This is the classic vegan cheesecake recipe of dinner party legend. It relies on the amazing flavors of your favorite vegan cream cheese enhanced with a touch of non-dairy yogurt, non-dairy milk and just the right amount of flour for optimum flavor and texture. It's worth buying a spring form pan for.
Learn how I made vegan cream cheese.
Classic Vegan Cheesecake Recipe1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10 crackers)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup Vegan Butter or non-hydrogenated margarine, melted
1 Tablespoon brown rice syrup
¾ cup, + 1 Tablespoon sugar
¾ cup plain non-dairy yogurt
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons non-dairy milk
1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
24 oz Tofutti (or similar brand) vegan cream cheese (3, 8oz containers)
1) Break up the graham crackersBreak the graham crackers into small pieces and place them in a food processor or blender with the cinnamon. Pulse them until they are fine crumbs. Add the crumbs to a medium size mixing bowl.
2) Combine the Vegan Butter and brown rice syrupIn a small saucepan, whisk together the Vegan Butter and brown rice syrup on low heat until well combined.
3) Combine the ingredients to make the crustAdd the Vegan Butter mixture to the bowl containing the graham cracker crumbs and thoroughly hand mix with a fork until they are evenly saturated.
4) Compress the cheesecake crust into the spring form panIf possible, turn an empty medium mixing bowl upside-down and place the spring form on top of it. This will allow you to compress the crumbs with greater force, without risking the spring form "popping" and ejecting all of your crumbs. Believe me, it's happened to me more than once. Being able to compress the crumbs more will make a better crust. Compress the crumbs into the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan using the flat bottom of a drinking glass.
Learn more about Vegan Spring Form Crusts.