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Say Cheese! 31 Vegan Cheesecake Recipes

By Lora O’Brien

Vegan cheesecake is a beautiful thing. It can be simple and plain, or multilayered and multi-flavoured. It’s also got a variety of gorgeous textures, from the crunchy base to the creamy topping to the sticky sauces you can put on top of it. And it’s pretty flexible: normally play it safe with vanilla? Then why not try adding some kiwi and ginger for a zestier flavour? If you have a fondness for chocolate cheesecake, why not change it a little and opt for a salted caramel topping?

The beauty of these recipes is not only that they’re all dairy free and high in nutrients like protein and healthy fats, but they’re also easy to make. In fact, some don’t even require baking! But just remember: vegan cheesecake may be better for you than the dairy versions, but it’s still mega-calorific thanks to the coconut oil, nuts and sugar – so ensure this is strictly a treat, not a daily dessert.


1. Raw Kiwifruit & Ginger Cheesecake

This almost raw recipe is perfect if you’re looking for a quick fix to satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s not fully raw due to the maple syrup, so if you’re on a seriously raw lifestyle you can easily sub this for a sweetener of your choice, and be conscious only to melt the coconut oil and not to heat it up.

Get the recipe here.


2. Carrot Cake Cheesecake

A perfect carrot cake is spicy-sweet with a velvety smooth topping, and this version has all of that – but it’s in cheesecake form! There’s subtle spice mingled with natural, sweet flavours and a crunchy crust. Cashews give this cheesecake that creamy factor that you’d usually get from cream cheese. I highly recommend enjoying this over a pot of coffee (or tea if you’re true to your British roots) with good friends.

Get the recipe here.


3. The Best Vegan Cheesecake

The best vegan cheesecake? That’s a lot to live up to! But anything that comes garnished with passion fruit is a winning recipe, in my opinion. The sharp, tangy taste of the fruit will compliment the nutty base and (partly avocado based) creamy cheesecake filling splendidly.

Get the recipe here.


4. Beetroot & Walnut and Fig Crust

First the foremost – wow, that colour. Of course this vibrant pink comes from the beetroot, which is mingled with a layer of walnuts, dried figs and rich cacao. If you’re wondering whether this will taste straight up like chomping down on a beetroot – not quite. The beetroot is mixed with coconut butter, making it a little sweeter and cake-like. A great dessert for those who don’t like it too sweet.

Get the recipe here.


5. Roasted Almond & Salted Caramel Cheesecake

These look so professional, it’s hard to believe you can make them yourself. They look like something fancy you’d be served at a swanky patisserie, am I right? The warmth of the cinnamon really shines through, and is complimented by the sweet caramel and the moreish roasted almonds. Slivered almonds are thrown in between layers for a little added crunch, because why not?

Get the recipe here.


6. Oil-Free Strawberry Cheesecake

This recipe is packed full of light, fluffy strawberry goodness! And it’s mainly due to the aquafaba here. You may be thinking: what the heck? But it’s The water of cooked chickpeas. It’s a great way to replicate egg whites, who knew?

Get the recipe here.


7. Lime & Vanilla Cheesecake

That this recipe is slightly lighter on the nut front, with the crust being made from a mixture of dates, almonds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds bound together with a little coconut oil. And that filling? Refreshing lime on a fluffy, fragrant vanilla base, created from mainly tofu.

Get the recipe here.


8. Raw Coconut, Macadamia & Mango Cheesecake

This cheesecake looks like everything you’d want in a summer dessert. Coconut and mango are two flavours that combine together so well, and give a real tropical vibe. And if you love coconut, this is oozing with the stuff – at the center; shredded coconut dusting the top; and a bit of coconut in the base, too.

Get the recipe here.


9. No-Bake Mini Key Lime Pie Cheesecakes

As much as I love a giant cheesecake in front of me, these bite sized versions are pretty adorable. Coconut cream and avocado are blended together to make the filling, giving these little cheesecake pies a light almost melting texture. These are topped with a scoop of vegan ice cream, giving just the right amount of sweetness to this tart dessert.

Get the recipe here.


10. Raw Blueberry & Raspberry Cheesecakes

This is another stunning looking cheesecake. The blueberries and raspberries make this brilliant pink, and once mixed with the cashews it becomes almost purple. Not only is this is bursting with colour, but it also has absolutely no refined sugar.

Get the recipe here.


11. Raw Pistachio, Coconut & Lime Cheesecakes

When the sun is out, sometimes we all crave something refreshing like these slices. Plus, you get a great dose of vitamin C from the limes which also have a detoxifying effect, woo!

Get the recipe here.


12. Mango & Papaya Cheesecake

This cashew based cheesecake is definitely for those who love fruit; even more so, tropical fruit. There’s mango and papaya with a little lemon juice. Then you’ve got the richness of the coconut and the crunchiness of the almonds or pecans, whichever you prefer.

Get the recipe here.


13. Raw Cranberry Cheesecake

This is so pretty, and would look wonderful on a raw vegan’s Thanksgiving or Christmas feast table. The essential ingredient is fresh cranberries; if you absolutely cannot find them, though, try cherries instead.

Get the recipe here.


14. Orange Goji Berry Cheesecake

This cake could be described as ‘sweet and sour’ – the goji provides that sticky sweetness, while the orange gives the recipe a nice tang. The pink and orange combo also looks gorgeous, and the goji berries make a lovely, easy garnish.

Get the recipe here.


