Call me old fashioned, but I love nothing more than a good slice of cheesecake. It's the quintessential American dessert that is enjoyable year round. When eating cheesecake, I flash back to soulful memories of 1920's New York, but sadly, Americans can't be given credit to the creation of this lovely dessert.
In fact, the Greeks were the original cheesecake connoisseurs. Popular in Greek culture, when the Romans conquered the Greeks the recipe fell into their hands. In fact, cheesecake fueled the first Olympic athletes during the first Games held on the Isle of Delos in 776BC.
Today, cheesecake has transformed into one of the most delicious dairy-free desserts on the market. Thanks to Daiya, their team has created a cheesecake that is so creamy, smooth and palatable, that I am dying to know their secret.
I had the privilege of taste-testing Daiya's Key Lime and seasonal Pumpkin Cheezecake....and what a privilege indeed. There is nothing that "hits home" more than a vegan cheezecake than Daiya. The creamy texture, color and smooth transition of the fork gliding through the cake makes you question whether or not this is vegan. Oh yes it's vegan...and gluten free too!
Key Lime Cheesecake
If you loved grandma's key lime cheesecake as a child, rest assured the new and improved vegan version beats any dairy-laden cake. Sweet yet tangy, this key lime cheesecake's flavor contains the best of both worlds. It's as if summer (or a bag of limes) exploded in your mouth, bursting with hints of creamy sweetness. What I enjoyed the most is the combination of the cheesecake with the cookie-like crust. Perfect for anytime of year, the key lime pie makes for a wonderful summer dessert, paired with a chilled glass of lemonade or iced tea. It's like enjoying a slice of citrus heaven while basking under the summer sun.
Pumpkin pie, watch out, there's a new vegan holiday treat in town. Daiya's pumpkin cheesecake is seasonal, and will be the best dairy-free seasonal treat you'll purchase. Like all of Daiya's cheesecake's, the texture is creamy, sweet and ultra-smooth. The pumpkin cheesecake bursts with autumn flavor including a hint of those delicious pumpkin spice flavors. It's bold in flavor but delicate in nature, so cut carefully as the cheezecake isn't as hard as a pumpkin's shell. I only say this because the flavor is so addicting that you'll want to dive right in, but know that it is best enjoyed one slice at a time.
Each pie serves 8 slices and retail prices vary upon location. Enjoy!
All opinions are my own. Daiya provided the product but did not compensate for this post.
Are you a fan of Daiya cheezecake? If so, which cake is your favorite? I'm curious to try them all, but got my eye on that strawberry....
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com