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
4.47 from 62 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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    • Cami says

      I have also used oats and pecans pulsed with something sweet (like dates, coconut sugar, or brown sugar), coconut oil, molasses, ginger, and cinnamon to make a “ginger bread” crust. Still gluten free for those that need it but so tasty. I’ve made enough crusts that I just eyeball it so I don’t have measurements off the top of my head but if you’re open to experiment it can be produce a great outcome!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Possibly! We haven’t tried it, but would suggest using less water and maybe 3/4 cup cashew butter? Let us know how it goes!

  1. Michelle says

    I had to read through the comments to find the answers to these questions —

    1. What size pan? Comments mentioned a 7″ springform pan or a cake pan or 12 muffin pan or 4 ramekin.
    2. Coconut Milk — Should be canned and use the thick cream portion.
    3. Thawing — 25 minutes will not be enough time — people mentioned an hour or more to thaw.

    I think it would be helpful if you put this type of information in your recipe. Thank you for creating this recipe. I am off to try it.

    • Michelle says

      After trying the recipe using a springform pan, I would recommend using a cupcake pan or ramekins (as the recipe originally calls fors). Mine did not thicken well enough/firm up sufficiently — I believe the pan was just too wide for the amount of mixture. I think to use a springform pan you would need to possibly double this recipe? I also wonder if a tablespoon or two of arrowroot could be added to the mixture to help thicken it, as I noticed in your pumpkin swirl cheesecake recipe that arrowroot is added in. Could I do that for this recipe or would the cupcake pan be the best answer to my problem?

      I did also make your peanut butter cup pie, subbed cashews for the tofu, and it came out perfect and was absolutely delicious. Thank you for that recipe too!

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Michelle! Thanks for sharing. Did you set it in the freezer? This one requires freezing. Glad you enjoyed the peanut butter cup pie, too!

  2. Veronica says

    I love the date crust pie recipes I find here, but I’m always afraid I’m going to break my food processor! Is there an easy way to blend them without overheating the machine?

  3. Jinger says

    Quick question: How many servings should I make to fill a 12-cup standard muffin tin? I’m looking forward to giving this a try for our vegans on Thanksgiving.

  4. Lindsay says

    What size spring form pan do you recommend for this recipe? I’ve got a 10” one, would I need to increase the quantities in the recipe to ensure adequate crust to filling ratio?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I would slightly increase the quantities. Use the serving size adjustor just above the ingredients to help things stay consistent!

  5. Lisa says

    I admit I haven’t made this recipe
    . I had the pleasure of eating it on 2 super occasions. My teenage cousin brought this to my house. I fell in love with the taste & texture!!!! It’s not too sweet. It’s perfect for Thanksgiving. My foodie mother in law really enjoyed it too.
    I recommend that when she makes it again to sprinkle a little pumpkin spice on top for some color. First time she made it was fluffier. I wonder if it had to do with the blenders she used.
    I had replaced a couple of my meals with leftovers of this fabulous dessert. Lol
    It’s perfect

  6. Sherri Neil says

    Testing this out for Thanksgiving. I did not have lemon, so I used lime. So far so yummy. I have just cleaned out my blender (kind of) by putting a half cup of coffee and giving it a whirl. Now I have a delish pumpkin latte. I know I’ve told you this before, but I’m saying it again. Thanks for making my dessert skills amazing.

  7. Julie says

    These are delicious and easy to make. I ended up with more crust than filling, when I make these again, I’ll up the filling recipe and go lighter on the crust, but that’s just a personal preference. I used a cupcake pan and had 12 mini cheesecakes with a handful of crust left.

  8. Kaitlyn Modz says

    Hi! I have some Tofutti brand vegan cream cheese to use up, and I was wondering whether it would be possible to use in this recipe instead of the cashews. I know it would be hard to substitute this way, but since the recipe is raw I figured it could be tinkered with a bit. Do you have any suggestions? Much appreciated!

  9. Savannah says

    I am looking forward to making this for thanksgiving. If I make this a day ahead would you recommend storing it in the fridge or the freezer after the initial 4-6 hours in the freezer to firm?

  10. Rachel says

    The cheesecake part of this is so delicious! It’s super easy to make and you can’t even tell that it’s a healthier alternative!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Rachel. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  11. Danielle says

    This was absolutely perfect! I cut the recipe in half and made it in my 6 inch springform pan. It is creamy and just the right amount of spice and sweetness.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Danielle! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

  12. Peacefeline says

    I made this for my family tonight and it was a huge hit! Next time I will use a different crust as dates are just too strong for MY taste. I saw that you have another cheesecake with a ginger cookie crust so I would like to try that. My daughter’s non vegan boyfriend said that it tastes like regular pumpkin cheesecake and had 3 slices. The filling was creamy and didn’t form ice crystals like I was afraid that it would being a frozen dessert.
    I’m wondering if this could be baked and then refrigerated instead of frozen? Do you know?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, we’re not sure of a sub. The lemon gives it that tangy cheesecake taste, but you could maybe try omitting? Let us know if you do some experimenting!

  13. Shoshana says

    This was super easy to make, and it turned out delicious! I split the crust and fillings amongst 8 lined muffins tins. Instead of the coconut whipped cream, we topped each cheesecake with a homemade s’more topping (a square of dark chocolate, one toasted vegan marshmallow, and a little graham cracker) and it turned out decadent and lovely. Definitely going to be in our regular fall rotation!

  14. ataraxia says

    I loved the filling, yummy! Only I added around 90g of pumpkin instead of 63g (used the metric sys) and since I don’t like dates I made a crust out of crushed digestive biscuits and vegan butter. Also I only have immersion blender so made sure I blended it long enough and it blended just fine. I didn’t realize it was a freezer cheesecake, maybe will try next time with no liquid coconut cream and coconut oil. But anyway today I had the last piece straight out of freezer and thought it was like icecream sandwich, just missing a crust on top:) It’s pumpkin season and I’m gonna make this again!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it! Adapting for ice cream sandwiches sounds like a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Molly says

    I made the filling exactly as directed. It came out to be an unpleasant gritty texture despite doing boiling water cashew soak, and running it for several minutes in a food processor.

