As a dessert option, cheesecake doesn’t sound like it could ever be vegan. After all, the recipe relies on cream, eggs and cheese, so you can’t make a vegan version by simple substitution. Likewise, a vegan cheesecake isn’t going to have the same texture that a traditional cheesecake has. But, despite all of this, vegan cheesecakes do exist and they are also extremely popular.
In some ways, vegan cheesecakes even have an advantage over traditional cheesecakes. The main reason is that they tend to use healthier and more natural ingredients, such as using dates as a key sweetener. One outcome of this is that a vegan cheesecake will tend to be better for you than a regular one – and it probably won’t be as fattening either.
The differences in ingredients also give vegan recipe creators a lot of flexibility with the flavors of their cheesecakes. This means that you end up seeing some amazing cheesecake flavors, some of which wouldn’t even be possible in a traditional cheesecake.
So, check out these vegan cheesecake recipes from some of the best minds online. Even if you’re not a vegan, many of these are so amazing that you’ll love them anyway.
Fun Variations On Vegan Cheesecake Recipes
Coffee is so significant that it’s almost a religion for some of us, so including the flavor in desserts simply makes sense. This particular recipe comes from everylastbite.com and in this case you end up with a number of small cheesecakes, which would be perfect if you were serving a number of guests. With this recipe, you really would taste the coffee flavor, so it would be an especially good choice for any coffee lover.
Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake
One of my favorite things about this cheesecake, from detoxinista.com, is that it actually looks a lot like a non-vegan cheesecake. That outcome is fairly impressive and it’s a good approach if you are trying to get someone to try a vegan dessert for the first time. Based on the appearance and the flavors, I’d say that this cheesecake would be perfect for Thanksgiving or fall in general. But, of course, you could really make this at any time during the year.
Toasted Coconut Cheesecake
If pumpkin is a fall flavor, then coconut is certainly a flavor for spring or summer. After all, coconut tends to be fairly refreshing and a little subtle. This recipe certainly highlights the flavor of coconut, using it as the primary flavor, which is actually a little unusual. I love the choice of ingredients though, especially as the end flavor is a little more complex than just coconut on its own. If you’re interested in this one, you can check out the recipe at neuroticmommy.com.
Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake
Chocolate has always been a favorite of mine, so I love seeing chocolate make its way into vegan desserts. This recipe is a great example of this approach, although it actually uses a range of flavors, including peanut butter, coconut, vanilla and (of course) chocolate. I think that the topping approach for the cheesecake is also exceptionally interesting and really makes the whole thing stand out. You can check out the full recipe at thisrawsomeveganlife.com, along with the many other vegan recipes that the site hosts.
Mango, Lime and Coconut Cheesecake
This recipe, from runningonrealfood.com, is a great example of just how fun vegan cheesecake flavors can be. I find that this combination of flavors strongly reminds me of summer, making this a refreshing dessert treat for a warm summer evening. Like most similar recipes, the cheesecake is fairly easy to make, with no baking required. However, you do have to wait for it to set in the freezer, which can be a little frustrating if you are impatient.
Raw Strawberry Cheesecake
If you’re looking for a simpler flavor for a vegan cheesecake, then this recipe might be one approach. The recipe itself comes from lovingitvegan.com and it is also rich, so it’s a good choice for a decadent dessert. I also really love the strawberry topping that is part of the recipe. That topping adds on another layer to the cheesecake and makes it just that little bit more interesting.
The recipe also goes to show that you can have a fantastic dessert even if the flavors for the recipe are a little on the simple side. Besides, sometimes simple actually ends up tasting better.
Churro Cheesecake Cups
Churro isn’t a flavor that you commonly see in cheesecakes but this recipe shows that just about anything is possible (which is a pattern I often see with recipes from bloggers). In addition to the flavor, the color in these cheesecakes also works exceptionally well and the end result reminds me a little bit of something you might find at a restaurant.
If you’re interested in these, you can check out the full recipe at veggiesdontbite.com. The creator also gives a few different options for how to garnish the baby cheesecakes, so you can end up making them look as professional as the cheesecakes look in the image.
Blueberry Cheesecake with Lime
Fruit flavors seem to be a natural choice with cheesecake and this recipe uses those flavors exceptionally well. This is also another recipe that really does look like a traditional cheesecake and you mightn’t even be able to tell the difference at first glance. In this case, the recipe for the cheesecake comes from veganfamilyrecipes.com and it is another great choice for a vegan cheesecake to make in the spring or in the summer.
