What’s your favorite kind of cheesecake? Our favorite, of course, is free of dairy and eggs and that’s what we’ll be celebrating on July 30th, National Cheesecake Day. Vegan cheesecakes can be baked or raw, made with tofu or nuts, and filled with fresh fruit or even chocolate. It’s really easy to replace the dairy and eggs of traditional cheesecake and still get that rich, creamy taste and texture you love.
Need convincing? Just look at these 20 Mad Awesome Vegan Cheesecake Recipes, 26 Incredible Dairy-Free Cheesecake Recipes. No Oven Necessary, 10 Dairy-Free Options to Celebrate National Cheesecake Day, and for all the blueberry lovers out there, 15 Beautiful, Decadent, and Dairy-Free Blueberry Cake Recipes. Then celebrate National Cheesecake Day with these 25 of our best vegan cheesecakes that will have you smiling from ear to ear. Say cheesecake!
1. Raw Strawberry Mint Cheesecake
This Raw Strawberry Mint Cheesecake is light, creamy, and full of wholesome ingredients. It starts with a base of walnuts, almonds and dates, which is then topped with a fluffy cashew coconut cream filling. Eventually, the filling is topped with a decadent strawberry-mint cream. Summery and fresh!
2. Raw Pistachio Coconut and Lime Cheesecakes
These Raw Pistachio Coconut and Lime Cheesecake squares are simple to make but contain a delightfully complex flavor. The lime is citrusy sweet, the pistachio is salty, and the coconut adds a nice tropical flair. Enjoy these straight out of the freezer for an icy treat or allow them to soften a bit for a creamy dessert. Either way, they’re delicious!
3. Bite-Size Raw Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake
These beautiful Raw Blueberry Lemon Cheesecakes are not only delicious, they’re nutritious! They are packed with antioxidant-packed blueberries and tangy lemon and set atop a crust of pecans and, dates, and coconut. These are a vibrant addition to any summer dessert table.
4. Raw Blueberry Ombre Cheesecake
This Raw Blueberry Ombre Cheesecake is a work of art that can be made by anybody. The gorgeous purple color of each creamy cashew layer is achieved by adding varying amounts of blueberry powder. The shortbread-like crust is made from dates and nuts and the cake itself is free from refined sugar. This is the perfect cake to make for special occasions.
5. Raw Vanilla Key Lime Cheesecakes
Tangy, sweet, and easily made in the freezer, these Raw Vanilla Key Lime Cheesecakes are a delicious and easy-to-make treat. Simply gather your ingredients, pulse everything in a food processor, assemble the mixture into a muffin tray, and then pop it in the freezer. Seven hours later, you’ll have some seriously scrumptious dessert!
6. Neapolitan Cheesecake
Who doesn’t love the classic Neapolitan combo of vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate? It’s delicious in ice cream, cupcakes, and as this recipe demonstrates, in cake! This beautiful Neapolitan Cheesecake consists of a chewy date-almond crust, a layer of creamy cheesecake, three Neapolitan-style layers, and finally a decadent chocolate topping.
7. Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes
These Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes have all of the deliciousness of a regular cheesecake but come in a perfect made-for-one size for when that sweet craving strikes. A strawberry and cashew cream mixture is set atop a crust of pecans and dates and then topped with decadent dark chocolate. Yum!
8. White Coconut Millet Cheesecake
There are a lot of ingredients you can use to make a vegan cheesecake but did you know that you can also use millet? This creamy, nut-free White Coconut Millet Cheesecake is made from creamy coconut milk and millet. It has a subtle vanilla flavor that makes it the perfect base for topping with warm, gooey berries, chocolate, or cinnamon.
9. Raw Raspberry and Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake
Sweet, juicy raspberries are the star of this Raw Raspberry and Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake. The chocolate ganache, made creamy like milk chocolate by using almond milk, is a delicious addition to the top of the cake. The combination of creamy cashew cheesecake filling speckled with raspberries, the chocolate ganache topped with even more raspberries, and the crumbly date and oat base is something you’ll dream about.
10. Blueberry Lime Cheesecake With a Cookie Crust
This Blueberry Lime Cheesecake might be the best cheesecake you’ll ever have. It’s extremely creamy, not overwhelmingly sweet or tangy, and it has a stay-in-place crust that will let you cut beautiful, picture-esque slices. The batter for the filling tastes like a vanilla milkshake, so be sure to taste-test before you pop it in the refrigerator.
11. Pineapple Ginger Cheesecake
If you love ginger, you will love this Raw Pineapple Ginger Cheesecake. This cheesecake has everything: a crumbly sweet base, a creamy, bright yellow filling and an amazing variety of toppings including coconut and cacao truffles. It’s raw, so you don’t even have to turn on your oven and the golden pineapple filling is made possible through anti-inflammatory turmeric, which in combination with fresh, spicy ginger forms this magical flavors combination in this wonderful summer dessert.
12. Raw Lemon Cheesecake
This delicious Raw Lemon Cheesecake is super easy to make, contains wholesome ingredients, and is only sweetened with a bit of maple syrup. Set on a base of buckwheat, coconut, almonds, and dates, the lemony, cashew cream topping is creamy and decadent. Decorate with fruits or edible flowers for a beautiful presentation.
