Plain cheesecake on a black plate with strawberries

Vegan Cheesecake

Plain cheesecake on a black plate with strawberries

 

Easy baked cheesecake recipes are the best

Cheesecake is traditionally made with cream cheese of course. Some versions use cream as well, or condensed milk and a lot of sugar, and some use eggs. Whether you’re vegan, or want to use less animal-based foods, or just want a new way to make a classic dessert, this cheesecake is a great alternative.

 

If you’re wondering how to eat tofu, this is a tasty way

You can use a dessert tofu like Toffuti brand: Tofutti and use a non-dairy yogurt such as Yoso bran: Yoso. Both provide lots of different options and flavours of products for those who want to expand their repertoire.

 

You can eat as is or top with your favourite topping such as fruit compote, sliced fresh fruit or homemade sauce such as caramel.

Vegan Cheesecake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients

  • 24 oz vegan cream cheese Tofutti
  • 2 cups plain yogurt Such as coconutmilk, almond, soy, or cashew yogurt
  • 2 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar or maple syrup or xylitol for sugar-free
  • pinch uncut stevia OR 2 additional tbsp sugar
  • 4 tsp cornstarch OR arrowroot

Optional Crust

  • 1 1/2 cup raw nuts of choice cashews or almonds
  • 1 cup pitted dates If dates aren't soft, soak in boiling water until soft
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Instructions

To make the crust

  1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor until fine crumbles form. 
  2. Add water very slowly (1 tsp at a time) only if needed. 
  3. Pour into a lined 9-inch springform pan, press down evenly, then set aside while you make the filling.

To make the filling

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Fill any baking pan about halfway with water and place it on the oven’s lower rack. 
  2. Bring cream cheese to room temp. Beat all cheesecake ingredients with a blender or food processor just until smooth. (Do not overbeat, which would introduce air bubbles that might burst in the oven and cause cracking.) 
  3. Smooth on top of the prepared crust. Place on the middle rack, above the rack that has the water pan. Bake 30 minutes, and do not open the oven door during this time. When the time is up, still do not open the oven even a crack, but turn off the heat. Leave in the closed oven for an additional 5 minutes. 
  4. Then remove the cake—it will still look underdone—and let cool at least 20 minutes before placing the still-underdone cheesecake in the fridge. It’s important to let it cool before refrigerating, because you want it to cool gradually so it doesn’t crack. 
  5. Chill at least 6 hours or overnight, during which time it firms up. Store leftovers covered in the fridge 3-4 days, or you can also freeze slices if desired.

Doug Cook RDN is a Toronto based integrative and functional nutritionist and dietitian with a focus on digestive, gut, mental health.  Follow me on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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