How to make vegan cheesecake

What is a vegan cheesecake made of?

Ever wondered how to get a deliciously creamy cheesecake without using dairy or eggs? To replace the dairy cream cheese found in traditional cheesecake, vegan cheesecake filling is commonly made up of either one or a combination of the following ingredients:

  • Cashews: These nuts create a rich and creamy base for the cheesecake filling. They also add a slight "cheesy" flavor.
  • Coconut milk: You'll always want to go for the full-fat canned kind or coconut cream. Coconut milk becomes thick and heavy once chilled, which makes it perfect for setting vegan cheesecake fillings.
  • Vegan cream cheese: Probably the most delicious ingredient for fillings is vegan cream cheese. It definitely comes closest to the real thing!
  • Silken tofu: This is great if you're looking to keep your cheesecake nut-free. Silken tofu has a light and silky consistency that is perfect for vegan cheesecake and mousse recipes. Don't worry, you won't be able to taste the tofu!
  • Vegan yogurt: This is a less common ingredient, but I've been adding it to my recipes for years. It helps to lighten the sometimes heavy consistency of cheesecake, giving an incredibly smooth texture. Vegan yogurt also helps to add that tangy cultured flavor.
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Expert tips

How to get the creamiest cheesecake filling

It’s no secret by now that cashews create a wonderful vegan alternative to conventional cheesecake fillings. But why do we sometimes not get that silky (and I mean smooth without the slightest spec of grit) filling?

  • Soak your cashews: There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, you need to make sure that your cashews have been soaked for a minimum of 4 hours. But I’ll let you in on another secret, you can also soak them in boiled water for just an hour, as the heat will accelerate how quickly they soak in that moisture and soften! Now that your cashews have been soaked, you’ve already made the job twice as easy for your blender!
  • Use a decent blender and/or be patient with the process: A good quality blender will be a reliable investment that will get you amazing results, fast. I recognize that not everyone wants or has the capabilities to dish out a kitchen appliance. For the first 2 years of recipe creating, I did not own an expensive blender, so I can vouch that blenders (although helpful) are not the main ingredient for getting a silky smooth finish. You need to have patience. All blenders are different, and some just take a little more time to do the job. So be patient with your blender, give it a little break between blitzing, and scrape down the edges with your spatula every now and then to give it a helping hand to get the creamy result.
  • Food processor: I use a food processor for most of my cheesecake crusts.
  • High-speed blender: If you're making cashew-based cheesecakes a lot it's probably a good idea to invest in a good blender. This will make it so much easier to get that silky smooth consistency every time.
  • 7″ cake tin with removable base: This is my go-to size for cheesecakes is between 7" and 8", as these are not too big and allow the cheesecake to have some height. Most importantly, make sure you go for a pan with a removable base or it will likely be difficult to get the cheesecake out once set.

25+ delicious vegan cheesecake recipes

Enough with the tips and tricks, here is a collection of vegan cheesecake recipes that you need to try.

No-Bake Carrot Cake Cheesecake

This No-Bake Carrot Cake Cheesecake is made with wholesome plant-based ingredients and comes together in just a few easy steps. The base consists of a raw spiced carrot cake and it's topped with creamy and tangy cashew cheesecake.
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Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake (No Bake, Nut Free)

This easy Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake recipe is the silkiest, chocolatiest, most decadent vegan cheesecake you’ll ever have the pleasure of eating. Made with just 10 easy-to-find ingredients in just 7 simple steps, this vegan nut-free cheesecake is the ideal finish to any celebratory meal.
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Guinness Cheesecake (Vegan)

The most luscious, decadent and rich vegan Guinness cheesecake infused with Guinness stout. This no-bake cheesecake is easy to make and nut-free.
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Baked Vegan Cheesecake

This creamy baked vegan cheesecake is light and satiating all at once with a fluffy filling and buttery crust. Perfect served with tangy and sweet homemade cherry compote.
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Caramel Pecan Cheesecake (Vegan, No Bake)

This easy vegan caramel pecan cheesecake is the ultimate fall or Thanksgiving dessert. A buttery no-bake crust and tangy vanilla cream cheese filling with a brown sugar bourbon caramel pecan pie topping!
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Vegan Tiramisu Cheesecake

This Vegan No-Bake Tiramisu Cheesecake is crafted with layers of velvety vanilla-rum-infused mascarpone and coffee-infused cheesecake atop a crumbly, no-bake biscuit base. This showstopping dessert marvelously blends the iconic flavors of tiramisu with the rich, smooth texture of cheesecake — all without any dairy or eggs!
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Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

This creamy, dreamy recipe for Chocolate Orange Cheesecake features a silky-smooth chocolatey filling with a burst of naturally zesty orange flavor nestled on top of a crunchy, buttery Oreo cookie crust. YUM!
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Easy Vegan Lemon Cheesecake (No-Bake)

This easy vegan lemon cheesecake has layers of no-bake cookie crust, luscious lemon cream cheese filling, and glossy tangy lemon curd. Made in a loaf pan, it makes a small batch of bars perfect for freezing. It can also be adapted as a full-sized cheesecake for special occasions.
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Vegan Tahini Cheesecake

This creamy vegan tahini cheesecake is delicious and indulgent! Topped with maple tahini caramel and sesame brittle. It's no-bake and super easy to make.
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Caramel Chocolate Tofu Cheesecake