    Also, I didn’t find the the flavor to resemble anything like a cheesecake. No one liked it and I was pretty bummed.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Molly, so sorry to hear that was your experience! We don’t suggest using a food processor for the filling because it doesn’t get it creamy enough. A food processor works for the crust, but a high-speed blender is needed for the filling.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Cynthia, We have not tried it and cannot say for sure, but if you do, report back on how it goes!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Amanda, sorry to hear that! Depending on the blender, it can have trouble processing dates. We’ve modified the recipe to specify using a food processor for the crust.

  16. Amy says

    Wondering why you don’t specify the size of the springform pan?? I’m doubling this but have no idea still which size to use!

  17. kristin says

    Turned out okay! We made night before Thanksgiving and it took hours for it to thaw (not the 15-20 mins suggested!), though we still didn’t quite get the cheesecake consistency we were looking for. The flavors were delicious though. Like another person, we increased the amount of pumpkin and I’m glad we did.

    Also, I don’t love dates so we used the graham cracker crust recipe from the delicious peanut butter chocolate pie (make it every year!) — but we couldn’t find any graham crackers. An employee at Trader Joe’s suggested that we use the Speculoos cookies instead. We used a box of them and the crust was soooo yummy! Highly recommend.

  18. Maria says

    Excellent “pumpkin cheesecake” …… Taste better than the real pumpkin cheesecake! The coconut milk is hardly noticeable so is the dates!!
    I love this recipe!!!!

  19. Alex Walker says

    Sadly, most of this went uneaten. The ‘crust’ was difficult to put together and turned out gummy. The filling was too sweet and needed twice the amount of pumpkin and spices that it called for in order for it to have a full, rounded flavor. Ice crystals formed in the filling, so it was crunchy instead of creamy. I love so many of Dana’s recipes, but I regret this isn’t one of them.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      So sorry you had issues with this one, Alex! We’ll revisit the recipe to see about improvements.

  20. Kristin says

    I made tonight for thanksgiving tomorrow eve. Should I keep in the freezer until a few hours before dessert? Just unclear on how much time to leave it in freezer. Thank you!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kristin, Just keep it in the freezer until a few hours before serving. Then transfer to the fridge. Hope that helps!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yes! Leave it in the freezer until a few hours before serving. Or, you could transfer to the refrigerator in the morning to thaw gradually.

  21. Claire says

    Hello! I love your recipes!!!! But I’m new to this one, could you tell me is the coconut milk meant to be used “from the can” such as for curries or coconut milk, hemp milk, almond milk “from the box” type milk is what is called when using 1/3 cup?

  22. Karen says

    This recipe looks amazing! I am planning on making this for Thanksgiving and am going to use a 7in springform pan. Do you recommend doubling both the filling and crust recipe? Thanks!

  23. Jess says

    I want to make these for Thanksgiving but will be out of town before Thursday. You said its best first few days – will it still taste good if i make and freeze six days in advance? When I take it out of the freezer and transport it to friends house for meal, do you recommend popping it back into freezer until 20 min before dessert time or ok to keep in fridge?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jess, we think that will still work well! Just keep it in the freezer until a few hours before serving. Then transfer to the fridge. Good luck!

  24. Kaitlyn Modz says

    Hi Dana! I’m planning on making this for Halloween using a muffin tin, and I was wondering whether I should double the recipe because I’m not sure how many muffin tins this mixture will fill. I know they can be different sizes, but do you have any ideas? If it only makes like 3 or 4, then it might be worth it to make twice as much to make sure everyone can try them. Thank you!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kaitlyn, this recipe as written makes 3-4 ramekins which would probably yield more like 5-6 standard size muffin tin cheesecakes. Hope that helps!

      • Kaitlyn Modz says

        So I made these in little muffin tins using cupcake liners, with the crust from this recipe ( – I think I messed up by using sunflower oil instead of melted coconut oil, because the end result was almost like a batter that I had to add more oats and even some oat flour to. I ended up adding some to the bottom of each cupcake liner, smoothing it out with a spoon, baking at 350F for about 15 minutes, then smoothing them down with a spoon again. A bit crumbly but still yummy!). They were delicious, but in the end the filling was enough for a little more than 12 cupcake liners! This will probably vary depending on the size of your pan and how deep the tins go, etc., but for me it made a lot more than expected. I didn’t add any extra liquid to the cashew puree mixture as I didn’t want the cheesecakes to be icy after freezing, which extra water can sometimes cause. It took about 3.5 minutes to blend super smooth in my Ninja blender. Definitely recommend these with the coconut whip!

  25. Mary says

    Delicious! I made this for Canadian Thanksgiving and it was a hit! My new “go to” vegan cheesecake recipe.
    I used full fat coconut milk, coconut oil and increased the pumpkin purée to 1/2 cup. I made individual ramekins and when thawed, the consistency was perfect.
    Thanks Dana, for another great recipe.

  26. Thamyris says

    This recipe has become my own tradition for the past three thanksgivings (fourth time coming up!). It’s so incredibly easy, and tastes UNBELIEVABLE. Last year, I might have eaten the full thing myself! But the ingredients are so wholesome that I never once felt heavy afterwards. I can’t express how much I love it!

  27. Haley says

    So! Awesome! I didn’t have a springform pan, so I just used a cake pan with parchment and it worked out great!! I’ve never made a vegan cheesecake before, and now I have a million MB tabs open on my computer with all the variations I can make. Tastes JUST like a cheesecake — my mind is blown.

  28. Sasha says

    Wow. This was amazing. I’ve never made anything quite like this, where I’ve technically made the crust from scratch (sorta) and it tastes DELICIOUS! I tweaked some of the ingredient amounts but nothing crazy. Thank you for this recipe, it was SUPER easy and really yummy!!!

  29. Miriam Shumaker says

    I am not so used to really healthy eating but am making changes and trying. Many recipes leave me feeling….well that was edible but not that good. This one was very tasty and is a “keeper!” Very pleased. May be due to the maple syrup but if you buy organic syrup, you can still feel good about it!

  30. Sarah says

    This is so delicious and super simple! All in a blender – can’t get any better than that.
    Some tips after making:
    Adjust the lemon and maple syrup to your taste before adding it all. I found there were too much of both.
    Double the recipe if you’ll be making a pie

  31. Anisha says

    I made this for Thanksgiving and loved it. I made it in a regular round cake pan and used the criss-cross parchment paper technique (genius!) and it worked out great. It was a hit. Thanks MB!