Caramel Apple Vegan No-Bake Cheesecake
I’m not sure whether or not it is intentional but the flavors of recipes often do end up being strongly seasonal. In this case, the recipe uses caramel and apple as key flavors, in addition to cinnamon and a few other flavors. Without a doubt, those flavor choices strongly remind me of fall, especially as the topping for the cheesecake involves diced apples with cinnamon. That’s not a bad thing though and fall flavors do actually taste pretty good in the warmer months too.
All of the details for this recipe can be found at connoisseurusveg.com and I’d recommend checking this one out for yourself.
Pistachio, Coconut & Lime Cheesecakes
One fun thing about vegan cheesecakes is that they often end up looking really elegant, like these little cheesecakes here. I really love the time and effort that has gone into garnishing them and that process does certainly seem to be worth it. If nothing else, getting your desserts to look good is a great way to make sure that non-vegans actually give them a try.
The recipe pictured comes from lifeofgoodness.com.au and it’s also another recipe that makes use of a slightly unusual combination of flavors. However, it’s pretty clear just from looking at the images and the recipe that the flavors would work really well with one another.
Turmeric, Cardamom and Pistachio Cheesecake
I did say that vegan cheesecake sometimes ended up having unusual flavors and this particular recipe is one of the best examples of that pattern. The recipe comes from tohercore.com and it would certainly end up being less sweet than most other cheesecake recipes (raw or otherwise). However, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Desserts often run into the issue where they are simply a little bit too sweet, which detracts from their overall flavor.
With this cheesecake, I’d recommend keeping a bit of an open mind. Certainly, it isn’t going to taste a lot like a traditional cheesecake but you might find that you enjoy the flavor combination. Personally, I think it sounds unique and it is something that is worth experiencing at least once.
Cherry-Coconut Cheesecake Bites
These cheesecake bites were posted on veganhuggs.com as a recipe for valentine’s day, although they certainly aren’t limited to that time of year. Making mini cheesecakes like this does require more work than making a single large cheesecake but you have to admit that the end result does look better too. I could easily imagine serving these treats as dessert over a romantic dinner or at a small party.
Of course, you don’t have to go to extreme lengths to garnish them if you don’t want to. Just the chocolate shavings and the cream would be sufficient in most cases.
Lemon Coconut Cheesecake
Lemon is such an interesting flavor. It seems like an odd choice for dessert because it has such a sharp taste, yet in most cases, that sharpness works really well. The cheesecake recipe comes from the site insightfulbite.com and the creator also spends a bit of time talking about the various health benefits that are associated with some of the ingredients in the recipe.
Personally, I think the cheesecake is worth trying for the taste alone – but if it has health benefits as well, that’s even better.
Raspberry Lime Cheesecake
We use lemon in desserts much more often than we use lime but lime does offer many of the same advantages. Perhaps the most appealing thing about lime is that it pairs amazingly with some key flavors, such as the raspberry in this recipe. In fact, I think raspberry and lime works much better as a flavor combination than raspberry and lemon does. Visually, the cheesecake also looks really good, which would make it a good choice for an event.
As always, the details for this recipe can be found at the home site, which is bakerita.com, in this case.
These little cheesecakes are a good choice if you’re wanting to make something that’s a little bit unusual. The recipe comes from minimalistbaker.com and it only requires 10 ingredients total, making it an easy dessert to create. The pumpkin flavor makes the cheesecake perfect for the fall and for cool days in general. The flavor also means that the cheesecake isn’t excessively sweet but is still a rich dessert.
Tiramisu Cheesecake Brownies
I wasn’t entirely sure whether I should classify this dessert as a cheesecake or a brownie because it really is a little bit of both. Classification aside, you have to admit that the dessert does look fantastic, especially with the colors of the different layers. This is also one of those vegan recipes that doesn’t look like it is vegan at all. That’s something I always find appealing, especially if you are serving dessert to a mixed group of vegans and non-vegans.
You can find all of the details you need to create the recipe at veganricha.com, including the instructions and all of the ingredients.
Lemon Coconut Cheesecake with Nutmeg
Stef, from wholesomestef.com, says that this cheesecake is a great way to prove that vegan food doesn’t have to be boring and I’d be inclined to agree. Visually the cheesecake looks amazing, partly because of the way she’s decorated it. But, the cheesecake also sounds like it would taste great, especially as lemon and coconut do go together really well.
I also really love the choice of nutmeg as a flavor. It would add a little bit of complexity to the cheesecake and make it taste more interesting overall.
Cinnamon Coconut New York Style Cheesecake
The cheesecake above had nutmeg as an ingredient and this cheesecake, from thevegan8.com, takes a similar approach with cinnamon. However, this recipe is also very different than the other cheesecakes on this list. Specifically, the recipe manages to be free from nuts and doesn’t involve tofu. Most vegan cheesecakes use either one or both of those ingredients to create the cheesecake-like texture but that isn’t the case here.
If you’re even considering making a vegan cheesecake, I’d suggest checking this one out because of those differences. It’s impressive how the creator manages to make the recipe, especially as it only uses 8 different ingredients.
Mini S'Mores Cheesecakes
This cheesecake recipe is a fun way to get the flavor of s’mores, without the mess that normally comes with the treat. The visual appearance of the baby cheesecakes is also pretty fun, especially as the different layers contrast one another so well. This is also a nice alternative to all of the fruit-based cheesecakes out there and the recipe comes from picklesnhoney.com.
Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
These mini cheesecakes are a bit smaller and simpler than most of the other entries on the list but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, I like the way these cheesecake bites turn out and they seem perfect for people who are trying to limit the amount of sweets that they have. The size of the cheesecakes also means that they only take an hour or two to freeze, which is much shorter than most other vegan cheesecake recipes.
As always, all of the details for the recipe can be found at the original site, which is hotforfoodblog.com.
Blueberry Vegan Cheesecake
Without a doubt, the most unique thing about this cheesecake is its color, which certainly is vibrant. The color is also entirely natural, made from a combination of blueberries and acai berries. Even without the elaborate garnish, that choice of color would make this cheesecake stand out and really does make it unique.
The recipe for the cheesecake comes from vanillacrunnch.com and you can find all of the information over there.
Spiced Chocolate Cheesecake
If you want a slightly different option for a chocolate cheesecake, this spiced chocolate one might be the way to go. The recipe comes from createnplate.squarespace.com and, as you can see, it is a bit unique. In this case, the focus is on the garnishes just as much as on the cheesecake itself but the end result does speak for itself. Besides, the flavors of the cherries and pomegranate seeds would be a nice contrast against the spiced chocolate of the cheesecake.
Lemon, Acai, Beetroot and Blueberry Cheesecake
The combination of colors and flavors with this recipe is a little bit unusual but that’s just one more reason to give it a try. This time, the recipe is from modelmangetout.com and the author provides very clear instructions for making each layer of the cheesecake. The recipe also provides instructions for making the cheesecake with three distinct layers or for making a marbled version, so you can pick whichever approach you prefer.
Caramel Apple Cheesecake
I’ve always loved caramel and apple. Those two flavors seem to complement each other perfectly and they always remind me of cool evenings and crisp days. This cheesecake is no exception and it seems to use the flavors perfectly. The recipe is also a little interesting because it’s a layered cheesecake and ends up looking more like a cake than a traditional cheesecake. Overall, I think that approach would simply end up making the whole thing taste better and I would recommend taking the time to try it out.
All of the information for this recipe can be found at fragrantvanilla.com.
Mango Coconut Cheesecake
As a flavor combination, mango and coconut does tend to be fairly common for vegan cheesecakes. Most of the time you find that when a flavor is that popular it’s because it works exceptionally well. Certainly, the colors of the cheesecake do look amazing and that alone is a reason to give the recipe a try. All of the information comes from jessicainthekitchen.com and the cheesecake is also extremely easy to put together.
Peanut Butter and Jam Swirl Cheesecake
If you’re looking for an unusual cheesecake recipe, this one fits the bill nicely. The recipe comes from kblog.lunchboxbunch.com and takes the unusual approach of including peanut butter and jelly as flavors. Even though the approach sounds a little odd, the combination of flavors might actually work well. After all, the contrast of sweet and salty with peanut butter and jelly does work, so there’s no reason to think that the approach won’t also apply on a cheesecake.
This recipe may also be a good way to introduce kids to a vegan cheesecake recipe, especially as the cake itself does look pretty unusual.
Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
This recipe comes from thewannabechef.net and it is a little bit different than the rest of the items on the list. However, I do think that the cheesecake bars are pretty cool and they were too good to be ignored. The recipe has some similarities with a cheesecake, especially in the crust and the filling. However, the proportions are a little different than you typically find in a cheesecake recipe, as is the ganache topping.
Acai Berry and Banana Cheesecakes
Acai has become pretty popular as a superfood but it does also have its place in a range of recipes. This recipe, from thehealthyfamilyandhome.com, takes advantage of acai berries along with bananas to create a unique cheesecake. This recipe is also a good way to get acai into your diet if you’re interested in the potential health benefits that they have to offer. The cheesecakes are also pretty easy to put together, which is an advantage if you haven’t made many vegan cheesecakes in the past.
Coconut Cream and Mango Cheesecake
This cheesecake recipe comes from damyhealth.com and it is a fun choice if you like the flavor of mango. It’s also a little bit unusual, as the recipe actually involves two different cheesecake layers. One of those layers is the mango, while the other is the coconut cream. That approach involves a little bit more work but the end result is certainly worth it.
Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
Most cheesecake flavors are sweet to some degree or another and pumpkin does seem like a bit of an exception to the trend. In some ways, a pumpkin cheesecake ends up being similar to a pumpkin pie but it isn’t as dense or intense, so this type of cheesecake even manages to appeal to people who don’t especially like pumpkin pie. Additionally, it’s a great choice for anyone who feels like cheesecakes often end up being a little bit too sweet.
If you’re interested in trying this one out, you can find all of the details that you need at 40aprons.com.
Triple Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake
Chocolate and strawberries just seem like a match made in heaven – and that makes the combination a great option for a vegan cheesecake. This recipe is one that I found at blissfulbasil.com and it seems like the perfect way to make a cheesecake. With this recipe, I think you would find that guests pay more attention to the topping than to anything else, because this aspect makes the cake majorly stand out. But, when you get down to it, the rest of the cheesecake would end up tasting pretty good as well.
Like the other cheesecakes on the list, this recipe does rely on nuts for some of the texture. However, it is less nut-heavy than many of the other recipes, so it’s a good choice if you aren’t a major fan of nuts in your cheesecake.
Blackberry Coconut Cheesecake
Blackberries are great for cooking because of their intense color and also their taste. This recipe, from healthyeah.com, takes advantage of both of those elements to produce a cheesecake that simply looks incredible. Personally, I think the cheesecake actually looks a little bit too good to eat but I doubt that would stop anyone.
On a side note, getting the zebra appearance with the cake actually ends up being surprisingly easy and the creator does a really good job of explaining the process on her site.
I mentioned a strawberry cheesecake earlier in this list but here is another example of the approach. This time, the recipe comes from ourfourforks.com and it is quite a fun cheesecake to try out. Most vegan cheesecakes heavily rely on nuts, which can make them quite dense and relatively high in calories. This recipe takes a different approach in an attempt to get around this problem and ends up creating a cheesecake with a lighter filling that still tastes amazing.
Mango and Coconut Cheesecake
Mango and coconut are both nice and refreshing summer flavors, and this recipe does a great job at combining them. With this recipe, I’m especially keen on the mango topping and I think that topping would offer a nice contrast to the taste and the texture of the rest of the cheesecake.
The recipe is from theconsciousblogger.com and even offers some alternatives if you aren’t a big fan of mangos.
Blueberry, Maqui and White Chocolate Cheesecake
I’m not sure what I love more about this cheesecake. On the one hand, the flavor combination simply sounds amazing, especially as white chocolate has made it into the mix. But, on the other hand, the mini cheesecakes do look completely amazing. Either way, the recipe is certainly worth trying out and it would be a great way to stun dinner guests. You can check out the full recipe and all the important details at threesilverspoons.com.
Raw Chia Spiced Cheesecake
Here's one more vegan cheesecake for you and this time the flavor is something completely different. The recipe is from wholeheartedlyhealthy.com and it seems like a good choice if you want something a little unusual or if you're a fan of chia tea. The end result also seems to be a pretty rich cheesecake, which is probably appealing to many people. Regardless, the recipe is worth checking out for the flavor alone.