Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

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A mini Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake topped with coconut whipped cream and pecans

In all of the cashew cheesecake experimentation I’ve done so far on the blog, I haven’t touched on pumpkin yet. Things had to change!

Ramekins filled with our creamy gluten-free Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecakes

These pumpkin cheesecakes were the first thing that came to mind when I thought of creating a simple-yet-decadent fall dessert.

I mean, who doesn’t love cheesecake? And pumpkin? And coconut whipped cream?

(If you’re raising your hand at this point, you can just leave.)

Platter with three mini Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecakes for a delicious dessert

This recipe is simple, requiring just 10 ingredients and no special springform pans or gadgets.

If you have a food processor, blender, parchment paper (or cupcake liners), and ramekins (or muffin tins), you can master these decadent vegan cheesecakes!

Cutting board with mini vegan pumpkin cheesecakes for a delicious fall dessert

I think you all are going to love these gems. They’re:

Subtly spiced
Not too sweet
& Satisfying

These would make the perfect dessert for holiday parties and fall gatherings. They’re super versatile with the ability to be made in muffin tins for a single-serving size, ramekins for 3-4 small cheesecakes, or a round cake pan (or springform pan) for one large cheesecake to feed a crowd. Top with coconut whipped cream and brown sugar pecans (recipes below) for a finishing touch.

If you try this cheesecake, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it (once you’ve tried it), and take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

Close up shot showing the creamy texture of our Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

Amazing vegan pumpkin cheesecake made with just 10 ingredients! Creamy, rich, perfectly sweet, and perfect for fall and holiday gatherings!
Author Minimalist Baker
Wood board with three Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecakes topped with coconut whip and pecans
4.48 from 67 votes
Prep Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 (1/2 mini cheesecake servings)
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 7-10 Days
Does it keep? 3-4 Days



  • 1 cup packed medjool dates (pitted // about 20 dates per 1 cup or 275 g // pitted before measuring)
  • 1 1/2 cups raw walnuts
  • 1 pinch sea salt


  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews (soaked in very hot water for 1 hour)
  • 1 lemon, juiced (1 lemon yields ~2 Tbsp or 30 ml )
  • 1/3 cup light or full-fat coconut milk, canned (or sub unsweetened almond milk)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil (or sub melted coconut oil, though it will add coconut flavor)
  • 1/3 cup grade A maple syrup* or light agave nectar (plus more to taste)
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)


  • Cover cashews with boiling-hot water. Let rest, uncovered, at room temperature for 1 hour. Then drain thoroughly and set aside.
  • In the meantime, add dates to a food processor and blend until small bits remain, or it forms a ball. Remove and set aside.
  • Add walnuts and salt to food processor and process into a meal. Then add dates back in and blend until a loose dough forms – it should stick together when you squeeze a bit between your fingers. If too crumbly, add a few more dates. If too sticky, add more crushed walnuts. Set aside.
  • If using a springform pan (7" or smaller works best), line with parchment paper. If using ramekins (you'll need 4-6 depending on size) or muffin tins (12 standard), cut parchment paper into circles the size of the base of your ramekins or muffin tins. Also, cut out two long strips of parchment paper per ramekin and lay them in an "X" shape at the base. Top with circle shape. This creates little tabs that make removing the cheesecakes easier to pop out once set. (For muffin tins, you can also just use cupcake liners.) Note: You can also make in a standard, 9" cake pan – just line the whole dish with parchment paper for easy removal.
  • Divide crust evenly among ramekins or tins (or springform pan), and press down with fingers to evenly distribute. Use a small glass wrapped in parchment paper, or the back of a spoon, to press down firmly, allowing some crust to come up the sides. Set in freezer.
  • Once cashews are soaked and drained, add to a high-speed blender with remaining filling ingredients and puree until very smooth – 2-3 minutes. If it has trouble blending add a touch more coconut milk (or almond milk). Taste and adjust flavor/sweetness as needed.
  • Divide filling evenly among the ramekins or tins (or pour into a parchment-lined springform pan). Tap a few times to release any air bubbles, then cover loosely with plastic wrap and freeze until firm – about 4-6 hours, depending on size of dish.
  • Once set, run a butter knife along the edge and gently remove by tugging on the tabs in an upward motion. They should pop right out. If they aren’t quite set, pop them back in the freezer until firm. If using a springform pan, simply pop open and remove cheesecake.
  • Serve with a touch of coconut whipped cream and brown sugar pecans (optional | recipe links above).
  • Store leftovers in the freezer for 7-10 days, though best when enjoyed within the first 3-4 days. Let thaw at room temperature ~20 minutes (or more as needed) before serving for best texture.


*Grade A maple syrup is best in this recipe – I didn’t prefer Grade B, as its flavor was a bit too intense and overwhelmed the pumpkin.
*Prep time includes soaking cashews and freezing.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated using medium-sized ramekins and does not include additional toppings.

Nutrition (1 of 8 servings)

Serving: 1 one-half mini cheesecake servings Calories: 454 Carbohydrates: 43 g Protein: 8 g Fat: 31 g Saturated Fat: 5 g Sodium: 22 mg Potassium: 513 mg Fiber: 5 g Sugar: 30 g Vitamin A: 1633 IU Vitamin C: 1 mg Calcium: 68 mg Iron: 3 mg

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  1. Ezgi Kiris says

    Hello! I want to try this recipe but I live in the UK and do not have the proposed brand of GF flour. I know the type of flour can make a huge difference so I wanted to check if you have any tips? Thank you!


    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ezgi, did you possibly mean to comment on a different recipe? We ask because this recipe doesn’t require any flour!

  2. Holly says

    Love this recipe! I used two teaspoons of pumpkin spice and the vanilla. It was a hit. Will definitely be making this again.

  3. Colleen says

    So yummy! I made these a few days ago in preparation for Thanksgiving, but just pulled one out of the freeEr and microwaved it because I couldn’t wait!

    I made the following changes:
    -I roasted and puréed butternut squash, because that’s what I grew in my garden this year.
    – approximately doubled the amount of pumpkin pie spice spice and added some salt.
    – used a mixture of coconut milk and coconut cream

  4. Audrey says

    Hi there! I am so excited to make this for thanksgiving, I have made other recipes of yours in the past! I was wondering if I make this the night before and then drive with it in my car the next day for 2 hours and put it right back in the freezer once I get to my destination, will it have melted too much for do you think 2 hours in a cooler would be okay? Thanks so much :)