  32. Hayley says

    I’ve loved making these the past couple years. Last year i took the easy route and put them on top of ginger snap cookies, which was fantastic. This year I wanted to make the actual crust. While I think I learned my crust might have been too thick, I also found it overwhelmingly sweet. Any suggestions? Perhaps I didn’t add enough walnuts or something to cut back on the sweetness of the dates?

  33. Gwen C. Hunnicutt says

    I love minimalist baker and have had success with the majority of recipes I’ve tried on this site. While the flavor of this cheesecake is great, the consistency is not. Unfortunately, the cheesecake melted into a soupy mess while sitting on a dessert table at a party. I had the same problem with another minimalist baker cheesecake recipe. If you eat it right out of the freezer, this will work. However, it won’t hold up long at room temperature. I hope you’ll take this recipe down or modify it. It isn’t quite ready for publication and I hate for other people to have to deal with a melting cheesecake.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Gwen, so sorry you had a less than perfect experience with this recipe. I do try and iterate that this is a chilled dessert and it does do best chilled, not at room temperature for long periods of time. To help with this issue, you can try something more similar to this Easy Baked Cheesecake recipe, or this recipe which utilizes cocoa butter, which doesn’t soften much at room temperature.

  34. Christen says

    Made these for thanksgiving dessert this year. Delish. Here’s a hot tip, though, if you don’t want to fuss with parchment paper: I filled and froze them in large silicone baking cups. When it’s time to defrost, they pop right out, and you have convenient individual servings. Easy. I agreed with another reviewer that the color wasn’t really a pumpkin pie hue. I’m sure you could add more pumpkin purée to compensate?

  35. Tyler says

    I’ve always wanted to try making a vegan cheesecake but was too intimidated. This recipe was so easy and turned out perfectly! We’re celebrating Thanksgiving in Maine with my friend who is gluten-free, so this recipe is perfect. She only has mini-muffin tins, so I used those (and the crossed parchment strips covered the bottom of each cup so I didn’t have to cut circles). I put them in a cooler outside overnight and we ate a few this morning. They are the perfect size for nutty pumpkin bites! Even the non-vegans like it. ?

  36. Lisa says

    Had one other question for you. How do you get coconut milk from a can to whip up? lately the coconut milk I’ve been getting hasn’t been very thick.

    Thank you!

      • Lisa says

        Hi there minimalist Baker! In answer to your question it’s the Whole Foods 365 coconut milk. Put one can in the refrigerator overnight and it’s still feels liquidy when I shake it. the quality is really good. The taste is always good. But not thick enough to whip up.

        The Thai Kitchen cans are pretty small aren’t they? I know that that’s a recommended brand but then also just read some negative feedback that their consistency hasn’t held up lately.

        Used to buy the brand with forest in the name. Consistency not always great.

        What do you recommend?

        Thanks so much!


        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          Are you just using the coconut cream portion? We usually recommend Whole Foods 365 and are not sure why it isn’t thickening for you.. Check the comments here for tips!

          • Lisa says

            Thanks for your reply. Sorry for the delay. I did try 365 again, but there was still a lot of cream at the bottom of the can after refrigerating it over night, upside down. However I did manage to get more of the solid part at the top out which I then whipped.

      • Lisa says

        So I did make this cheesecake for Thanksgiving. Took quite a while to make. The filling I liked a lot, although ended up over freezing it, so that when it came time to eat it we had to soften it up a bit by putting it in the oven for a few minutes. It still wasn’t thawed out. Probably should have used the microwave on defrost.

        Found the crust was too sweet. Normally I steer clear of sugar, so the dates made it super sweet, and they do have a kind of a sugar. What else would you recommend other than dates? And do you have a baked version of this, since the consistency was challenging and I was looking for it to really have a cheesecake consistency. Frozen it’s more like an ice cream. Thawed, softer than a cheesecake.

        I’m now looking into a different kind of a crust which I can make out of homemade sugar free graham crackers (found one online, looks good). Then I will be trying that with a baked vegan sugar free version of a pumpkin cheesecake.

        Regarding the coconut milk, I am having better success with the 365 again, although on Thanksgiving we used the organic Thai Kitchen.

        Can you recommend a thickener to add to make the whipped coconut close to whipped cream in consistency? Would cream of tarter work?


        Happy Belated Thanksgiving to you and yours!


  37. Lisa says

    Thank you for the recipe! Can you substitute stevia for the agave. Sugar free options are always appreciated. I look forward to hearing back. Thanks again

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yes, that should work! Another reader had success with it. Let us know if you give it a try, Lisa!

    • Anna says

      Hi Nina
      I’ve made vegan cheesecakes many times and always use pecans with the dates because I don’t like walnuts. It’s always yummy! I’m making this one today for some friends that are coming over tonight so I’ll post to share how it came out.

  38. Robyn says

    Hi! I want to make these for an event where I won’t have freezer access. If I keep them in my cooler beforehand, and have them sitting at room temp on a plate for 2-3 hours, will they melt? How do they hold up at room temp?

    Thanks so much <3

  39. Ashley says

    Omgosh your recipe allows me to modify the servings?!?!?!?!?!?! You’re a doll!!! About to try this but had to share my excitement at not having to do math;-)

  40. evy says

    OH MY-YUMMMMMM! And KETO too with one modification!

    I made only the filling part and wow, so good!! (the crust looks good too but was just looking mainly for the cheesecake ish part.

    I just have a regular bosch blender so it was a bit tricky getting it all to blend properly, but it did turn out great!

    I needed mine to use only stevia as sweetener so I used green powdered stevia. I added some extra pumpkin and upped the spices a bit too. Keto here we come!

    It isn’t exactly cheesecake texture, likely due to my using a regular blender, but it’s in the fridge now and we’ll see what the texture does once it’s COLD. I am guessing the hardening of the coconut oil (no coconut flavor was imparted) will contribute well to the final texture.

    Thanks for a great recipe and definitely adding this my KETO and dairy free dessert list :)

  41. Dee says

    My colleague made this recipe and brought it to us at the office. She reduced the oil by one Tbsp., and used the light coconut milk.

