Vegan cheesecake can be a rich and decadent experience that can delight the palate of any dessert lover. While a few decades ago vegan cheesecake may have sounded like an impossible feat, it’s now an incredibly easy and doable dessert with ingredients you can find at most major grocery stores. Excitedly, not only is vegan cheesecake easy to make, it’s much better for animals and the earth! No animals are needed for this delightfully dairy and egg-free dessert which means you aren’t contributing to animal suffering . Furthermore, dairy has been linked to heart disease, poor bone health and even cancer, making it a wonderful option to omit from one’s diet for optimal health.
Vegan cheesecakes are incredibly diverse and can be a simple as replicating the traditional recipe with vegan counterparts or it can be a gourmet and whole foods based experience using ingredients such as cashews or coconut cream for a silky texture. Whether you want to make a veganized traditional cheesecake or experiment with raw cheesecakes with caramel sauces, we’ve found all the best vegan cheesecake recipes that even the most discerning cheesecake lover would enjoy.
The Best Vegan Cheesecake Recipes
Recipe: The Best Vegan Cheesecake
Where to Find it: Nora Cooks
Why We Love it: This recipe is quite simple and is a great alternative to traditional cheesecake. It uses cream cheese for an authentic flavor but also uses coconut cream in place of more processed dairy alternatives for a rich and satisfying cake. We love how easy the ingredients are to find and we highly suggest giving this a try if you’re looking for a classic cheesecake taste.
Suggestions: This crust is really delicious and traditional. If you’d prefer to use something a little different than Nabisco, Mi-Del makes an excellent gluten-free and vegan pie crust. It’s one less thing to make as well. Otherwise, you could always take some extra time and make your own vegan graham crackers and make them into crumbs for the crust.
Recipe: Easy Baked Cheesecake
Where to Find it: Minimalist Baker
Why We Love it: This recipe is quite easy to use and uses a lot of healthy whole foods, making it a great healthier yet indulgent option. It’s full of good fat from the cashews, coconut cream and cream cheese yet still will leave you feeling great afterwards. This cheesecake is also free of refined sugar, making it a great healthier option to feed to everyone.
Our Suggestions: This recipe is truly delicious and we recommend using the cashews to keep it free from soy and make it more friendly for those with allergies.
Recipe: No-Bake Vegan Cheesecake
Where to Find it: Detoxinista
Why We Love it: This is a great take on a raw vegan cheesecake. We love how fresh and light it tastes and just how unburdened we feel after eating it. It uses mostly whole foods for it’s base and even manages to sneak in zucchini to keep it light and healthy. It’s free of refined sugar and even uses nuts and dates for the crust. We love that we can have our cheesecake and also our fiber, minerals and vitamins too!
Our Suggestions: This recipe is really easy to modify. For a chocolate cheesecake consider adding a two to three tablespoons of raw cacao powder to the batter and adding in two to three tablespoons of raw cacao nibs to the crust. You can even make it a peanut butter cheesecake but using dry roasted peanuts in place of the pecans in the crust and drizzling the cheesecake with a peanut butter and maple syrup mixture. The possibilities are endless!
Recipe: Vegan Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
Where to Find it: Amy in the Kitchen
Why We Love it: This is a great take on a traditional cheesecake, using silk tofu as an additional creamy filling in conjunction with the vegan cream cheese. It also uses ingredients such as granulated sugar and vegan butter to give it a closer to the original flavor that can’t be beat.
Our Suggestions: This is a great option to serve to someone who loves traditional cheesecake but is wary of vegan food. We suggest trying it as is before making modifications. Using a hemp tofu and Kite Hill cream cheese would make good replacements if you needed this to be soy-free.
Recipe: Easy Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake
Where to Find it: The Movement Menu
Why We Love it: This recipe is gluten-free, soy-free, paleo, and refined sugar free! We love how versatile this recipe is and how accommodating of so many diets and allergies it is. It’s quite creamy and fatty while also having a sweetness that counteracts the tartness perfectly. We highly suggest making this for friends who are open to new interpretations of old classics.
Our Suggestions: This recipe is easily switched up for preferences and whatever you have on hand. No pecans or walnuts but you have almond and Brazil nuts? Use those in the crust instead! We also suggest trying different berries in place of the raspberries to keep the recipe interesting!
Recipe: Vegan Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake
Where to Find it: Amy Le Creations
Why We Love it: This recipe had us at salted caramel. Despite how gourmet it tastes, this recipe is really quite easy to make and is incredibly healthy, using ingredients like dates and coconut sugar in place of refined sugar. We love the use of raw cacao as well, giving this cheesecake an extra boost of antioxidants and magnesium. It’s an all around win and a great recipe for a potluck or really to impress anyone!
Our Suggestions: Consider adding some crushed cacao nibs atop the cheesecake for an interesting textural experience as well as more nutrients!
Recipe: Easy Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake
Where to Find it: The Banana Diaries
Why We Love it: This no-bake cheesecake is another raw vegan variety that we just couldn’t resist! It’s refined sugar-free and absolutely creamy and decadent while remaining free of more processed ingredients such as vegan cream cheese. This is a great option for those who love exploring raw desserts or just want something a little lighter and healthier.
Our Suggestions: If you wanted to keep this cake paleo-friendly and grain-free, consider swapping out the oat flour in the crust and instead use unsweetened coconut flakes in its place. It’ll taste delicious and go beautifully with the coconut milk used in the cheesecakes’ filling.
Recipe: No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Where to Find it: Joy Food Sunshine
Why We Love it: Let’s be honest, any opportunity we get to eat peanut butter with chocolate we take. This chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake is so delicious and is another variation of raw cheesecake, meaning its far less processed while still being delicious and rich.
Our Suggestions: We suggest trying this as is, however, if you are in love with raw cacao consider using raw cacao powder in place of the cocoa powder in the base. We also suggest for a really unique variation, using almond butter in place of peanut butter both in the filling and topping for a delicious spin on this raw cheesecake.
Recipe: Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
Where to Find it: The Fit Cookie
Why We Love it: Who doesn’t jump at the opportunity to make pumpkin flavored desserts the second that there is a hint of fall in the air? This recipe is absolutely rich and decadent and a great option for Thanksgiving dinner or just to serve to friends on a chilly evening.
Our Suggestions: Make this! We really couldn’t suggest any changes to this unique recipe, so just make it and enjoy.
Recipe: Vegan Oreo Cheesecake
Where to Find it: The Hidden Veggies
Why We Love it: This recipe is rich, and has Oreos, what more could you really want? It’s like a traditional cheesecake and using the famous cookies makes this an instant hit with vegans and non-vegans alike. This delicious cheesecake is the perfect dessert to serve at family gatherings to impress.
Our Suggestions: If you’d prefer not to buy the mainstream cookies that everyone loves and want to opt for a healthier alternative, both Newman’s Own and Back to Nature make delicious and less processed vegan varieties.
Whole Foods Based Vegan Cheesecake Smoothie
This cheesecake smoothie is so creamy and delicious. We love how decadent it tastes while also offering a hearty helping of vegetables, fats and vitamins. Consider adding in strawberries or cacao nibs for a flavored cheesecake smoothie.
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth!