Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake is a creamy, dairy free and completely gluten-free fall dessert! It's easy to make and doesn't require any baking.
Have you ever made vegan cheesecake? It's so much easier than you'd think! In fact, I think it's easier to make than traditional cheesecake. There's no baking required.
For the crust
- Pecans: raw and unsalted pecans are best. We like to buy our nuts in bulk from nuts.com because they're more affordable.
- Dates: this sticky, sweet ingredient helps hold the crust together and adds sweetness.
For the cheesecake
- Cashews: this is the base of the cheesecake and gives the recipe structure. It has a mild flavor, which allows the pumpkin spice to shine.
- Full-fat coconut milk: buy this in the baking aisle or the international aisle and use only the thick cream of the coconut milk. It gives the recipe a silky smooth texture.
- Pumpkin puree: make sure not to purchase pumpkin pie filling!
- Coconut oil: grab a refined coconut oil because it has a much more milk coconut flavor so you won't be able to taste it.
- Maple syrup: this fall inspired sweetener pairs well with the pumpkin and adds some great maple flavor to each bite.
- Molasses: it's a rich, thick syrup that has a bold spice and flavor. Grab it in the baking aisle.
- Vanilla extract
- Pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg are combined in this recipe, but you could also use pre-made pumpkin pie spice.
How to make vegan pumpkin cheesecake
Make the crust
- Place the dates and pecans in a high-speed blender or food processor with sea salt and blend on high for 1-2 minutes, until the pecans break down and mix together. Stop and scrape the sides as needed.
- Once it's combined, place the mixture in the bottom of an 8x8 or 9x9 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper. Press evenly to the bottom and spread to the edges of the pan.
Make the pumpkin cheesecake filling
- Place the soaked cashews in a high-speed blender or food processor with the rest of the filling ingredients. Blend on high for 2-3 minutes, or until the filling is very creamy and no visible cashews remain.
- Pour the filling mixture over the prepared crust in the square pan. Spread the filling evenly to the sides and corners of the pan, doing your best to smooth the top as well. Drop the pan against the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
- Place in the freezer for at least two and a half hours to set (no need to turn on the oven!). Once they're set, remove from the freezer and slice into squares. We love to serve this with whipped coconut cream or a drizzle of vegan caramel sauce.
Pro tip: run a sharp knife under hot water before each cut to get clean, smooth pieces.
Yes, you can freeze vegan pumpkin cheesecake. In fact, I highly recommend you always store these bars in the freezer. They're meant to eat cold and hold their shape the best in the freezer.
For best results, place 2 cups of cashews in lukewarm water for at least 6 hours. I recommend soaking them overnight for about 12 hours. Just place the raw cashews in the water, cover and soak until ready to use.
If you forget or don't have enough time, you can boil water, remove from heat and place cashews in hot water for at least one hour. In both instances, you'll drain the cashews prior to blending in the recipe!
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Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
For the crust
- 2 cups raw unsalted pecans
- 1 1/4 cups pitted dates 8-10 dates
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon of water if needed
For the cheesecake
- 2 cups raw unsalted cashews soaked for at least 6 hours or overnight
- ½ cup full fat canned coconut milk cream only
- ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup coconut oil melted and cooled
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- OR 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- To make the crust, line an 8” or 9” square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a high-powered food processor or blender, blend the pecans, pitted dates and salt until it comes together into a sort of sticky dough and starts to pull away from the edges, about 1-2 minutes. If it's not coming together add one tablespoon of water.
- Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan, spreading evenly to the edges. Set aside.
- To make the cheesecake, in a high-powered blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend for at least 2 full minutes, or until the mixture is smooth and creamy and no visible cashew pieces are left.
- Pour the cheesecake filling into the pan over the prepared crust. Smooth out the top to the edges of the pan and tap the pan against the counter a couple times to release any air bubbles.
- Place in the freezer to set for at least 2.5 hours or until completely firm. Cut and serve frozen. Store in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.