Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cheesecake

Few things light my candle as much as a good dessert like this Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cheesecake. It’s so delicious you would never suspect it’s vegan. Do you hear that chorus of moo-ing in the background? That’s cows across the nation rejoicing. You want to know what’s even better? This dessert adds yet another item to my list of 100 Things To Do with Chickpeas. Cheesecake with chickpeas? Oh lah, my mother would say…and not in a good kind of way!

A vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake made with Chickpeas!

I realize I may be taking this chickpea thing way too far. For that I do apologize.

But just think about it. If the goal is to provide mouthwateringly delicious food to your people while keeping it healthy at the same time…then why not add a little chickpeas when you can?

They are a wonder food. At least if you ask me. Sure, chickpeas provide you with zinc and folate. Everyone knows that! (Or maybe not). The mighty chickpea also packs a hefty protein punch combined with fiber. How can you go wrong with including these in your diet?

Two slices of chocolate chip cheesecake are served up and ready to be eaten.

Especially when it’s served up like this!

The way I look at it is if I’m going to be eating dessert…and I am…then why not pack in as much healthy stuff in my sweets as possible?

There’s a question mark at the end of that sentence…but it’s really more rhetorical. No need to answer.

The real trick is finding the balance between delicious and healthy. We’ve all had one or two of those cookies that pack a little too much fiber. That’s when cookies cross the border into Brickville! It’s not a pretty place to be.

That’s what I love about sneaking in chickpeas in my recipes. I don’t even tell my family…until afterwards. Poor, unsuspecting people. They never know what they’re eating.

Chocolate Cheesecake is a great way to celebrate the holidays

I was more than a little worried about how this would turn out, especially since Shawn’s parents were in town. Neither of them are vegan so I was being more than brave trying this out on them. I shouldn’t have worried so much. If the speed in which the dessert disappears is any signal of its success, then this one is a real winner.


Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cheesecake


  • 1 Oreo Crust: 12 – 15 Oreo cookies and 2 tablespoons vegan margarine
  • 1 15 oz can low sodium chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons Hazelnut flavored Kahlua
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 8 oz container vegan cream cheese (I typically use Tofutti’s Better Than Cream Cheese)
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 – 3 tablespoons water (if needed)
  • 8 – 10 smashed Oreo cookies
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips


  1. Warm your oven to 350° F.
  2. While you’re waiting for the oven to heat, prepare your crust by adding 12 – 15 Oreo cookies in a food processor. Pulse for several seconds and add 2 tablespoons vegan butter. Pulse again until well combined. Press this mixture in the bottom and sides of a 9″ pie pan. Bake the crust in the oven for 7-8 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool while you prepare the cheesecake.
  3. To prepare the cheesecake part of this recipe, place chickpeas and Kahlua in a food processor. Pulse for several seconds until chickpeas are mostly smooth. (Substitute 1 tablespoon of vanilla if you prefer not to use alcohol)
  4. Add the corn starch, vegan cream cheese and sugar and pulse for several more seconds until everything is well combined and running smoothly. If you feel the mixture is too thick at this point, go ahead and add a little water, one tablespoon at a time, pulsing between each until you get a desired texture.
  5. Add the smashed Oreos and chocolate chips and  pulse for one or two more seconds so it become like Gordon Gekko, well incorporated.
  6. Pour the cheesecake batter into the prepared crust and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely, then refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.


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21 Responses to Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cheesecake

  1. This cheesecake looks amazing! I’ve never made a vegan cheesecake (or non vegan I don’t think) before but I never would have thought of adding chickpeas!

    And I am exactly the same way when it comes to sweets and desserts! I don’t want to be without them, so I try and make them as healthy as I can. But it is definitely a balancing act. Cookie bricks are no good! 🙂

    • Sasha – that is exactly what I’m going for! I want to make my sweets as healthy (and still delicious) as possible…so I can continue eating them! It’s seriously a selfish motivation on my part. Let’s keep that last part just between us. OK? 😉

  2. I love chickpeas. It’s always amazing to me how versatile the are. I’m putting this on my list of desserts to try. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. You are a crazy woman with the chickpeas! I can’t believe you slipped them into a cheesecake. But it looks so mouthwateringly divine, I do wish I had a slice in front of me this very second. Gorgeous recipe, you sneaky chickpea lover, you!

    • I thought I was acting kind of crazy too…especially trying it out on guests! But you know what they say, all’s well that ends well. Sneaky chickpea lover…that’s me!

  4. Such an original and fun cheesecake!

  5. This looks so good I could cry! Definitely trying it for the family gettogether next week. Only question… do you have any ideas for Kahlua substitutions, for non-Kahlua fans?

    • I think you could replace the Kahlua with something nut-flavored extract. Maybe almond? I bet that would taste great! Let me know how it goes!

  6. Ok, this looks amazing, but do we actually know if Oreos are vegan? They contain white sugar, and it is not usually even vegetarian.

    • I understand the reasons behind eliminating white, refined sugar in our diet. In fact, I do choose to reduce it as much as possible, but I don’t totally eliminate it from my diet. For me, not eating meat, dairy, eggs, and the like is sufficient for my vegan diet. That said, I do respect the people who make that decision for themselves!

  7. A random man informed me the other day that Oreo’s are in fact NOT vegan. They are made with beef fat. My research shows that they USED to use beef fat, but now, the answer is unknown. Any ideas?

    • Hmm, I haven’t heard of beef fat in Oreos. I wonder if this guy was like so many of my friends who love to try and get a reaction out of me. I think your research is correct that Oreos do not have beef fat in them. Although I have heard from folks across that pond that European Oreos do contain some milk products. Go figure!

    • I made this today and for the most part, it was awesome. The taste was great and you cannot detect the chickpeas AT ALL. I did cook it the full time and then refrigerated for about 2 hours or so, but still felt it was a little soft. I used one 8oz container of Trader Joe’s “non dairy spread” which is soy based cream cheese. The size of the container is not listed in the recipe and I’m wondering how much cream cheese should be used, I would so appreciate if you would please specify. I also didn’t have kalua on hand, so I substituted a tbsp of vanilla extract, and a tbsp of coffee extract, and while that effected the color some, it turned out well. I also used Trader Joe’s version of the Oreo and found that worked pretty well. This recipe has major potential and I plan to try this again with the kalua if you can confirm the amount of cream cheese. Thanks!

    • Hi Kim – Thanks for your feedback! I’m glad you liked the recipe. I have used different vegan cream cheeses and there can be a great amount of variation with the consistency. I have a tendency to prefer Tofutti’s Better than Cream Cheese because it has a nice, thick consistency to it. Also, you can leave the water out of the recipe to ensure that it maintains a thick consistency when it’s done. I hope this is helpful. I think your substitute for coffee and vanilla flavoring were an excellent idea and perfect for people who may prefer to go alcohol-free with their recipe!

  8. Hi I have looked and in the ingredients Oreo chocolate sandwich biscuits have got whey powder from milk in them.

  9. When does the corn starch go in? Can’t wait to make this……actually eat it because I’m making it now!

  10. Hi! Just to double check – you drain the chickpeas first, right?

    • Great catch, Aditi! I revised the recipe to say, “rinsed and drained.” Thanks!

  11. Do you discard the filling from the Oreos? Wouldn’t that make it NON Vegan?

    • Hi Sue. No, I don’t remove the filling from the Oreos. In the U.S., Oreos are free of dairy products so you can use the entire cookie. I’m not sure that’s the case in other countries. Hope that helps!


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