    I must admit, this was absolutely delicious!! I am a big lover of authentic cheesecake, and often decline to eat anything else, but this recipe is outstanding. I plan to make it for my gluten sensitive friends!

  42. Jane says

    Before I try this – I am new to vegan baking and live at high altitude, so have many cooking challenges – do you think this will work in mini pie plates with no parchment to just serve directly? Thank you!

  43. Carlos Facundo says

    Thank you for this info. I’ve been looking for a proper grater for my cheese for awhile now. I’ll definitely try out this product.

  44. Cindy S says

    This was beyond amazing! I want to make another one immediately. Seriously, it’s the best cashew cheesecake I have ever had.

  45. Vee says

    I made this this past weekend for company and it turned out spectacularly!! It has a very “fancy” feel to it but is very easy to make. Served it with So Delicious Coco Whipped Topping because I didn’t have time to make homemade coconut whipped cream. Excellent all around. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! Will try a chocolate cheesecake version next time around!

  46. Susan Kelley says

    I made this for Thanksgiving, using a muffin tin and cupcake liners.

    To start, I was skeptical of putting the dates in my blender (I have a Vitamix). I was right. The motor overheated and stopped. Getting the date puree out was tough. After waiting for the motor to come back on, I ground the nuts (I used pecans rather than walnuts). They stuck to the date residue. Why not grind the nuts first? It would save a lot of trouble.

    There was no way I was going to put the dates back in my blender, so I kneaded the nuts and dates together by hand. That worked well.

    I froze the cheesecakes overnight, then took them out when I went for Thanksgiving dinner at 4pm. When I took one at 6pm for dessert, I was disappointed at how runny they were. I ate mine with a spoon out of the cupcake liner, but the non-vegans we’re really interested in a runny mess when they could eat slices of non-vegan pie.

    My husband and I ate the leftovers straight from the freezer, and those were great. But I wouldn’t recommend defrosting these at all.

  47. Melissa Stouffer says

    Pretty good! Seemed a little bland though. After Freezing a few and pulling them out a week later, it tasted like slightly flavored coconut milk on top of date paste. Maybe it just hold its flavor well in the freezer. I prefer the other no bake cheesecake bite recipes to this one. The candied nuts were delicious!

  48. Mallory Watson says

    Hi Dana!

    Have you tried this recipe (or any of the cashew cheese cake recipes) with adding a tablespoon or two of nutritional yeast? When I’ve done cashew cheesecake they’ve been good, but still missing a certain element of tangy-cheesiness of a traditional cheesecake.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Mallory! We actually have not tried and cannot say, but if you give it a try, report back on how it goes. Good luck!

  49. Tabitha says

    I made this at thanksgiving & it was a total hit. However, I used a standard springform pan and it came out thin. If I were to double the recipe, would there be any negative effects?

  50. Will Gaspar says

    I made this with high hopes and I wasn’t disappointed! Although it wasn’t as sweet as I normally make my desserts, it was definitely worth the effort! Especially the crust, I’ve never thought walnuts and dates could work so well together!

  51. Rachel says

    I made this and it turned out wonderful! Very delicious! Will definitively make this again! Thank you for the recipe!

  52. Reina says

    I made these and added all the optional ingredients, highly regret it. I wish I had laid the cashews out flat after draining. The bottom half in the bowl was warm-ish and when I was blending everything (without the optional additions) it tasted good but as with other clean, gluten free recipes the flavors come through most when the desserts cool. I added the other items and even a little salt and it made the flavors messy. I really wish I had stuck to the original recipe and stuck a quarter cup in the freezer to do a taste test. I tasted one this morning after letting it thaw and its still a solid no. I think me adding the vanilla just made everything muted and messy. Id love to hear if anyone had success with the additions. I’m also curious if most of you used the whole lemon or measured the table spoons. My lemon was very big so I measured but eventually added a tiny bit more to taste. I have a back up cake for Thanksgiving but was really hoping to wow with this.

    Update** If I let it sit for a little longer than suggested (my freezer really works hard) but so its still cold and stiffer than the fridge would have it the flavors are a little sharper and my younger sister had a whole one and so did my dad. We’ll see! For me I’d rather stick to regular raw vegan cheesecake.

    • Lindsay says

      I have the same question. I was thinking about using TJ’s vegan cream cheese instead. Or perhaps using the vegan cream cheese to make a topping instead of the whipped cream?

  53. Sally Bankson says

    The cheesecake is delish, but the crust is adictive. The left over cheesecake, in the freezer is calling to me…I—MUST— RESIST.

  54. Alyssa Redman says

    I would like to try replacing the pumpkin and lemon in this recipe with sweet potatoe and orange. Have you ever tried this / would it alter the consistency too much? I plan on boiling then mashing the sweet potatoes.
    Thank you for the great recipes in advance!

  55. Maggie says

    I made this and it was absolutely delicious. The only adjustment I made was that I doubled the filling to give it extra thickness like a real cheesecake (since I made it in a spring form pan). The one batch of filling just felt too sparse. Definitely impressed my guest though!

  56. Kathleen says

    I’m trying a variation of a strawberry cheesecake. Today I’m substituting pumpkin purée for strawberries. It seems that only a 1/4 C of pumpkin isn’t quite enough. Any harm if I make it 1/3 C? Also although I would have preferred to use pecans I only had almonds on hand. Trying that combo (almonds & dates) for crust. I’m using 3 small spring form pans. Will post my results & maybe photo.

  57. Vee says

    I am thinking of making these this week. I am surprised that the recipe only uses 1/4 cup plus 1 TBSP of pumpkin puree. That seems like so little. But, apparently it is enough?

  58. Candace Cunningham says

    Hi! I plan on making these soon and I already have a package of pitted dried prunes at home. Would that be an o.k. substitution for dates?

    Thank you!

  59. Beatrix says

    I have to say that I absolutely love this recipe. It has that slight tang that a cheesecake normally has. I added double the pumpkin by accident and so I found it quite soft if it wasn’t kept in the freezer. But it’s on my list once again to make this week.

