Vegan Raw Cheesecake

Looking for the ultimate in healthy desserts? This delicious raw cheesecake recipe has a rich, nutty crust topped with a vegan cashew cheesecake filling that’s so creamy. We serve it up with blueberries and strawberries!

A slice of raw cheesecake is topped with blueberries and strawberries.

They say revenge is a dish best served cold. OK. Let’s go with that. And I’ll add to it that this raw vegan cheesecake is a dessert best served frozen. How’s that for creativity?

Frozen, vegan, and raw cheesecake. It’s so dang healthy it’s hard to believe it could also be so good.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Using soaked cashews creates a creamy, cheesecake-like texture for the filling
  • Almonds make the perfect crust that’s both nutty and crunchy
  • Full fat coconut milk not only adds creaminess to the filling, it also provides consistency and flavor too, making each bite it’s creamy best!

Is the idea of raw vegan cheesecake recipes confusing? It can be counterintuitive if you’ve spent your whole life eating dairy-based cheesecakes. However, not only is this dairy-free cheesecake raw, but it’s also vegan.

That means it’s made without eggs or dairy. It’s hard to imagine something being so creamy and plant-based. But think about the coconut. It’s the very essence of creaminess! That’s one of the ways this coconut milk cheesecake is so rich and delicious!

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Raw almonds — I buy raw almonds in large bags as part of my vegan shopping at Costco. You can also buy them at health food stores or online.
  • Coconut flakes — You’ll need unsweetened coconut flakes.
  • Coconut oil — Use refined coconut oil for a more neutral flavor or virgin coconut oil for even more coconutty flavor.
  • Medjool Dates — You’ll need a cup of fresh dates. Don’t forget to remove the pits!
  • Raw cashews — You can find raw cashews at health food stores and online.
  • Coconut milk — Use a can of full-fat coconut milk. The ingredients should indicate it has 12 grams of fat or more.
  • Maple Syrup — You use maple syrup or a zero-calorie sweetener such as Truvia I used Truvia because I wanted to add some sweetness while keeping the cheesecake light in color. However, feel free to use maple syrup if you prefer.
  • Lemon Juice — We’ll add a bit of lemon juice, and you can use fresh or bottled for this.
  • Toppings — Garnish this raw cheesecake with blueberries and sliced strawberries
A collage of photos shows the cheesecake filling in a food processor, a slice of raw cheesecake in the middle, and a closeup of the fresh fruit on top of the cheesecake on the bottom.

How to Make Raw Cheesecake

  1. Make the crust by pulsing raw almonds in a food processor. Add the coconut and pulse again for a few seconds. It should have a sand-like consistency.
  2. Add the coconut oil and dates and pulse again for several seconds. 
  3. Press the crust into the bottom of a prepared springform pan and place it in the fridge to chill.
  4. Make the filling by adding the ingredients to a food processor or blender and pulse in short bursts until the mixture gets creamy. 
  5. Add more maple syrup if you prefer it to be sweeter.
  6. Pour the raw cheesecake filling over the crust and smooth until even.
  7. Place it in the freezer, allowing at least 4 hours or up to overnight to set.
  8. To serve, remove the springform pan sides. Let it sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes and then cut into slices.

Quick Fix Tip

If you forgot to soak the cashews and if you’re in a hurry, you can cook them in water. Cover with water and bring it to a simmer, for about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain the water and place cashews in the fridge until cool. Cooking the cashews means this won’t be a raw cheesecake, but it will soften the cashews in a hurry.

A closeup of a raw cheesecake with cut strawberries around the edge.

Storage Tips

Store this cheesecake in the freezer to keep it firm. It will keep for up to 1 month. You’ll want to keep this cheesecake in the freezer, so serve fresh berries on each slice or be prepared if you have leftovers to remove the sliced fruit before returning it to the freezer.

A collage of two photos. On top the whole raw cheesecake sits on a counter. The photo on the bottom slows a slice of the cheesecake with a fork next to it.

Serving Suggestions

Allow the frozen raw cheesecake to sit at room temperature for several minutes before slicing. Here are some favorite topping ideas:

A whole cheesecake topped with blueberries and sliced strawberries

Healthy Vegan Desserts

A cheesecake sits on a white countertop, showing cut strawberries around the edge and blueberries in the middle.

That’s it for this raw cheesecake recipe. Enjoy!

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Raw Cheesecake

This raw vegan cheesecake is a healthy and creamy dessert From the all-natural nut crust, to the cashew cream-filled cheesecake, this recipe is a no-bake, whole-food celebration!
5 from 3 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 335kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

For the Cherry Almond Crust:

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup Medjool dates pits removed and chopped

For the Banana Smoothie Cheesecake:

  • 2 cups raw cashews (see notes)
  • 15 oz can coconut milk
  • cup maple syrup
  • cup coconut oil , melted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Toppings: Blueberries and sliced strawberries

Instructions

For the Almond Crust:

  • Pulse raw almonds in a food processor for several seconds, until broken down into smaller pieces. Add the coconut and pulse again for a few seconds. It should have a sand-like consistency.
  • Add the coconut oil and dates. Pulse again for several seconds.
  • Spray the bottom of a springform pan with vegetable spray. Then press the crust into the bottom of the pan. Place in the fridge to allow the crust to set.