This no-bake tofu cheesecake is made completely nut-free whilst still being dairy-free and vegan-friendly! Silken tofu gives a smooth creamy consistency to the cake which is topped off with homemade salted caramel. You can also make this cake completely coconut-free by swapping out or omitting the caramel sauce.
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Vegan Chai Spiced Latte Cheesecake

Creamy chai cheesecake mousse on top of a mocha brownie base and topped with chocolate ganache. These cheesecake bars are gluten-free and easy to make.
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Gluten-Free Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

These easy gluten-free strawberry cheesecake bars are creamy and bursting with fresh strawberry flavor. Layers of dairy-free vanilla cheesecake with intensely fragrant macerated strawberries on top of no-bake crust. They taste like summer in a dessert!
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No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

The ultimate layer cake for peanut butter lovers! This no-bake cheesecake is decadent while not being too sweet. You’ll find peanut butter in each and every layer from the crust to the ganache topping! The perfect table centerpiece for any special occasion. 
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Vegan Mocha Cheesecake (No-Bake)

A heavenly no-bake vegan cake perfect for chocolate and coffee lovers! This delicious cheesecake consists of a brownie base and layers of vanilla, espresso, and mocha cheesecake.
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Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

Rich, creamy, and deliciously spiced, Vegan No-Bake Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake. Made with a crunchy Biscoff cookie base, a cinnamon sugar swirl layered between a rich cashew-cream cheese filling, and topped with a tangy cream cheese frosting, this vegan cinnamon cheesecake is definitely worth writing home about.
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Baileys Cheesecake (No-Bake, Vegan)

Delicious vegan Baileys cheesecake made with homemade dairy-free Baileys Irish cream. No-bake, easy to make, and perfect for special occasions.
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Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

These Vegan Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars are the ultimate dessert mashup. Featuring a creamy and decadent cheesecake layer studded with chewy chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough and a buttery cookie dough crust, this cookie dough cream cheese bars recipe is a lesson in sweet indulgence.
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Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

These deliciously creamy and light vegan lemon raspberry cheesecake bars are so bright and flavorsome. Being no-bake makes them so easy to make. They are refined sugar-free and can also be adapted as gluten-free.
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Vegan Caramel Cheesecake

This vegan caramel cheesecake has a no-bake salted pretzel cookie base, creamy caramel filling, and is covered with thick homemade caramel sauce. It's the ultimate sweet and salty vegan dessert, perfect for any occasion. 
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No-Bake Vegan Cheesecake

This is the best no-bake vegan cheesecake you will try. With a buttery no-bake base, creamy vanilla cheesecake filling. It's the perfect summer dessert for when you don't want to turn on the oven!
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Vegan Eggnog Cheesecake

A boozy remake of a classic festive drink, with a twist! The creamy "eggnog" cheesecake filling is infused with whiskey, nutmeg, and vanilla. Buttery pecans, cinnamon, and coconut sugar make the delicious base.
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No Bake Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Delicious vegan caramel apple cheesecake with layers of ginger cookie crust, creamy apple cheesecake, sticky homemade caramel, and sauteed apples. This vegan cheesecake recipe is perfect any time of year.
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Vegan Mango Cheesecake

Delicious vegan mango cheesecake with layers of creamy vanilla lime cheesecake and sweet mango curd on a no-bake crust. The perfect vegan dessert for summer!
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Vegan No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

Deliciously creamy vanilla cheesecake with fragrant macerated strawberries on a gluten-free shortbread base. This cheesecake is creamy and rich while being refreshing and fruity.
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Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake

Delicious no-bake vegan raspberry cheesecake with a creamy raspberry filling, and raspberry coulis glaze. The perfect dessert for summer and berry season.
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Vegan Gingerbread Cheesecake (No-Bake)

This delicious vegan gingerbread cheesecake is the perfect festive dessert for your holiday table. A creamy gingerbread filling on top of a no-bake ginger cookie crust. Best served with homemade vegan gingerbread cookies!
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Vegan Creme Egg Cheesecake

A delicious no-bake Vegan Creme Egg Cheesecake with creamy dairy-free vanilla filling on a cookie crust, stuffed with butterscotch sauce and topped with homemade vegan creme eggs!
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Black Forest Cheesecake

This easy vegan black forest cheesecake combines two classic desserts in one delicious showstopper of a cake. The recipe is nut-free and can easily be adapted as gluten-free if needed. Perfect for cherry chocolate dessert lovers!
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Vegan Oreo Cheesecake (No Bake)

This vegan oreo cheesecake is easy to make and requires no baking. With a creamy oreo cheesecake filling and no-bake cookie crust, it's the ultimate vegan oreo dessert!
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Vegan Biscoff Cheesecake (No-Bake)

This dairy-free and vegan Biscoff cheesecake is creamy, rich, and decadent. Made with just 10 ingredients, no-bake, and so easy to make!
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  1. Making your gingerbread cheesecake for my Christmas cooking club this week... Do you recommend sweetened or unsweetened vegan yogurt?

    1. Hi Kristen,

      Unsweetened is best as it's also sweetened with maple syrup, if possible a Greek-style yogurt too as I find this gives the nicest flavor/consistency. I'll add a note to the recipe x