  60. Alba says

    I’m introducing in the vegan cheesecake world recently, but I have a little problem with cashews, at least where I live… I find them a little expensive and I wonder if they have a cheaper and easy to find substitute that works well… Do you know this? For example, could peanuts work well? Thank you!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Alba! A seed butter may work, such as sunflower seed butter, but we haven’t tried that so we can’t say for sure and I don’t think it has the same mild flavor of cashews that works so well as a cheese substitute. I’d say you could certainly sub in sunflower seeds for the nuts in the crust, though. If soy isn’t a problem for you, you could try finding a tofu-based pumpkin cheesecake recipe. Hope this helps!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jo! Yes you can! (3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice and 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves. Mix the spices together in a small bowl). Hope this helps!

  61. Amanda says

    Hi Dana!
    This looks so good! Can you replace the walnuts with a different type of nut? Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Amanda! Some readers have used pecans or sunflower seeds and have had success with it, almonds would work as well!

  62. Anonymous says

    Hi! I love your recipes and this one looks amazing, but I can’t have a lot of these ingredients (I’m on a special low-FODMAP diet), is there any way you could make a cheesecake recipe without nuts or dairy? I love all that you do and your recipes are amazing ?

  63. Frankie says

    Hi there –

    To clarify, how long did you leave the cashews boiling in the hot water? It says you’ve sent it aside for an hour but I don’t know if I’m just reading this wrong..

    Thank you!
    (I’m making this right now so a quick reply would be amazing if you could lol )

  64. Catrina says

    I can’t understand why there is so little pumpkin purée in a recipe that serves so many?? 1/4. C pumpkin is not very much. I’m I reading this amount wrong??

  65. Ale says

    So I tried this recipe for the first time since I am lactose intolerant-cheesecake lover and ‘ve been dying for something that won’t kill me.
    Overall it’s pretty easy to make but I am a little disappointed. Turns out my cheesecake batter was yellow-ish, I couldn’t taste the pumpkin and it melts like a snowman in summer time! As for the crust, I couldn’t find dates anywhere so went with figs instead -it’s so good! also, my experience with the coconut whipped cream was TERRIBLE; I used Thai coconut cream -chilled overnight and blah blah blah but a soon as I mixed it with the powder sugar it turned gray and no matter what I did or how long I beat it, I couldn’t make it work.
    I’m gonna give this recipes another chance but I think I’ll have to make a few adjustments -like more puree, less syrup and some agar.

  66. Mafalda says

    Hi! What does it take to put this kind of cheesecakes junt in the fridge? What is the required condition? I’m kind of familiar with this cheesecakes know but I always have this doubt. Thanks a lot for the help!

  67. Mafalda says

    Can this cheesecake go just to the fridge, instead of going to the freezer? Sets well? Doesn’t melt? Thanks!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Mafalfa! I would recommend storing leftovers in the freezer as it’ll become quite soft when stored in the fridge (and won’t last as long)

      • Mafalda says

        What it takes to put this kind of cheesecakes junt in the fridge? What is the required condition? I’m kind of familiar with this cheesecakes know but I always have this doubt. Thanks a lot for the help!

  68. mn mom says

    Will make again, yummy! Th color was abit off, maybe due to almond milk, will try coconut next time, so, so good. Amazing, one of our favorites.

  69. Cassidy says

    Made this recipe for Thanksgiving and they turned out great! I got four 6 inch mini cakes from this recipe. This was my first time making a vegan cheesecake and I will definitely make it again!

  70. Angela Moore says

    I have to work tomorrow and am wondering, if I make this tonight would I just leave it in the freezer all night and all day tomorrow until I get home?

  71. Amanda says

    I just made this and it is sitting in my freezer. I’m planning on bringing this to Thanksgiving and not telling anyone its vegan until after they have eaten it! I haven’t tried it all put together, but each component tasted awesome! I cannot wait to try the finished product. This was also super easy to make, Kudos to you!

  72. Kristikka says

    I made this in a springform pan and was disappointed by how thin the overall cheesecake turned out. After I poured in the batter it only came up less than a half inch from the crust:( I was making this for my boyfriend’s birthday and now am stressed about having to do something else. So you should double the recipe if making it in a springform pan.

  73. Alison says

    I just made this pumpkin cheese cake because my mom is making a “real” one for thanksgiving but my sister and I are lactose intolerant and she is allergic to eggs as well. I have a friend with a gluten intolerance who will love some of these as well. I am freezing them right now and am exited to try them. I did add the juice of a whole lemon and it was too sour for my taste. It may have been a big lemon. I added more pumpkin to even out the flavor. I hope they still set okay. Guess we will know in 4 hours or so. :)
    Thank you for your great recipe,
    From all of us with Allergies

  74. suzie says

    hey! i am wondering how long in advance this may be made and still taste wonderful? if I make it on Tuesday before Thanksgiving will it keep for thursday?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I think it will be fine long in advance. Just keep it in the freezer until a few hours before serving. Then transfer to the fridge. Good luck!

  75. Rachel says

    I’m going to make this in a springform pan and freeze it overnight and bring with me on a flight up to Portland for Friendsgiving.. it will be about a 2 hour flight. Any suggestions on how to keep it safe? Should I just immediately put it in the freezer when I get to my friend’s house? Thank you!!

  76. Jenn says

    This looks delish! However I’m not a huge fan of coconut, does the flavour come through with using the milk in the recipe?
    Thank you xo

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      I think pumpkin is the most pronounced flavor, so don’t shy away from this recipe even if you’re not a fan of coconut!

  77. Leah says

    Wow! This is the first vegan cheesecake I have ever tried making and it was very simple and amazingly delicious so I just had to comment. Will definitely make this again and again!

  78. Eden Passante says

    This cheesecake looks so yummy AND the fact that it’s vegan makes it so much more appealing. Great recipe for vegans who need a sweet treat!

  79. Maja says

    It looks absolutely amazing! So sad I am intolerant to coconut. Is there any alternative to the whipped fluffy coconut cream?

