Vegan Cashew Cheesecake
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This decadent cheesecake can be enjoyed completely raw, or you can pre-bake the crust, if preferred. Note that this recipe makes quite a bit of crust. If you want a thinner bottom only crust, you can halve the crust ingredients. Please note that the Prep time is hands-on time only. Allow at least a few hours for soaking and chilling.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16 slices
Almond Crust
  • 4 cups almond meal
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons date paste (see post above for alternatives)
Cashew Cheesecake Filling
  • 3 cups cashews, soaked in water for 4 to 6 hours and drained
  • ¾ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¾ cup agave nectar (see post above for options)
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup lite coconut milk, milk beverage, or water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ vanilla bean, scraped (or ½ teaspoon additional vanilla extract)
  • ½ teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
Almond Crust
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond meal and salt.
  2. Add the maple syrup, oil, and date paste, and stir until combined.
  3. Line a 9-inch springform pan or 2 6-inch springform pans with plastic wrap.
  4. With moist hands or a piece of plastic wrap, press the crust mixture into the bottom and up the side of the pan to your desired thickness.
  5. Refrigerate the crust for 1 hour.
Cashew Cheesecake Filling
  1. Add the cashews, coconut oil, agave, lemon juice, coconut milk or water, vanilla, vanilla seeds (if using), nutritional yeast, and salt to your high-power blender or food processor, and puree until smooth.
  2. Pour the filling into your prepared crust and freeze for at least one hour to set.
  3. Store the cheesecake in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  4. Release the side of the springform pan, and serve topped with garnishes like coconut and fresh fruit, if desired.
Baked Crust Option: Dehydrate the crust for 24 to 48 hours, or bake it in a 350ºF oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Let the crust completely before filling.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice Calories: 474 Fat: 37.9g Saturated fat: 13.7g Carbohydrates: 30.7g Sugar: 17.3g Sodium: 153mg Fiber: 4.7g Protein: 10.1g
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at