Creamy Vegan Cashew Cheesecake

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Vegan Creamy Cashew Cheesecake

This Creamy Vegan Cashew Cheesecake recipe is a natural take on a vegan cheesecake that doesn't use space age ingredients like cheesecakes using store bought vegan cream cheeses often do. I tried to strike a good balance between unprocessed ingredients and high quality flavor. This cheesecake uses a cashew base enhanced with apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and just the right amount of sugar and vanilla extract to tie it all together.

Please note that it's important to include the xanthan or guar gum in the Creamy Cashew Cream Cheese recipe in order for this cheesecake to have the proper mouthfeel. Also please take into consideration that this recipe is a two day investment in order to obtain the flavors we're after: You have to soak the cashews overnight, let the Creamy Cashew Cream Cheese rest after it's puréed so complex flavor compounds are developed, make the Creamy Cashew Cheesecake and then allow it to cool slightly in the refrigerator.

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Creamy Vegan Cashew Cheesecake Recipe

3 cups Creamy Vegan Cashew Cream Cheese (3, 8oz recipe quantity) or my more involved Vegan Cashew Cream Cheese

1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs (about 9 ½ crackers)
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 cup Regular Vegan Butter or margarine, melted
1 Tablespoon brown rice syrup

¾ cup soy milk
1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice

¾ cup, + 1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt

1) Process the graham crackers for the crust

Break 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 syrup

In a small saucepan, whisk together the melted Vegan Butter and brown rice syrup on low heat until well combined.

3) Mix the Vegan Butter mixture with the graham cracker crumbs

Add the melted Vegan Butter mixture to the bowl containing the graham cracker crumbs and thoroughly hand mix with a fork until they're evenly saturated. 

4) Compress the crust into your spring form pan

If 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. 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.

5) Curdle the non-dairy milk

Preheat oven to 325F (163C). In a small saucepan whisk together the non-dairy milk and lemon juice. Let sit for about 10 minutes so the non-dairy milk begins to curdle.

6) Beat the vegan cream cheese

In a medium mixing bowl, beat the Creamy Cashew Cream Cheese until it's slightly fluffy. Set aside.

7) Mix together the non-dairy milk mixture, flavor building ingredients and vegan cream cheese

In another medium mixing bowl, mix together the non-dairy milk and lemon juice mixture, sugar, nutritional yeast flakes, vanilla extract and salt. Add this mixture to the mixing bowl containing the Creamy Cashew Cream Cheese and beat several minutes until slightly fluffy.

8) Bake the vegan cheesecake to perfection

Pour the mixture into the 9 inch spring form pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. It's important not to open the oven or else the cheesecake will cave in. Let the cheesecake cool overnight.

9) Cool the cheesecake and remove it from the spring form pan

When the cheesecake has cooled, use a small knife to go around the edges carefully to free the remaining cheesecake from the spring form pan. Open up the spring form pan as far as you can and shake it slightly to get it to release from the cheesecake. Lift the spring form siding away. Place the cheesecake in the refrigerator for a couple hours for it to become a little more firm. When serving, top it with your favorite high-quality preserves. This recipe makes one 9 inch Creamy Vegan Cashew Cheesecake.

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How long will this cheesecake last in the fridge?

Hi, I just made 2 of these. Well, 4 to be exact, one big one and 3 little heart shaped cheesecakes, and for the big one I added 1/3 cup cocoa and 2 TBS of Justin's chocolate hazelnut spread... the uncooked dough tasted delicious!

I've got a party to go to 5 days after I baked them. How long should the cooked cakes last in the fridge? And are they freezable?


Owner's reply

Hi Christen M! These should last a couple weeks in the refrigerator. I haven't frozen one yet. Although they should be fine if frozen, I'd hate to say "yes, you can freeze definitely them" so it's probably best to go with the refrigeration option.

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Trying to choose a vegan cheesecake recipe

Hey, I'm trying to choose a recipe for my first vegan baked good. This one appeals to me because it doesn't use the wacky store bought subs and it doesn't have to be frozen to hold its form.
What does the inside look like? Is it white and smooth like a traditional dairy cheesecake? Also, how would you say the texture and flavor compare?

Thank you!

Owner's reply

Hi Ryan,

The inside of this cheesecake isn't as smooth as a normal cheesecake. I'm actually in the middle of revising the cashew cream cheese recipe to resolve this. Since it uses cashew cream cheese that isn't processed with space age ingredients the flavor is no where near a real cheesecake- but it's still good. If you're looking for something that is more indistinguishable from real cheesecake for your first foray into vegan baking I recommend just biting the bullet and going for the version that uses Tofutti:

That's what I would personally do. The flavor difference will be worth it. Good luck!

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doubling ok?

This looks amazing and I want to try it, but I just had a question. I really like high/tall cheesecakes with a lot of filling. Do you think I could 1 1/2x or double the amount of filling to make a taller cheesecake? Or would this mess things up somehow?
Thanks for all the great recipes!

ps--if this ever goes through. The 'security code' letters you have to enter at the bottom of the page to submit a comment are impossible! You have to get them exactly right and I keep trying but for whatever reason it's not good enough. Could you pretty please consider switching to an easier/more forgiving code option? thank you

Owner's reply

Hi An,

I enjoy tall cheesecakes too. The only issue there would be with going with a 1.5x or 2x of the recipe would be that the cooking time would have to be increased by a specific amount and I'm unsure of how much. Probably by somewhere around 30 to 60 minutes more.

In regards to the security code, I've been hearing this from other people as well. I'll investigate other anti-spam options because I really want to make it easy for people to comment. Thanks for letting me know!

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