This Vegan New York Cheesecake recipe is a creamy, classic cheesecake recipe featuring a blueberry topping. Imagine a vegan cheesecake that’s rich and dense, and full of flavor. This cheesecake is prepared with a buttery graham cracker crust and a delightfully creamy cheesecake filling.
Every slice of this vegan New York cheesecake is drizzled with blueberry sauce. Isn’t it just heaven on a plate!
I used to love cheesecake in my pre-vegan days, but I don’t miss it today. Not at all! Are you worried that means I’ve given up that delicious dessert?
No worries! I just make my own, including this copycat Cheesecake Factory vegan cheesecake recipe.
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:
- Graham Cracker Crust — The best base for any cheesecake is this Vegan Graham Cracker Crust
- Raw cashews — You won’t need to soak these cashews
- Full fat coconut milk — I look for cans of coconut with 12–15 grams of fat. Trader Joe’s or Sprouts Coconut Cream works here too
- Vegan cream cheese — I oftentimes use Tofutti’s because it’s easy to find and inexpensive. However, Daiya makes vegan cream cheese too
- Granulated sugar
- Cornstarch — We’re using cornstarch to help thicken this cheesecake
- All-purpose flour — To ensure a sturdy cheesecake, flour is added as a thickener too
- Topping — I love having either Blueberry Sauce or Strawberry Purée on hand to drizzle over the top.
How to Make Vegan Cheesecake
This is a baked vegan cheesecake as compared to my Raw Vegan Cheesecake recipe, which is frozen. Either one is relatively easy to make. This one begins with the crust.
Step One: Graham Cracker Cheesecake Crust
Use the recipe to make the vegan graham cracker crust. Then press the crust into the bottom of a springform pan (or a pie pan if you don’t have a springform pan). Set this aside while you proceed with the filling.
Note: Use gluten-free graham crackers or cookies for the crust to make a gluten-free vegan cheesecake.
Step Two: Vegan Cheesecake Filling
The next step is to make the cheesecake filling. Use these steps:
- Pulse Cashews and Coconut Milk: Place the raw cashews and the coconut milk in a food processor and pulse in short bursts to break down the cashews. Continuing pulsing for up to a minute, until smooth and creamy.
- Add Cream Cheese: Add the vegan cream cheese and pulse again until smooth and creamy
- Add Remaining Ingredients: Pour in the sugar, corn starch, flour, and vanilla. Pulse for several seconds, up to a minute, until you have a nice, creamy mixture
- Pour: Pour the filling over the crust.
- Water Bath Step #1: Wrap the bottom of the pan in aluminum foil and place that in a roasting pan (to create a water bath)
- Water Bath Step #2: Place that larger pan in the oven and then pour water around the foil-wrapped cheesecake. (Watch the video to see instructions)
- Bake: Bake the vegan cheesecake for up to an hour until it’s done
- In-Oven Cooling: Turn the oven off and allow the cheesecake to sit in the oven for an hour as it cools.
To make a gluten-free vegan cheesecake, do not add the flour to the filling. You can substitute a tablespoon of additional cornstarch or add 1 tablespoon of agar flakes.
Cheesecake Water Bath
I bake my vegan cheesecake in a water bath to prevent cracks in the filling. The water creates steam, therefore making the oven environment moister. It’s a super easy trick — watch our video to see how I do it.
If you feel intimidated by the idea of a water bath for your vegan cheesecake, you’re in good company. It concerned me the first time too. I love researching recipes and I found these great resources on making sure your cheesecake water bath doesn’t leak!
What is a vegan cheesecake recipe made of?
Vegan cheesecake is usually made with vegan cream cheese, and other ingredients such as tofu, full-fat coconut milk, cashews, a vegan graham cracker crust, and other tasty ingredients.
Can I use a chocolate topping on cheesecake?
If you’d rather have a chocolate topping to your vegan cheesecake, I recommend a simple chocolate ganache. Combine 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips with a half cup of vegan cream, like a rich creamer. Melt the chocolate together with the cream and then stir until it’s all combined.
Best Vegan New York Cheesecake Recipe
A New York Cheesecake is an ultra-creamy, tall cheesecake. That’s why this recipe represents everything that’s so exciting about a vegan diet. It’s indulgent, delicious, and so satisfying!
We use tofu in this vegan cheesecake, which adds texture and creaminess. Some vegan cheesecakes call for a lot of cashews. I use cashews too, just not too many. I think this combination of ingredients creates the best Vegan New York Cheesecake that’s creamy and delicious.
Vegan New York Cheesecake
- Prepare the vegan graham cracker crust. Press the crumb crust into a 9" springform pan. Distribute evenly across the bottom and up a little on the sides of the pan. Set aside.
For the Vegan Cheesecake Filling:
- Place the raw cashews and the coconut milk in a food processor. Feel free to use the same one you used for the crust. Pulse the food processor for several seconds to break down the cashews. Open the lid and stir down any ingredients that might have risen to the top of the bowl. Now pulse for several seconds, up to a minute, until smooth and creamy.
- Add the vegan cream cheese and pulse again until smooth and creamy.
- Next, add the sugar, corn starch, flour, and vanilla. Pulse for several seconds, up to a minute, until you have a nice, creamy mixture.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F while the filling settles for a few minutes.
- When the oven is ready, pour the cheesecake filling into the prepared crust.
- Wrap the bottom of the pan in aluminum foil, being sure to cover the bottom half of the pan. Place this in a roasting pan and pour hot water around the bottom of the pan. This is a water bath and it will prevent the cheesecake from cracking in the middle.
- Bake the cheesecake for 60 minutes and then turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake in the oven for up to another hour (or until it's cooled). Remove from the oven and allow it to cool before placing it in the fridge. I recommend refrigerating the cheesecake for at least four hours (or even a full day) before slicing and serving.
For the Blueberry Topping:
- Prepare the Blueberry Sauce as the recipe indicates.
- Serve each slice with Blueberry Sauce.
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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 2018 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2020.