Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake with graham cracker style crust. Easy Creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake to please everyone. Gluten-free with gluten free crust. Soy-free Recipe.
I made this cheesecake over Thanksgiving and I think I have found my favorite holiday dessert. It is creamy, lightly tangy, pumpkiny, spicy and all things holiday, fall and dessert. Its lighter, creamier and spicier than a pumpkin pie and oh so good. This has just the right amount of pumpkin and the cheesecake flavor balance which I like much more.
Its a simple recipe. Blend the pumpkin with soaked cashews, non dairy yogurt sweetener and pumpkin pie spice. Bake to set, then chill until ready to serve. Serve with whipped coconut cream, or vanilla ice cream or califlornia cabin (its a fabulous flavor from local Seattle vegan ice cream shop frankie and Jos). Make this cheesecake for a party or for yourself as you might not want to share!
This is a simple pumpkin cheesecake. You can make it fancier by swirling in some pumpkin puree (+ some sugar and cornstarch), or making an additional layer of plain cheesecake (cashews + non diary yogurt + lime + sugar). Graham cracker style crust or ginger snap, both work amazingly with the pie. The pictured crust is gluten-free vegan graham cracker style.
More holiday Desserts from the blog
- Chocolate Pecan Pie GF
- Chocolate Pumpkin Tart with Almond Crust. GF SF Grain-free.
- Salted Caramel Chocolate Pie. GF No Bake
- Classic Baked Pumpkin Pie with Rustic Crust. Cashew-free SF
- Dark Chocolate Silk Pie. GF SF
- Sweet potato Pie Bars. GF option
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Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
Makes one 9 inch pie pan, 8 inch will work too
- 3/4 cup (6.48 oz) non dairy yogurt (I use plain or vanilla kite hill almond yogurt)
- 1/3 cup (43 g) cashews , soaked for atleast an hour
- 1 cup (245 g) pumpkin puree
- 3 to 4 tbsp sugar
- 1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot or potato starch
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) salt
- 1 to 1.5 tbsp (1.5 tbsp) lime juice (depends on your preference of tang)
- 1 Pie crust of choice (vegan) parbaked, use gluten-free pie crust if needed
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Blend the cashews and yogurt until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. You might need to scrape the sides depending on the blender as the mixture is thick.
- Taste and adjust sweet and spice (it gets slightly sweeter and spicier on baking). Pour into prepared pie crust. I use graham cracker style.
- Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Cool completely, then chill for a few hours for it to set well. Slice and serve with whipped coconut cream or ice cream.
This recipe is so easy and hits that nostalgic pumpkin pie flavour with a bit of creamy and tang added. Delightful! We will be making it regularly, for a fall celebration dessert.
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I’m so glad to hear you enjoy!
I made this for Friendsgiving and it was delicious! As I had other things to do, I used store bought pie dough. But the filling was just soooo yummy! It needed less time in the oven, I might have even overcooked it a bit, but without any harm to the taste. And I was really happy that the recipe did not call for a lot of sugar. I absolutely recommend this recipe!
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Friendsgiving – how nice
Could I substitute Medjool dates for the sugar, and if so, how many?
7 soft dates should be sweet enough
I’ve made this in the pie pan, and it turned out beautifully! The whole family loved it – even the members who aren’t the biggest pumpkin fans.
Would this recipe also work in a cheesecake pan?
Yes, it might need a few extra minutes of baking
Can I replaced the cashews with macadamia nuts or almonds? If the answer is yes, can I use the same quantity?
Yes macadamia and yes same amount
Could maple syrup be used instead of sugar?
Anyway you can use firm tofu instead of yogurt? Trying to use up what I have.
You can. But the tofu flavor shows up a little bit if used in large amounts so use more pumpkin and cashews. So 1/2 cup tofu and add a few tbsp more pumpkin purée and cashews
Hi. Is the 1/3 cup of cashews whole or after they have been puréed? I’m new at this!
measure the raw cashews dry in a 1/3 cup, then soak for atleast and hour and use
Hello, I want to make this. So you don’t recommend coconut yogurt? that’s all I have at the moment I love all your recipes!!
yes some brands bake out too much oil. You can use just a bit of the yogurt andmore cashews.
thank you so much for the quick reply! I will try it! Keep being amazing as always! <3
Used a whole wheat crust (didn’t realize it required the other, but no issues, parbaked, then filled and baked). So this is really good. Followed the rest of the instructions to the letter. Used organic canned pumpkin (think it tastes better than the other stuff). 30 minutes took out, added the white topping, back in for another 10. Cooled, put in frige for couple hours. Melted some chocolate and drizzled. Man was this good! Wish there was a 10 star rating. Perfect change up for Thanksgiving. Going to make another with cracker crust. But good both ways. THANK YOU!!!!
This looks so yummy! I want to make this for a dinner party, If I used 5 inch pie pans for this, how long would you suggest baking for?
check at 30 mins if the center is not liquidy
Did you use sweetened yogurt or unsweetened? I’m just curious because the recipe doesn’t call for that much sugar….
unsweetened. You can taste the filling and add more as needed.
Can I use coconut cream instead of yogurt?
it might not set well, you can use some coconut cream and some cashew cream/yogurt
This cake looks yummy!
I was wondering if I can use garbanzo bean flour instead of potato flour for thickening?
I’m based in the UK and we don’t have that brand of almond milk yoghurt. It’s quite hard to find plain almond milk yoghurt without some soya being in there too. Do you think it would be fine with an almond/soya mix or any kind of non-dairy yoghurt? Or does it have to be a purely almond one to work properly?
yes it should work fine. The only yogurt i’ve had trouble with is all coconut yogurt. it sometimes will leak oil and not set well.
Wendy M Britton
Can I make this in advance and freeze it? If so how long can it be frozen & what would be the best way to unfreeze it?
yes, just freeze the cooled cheesecake on a pan first and when frozen, then wrap in foil or other clingy thing and store for upto a month. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight
This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing!
Peace & Love
This looks so yummy and delicious! I’m definitely going to give it a try! Lots of love!
Hi. Can you please mention the pan size required to make this much quantity of pumpkin cheesecake. Thank you
its a 9 inch pie pan
Oh I wish I had seen this comment! There was no mention of the size of the pie pan in the recipe, so I didn’t have enough filling for the size I used. I wish I had known that I needed to make extra filling in advance because I didn’t have enough ingredients to do that when I did make it. It was very tasty otherwise, though! My mom (not a vegan) tried it, and she liked it! She said it tasted a lot like a chilled pumpkin pie.
ah i missed adding the size. i’ll update the recipe. Glad that it turned out great!
I made this today and followed the recipe exactly as stated. I used vanilla almond yogurt and 3 tabblesspoons of sugar. It is very good. However, the 1 1/2 tablespoons of lime juice was too much. I will adjust next time to 1 tablespoon as the lime is somewhat overpowering the other great spices in my opinion.
This recipe is very easy and quick. It is a keeper wthis minor adjustment.
Awesome! Yes use less of the lime. maybe the yogurt flavor was a bit tart adding to the flavor?
would tapioca starch work instead of corn/potato?
wow!!! this cake looks stunning. And hope it’ll give a great taste as they look.
That looks SO good! like literally all of your recipes
Is there something I could replace the cashews with for a nut-free-version?
some silken tofu and more non dairy yogurt. Add another 2 tsp cornstarch to help set.
Cassie Autumn Tran
This cheesecake looks fantastic! I will definitely enter the giveaways as well!