  80. Kendra says

    Just made this in a 9″ cake pan using the parchment paper circle and x technique and now it’s in the freezer. I agree that a high speed blender is the key to getting a smooth, cheesecake-y texture on the filling. I have yet to taste the finished cheesecake, but I tasted the filling and, whoa, is it good. The only recommendation I would make is to possibly make the crust in a food processor and only the filling in a high speed blender. While it technically makes for an extra appliance to clean out, I had to clean out the blender after the crust anyway. And the date/walnut mixture got a little sticky in my Vitamix, so a good food processor might make the crust a little quicker (I was doing a lot of cautious poking around to loosen up the sticky layer below the blender blade). Besides that, this is an excellent recipe! Love that the pumpkin is not overpowering or too sweet – just the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor. I can’t wait to bring over a few pieces to share with family and friends. Thank you!

  81. C says

    My question is: nowhere in the instructions does it say to put in the coconut milk. Also, do we mean the tinned can coconut milk, full fat, and if so do we leave in refrigerator overnight? Or are u referring to coconut milk unseettened, like for cereal? The recipe instructions only say to “add more for cashew base, if____…”

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Add the coconut milk when blending the cashews. I use light or full fat tinned coconut milk straight from the pantry (room temp).

      • Chris says

        You’re amazing. Only one of these incredible chefs that responds to the paying civilians. Well done! Now I am a fan and will buy the cookbook. (Was a fan of the food, regardless, but now… ;)Way to work your ass off. I am a screenwriter in tinsel town, so if you ever need some celeb endorsements I can connect you.

  82. Sofie Croonenberg says

    Just a litle question, wanting to make this recipe for a friend, but she’s allergic to walnuts. Any ideas on which other nuts I could use instead of them?
    Thank you!

  83. Ayesha says

    Sounds delish!! Going to make for Christmas dinner!
    Was wondering if I’m using a springform pan how big do I use??
    Thanks Dana!
    Your recipes are amazing!

  84. jennifer says

    Mine is in the freezer now and the filling tastes delicious so far. NOTE: If using a spring form pan, you need to make 1.5 times the recipe to have it come up the sides to meet the crust.

    Can’t wait to eat it tonight! I am making the pecans too to garnish and of course the whip!

    Thank yoU!!

  85. John M says

    Hi, you state you can make this in a springform pan as well as ramekins but you don’t specify as which size. I started off using a 10-inch pan as the amount of crust was quite a lot. I froze it, then made the filling the next morning. As I was making the filling, I was thinking, this is not going to be enough to fill a 10-inch pan. So I scraped the crust out, let it sit out to thaw, and then re-formed it into a 9-inch pan. The filling; once I ground the nuts and added it to the pumpkin-coconut puree, still only came up about about an inch. I had to push the edges of the crust down, because it was sticking up too high. It looks more like a tart rather than a cheesecake though. Next time, I would recommend increasing the filling amounts by 1.5.

  86. Karen says

    Made this cheesecake over the weekend and it was DELISH! I am allergic to walnuts so used sunflower seeds in the crust. They worked perfectly. I like spicy so added a bit more pumpkin pie spice. I stay away from sugar but decided to try the coconut whipped cream and that was amazing. I also roasted a handful of pepitas in coconut oil, sea salt and cinnamon to sprinkle on top. Easy steps and a lovely dessert. I did use a spring form pan lined with parchment paper and had no issues.

  87. DLG in Mich says

    I made this for Thanksgiving yesterday and used a springform pan. As others have mentioned, the recipe does not make enough filling for a standard springform. If I were to make it again, I would make 1.5 or 2X as much filling and use a regular graham cracker crust. We were not fans of the date/walnut crust. Thanks for another healthy, creative recipe!

  88. Camille says

    I made the recipe for Thanksgiving, it was very good. The filling is very surprising; the raw cashews texture looks a lot like cream cheese. I would have just preferred to soak the dates before, it would have been easier to mix. Thank you Dana for this great recipe :)

  89. Kristen B says

    I just finished prepping these tomorrow and holy yum, they are amazing! I used a muffin tin for individual servings. There will definitely not be any leftovers :)

  90. Jade says

    Excited to try these for Thanksgiving! However I don’t have a high speed blender… would you recommend soaking them over night if I’m using a food processor? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, is there any way to get your hands on a high speed blender? It’s essential to get a creamy texture…

  91. Christina says

    I made this and it is amazing! I almost didn’t get the pumpkin cheesecake mix onto the crust because I wanted to eat it all! It would be a great dip! I set it in the freezer and let it thaw before serving, but then put the leftovers into the fridge and had them the next day and I thought it tasted even better the second day!

  92. Sonia Segura says

    I made this last night for my bf to take to a work potluck. I made in large pie form. Unfortunately he says it was a bit runny. I put in the freezer overnight for 8 hours or so. And since it seemed pretty solid when I took it out this morning told him to let it thaw. Guess that was a bad idea.

  93. Sarah says

    Made this last night in a 9in pan. I would probably double the filling next time — the cake turned out quite thin, and the final product was a bit more like pie than cheesecake. But it was delicious, nonetheless! And the coconut whip paired perfectly!

  94. Haley says

    I made this tonight, and I’m kind of puzzled. I doubled the filling to beautifully fill a 9″ springform pan, and swapped in a gingersnap cookie crust that I prefer for pumpkin cheesecakes. All I could taste was lemon and coconut, with just a whisper of pumpkin. Thankfully, this was just a test run. Would dialing back the lemon juice hurt the texture? How about doubling the pumpkin? It set very nicely, but the flavor really missed the mark for me.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Haley, based on what you prefer, I think those swaps would work! Scale back the lemon juice, add more pumpkin, and even more pumpkin pie spice if you’d like!

      • Haley says

        Thank you so much! I’m making this for the first Thanksgiving with my partner’s family, and I’m aching to impress them with vegan deliciousness!

      • Michelle says

        I’m planning to do the same thing (double the filling and put it on top a gingersnap crust)…do you think I should pre-bake the gingersnap crust? Thanks!

  95. Jackie says

    Hi Dana,
    What size spring foam pan could one use? I have one but I think it may be a little on the big size for this recipe. Looks great! I’m making this for my anti-vegan family and I’m not telling.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I don’t have a springform! I use ramekins. It will fill a small springform. If yours is bigger, double or x1.5 the recipe!

  96. Rachel says

    I just made this, and I can’t stop eating the filling. I might have cheated a little and tossed in some dairy-free cream cheese, so I’ll see if it sets. Thank you!!! This kicks the butt of Daiya’s pre-made vegan cheesecakes.

