I recently got pumped up to make a dairy-free cheesecake. And then it dawned on me...I've never made a dairy cheesecake so what makes me think I can master a dairy-free one?! Besides, don't I need some special pan for those anyways? Uhhh, I knew I better figure out a Plan B.
That's when I put on my Thinking Cap, trying to come up with a simpler cheesecake idea. The best way for me to simplify things is to think "kid-friendly". It seems like kid versions of things are always more simple, make kids happy, and still manage to impress the grown-up's as well.
So I came up with the idea for a cheesecake parfait. What could be simpler?! And what would a kid like better...eating a triangle piece of cheesecake or digging a spoon into a glass of seven creamy, colorful layers of delight? You get my point, right? And as grown-up's, Jeff and I certainly loved eating these parfaits as much as the kids did!
I came up with this recipe mostly by trying to flavor the dairy-free cream cheese as simply as I could. I don't believe in creating more work than necessary to get smiles in the kitchen. :)
DAIRY-FREE CHEESECAKE PARFAIT
1 8oz. Container of Dairy-Free Cream Cheese (I used Go Veggie! Plain)
1 Tb Dairy-Free Creamer (I used Silk Vanilla)
1 Tb Stevia
1 Tb Sweetener (I used agave but sugar, honey, or maple syrup would work)
4 Large Graham Crackers
1 Tb Dairy-Free Margarine Melted (I used Earth Balance)
Berries and/or Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips (I used Enjoy Life)
Blend cream cheese, creamer, stevia, and sweetener together.
Crush graham crackers and mix into melted butter.
Layer graham cracker mixture, cheese mixture, and berries/chocolate chips as desired.
Chill in refrigerator for 15 minutes before serving.
Ours made 4 servings in juice glasses.
Miles decided he wanted chocolate chips added to his raspberry cheesecake. Great choice!
And Jeff said anyone not dairy-free would not know these were made with dairy-free cream cheese!
It was definitely a successful treat, and I can't wait to make more versions with different berries like strawberries or blueberries.
If you don't want to use stevia, you can just leave it out and use more "sugar" instead.
Do you think you will give these a try?! :)