From tofu and cashews to vegan cream cheese, there are plenty of ways to get creative when making vegan cheesecakes. Here are our favourite plant-based cheesecake recipes to inspire you.
Cheesecake is such a flexible dessert. It can be baked or eaten raw, made into bars, tarts or bites, and combined well with most fruits and flavours.
Switch out your usual cakes and cookies for a stylish cheesecake this week – here are 22 vegan cheesecake recipes to inspire you!
What ingredients do I need to make a vegan cheesecake?
Cheesecakes are typically made from cheese, but vegan cooks have to get creative to replicate the taste and texture of this popular dessert.
Tofu makes a great nut-free replacement for cream cheese thanks to its silky texture, along with vegan cream cheese which can easily be substituted with its dairy counterpart.
Cashew nuts are also a popular base for plant-based cheesecakes as they give them a creamy yet firm texture that melts in the mouth.
To make your cheesecake base, you can go traditional with a mix of biscuits and dairy-free butter. Our favourite biscuits are Oreos and Lotus biscuits as they add extra flavour, but any vegan-friendly biscuits will work.
If you want to add more texture to your cheesecake base, try blending chopped nuts with dates to form a sticky dough that can be pressed into the tin to form the base.
1. Vegan Biscoff Chocolate Cheesecake
This sensational vegan Biscoff cheesecake is made even more decadent with chocolate to create a super smooth and creamy cheesecake base. We’ve topped it off with crumbled cookies and popcorn to make it even more special!
2. Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
This baked vegan pumpkin cheesecake is filled with all the warming, comforting flavours of autumn. With a gingersnap base topped with a creamy, silky baked pumpkin filling, it’s cosy and delicious.
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3. No-Bake Triple Layer Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake
If you’re a chocoholic then this richly indulgent cheesecake is a dream come true! Top with chocolates and sweets for extra decadence.
4. Vegan Oreo Cheesecake
Oreos and cheesecakes are a match made in heaven! When baked, the chunks of Oreo in the filling take on a fudgy texture we can’t get enough of. They also make the perfect ingredient for the base!
5. Mini Vegan Biscoff Cheesecakes
We usually enjoy Biscoff straight from the jar with a spoon, but sometimes we manage to restrain ourselves long enough to make these super vegan Biscoff cheesecakes!
They’re made from cream cheese so they’re extra smooth and silky and have a crushed Biscoff base with a delicate cinnamon flavour.
6. Baked Blueberry Cheesecake
New York is famed for its baked cheesecakes. Now you can enjoy a taste of the Big Apple at home with this authentic vegan baked cheesecake recipe with sweet berry coulis.
7. No-Bake Layered Blueberry Cheesecake
The stunning colours of this cheesecake will impress loved ones just as much as its blend of sweet flavours. A blended cashew filling makes it soft and creamy and full of wholesome ingredients.
8. Creamy Banana Vegan Biscoff Cheesecake
The sweet, delicate banana cheesecake filling is a match made in heaven with the nutty Biscoff base
The caramelised bananas on top are the icing on the cake and made this ever-so moreish.
9. Pear and Cardamom Vegan Cheesecake
This spiced pear cheesecake has such a wonderfully warming combination of sophisticated flavours that you don’t typically find in cheesecakes. This vegan cheesecake recipe is also gluten-free so everyone can enjoy a slice.
10. Vegan Raspberry & Cauliflower Cheesecake Recipe
While most vegan cheesecake recipes use tofu, cashews or vegan cheese to make the filling smooth and creamy, this creative vegan cheesecake recipe uses cauliflower to make a low-fat vegan dessert.
It might sound unusual, but you’ll be surprised just how delicious it is!
11. Raw Vegan Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
Raw cheesecakes are every bit as delicious as their baked counterparts. In fact, they’re even more decadent and rich as they’re made with a creamy cashew filling.
This raw vegan cheesecake recipe consists of the classic flavour combination of chocolate and orange to create an indulgent and zesty dessert.
12. No-Bake Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake
Stunning and seasonal, this fruity vegan cheesecake is the perfect fragrant treat for a hot day. It is thick, smooth and creamy, and packed with strawberries.
13. Vegan Raw Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies
Prefer your vegan cheesecake in brownie form? This raw vegan take on the famous Hummingbird Bakery cheesecake bars is every bit as delicious and healthier too.
14. Strawberry & Lime Superfood Cheesecake
Desserts don’t have to be bad for you. This vegan superfood cheesecake is actually loaded with health benefits as it’s made from natural and wholesome ingredients. Not that you’d know as it tastes so luxurious.
15. No-Bake Passionfruit Cheesecake
When it comes to fruity dessert flavours, few are irresistible as passionfruit. This zingy, summery plant-based cheesecake is a passionfruit-lovers dream!
16. Vegan Mocha Cheesecake Bites
Get your doses of chocolate, coffee and cheesecake all at once with these adorable layered treats! They make tasty desserts, snacks or lunchbox fillers.
17. Baked Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake
Tofu gives this baked chocolate cheesecake a wonderfully smooth and silky texture that simply melts in the mouth. One slice may not be enough!
18. Paleo Chocolate Cheesecake
For those who need a chocolate fix, this chocolate cheesecake is rich and filling. It uses coconut milk for the ‘cheese’ but doesn’t taste like coconut at all.
19. Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Fudge Sauce
Live luxuriously with this salted caramel cheesecake. Waiting for it to set in the freezer might take a bit of patience, but the results speak for themselves!
20. Vegan Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars
Raw cookie dough has taken the world by storm. Nestle tiny balls of it into a cheesecake filling made of soaked cashews, maple syrup and coconut cream.
21. Vegan Cheesecake Without Cashews
This classic strawberry-topped cheesecake will please vegans and non-vegans alike. It is rich, creamy and doesn’t contain cashews or tofu at all.
22. Apricot Cheesecake
Try a new version of vegan cream cheese as part of this apricot cheesecake recipe, inspired by German cuisine. Top with caramelised apricots for a unique taste.
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