  97. Allie Kushnir says

    Hi! Is it safe to assume that this can be made to fit a regular sized pie dish? Or is it better to make these as minis?

  98. Cassie says

    I am so excited to try this for thanksgiving! Can I substitute the dates for nut butter or coconut butter? And do you mean canned coconut milk or carton?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Canned coconut milk. And I’m not sure about subbing the dates. They provide that sticky texture and sweetness. But if you give it a try, let me know!

    • Vamsi Gali says

      Hi Cassie,

      When we thaw these for abt 10 mins, these get little soft. I think with nut butters, you may have a dripping/saggy cupcake at the bottom. Date & walnut crust is the best in this case.

  99. Vamsi G says

    I just made this last night. It was quite labor intensive as I can’t spend more than 5 mins in the kitchen!! But always ate healthy food though as I have a great husband who helps me with kitchen chores and prep. :)

    We had two pieces this afternoon and those are extremely DELICIOUS!! I ended up making 24 & an extra large cupcake. I don’t appreciate sweets so much so I always spent lots & lots of time to find a decent bakery where cakes are just not made with sweetness as the primary factor. At last, I found what I was looking for from this recipe. My kid’s next B’day will have these and probably as a cake too.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, DANA!! This is such a healthy and decadent dessert.

  100. Megan says

    This recipe is great! My only suggestion is that there wasn’t enough filling for my springform pan. I’ll probably double the amount next time. Super good though and SO easy to make. Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Megan! The filling amount will vary depending on how big your pan is.

  101. Vanessa S says

    Can I ask if it make these the day before thanksgiving and leave them in freezer overnight, will they be alright or will they be too frozen next day. Also is coconut milk can be substituted for regular milk or no? If not what coconut milk brand you recommend, never used coconut milk before. Would I just heat then in microwave next day to get them bit softened? Thanks, looks like wonderful recipe. I plan on making these for thanksgiving.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Freezing them is totally fine! They’ll thaw perfectly, just make sure they’re well covered. You can sub dairy milk if you’d like. For coconut milk I prefer Whole Foods brand or Native Foods.

  102. Lia says

    This looks amazing! I am totally going to make this for thanksgiving this year. Question though: Does the filling only work with coconut or almond milk or would soy work just as well?

  103. Sylvia says

    Brand new reader here – BuzzFeed Food sent me – for which I thank them! This recipe was featured as one of the ‘must make’ foods for November – and I totally agree! One quick question – does this require a Vitamix or other super-powerful blender, or will any decent regular blender do the job? One of those high powered things are on my wish list, but financially out of reach at the moment.
    Thank you – those pictures and descriptions made me so hungry – and I haven’t eaten breakfast yet! :-)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sylvia! And welcome! It does require a high-speed blender or the filling won’t get creamy and smooth, and instead remain grainy, which really negatively affects the final product (as you might imagine). You can try it with your blender though! Let me know if it works!

      • Sylvia says

        Thanks – I’ll see what happens – and besides, Christmas is coming – maybe I will finally get that power-beast I’ve been wanting :-)

        • krystal says

          I’m planning on making this tonight for my grandmother’s birthday dinner tomorrow (but with a pecan/gingersnap, backed crust). She LOVES cheesecake.

          I don’t have a highspeed blender (yet!) either. I was thinking of subbing cashew butter (the kind that is JUST ground cashews) for the cashews since that would already be smooth. I’m thinking of doing a straight 180g sub and seeing what happens! I’ll report back.

  104. Megan in Portland says

    This came together beautifully in my Vita Mix. I was feeling lazy, so I used gingerbread and pumpkin spice Lara bars as the crust. I just broke them into pieces and rolled them into small circles to fit my muffin tin. Thanks for this!

  105. Aimee says

    I’m such a big fan of your vegan banana cream pie, and am excited to try this recipe!
    How many portions do you think this would make if I used a standard muffin tin?

  106. Carrie says

    Like other recipes I’ve tried from Dana’s site these are great and very adaptable. I’m not vegan and will eat dairy if food taste is compromised. Didn’t have coconut milk or lemon or walnuts. Didn’t matter because it was still awesome. I added coconut oil and maple syrup to taste using a food processor. Dates and pecans for the crust. I haven’t made the coconut whip. Pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate chips are placed on top before freezing. Although not low in fat or sugar I feel like this is about as nutritious as you can get with dessert without adding kale.

  107. Briget says

    This Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe sounds delicious!! Just one question though.
    What size springform pan do you use?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I don’t have a springform pan (as of right now). I used small ramekins instead. But I would use an 8 or 10 inch if I did have one! But really, any size should work.

  108. Nora says

    These amazing pictures stared at me for days since it’s pretty much the superlative of your 7 ingredient cheesecake that I made innumerous times ! I finally found an excuse to make these babies for my mothers birthday on Halloween ;) Question though, if I would make the cake in a springform, what size would you recommend?

  109. Tania says

    I made this yesterday and it’s really delicious. However, the filling was a teeny tiny bit grainy. Not 100% smooth… but pretty close. I’ve never baked with cashews before so I’m not sure what to expect. Does it ever get entirely smooth? Did I not blend long enough? Or soak the cashews long enough?

    Thanks so much, Dana! I’m obsessed with your site!

  110. Stella says

    I just tried this and I never want to eat anything else ever again! However, I would love to see a nut-free version of this as my brother is allergic to tree nuts.

  111. Deb says

    All I can say is this Cheesecake recipe is amazing!!! I made it yesterday and it is decadant, creamy and oh so delicious. All I had were roasted salted cashews, so I soaked them in the hot water as directed and the rinsed them a few times to make sure they were clean and then followed directions as normal. It worked perfectly. Dana you rock! Thank you for your care and passion for creating incredible & healthy food. And not to mention the beautiful photos and elegant descriptions of every recipe.

  112. Tessa says

    Looks Devine!!
    Strange question, but do you think I could make it without the pumpkin purée? I can’t get or make it in Japan… And I’d like to make this for my birthday on Saturday.