13. No-Bake Lime Strawberry Cheesecake
Tangy and fruity, this No-Bake Lime and Strawberry Cheesecake doesn’t disappoint. It’s set on a sticky date-macadamia crust, and the combination of cashews and coconut oil makes for an absolutely divine texture. When you top it with raspberries and pistachios for extra flavor and crunch, what more could you ask for?
14. Raw Raspberry Mint Cheesecake
Bright and beautiful, this Raw Raspberry and Mint Cheesecake would make a lovely addition to any table. Made primarily with coconut, cashews, mint, and raspberries, this cheesecake is as wholesome as it is decadent. Add as much or as little cashew cream topping as you desire.
15. Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake
From afar, this might look like a chocolate chip ice cream sandwich, but brace yourself – this is actually a delicious cashew-based Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake! Since everything is vegan, the cookies don’t actually have to be baked, simply pressed atop the easy-to-make cashew cheesecake, and then the whole thing is popped into the freezer for a couple of hours. Simple and scrumptious!
16. Butterscotch Caramel Cheesecake Cups
These Butterscotch Caramel Cheesecake Cups are raw, gluten-free, bite-sized, and the perfect treat for spring. The crust is a lightly sweetened blend of oats and raisins that’s topped with a thick butterscotch date caramel sauce and then topped with a creamy vanilla cashew cheesecake filling. The chocolate drizzle is optional, but it’s like icing on the (cheese)cake.
17. Raw Chocolate Cheesecake
If you’re an avocado lover, you might have a hard time imagining using your green beauties for anything other than a delicious savory meal. However, we assure you this Raw Chocolate Cheesecake is worth it! Avocado lends this dessert a velvety smoothness and raw cacao powder gives it a deep chocolatey flavor. Yum!
18. Strawberry Ice Cream Cheesecake
Can’t choose between cheesecake and ice cream cake? Have both in one. These Strawberry Ice Cream Cheesecakes are so easy to make, and use only five ingredients! They’re healthy, full of fruit, and delicious. The dates and chocolate drizzle add an extra touch of sweetness.
19. Raspberry Lemon and Coconut Cheesecake
This Raspberry Lemon and Coconut Cheesecake is perfect for any occasion. It starts with a crumbly oat and coconut base that’s topped with a layer of creamy coconut cashew cheesecake filling, topped with a pastel pink raspberry layer. The second layer has frozen raspberries mixed in so there are little bursts of chilled, tart berries within. Garnish with fresh lemon slices, shredded coconut, and raspberries and serve it plain or with a dollop of whipped coconut cream.
20. Pink Lemonade Cheesecake
This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake is the ultimate cheesecake for summer. It has notes of coconut and tart lemon and each individual slice is single-serving size, so it’s perfect for parties! They’re low in sugar and have a light, whipped texture, so even when the weather is warm, you can enjoy a slice of cheesecake and not feel weighed down.
21. Raw Spinach Cheesecake
Have you ever enjoyed a savory cheesecake? It’s pretty much a complete meal in cake form! This Raw Spinach Cheesecake includes a delicious sun-dried tomato and sunflower seed crust, cashew cheese filling, and spinach. It’s also flecked with nutritional yeast for some added cheesy goodness. We guarantee you’ve never had a cheesecake like this!
22. Peanut Butter Banana Cheesecake
This creamy Peanut Butter Banana Cheesecake is composed of three awesomely delicious elements. First, a dense cashew-based peanut butter filling rests on a crust of dates and almonds. The finishing touch is a topping of homemade dark chocolate peanut butter cups that are drizzled with even more peanut butter because you can never have too much.
23. Baked Lemon Cheesecake
Irresistibly rich, dense, creamy, and delightfully sweet with a hint of tangy cheese flavor, this plant-based Baked Lemon Cheesecake is sure to exceed your expectations. It’s sweetened with dates and loaded with lemon juice and zest, for a naturally lemony flavor that is perfect for spring. With no sugar added, and fats that are better for you than those in conventional cheesecakes, this is a dessert that will leave your tummy happy!
24. Strawberries and Cream Cheesecake
This Strawberries and Cream Cheesecake is here just in time for National Strawberries and Cream Day. This beautiful cheesecake looks impressive but is really very simple to make. It contains a lot of fresh fruit and a luscious cashew and coconut milk creamy filling. This cake is perfect for any summertime occasion when strawberries are at their best.
25. Frosty Passionfruit Pear Cheesecake
These Frosty Passionfruit Pear Cheesecakes are perfect for when that sweet craving hits but you’re looking for something more than empty calories. With a spicy corn crust, chickpea and pear filling, and passion fruit topping, this is a unique dessert in both ingredient and nutrition. This is a freezer treat, not a soft cheesecake, so treat it like an ice cream of sorts! Dairy and eggs are just not necessary to make rich, creamy and delicious cheesecakes. And since these recipes are healthier, you can feel good about having a second piece. We bet that really has you smiling!
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