22 best vegan cheesecake recipe ideas for vegan dessert lovers

Author: Rachel Smith

Switch out your usual cakes and cookies for a stylish vegan cheesecake this week – here are 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 plant-based 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.

Best baked vegan cheesecake recipes

1. 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.

2. NYC-Style Baked Blueberry Cheesecake

New York is famed for its baked cheesecakes. Now you can enjoy a taste of the Big Apple at home with these authentic baked blueberry cheesecake recipe.

Watch how to make this baked blueberry cheesecake recipe below!

3. Baked Cheesecake Bites with Caramelised Persimmons

The warm tastes of almond, caramelised persimmons and hazelnut spread come together to make these cheesecake bites the indulgence that they are.

Baked vegan cheesecake bites with persimmons

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!

Best no-bake vegan cheesecake recipes

5. Biscoff Cheesecake

Dairy-free cream cheese is the secret to creating a plant-based cheesecake with a texture comparable to its dairy-based counterpart.

6. 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.

7. 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!

Best cashew-based vegan cheesecake recipes

8. 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.

9. 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!

Vegan salted caramel cheesecake

10. 7-Ingredient Vegan Cheesecakes

Pick your favourite of three flavours in this amazing 7-ingredient cheesecake recipe (or make a couple of each)! The bite-sized desserts are great for parties.

7 Ingredient Cheesecake Bites

11. 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.

No bake layered blueberry cheesecake

12. 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.

Stacked vegan mocha cheesecake bites

13. Oil-Free Strawberry Cheesecake

Stunning and seasonal, this cheesecake is the perfect fragrant treat for a hot day. It is thick, smooth and creamy, packed with strawberries and oil-free!

Vegan strawberry cheesecake topped with fruit and flowers

14. 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.

Cookie dough cheesecake bars presented on a board

15. Wild Blueberry Vegan Cheesecake

This cheesecake is such an incredible shade of purple! Experiment with the deep, royal colours that only come from fresh, wild blueberries.

Wild blueberry cheesecake with a blue flower on top

16. Raw Vegan Cinnamon Spice Cheesecake Tart

Though this cheesecake looks utterly professional and complex, the swirl patterns can be achieved with a butter knife, and you only need 8 ingredients!

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17. Baked 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. Baked Pumpkin Cheesecake

Packed with the most delicious flavours of Autumn, this creamy cheesecake boasts a creamy pumpkin filling and a maple pecan pie topping atop a gingerbread crust.

Best nut-free vegan cheesecake recipes

19. The Ultimate Baked Vegan Cheesecake

Not only is this epic cheesecake 100% vegan, but it’s also entirely free from nuts too!

20. Cheesecake with NO 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.

Vegan cheesecake topped with strawberries

21. Nut-Free Raw Blueberry Cheesecake

The base of this stunning cheesecake is made from dates and oats instead of nuts, and it looks gorgeous topped with blueberries and fresh flowers.

Nut-free blueberry cheesecake, decorated with flowers

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.

Apricot cheesecake

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Written by

Rachel Smith

Having launched the brand's digital presence in 2015, Rachel shares her love for animals and the planet through her work as Vegan Food & Living’s Digital Editor. As a passionate vegan for over eight years, Rachel loves creating delicious vegan dessert recipes for her award-winning blog, Rawberry Fields. Rachel's recipes and photography have been featured in numerous international print and digital publications including the Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Thrive, and Buzzfeed. You can follow Rachel at @rawberryfields

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