  113. Hannah says

    I confess I’m averse to the freezing method, only because I don’t love the texture. I love your white chocolate lemon cheesecake that is refrigerated, however. Ideas on how I could combine the two and refrigerate instead of freeze? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      So, I think these set best in the freezer. I prefer refrigerated as well, but I found that for removing these from the ramekins, freezing is key. And the texture really is the same if you let it thaw 20-30 minutes before serving! Hope that helps, Hannah.

  114. Lynne says

    Ok, these are TASTY! I did find it to be a big time and $$ investment (nuts are so expensive lately)… but the outcome is fantastic! I used silicone cupcake liners and they pop out super easily. The coconut whipped cream is a necessary compliment to these yummy cakes and it keeps really well :)

  115. Nadine says

    This looks amazing but I don’t eat any oils. Can I just leave the oil out, or is there a while food plant based substitute I can use (applesauce maybe)? Thanks!

  116. Emilie @ Emilie Eats says

    Uhmmm YUMMM! I’ve been toying with a vegan pumpkin cheesecake recipe but I’ve been using silken tofu. But I want to try this one too just for my own eating pleasure :)

  117. Tania @ COOKTORIA says

    OMG! This cheesecake looks AMAZING!!! I will definitely treat my husband and my friends with this pumpkin cheesecake.

  118. Matthew Gaiski says

    i Have a bit of a problem Dana, I can no find raw cashews ANYWHERE!!! I can find them online, but I don’t like ordering online, is there anyway I can substitute anything for the cashews??? Thanks Dana, I really appreciate it! :D

  119. Jana says

    Amazing…..made this for after dinner desert for group of friends that non of them is even vegetarian and they all loved it…. it’s soooo good and fluffy…and yummy….amazing …..thank u


  120. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says

    I can’t believe you have never made a vegan pumpkin cheesecake on the blog before! I’m so happy you have now though. My friend is vegan and I was scratching my head on what to make for Friendsgiving. These beauties are on the menu.

  121. Tina says

    Hi Dana! I love everything I’ve tried from you. And I am so excited to try this one. But I can’t have cashews :( Do you know of a good substitute?

  122. Cristy Barham says

    You’ve outdone yourself once again! I can’t wait to try this recipe for an upcoming fall dinner party I’m hosting. If you have any suggestions on appetizers or entrees that would pair well with this I’d love to hear it!

  123. Dani Mendocha @ Styled Variety says

    These cheesecakes look amazing! I have yet to try a cashew-based cheesecake, so this seems like a delicious place to start!

  124. Anjali @ Vegetarian Gastronomy says

    I’ve made a few of your other cheesecake recipes and I’ve loved them, so can’t wait to make this pumpkin version soon! They look delicious. Thanks!!

  125. Linn says

    This look SO good. I just recently started baking with pumpkin (we don’t do that very much in Scandinavia) and I just love it. I have to try this recipe as well.

  126. Kerstin says

    Oh yummy that looks absolutely delicious! SO gonna try this – I’m a sucker for all things pumpkin!

    Love, Kerstin

  127. Samina @ The Cupcake Confession says

    This flavor combination is just pure genius and so perfect this time of the year. Plus, COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM! <3

  128. Samantha says

    I just made this and it’s setting in the freezer for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving (I’m Canadian) and it had already turned out so well. I’m sure it’ll taste great and probably fool the non-vegans that will be joining us! Easy to follow recipe.
    I think it’s worth noting that my husband said: “it tastes like cheesecake!” When he tried the filling. WIN!!
    Thanks a MILLION, eh!

  129. Christin says

    Oh man that looks good!!!!!!!! I love how you used dates in the crust; I just KNOW that has to be delicious. I’ll be trying this one. =)

  130. Katie says

    Oh and how do you come up with these amazing ideas? Through Inspiration or do you just wanna healthify non-vegan recipes? ? x

  131. Leah M @ love me, feed me says

    This is pumpkin perfection!! So beautifulllll!
    Also! I went to Barista in Portland after seeing it on your dining guide and it was possibly the best almond milk latte I’ve had!

  132. Lola says

    I’ve been looking for some new pumpkin recipes to try out and this one goes on my list of recipes I want to give a try! It looks delicious!
    Although I would probably make the curst from cookies as I prefer crubmels cookies as crust. And I probably have to find a recipe for pumpkin pie spice as they don’t sell that here in normal supermarkt.

  133. Stefanie says

    I think I must be dreaming. Pumpkin cheescake?! Thank you with all I have for this recipe! :D
    Will try it out!

  134. Deborah @ The Harvest Kitchen says

    Great recipe!!! These individual pumpkin cheesecakes are beautiful!!! Oh that whipped cream! Definitely making!!!!

  135. Margaret Q says

    Dana, I can’t wait to make this tomorrow and then spend all of Sunday night and Monday trying not to eat the whole thing. I love that every time I come here looking for new food inspirations you have one! I have enjoyed many so far. Thank you!!!!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, that’s tricky. I’m not sure about making it nut-free, as the cashews are so central…

    • Jane says

      It definitely won’t work if you just omit the cashews. They are the base for the “cheesecake” filling. A seed butter may work, such as sunflower seed butter, but I’ve never tried that so no guarantees, and I don’t think it has the same mild flavor of cashews that works so well as a cheese substitute. I’d say you could certainly sub in sunflower seeds for the nuts in the crust, though.

      If soy isn’t a problem for you, you’d be better off searching for a tofu-based pumpkin cheesecake recipe; I’m sure there are plenty out there.

  136. Sam @ PancakeWarriors says

    Swooning!! My favorite cheesecake of all time is pumpkin! There is something about that flavor combo that makes me just melt! And this recipe, well I’ve just got to try it. I wonder if I could pass this off to my “less healthy” family for the holidays!!

    • Rena Tabal says

      Made these for Canadian Thanksgiving yesterday and they were a hit! They aren’t really a cheesecake consistency wise and I think I may add more walnuts to get a crunchier crust but the filling was perfect! Topping it off with candied pecans was absolutely delicious! Excellent recipe and perfect portion size! Made them in the ramekins and left them in when serving to guests.

  137. Kathryn - The Scratch Artist says

    Could your coconut whipped cream look anymore white and fluffy!? It is like little clouds atop your cheesecake! So beautiful <3

  138. Emily says

    Yum! I want to stuff my face with these beauties. You have just combined 2 of my fave treats. Pumpkin and cheesecake! ?