No-Bake Chocolate Gingerbread Cheesecake

Gluten Free Dairy Free No-Bake Chocolate Gingerbread Cheesecake | pastelbakery.ca

I can’t remember the last time I had a slice of cheesecake.  What I do recall is how much I loved this dessert.  The rich, creamy, texture…mmm, just melt in your mouth.  But alas, this love was forbidden.  I thought I would never savour a cheesecake again (cue the Lionel Richie ‘Hello’ song)…until I found this dairy free option .  If you’ve been missing cheesecake like me, or you’re just nuts for cheesecake, I promise you, this Gluten Free Dairy Free No-Bake Chocolate Gingerbread Cheesecake will not disappoint!

Gluten Free Dairy Free No-Bake Chocolate Gingerbread Cheesecake

I’ve wanted to try Daiya’s new cream cheese style spread for a while. Lucky for me, I found it on sale at Nature’s Emporium up in Newmarket (on a side note, if you have never visited this store, you absolutely must!). Given, ‘tis the season to be jolly, I thought a chocolate gingerbread cheesecake would be best. So I picked up a pack of the spread, along with some ginger snaps (for the crust) to make this dairy free cheesecake.

Gluten Free Dairy Free No-Bake Chocolate Gingerbread Cheesecake

With a little bit of melted Enjoy Life’s Chocolate Mini Chips, a splash of Nutri-Whip, a dusting of sugar and a touch of spices, whipped together with the Daiya Cream Cheese Style Spread, this cheesecake is pure melt in your mouth bliss. Pure. Bliss.
And how awesome is it, that not only is it gluten free but dairy free too?! Woot! Woot! The Daiya cream cheese style spread definitely whipped up smooth and creamy just like regular cream cheese. It makes me so happy to know that I can once again enjoy a large slice (or two!) of a fantastic cheesecake without any repercussions.

Gluten Free Dairy Free No-Bake Chocolate Gingerbread Cheesecake

I’m already planning on making another one for our Christmas gathering to share with Miss Glutrition.*:) happy My mouth is salivating just thinking about enjoying another slice of this cheesecake in a matter of weeks!
What could be better during such a hectic holiday season than an easy to make, no-bake cheesecake that you can whip up in no time? Trust me…go make one of these…NOW!

Pure deliciousness! Enjoy and Happy Holidays to all!
Eva

Note: compensation was not received for this post. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Gluten Free Dairy Free No-Bake Chocolate Gingerbread Cheesecake

Freeze Time: 4 hours

This easy to make no-bake 'cheesecake' is so creamy you won't believe it's dairy free!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed gluten free ginger snaps (such as Mi-del)
  • 5 tbsp dairy free buttery spread (such as Earth Balance)
  • 1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life Mini Chips)
  • 1 container (227g) Daiya cream cheese style spread, slightly room temperature (or other dairy free cream cheese style spread)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup Nutri-Whip dessert topping (or other dessert topping)
  • For chocolate drizzle (optional):
  • 1/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life)
  • 1 tbsp dairy free buttery spread (such as Earth Balance)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Method

  1. Line an 8 x 11 pan with foil leaving extra foil over pan edges for easy removal of 'cheesecake'; set aside. If you do not have this size pan, you could use 2 square pans and divide the recipe between each. If you choose to use a larger pan such as a 9 x 13, just bear in mind you may run short on crumbs.
  2. Crush ginger snaps using a mini chopper. If you do not have, crumble by hand until you reach a fine texture like graham crumbs. Place in bowl and set aside.
  3. Melt 4 tbsp of dairy free spread in microwaveable bowl and pour over crushed ginger snaps (the remaining 1 tbsp of dairy free spread will be used below). Mix well using a fork ensuring crumbs are evenly coated and stick together when pressed.
  4. Press crumbs into prepared pan. Place in fridge while you prepare the 'cheesecake'.
  5. In bowl of mixer, whip up Nutri-whip until soft peaks form.
  6. Meanwhile, in microwaveable bowl, melt the chocolate chips with the remaining 1 tbsp of dairy free spread. Set aside.
  7. In medium bowl, combine dairy free cream cheese style spread and sugar and beat well. Add in melted chocolate and spices and stir until combined.
  8. Fold in 'cheesecake' mixture to Nutir-whip. Pour over prepared crust, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  9. When ready to serve, lift the 'cheesecake' out of the pan (using the foil edges), and cut. Drizzle with chocolate if desired (recipe below).
  10. For Chocolate Drizzle:
  11. In microwaveable bowl, melt chocolate chips with dairy free spread.
  12. Stir in cinnamon.
  13. Drizzle over cake using a fork or spoon.

Notes

This cheesecake tastes even better the next day so it can definitely be made 1 day before serving. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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10 comments

  1. Carol Casparian says:

    Sounds delicious! One question – the ingredients list 4 tbsp. dairy free spread and in step 3 and 6 you say to melt the dairy free spread….do you divide then the four tbsp for each step, using only 2 tbsp. for the crust and 2 tbsp. for the chocolate or did I miss something? Thanks.

    • Eva says:

      Thanks Carol! It is definitely delicious, creamy and sooo easy to make :) In re: to your question, there are actually 5 tbsp (in total) of dairy free spread, my apologies. It should have noted 4 tbsp to be used in Step 3 with the crushed ginger snaps, and 1 tbsp to be used in Step 6 with the chocolate chips. Changes have been made. Thanks for noting! :)

      • Carol Casparian says:

        Thanks for the clarification! I appreciate that. Can’t wait to make this when the kids come home for Christmas!! If I made it sooner I would end up eating it all myself lol! I have never seen or used Nutri-Whip whipped topping. We do have in NY a soy based whipped cream…would that be a good alternative to Nutri-Whip? I am asking since I have no idea what Nutri-Whip is like.

        Thanks.

        • Eva says:

          Trust me you would have no problem eating it up all by yourself..it happened to me! :)
          In past recipes I’ve tried an almond based whipping cream which was similar to the Nutri-Whip, so I would think the soy based one would be a good alternative. The consistency should be similar to Cool Whip in order to help give the cheesecake a smooth creamy finish.
          I believe Nutri-Whip is similar to Dream Whip, but not sure if you have that in NY. Nutri-Whip is refrigerated and ready to go and I believe the Dream Whip is a powder. However I also can’t confirm that Dream Whip is lactose/dairy free.
          Enjoy! :)

          • Carol Casparian says:

            I know Dream Whip from my childhood – will have to look and see if it is still on the shelves and if it is dairy free. Our health food store no longer carries Nutri Whip – I called and asked. Perhaps they could order it if the soy based whipped cream doesn’t work out. Thanks for the help!

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