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A classic vegan pumpkin cheesecake with whipped coconut cream. This vegan pumpkin cheesecake is the ideal blend between pumpkin pie and creamy cheesecake, but totally dairy-free! The perfect vegan Thanksgiving dessert, great for fall and Christmas, too.

Vegan pumpkin cheesecake with whipped coconut cream on a plate

There’s two types of people in this world: pumpkin-pie enthusiasts and pumpkin-pie unenthusiasts.

Am I right? Or AM I RIGHT!

I think technically I have to be right, tautologically speaking, but I think you get my drift. You’ve got people at Thanksgiving who are pounding their fists, chanting “PUM-KIN PIE! PUM-KIN PIE!” and then you’ve got those asking, “Is there, um, anything besides pumpkin pie tonight..?” I happen to fall in the latter category, along with O. My other family, naturally, falls in the former, making for a funky predicament come Thanksgiving. Except it’s not really that funky–I just now make an apple-cherry galette with crème fraîche and caramel sauce, and that epicness seems to take over any disenchantment the pumpkin-pie habit seems to cast over the unenthusiasts.

Vegan pumpkin cheesecake on a cake stand

And then.. we found the compromise–the evil, evil genius compromise! Vegan pumpkin cheesecake.

Not so dense on the pie-squash, yet tart and rich, vegan pumpkin cheesecake, as you well know, tends to satisfy.. everyone. It’s a bit special and exciting, and the warming spices play off the cool texture beautifully. So, you know, I had to make it vegan. Because no one deserves to be deprived of pumpkin cheesecake, most especially not vegans!

I based this recipe off my amazing pumpkin cheesecake recipe and my vegan lemon-ricotta cheesecake and came out with something truly beautiful and perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It boasts the texture of a traditional cheesecake, with just enough pumpkin, just enough pumpkin spice. Just enough seasonal flavor to tie everything together, without being too heavy-handed on any addition. Basically? The perfect vegan pumpkin cheesecake.

Vegan pumpkin cheesecake with whipped coconut cream on a plate with a fork cutting into it

What makes this recipe is so good:

  • It’s the perfect blend between pumpkin pie and creamy cheesecake.
  • This vegan Thanksgiving dessert is spiced just right: not too much pumpkin pie spice and not too little. The perfect amount!
  • It’s quite easy to make and comes together almost entirely in the food processor.

Why You’ll Love It

Whether you’re vegan yourself or are entertaining one this holiday season, this vegan pumpkin cheesecake is such a great vegan Thanksgiving dessert! And here’s why:

The non-vegans might honestly not even know this vegan pumpkin cheesecake is, well, vegan.

It’s easy to make, so it doesn’t take much time or effort to serve alongside your standard fare.

This vegan Thanksgiving dessert is super festive and full of fall and winter flavor.

Vegan pumpkin cheesecake on a cake stand

Variations

  • Top with a vegan chocolate sauce for that unbelievable pumpkin-chocolate combo!
  • Swap out the whipped coconut cream with vegan whipped cream in a can. Not only does this actually exist, but even major brands like Reddi Whip are serving up these non-dairy options.  These days it’s really pretty easy to find vegan whipped cream at most natural foods stores.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving for extra presentation points.

Tips

  • Only use Tofutti cream cheese. I’ve tried this with Daiya, and it was a total disaster. You can try it with Kite Hill, and it might work… but I make zero guarantees. Something about the texture of Tofutti makes this vegan pumpkin cheesecake just work.
  • Don’t worry about the fact that the vegan pumpkin cheesecake will be wobbly after baking. It will firm up after a few hours in the fridge!
  • Use the heel of your hand to press the graham cracker mixture into the seam of the springform pan. This helps move the mixture up the sides and keeps things tightly pressed and even.

Can I use [insert other vegan cream cheese]?

You cannot use Daiya, that’s for certain. I haven’t tried this vegan Thanksgiving dessert recipe with other brands, but my attempt with Daiya was a total disaster. I say stick with Tofutti, and you’ll be happy!

