Leading up to last Christmas, me and my boyfriend Chris had been constantly dreaming and talking about creating a dairy free eggnog cheesecake recipe. Who doesn’t need a good healthy cheesecake recipe in their life?
To prepare, we did a decent amount of googling to see what was out there already for dairy free eggnog cheesecake recipes and sadly there wasn’t much.
So we figured we would start with a regular eggnog cheesecake recipe and swap everything out that had gluten or dairy. It was a bit of a shot in the dark whether it would work the same or not, but it appears to have turned out just fine! In fact, it turned out friggin’ amazing.
Because I follow a dairy free diet, it was really important to me that this recipe had no dairy whatsoever.
If you are curious about the benefits of a dairy free diet, or want to explore whether dairy is good for you, keep reading.
Benefits of a dairy free diet
I’d love to see a follow-up campaign to the clever 90s ‘got milk?’ ads featuring the milk-mustachioed celebrities about 20-30 minutes later, when most of them are suffering from stomach pain, bloating, cramps, gas, nausea and diarrhea.
About three quarters of the world’s population has some intolerance to lactose, and dairy is also recognized as a major culprit of IBS symptoms. If you are intolerant, reducing your lactose intake can actually cause more symptoms by sending unabsorbed lactose into the colon where it causes bacterial fermentation.
Bloating – gas, in particular – are often connected to dairy sensitivity. When you can’t digest the dairy protein enough, your body won’t be able to fully process the sugar and carbs, your gut bacteria gets out of whack, and gas builds up in your intestines.
Going dairy free means living free from these digestive issues!
Asthma and high amounts of mucus throughout the respiratory tract are linked with milk consumption, dairy allergies and sensitivities. If you have respiratory troubles, having a dairy free diet can help make it easier to breathe.
You can’t have an allergic reaction if you avoid the cause! Some peoples’ dairy intolerances can be managed with probiotics and digestive enzymes but for most people, especially those with more severe allergies, going dairy free is the best medicine.
Milk protein allergy in infants is on the rise. Pediatricians prescribe a dairy free diet for breastfeeding moms to stop symptoms in their babies like colic and bloody stool.
Say goodbye to bad skin
There is a lot of data connecting dairy with acne. Dermatologic studies show that growth hormones and anabolic steroids in milk trigger acne.
Aside from all the research in this area, I have personally cleared up my cystic acne completely by ditching dairy from my diet. I had cystic acne for close to 20 years and tried every medication – oral and topical – and every skincare product I could find. Even after changing my diet and going paleo, I was still getting acne. For a long time I couldn’t figure out why. I was doing less dairy on the paleo diet but was still allowing myself to have it a few times a week. I decided to cut it out completely for a while to see if it made a big difference and after three months or so my acne was gone completely – including scars. Now, as long as I stay off dairy, my acne does not return.
Cutting out dairy and taking probiotics can mean clean skin without harsh medications and treatments.
If you are curious about how I eat to heal and prevent recurring acne, check out my acne clearing dairy free diet plan –
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I hope this information about going dairy free was helpful for you, and that you enjoy my healthy cheesecake recipe! Let me know what you think.
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Dairy free eggnog cheesecake recipe
- Spring form pan
- 3 packages Dairy free cream cheese 8 oz each
- 1 cup Organic golden sugar
- 3 tbsp Gluten free flour
- 2 Eggs
- 1.5 cups Dairy free egg nog
- 1 tsp Nutmeg
- 3 tbsp Vegan butter
- 3 tbsp Organic golden sugar
- 1 cup Gluten free graham crackers
- Preheat oven to 350
- Combine all ingredients for crust and press into base of spring form pan
- Bake crust for 10 minutes and let cool
- Preheat oven to 425
- Mix together all ingredients for filling
- Pour filling on top of cooled crust
- Bake for 10 minutes at 425 then reduce heat to 350 and cook approx 45 minutes until set.
- Let cool completely and refrigerate until ready to enjoy
- Once you are ready to eat it, run a knife along the edge of the pan to make sure the cake separates from the sides of the spring form
Tara Klippert is a Registered Health and Nutrition Counselor and holds a diploma in Holistic Nutrition and Health Coaching. Tara helps people clear up cystic acne, balance hormones and blood sugar + improve anxiety and gut health NATURALLY with food.