Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cheesecake

Yes, you can still have cheesecake if you are gluten-free and dairy-free!
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 12
Author Rachel


  • Crust -
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • Filling -
  • 3 8- oz packages of Toffuti Better than Cream Cheese cream cheese substitute
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp gluten-free vanilla
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk in carton
  • 3 eggs
  • Lemon zest from one lemon optional


To make crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a pie plate with parchment paper.
  2. In mixing bowl, beat coconut oil until smooth. Add sugar, salt and vanilla; beat well until combined, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
  3. Add almond meal and beat on medium speed until well-blended.
  4. Pat dough into pie tin, spreading out evenly.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until cracking and golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack until filling is ready.

For filling:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese substitute, the sugar, the gf flour, and vanilla, until combined.
  2. Beat in milk, until smooth. Stir in eggs, and if using, the lemon zest.
  3. Empty crust mixture into an 8-inch springform pan. Spread evenly across bottom and halfway up the sides. (Texture should be similar to wet sand.)
  4. Pour filling into crust-lined pan. Place an empty cookie sheet on the rack below where you will cook the cheesecake to catch any drips.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a 21/2-inch area around the outside edge of filling appears set when gently shaken.
  6. Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes.
  7. Using a small, sharp knife, loosen crust around sides of pan; cool for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove sides of pan; cool cheesecake completely on rack.
  9. Cover and chill at least 4 hours before serving.

Recipe Notes

Crust recipe is a variation of the Gluten-Free Rosemary Shortbread Recipe (available on this site). Filling recipe is inspired by Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook (14th edition).