Vegan pumpkin cheesecake with whipped coconut cream on a plate

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
5 from 38 votes

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake


Prep 20 minutes
Cook 50 minutes
Chilling Time 4 hours
Total 1 hour 10 minutes
This vegan pumpkin cheesecake could fool anyone with its rich texture, spices, graham cracker crust, and whipped cream. Perfect vegan Thanksgiving dessert.
8 slices

Ingredients

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons vegan butter or margarine melted
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar divided
  • 3 tablespoons freshly ground flax meal
  • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 3 8-ounce containers Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese never Daiya brand
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Whipped Coconut Cream

  • 1 13.5-ounce can full-fat coconut milk refrigerated overnight
  • 1 pinch pinch sweetener such as granulated sugar or light coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp dash vanilla extract
  • 1 sprinkle cinnamon for garnish, if desired

Instructions

  • Make the crust. Melt the vegan butter (or margarine) and stir into graham cracker crumbs and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar. Press into a springform pan about halfway up the sides. Bake at 375º F for 5-6 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Make your flax “eggs” – stir together the flax meal and warm water and set aside for a few minutes, until the mixture takes on an eggy consistency.
  • Lower the oven temperature to 350º F. Place Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese in a food processor and pulse a few times, until quite soft. Add flax “eggs”, 1 cup sugar, vanilla extract, pumpkin purée, pumpkin spice, and lemon juice, and process until smooth.
  • Pour mixture into prepared crust and bake for about 45 minutes, or until top sides begin to turn slightly golden-brown. The center will not set but will firm up later in the fridge. When finished baking, remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until chilled and serve with whipped coconut cream.
  • To make whipped coconut cream:
  • Chill a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Remove your can of coconut milk from the fridge and flip upside down. Use a can opener to open the can and pour off clearish liquid that will be sitting on the top–reserve for another use (this is coconut water, excellent in smoothies!). Scoop out the remaining coconut cream into the chilled medium-size bowl. Whip the coconut cream using an electric mixer or handheld beaters. Add a pinch of sugar or other sweetener and a dash of vanilla extract and stir 'til combined. Spoon onto individual slices of pumpkin cheesecake and serve.

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Sprinkle with a light touch of cinnamon to serve, if desired.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 8gCalories: 260calProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 164mgPotassium: 49mgTotal Carbs: 45gFiber: 1gSugar: 35gNet Carbs: 44gVitamin A: 354IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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87 Comments

  1. Wowowow sooooo good omg. Only thing i did differently was tripled the sugar in the graham cracker crust so 3 tablespoons instead of 1 (i followed another recipe for the crust). I would recommend doing this. The consistency of this cake was fantastic and all of my non-vegan family members absolutely loved it.

  2. Followed the recipe exactly. Tasted great – didn’t set. Came out like a pudding and wouldn’t slice like a cheesecake.

  3. I made these as little mini cheesecakes using cupcake pan. The recipe made 24 cheesecakes perfectly. Only needed to be baked for 35 minutes since they were so small. So good! Perfect portion size.5 stars

  4. Hi, I’m planning to make some mini cheesecakes, and this recipe looks like it would fit the bill!! Do you know how I would change the bake time if using lined muffin tins? Thanks for any help.

  5. Wasn’t able to find Tofutti at my local store so I tried Violife brand. Absolute disaster. I now have Vegan Pumpkin soup. Not only did not set up, but actually got MORE liquidy after baking! I will try to freeze to make it edible but what a waste of $15 worth of ingredients! Glad I am not actually vegan, but my brother in law will be very disappointed that there won’t be dessert for him to eat.

    1. We are sorry you had that experience! We have not tried Violife, but we do hope you will try this recipe again or find something else of ours you would like to make. 🙂5 stars

  6. Amazing. My batch made two whole pies. I used regular 9-inch crust pie dishes instead of the deep dish. I added vegan chocolate chips to one of the pies and a layer of melted vegan chocolate on top of the graham cracker crust. I have way too much food on my hands. If it weren’t for covid-19 i eould give one away to my neighbor. I can’t wait. Thank you for this amazing recipe.5 stars

  7. This recipe looks amazing. Is there anyway I Can use agar powder instead of a flax egg? If so what would the conversion be (2 tablespoons?)

  8. This cheesecake is AWESOME!! I have made twice and have received multiple compliments including: “best pumpkin cheesecake I have ever had” and from a non-vegan!! The 1st time I used toffuti sour creme and toffuti creme cheese (what I had on hand!) and the 2nd time used creme cheese made from coconut milk (2 pks) and 1 pk made from almond milk–both turned out fantastically!! They were both the consistency of pudding when taken from the oven, but had cheesecake consistency when chilled. Also, I didn’t use any vegan butter to make the crust–but rather 5T almond milk. THX for a FANTASTIC recipe!!

    1. This cheesecake nailed it! So freakin delicious! I used the crust recipe but cut the cheesecake portion in half to fit my glass pie dish =D it fit perfectly! . Thanks for sharing!!!5 stars

      1. We’re so glad that you enjoyed this recipe, Sal! It’s perfect for this time of year. Thanks for your feedback! 🙂5 stars

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