15. Raw Blueberry & Cashew Coconut Cheesecake Bars

Sometimes the simplest of recipes are something the best. Whether it’s a bar or a slice, guests will love this beautifully hued summer treat! Personally, I would add a bit of hot blueberry sauce, but those who eat raw can skip that and use some crushed blueberries or tiny edible violet flowers as a garnish.

Get the recipe here.


16. Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

If, like me, you have portion control issues, these cheesecakes are the perfect size. Perfect for Hallowe’en or Thanksgiving when pumpkin is in season, but you can still make these with tinned pumpkin any time of the year.

Get the recipe here.


17. Caramel Apple Cheesecake

This caramel apple cheesecake it a little like warm apple crumble. It may seem a little heavy for summer, but sometimes we all fancy a really rich dessert – whatever the weather. From the graham cracker crust layered with delicious date caramel, roasted peanuts and topped with chunks of cinnamon-simmered apples and an oh so rich peanut butter drizzle – this is going to be one helluva cheesecake!

Get the recipe here.


18. Pineapple & Ginger Cheesecake

I think this cheesecake could really steal the show this summer. Whether you’re having a BBQ or going to a friends house, why not make this up and set it on the table and lavish the oooo’s and aaaah’s as people take in its beauty. And if you’re a fan of ginger, this is a cheesecake for you. From the crumbly, sweet base to the bright yellow filling and handmade cacao truffles, this is full of fresh flavours and a little ginger bite.

Get the recipe here.


19. Raw Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Another wow. They say we eat twice – first with our eyes, and then with our mouths and I definitely stand by that. I couldn’t stop looking at these when I first found this recipe. I can’t confirm nor deny whether I’d eat every single last one if the tray was in front of me, but when these raspberry cheesecakes and full of goodness, why wouldn’t I?

Get the recipe here.


20. Caramel Blondie Brownie Cheesecake

I used to be obsessed with those millionaire shortbread biscuits. They’re insanely UNhealthy, but do taste damn good. And this recipe kind of reminds me of those, but instead of bad fats and refined sugar, this is packed with ingredients that are actually beneficial to our health.

Get the recipe here.


21. Raw Triple Berry Cheesecake

Okay, firstly – wow. The colours here are like they’ve captured the bright, vibrant essence of summer into a cheesecake. We can now quite literally have a slice of summer. And what’s better than a burst of sweet berries? My mouth is watering just from looking at this.

Get the recipe here.


22. Raw Cheesecake with Cashew Cream

Whether you’re vegan or not, you really need to try making cashew cream – it’s going to blow your mind. It’s incredibly light, which is why it works so well in cheesecake as a substitute for heavier cream cheese. The perfect cheesecake will have a center that almost melts into your mouth, and this recipe doesn’t disappoint.

Get the recipe here.


23. Orange & Mango Mini Cheesecakes

These cheesecake bites are like little bite sized pieces of sunshine perfection. Can you tell that orange and mango are one of my favourite fruit combinations? I just love how the tanginess of the orange is offset by the sweetness of the tropical mango.

Get the recipe here.


24. Raw Orange & Blueberry Cheesecake

Firstly, the colours of this cheesecake are so warm and inviting. Secondly, the flavour combination of this cheesecake are seriously good. Orange is always good in any form of dessert if you ask me: I find it refreshing and palette-cleansing. This has a nut crust, followed by both a blueberry and an orange layer, making this absolutely bursting to bits with fresh, fruity flavours.

Get the recipe here.


25. Raw Ginger & Turmeric Cheesecakes

You don’t need anything too sickly sweet like caramel or chocolate to make a cheesecake great – healthy spices like ginger and turmeric will do a wonderful job of flavouring the cake, too! And as a bonus, they add a heavy anti-inflammatory punch, too!

Get the recipe here.


26. Raw Matcha Green Tea & Mint Cheesecake

Mint and matcha are two of my favourite types of tea, so imagine my delight when I stumbled across this recipe! Even if you’re not too keen on those flavours, the chocolate sauce on top may just push you over the edge towards fandom.

Get the recipe here.


27. Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

This is everything you need in a really indulgent cheesecake. It’s rich, decadently chocolatey, packed with salty, creamy peanut butter. Basically this is food porn at its finest.

Get the recipe here.


28. Raw Butterscotch Caramel Cheesecake

These look so artistic don’t they? This is a great recipe for those who aren’t huge fans of nuts, or are catering for anyone with an allergy. Most cheesecakes use crushed digestives as a base, and vegan versions tend to use nuts as they’re great for texture and crunch. But this recipe trades nuts for oats and raisins, and with a lot of vegan versions also using cashews to make the ‘cheese’ filling, it’s nice to find a little balance.

Get the recipe here.


29. Raw Lemon & Caramel Cheesecake with Buckini Base

Can we take a moment to appreciate just how great this cheesecake looks? This recipe is light with caramel and vanilla tones and a little lemon for freshness.

Get the recipe here.


30. Raw White Peach Cheesecake

The silky smooth coconut cashew cream here forms a filling that is just as rich and decadent as any dairy based cheesecake, and the crust is crisp, and salty sweet. Add in the fruit and vegan chocolate of your choice, and this cheesecake will simply melt in your mouth.

Get the recipe here.


31. Strawberry, Rhubarb &  Ginger Cheesecake

Looking for both a sweet and yet tangy recipe? This is definitely the cheesecake for you. Ripe, juicy strawberries mixed with spicy ginger gives this dessert a variety of flavours.  It’s then topped with the tangy rhubarb and a ginger chia seed jam.

Get the recipe here.


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