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Vegan Cheesecake Recipe

The easy vegan cheesecake recipe that even non vegans LOVE… with no cashews, and no tofu required.

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This vegan cheesecake is so out-of-this-world delicious that I have yet to bring it to any party where both vegans and non vegans haven’t raved about it!

Even people with no interest whatsoever in healthy or vegan eating go crazy for this cheesecake every time I serve it.

When creating the recipe, my goal had been to make something that tasted so similar to classic New York cheesecake that—if you didn’t already know it was egg free and vegan—you would absolutely NEVER be able to tell.

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I’ve had way more than my fair share of bad vegan cheesecakes in my life, so I know exactly what comes to mind when people picture vegan cheesecake: chalky texture, unpleasant artificial aftertaste, disappointingly non-cheesy flavor, or lack of any flavor at all.

As a huge cheesecake lover, I have exorbitantly high standards for the perfect baked cheesecake, and those high standards were front and center when I set out to make a vegan version that tasted just as good as the original.

This dairy free cheesecake is so rich and creamy, no one ever believes it isn’t full of heavy cream and sugar!

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When I finally perfected my cheesecake recipe, it was time to test it out on a group of non vegans.

I brought it to a party and quietly set it down with all of the other desserts, without mentioning to anyone that it was vegan.

While I’d hoped people would like it, I’d never in a million years expected the entire cheesecake to be completely GONE in under an hour!

That’s when I knew the recipe was definitely a keeper.

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Cheesecake Ingredients

You have multiple options for the cream cheese, yogurt, and sweetener in this recipe, so choose ingredients that fit your own dietary and taste preferences.

The recipe works with store-bought vegan cream cheese, such as Trader Joes vegan, Tofutti, Miyokos (soy free), or Kite Hill (soy and cashew free).

Or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can make your own homemade cream cheese with cashews or macadamia nuts.

And have fun decorating your cheesecake, with sliced strawberries, bananas, blueberries, chocolate chips or coconut milk chocolate truffles.

I topped the vegan cheesecake in the photos with toasted coconut and homemade vegan cream cheese frosting (4 oz cream cheese, 2 oz vegan butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract).

Use a prepared crust, cookie crust or graham cracker crust; or follow the optional crust recipe below. The entire cheesecake, from the filling to the crust, is completely vegan.

Leftover Cream Cheese? Make Vegan Cinnamon Rolls.

Above – watch the video how to make vegan cheesecake!

How To Make The Best Vegan Cheesecake With Just 6 Ingredients
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Vegan Cheesecake Recipe

The easy vegan cheesecake recipe that even non vegans love, with no cashews required.
4.91/5 (57)
Prep Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 7 hours
Yield 8 – 12 slices


  • 24 oz cream cheese, such as TJ vegan or Tofutti OR vegan cream cheese
  • 2 cups plain yogurt, such as coconutmilk, almond, soy, or cashew yogurt
  • 2 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tsp cornstarch (or here's a Keto Cheesecake Recipe)
  • 2/3 cup sugar or pure maple syrup, or xylitol for sugar free


  • Optional Crust (or use your favorite crust):  1 1/2 cup raw nuts of choice, 1 cup pitted dates, 1/8 tsp salt. If dates are not soft, soak in boiling water until soft. Blend all ingredients in a food processor until fine crumbles form. Add water very slowly (1 tsp at a time) only if needed. Pour into a lined 9-inch springform pan, press down evenly, then set aside while you make the filling.
    Preheat oven to 350 F. Fill any baking pan about halfway with water and place it on the oven’s lower rack. 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.) 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. 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. 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.
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Published on May 27, 2020

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  1. Anshika says

    Hi Katie! Would greek yogurt work in replacement of regular yogurt? Also is there an easy way to make this a pumpkin cheesecake without messing with the ratios of ingredients? Thank you!

    • CCK Media Team says

      Yes, and for pumpkin cheesecake you can simply replace the yogurt with canned pumpkin instead (or sweet potato also works). Just add some pumpkin pie spice and/or cinnamon 🙂

  2. Patrizia says

    Hi Katie, thank you for all your wonderful recipes! I was surprised to see that the recipe calls for same amount whether we use regular sugar or maple syrup, seeing as one is dry and the other is liquid. Making this for Christmas, I prefer using maple syrup, but which is the safest option for it to be a success?

    • CCK Media Team says

      It does seem strange, but it honestly doesn’t make a difference. The cornstarch works to thicken the cheesecake enough that it is still fine using the liquid option 🙂

  3. Amanda says

    I am just wondering, if I made this in two 6″ springforms instead, how long should i bake them for?

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