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No Bake Dairy Free Lemon Cheesecake (Gluten Free)

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Our perfectly sweet and tart No Bake Dairy Free Lemon Cheesecake is a great dessert for spring holidays! It’s also gluten free, soy free, and vegan.

Even though spring is in full swing on the calendar, we just got a ton of snow yesterday and today. But in spite of the cold weather hanging on, we’re still looking forward to fun spring gatherings for Easter and Mother’s Day.

To celebrate spring holidays and add a bright and fruity cheesecake to our collection, I made a delicious and simple No Bake Dairy Free Lemon Cheesecake that’s also gluten free and vegan!

slice of dairy free gluten free lemon cheesecake with a bite taken

What’s great about all of our cheesecake recipes is that they are made without cashews or other nuts, so they are allergy friendly if your family or friends have nut allergies! Just check the labels on your chosen ingredients (coconuts are not technically tree nuts, but check with your allergist if you’re unsure if you should have coconut).

How to make our vegan lemon cheesecake

When mixing up your lemon cheesecake filling, make sure you soften the non-dairy cream cheese with a hand mixer first before adding anything else to it. The ensures that everything will mix up smoothly and not have any lumps in it.

overhead photo of gluten free lemon cheesecake on a plate next to a pan of cheesecake

Then you’ll beat in the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and the other ingredients. If you add the lemon juice right away to the un-softened dairy free cream cheese, it will be a bit harder to mix and look lumpy at first.

piece of dairy free lemon cheesecake displayed on a fork

To add a nice yellow color to this lemon cheesecake, we added some natural food color powder from McCormick, but that’s completely optional. You don’t have to make this yellow if you prefer to keep it white. The McCormick natural yellow color I used has a slightly green tint to it, so it won’t look quite like an artificially colored lemon cheesecake.

How do I make a cookie crust for cheesecake?

We use the Mi-Del gluten free graham-style pre-made crust in a lot of our cheesecakes since it’s super easy to use and it’s yummy, but you can always make your own gluten free cookie crust for this cheesecake using Kinnitoos vanilla sandwich cookies.

pretty slice of lemon cheesecake on a black plate with a fork

We show how to make a sandwich cookie crust in our Triple Chocolate Vegan Cheesecake recipe, all you’d need to do is replace the chocolate gluten free sandwich cookies with the vanilla Kinnitoos sandwich cookies for this recipe (unless you want chocolate and lemon together). It’s really easy to make and makes an awesome no-bake cheesecake crust!

You process the sandwich cookies in a food processor, mix with some melted coconut oil or melted Earth Balance Soy Free margarine, press it into a pie plate, then chill till set (check out the recipe I linked above for exact measurements).

photo of a full vegan lemon cheesecake topped with raspberries and lemon slice

If you can have gluten, you can try making a cookie crust with lemon Oreo cookies if you want a bit more lemon in your dairy free cheesecake!

Ingredient notes for lemon no-bake cheesecake

We use Daiya cream cheese for all of our no-bake cheesecakes (made without cashews) because we can get it locally and it fits all of our allergies, but you can use another brand of non-dairy cream cheese that fits your diet.

Most other brands of dairy free cream cheese should work great in this recipe, it might change the taste or texture slightly, but it won’t be noticeable. You can see some tips on replacing cream cheese in our article about how to replace dairy in recipes!

So Delicious CocoWhip is a coconut-based whipped topping alternative that is allergy friendly. If you can’t find CocoWhip in any stores, you can try ordering it online, or use a different brand of dairy free whipped cream.

Since I haven’t made this cheesecake with other brands of ingredients aside from the ones I listed, I’m not sure how other brands of whipped cream will turn out in this recipe.

Check out our other no bake vegan cheesecakes made without cashews!

Kitchen tools you’ll need for this cheesecake recipe:

vegan lemon cheesecake slice on a black plate topped with raspberries

No Bake Dairy Free Lemon Cheesecake (Gluten Free)

Our perfectly sweet and tart No Bake Dairy Free Lemon Cheesecake is a great dessert for spring holidays! It's also gluten free, soy free, and vegan.
Gluten free, dairy free, vegan; Free of: soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (except coconut)
4.71 from 17 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake made without cashews, dairy free lemon cheesecake, no bake vegan cheesecake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 pieces
Calories: 314kcal



  • In a large bowl, beat the non-dairy cream cheese with a hand blender to soften it and make it smooth. Then add the powdered sugar, natural yellow food color, and the lemon zest. 
  • Then beat in the lemon juice and vanilla, mixing well so the cheesecake mixture is smooth.
  • Add 1/2 of the container of CocoWhip to the bowl and beat together with the cream cheese mixture until it’s smooth and mixed thoroughly, then fold in the remaining CocoWhip by hand with a spatula.
  • Spread the cheesecake mixture into the pre-made or homemade cookie crust, spreading out to make it smooth on top. 
  • Chill for 4 or more hours, until it is chilled and has firmed up. 
  • Serve topped with raspberries or strawberries and mint leaves for garnish. Enjoy!


* So Delicious CocoWhip is a coconut-based dairy free and soy-free whipped cream


Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg
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20 thoughts on “No Bake Dairy Free Lemon Cheesecake (Gluten Free)”

  1. Could I omit the lemon and zest ? (I love lemon, don’t get me wrong) I’m wanting to make just a no bake filling for a pie iron recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Excellent vegan cheesecake. I’m a huge fan of everything lemon. My husband had no clue it was dairy free and loved it! The only surprise was the texture. I expected a thicker traditional cheesecake consistency but on hot summer nights this hits the spot wonderfully!

  3. Hi, This is an excellent recipe. One question though, can we use dairy cream cheese and cool whip for those who consume dairy? Will it give same results ?

  4. Thank you for this recipe, it worked perfectly for our needs. I used Kitehill almond cream cheese and vegan TruWhip and it turned out so well, so delicious!

  5. Hi

    I’m in Uk so we don’t have coco whip here. I was thinking of replacing that with Elmlea double plant cream. Do you think that would still work?


    • Hi Alison! I’m not familiar with that brand or product, but if it is like a thick whipped cream, it should probably work fine in this recipe. Let me know how it works out for you, I’ve had a few other people ask about it on some of my other cheesecake recipes and if it works good, I’ll be sure to let them know 🙂

  6. Looks delish and plan on this for my daughter in laws birthday. I did not find where it mentioned what size pan to put into. I will use a tart or springform pan. 9 inch?

    • Hi Robin, I used a Mi-Del gluten free crumb crust for this recipe, and I think it’s an 8 inch crust, so I’d use an 8 inch tart pan or pie pan, but I’m not sure that a springform pan would work very well with this recipe (I haven’t tried my cheesecakes in a springform pan). I’ll add a note to the recipe with the size of the crust, thanks for pointing that out! 🙂

  7. I’ll agree about the hand mixer. I did a stand mixer and I was just using a regular old paddle and the cream cheese turned out lumpy. I should have used the whisk mixer or tried in a different mixer. Yours looks so smooth!

    • Thank you! I learned the hard way that a hand mixer is a must-have for working with cream cheese haha. The last batch of dairy free cream cheese glaze I made came out a little lumpy, I had to use an immersion blender to get it smooth again.


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