For Cashew Cheesecake

  • Add the filling ingredients to a food processor or blender and pulse in short bursts. Then scrape down the sides of the bowl and pulse again until the mixture begins to get creamy.
  • Take a taste here to see if the filling is sweet enough for you. If not, add another tablespoon or two of maple syrup.
  • Pour the cheesecake filling over the crust and smooth until even. Place in the freezer, allowing at least 4 hours or up to overnight to set.
  • To serve, remove the springform pan sides. Let it sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes and then cut into slices. Serve with fresh blueberries and strawberries.
  • Store leftover slices in a freezer-safe container for up to a month.

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Notes

Soaking Cashews
  • Slow Soak — Cover cashews with water and soak for up to 4 to 6 hours (up to overnight) until they are soft and plump.
  • Fast Soak — Add cashews to a saucepan and cover with water. Bring it to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until tender.
Regarding coconut milk, look for a can that has 12 or more grams of fat.
You’ll want to keep this cheesecake in the freezer, so serve fresh berries on each slice or be prepared if you have leftovers to remove the sliced fruit before returning it to the freezer.
Nutrition Facts
Raw Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 335 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 16g80%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 347mg10%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 14IU0%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2014 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2020.

30 Responses to Vegan Raw Cheesecake

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRenee's Kitchen Adventures Reply

    wow. this is so different, but I imagine very delicious. Will be giving this one a try sometime!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyElizabeth@ Food Ramblings Reply

    I love cheesecake so much, and your photos are delicious!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRebecca {foodie with family} Reply

    That has to be the best quote ever “All food is comfort food.” I love that. And this cheesecake 😀

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyGinny McMeans Reply

    Just a wonderful recipe. I am looking forward to making it. Thanks!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyNichole Kraft Reply

    Marly, you have noooo idea how thrilled I am with this recipe! It doesn’t have dates! Try as I might, I just cannot make myself like them and it seems like every healthy dessert on this planet has dates in it. So I’m very excited to try this! Happy (and healthy) Fourth of July!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyStephanie @ Back For Seconds Reply

    Pretty sure I have that same 7 year old in my head 🙂 This looks so beautiful – and delish!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlymelissa @ my whole food life Reply

    This looks fabulous and I love the cherries in the crust! Very nice touch. Can’t wait to try it.

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLauren Kelly Nutrition Reply

    I love this so much and these pictures make me want to lick my computer screen!

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAmi@NaiveCookCooks Reply

    This one mouth watering delicious vegan cheesecake!

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySusan Reply

    So I can blame the 7 year old in my head when I have that dessert craving? Sounds good to me! Your photos are incredible! I love each and everyone and it makes me sad I can’t reach in and grab a bite of this cheesecake.

  11. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKirsten/ComfortablyDomestic Reply

    This is by far the most intriguing and delicious looking cheesecake that I’ve ever seen.

  12. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyHappyForks - diet analysis tool Reply

    Finally, we don’t have to feel gulity eating cheescake! Great job!

  13. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlystacey Reply

    making this today!! i am guessing the crust calls for 1 cup of coconut flakes…but, wanted to be sure. is it?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Stacey!! I hope you love it as much as we do!

  14. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlystacey Reply

    one more question — in the ingredients you don’t list coconut oil in the cheesecake part. But you reference adding it in with the cashews, flax, etc….guidance please? smile. thanks

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Good catch on both! Yes, the crust should say 1 cup coconut flakes. And the coconut oil in the cheesecake was leftover from version one when I made it the first time. I found that the fat from the can of coconut was plenty. However, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil and that would be fine too. It will be even richer that way! Thanks for your feedback – I adapted the recipe. Happiness to you!

  15. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMelissa from HungryFoodLove.com Reply

    Love how you have placed the strawberries here. Gorgeous cheesecake!

  16. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyPaula - bell'alimento Reply

    Now this would make me so happy if I had a slice (okay two) in front of me!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      It would make ME happy if we had a slice or two we could eat together. How fun!

  17. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyDebi Reply

    I love all cheesecake and this one is awesome because it is vegan. Where is my slice?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Coming right up, Debi!

  18. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyGemma Reply

    This cake is definitely a YES! Can’t wait to go to the grocery store and buy all the ingredients. I have a family gathering next week and this will be the perfect cake to serve on a hot summer day. 🙂

  19. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen Reply

    Such a great healthy dessert and easy to make too!

  20. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyShaina Reply

    I am in love with this crust.

  21. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlylucy Reply

    do i have to use the flax seeds (chia seeds) i am allergic to them but i would love to try it the cheesecake look delicious:)

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Lucy. I guess you wouldn’t have to include the flax seeds, but they do help create a sort of bind to the cheesecake. As long as you’re ok with it being a little less firm I think it should be fine. Maybe add a tablespoon or two of coconut oil. That might help. Let me know how it goes!

  22. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJocelyn@Brucrewlife Reply

    Everything about this cheesecake is making me drool! 🙂 And seriously, it’s probably one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen! Pinned!

  23. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyShonalika Reply

    Oh my word, this looks like heaven in a mouthful. I was very interested to read your description of “super-tasters” – I’ve never heard of this definition before! My sister DEFINITELY fits it, and would be pleased to be referred to as such, rather than by her current title of “fusspot.” We’d both definitely be pleased to make and eat this cheesecake:D

  24. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyPatty Reply

    What size pan is required?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Patty! I used a 9″ springform pan. I added this to the notes on the recipe too. 🙂

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