

  6. 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 🙂

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

  8. We just tried a plain one and were amazed! I think this is a dairy-free product that is worth the price because I don’t know how I’d make one this good at home.