The Best Vegan Cheesecake Recipe Ever! - Gretchen's Vegan Bakery (2024)

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Welcome to the Best Vegan Cheesecake Recipe Ever!

No seriously! I repeat it really is the best vegan cheesecake recipe ever!

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My famous vegan cheesecake recipe is luscious, creamy and dense at the same time!

Just like a perfect New York style cheesecake should be and this vegan version is unmatched!

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It’s a very simple food processor or blender recipe that is ready in minutes

Pour the batter into a 7″ cake pan, yes that’s right I bake all of my cheesecakes in cake pans, never spring form pans; Believe me once you try it, you won’t go back!

For more information on that sensitive topic click through to find out my reasons!

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With a classic graham cracker crust and homemade recipe for fresh strawberry compote

You will be begging for more!

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Notes for success:

In the video you will notice that I used frozen strawberries for my fruit compote.
I always use frozen berries over fresh because I find that frozen berries have a brighter taste and I do not have to add any water to help the cooking down process
If you do use fresh just add some sugar and a few tablespoons of water to help it cook down to a sauce

You may notice that my base recipes for cheesecake are always the same with some slight variations to the sugar or an added spice depending on what flavor I am making.

Additionally I only use Tofutti Cream Cheese for my BAKED recipes. *not sponsored
I have not had success with any other brand in BAKED recipes, for some reason some other brands I’ve tried have broken down into an oily mess when baked.
Until more recently I tried Violife again and it works! Although I still prefer the Tofutti brand

Cornstarch is a very difficult ingredient to measure consistently with a volume spoons measure
So while I list both measures below I cannot stress enough how the grams measure with a scale is going to give you the best results.

Lactic acid gives vegan cheesecake that authentic tang and it really is unmatched, but if you do not want to buy another ingredient simply sub in apple cider vinegar

One last thing! Nabisco Graham Cracker are VEGAN!

There’s No Honey in the recipe, so be sure to check your ingredients list when buying your crackers if you cannot find Nabisco Brand *not sponsored

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To make this cheesecake gluten free simply substitute gluten free flour for the all purpose flour or leave out the flour altogether and add 1 more tablespoon of cornstarch
Also be sure to use gluten free graham crackers to make the crust!

Sugar Free is so easy in a recipe like this!
Monk Fruit is my sugar substitute of choice but you can use your favorite sugar sub or any refined sugar too!


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Tools I Use for this Recipe



14 cup food processor

Yield: serves 8-10 people

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Prep Time15 minutes

Cook Time1 hour

Total Time1 hour 15 minutes


For the Crust:

  • Graham Crackers 1 package = 10 sheets (140g)
  • Vegan Butter melted 4 tablespoons (56g)

For the Cheesecake:

  • Vegan Cream Cheese *see notes 12ounce (339g)
  • Firm Tofu 4ounces (113g) * see notes
  • Vegan Butter melted 2 tablespoons (28g)
  • Granulated Sugar 1 cup (200g) *see notes for sugar free
  • Cornstarch 4 Tablespoons (32g) *see notes
  • All Purpose Flour 3 Tablespoons (24g) *see notes for gluten free
  • Plant Milk 6fl oz (177ml)
  • Vegan Lactic Acid or apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon *see notes
  • Salt ¼ teaspoon
  • Vanilla Extract 3 teaspoons (15ml)

For the Strawberry Compote/Glaze:

  • 1 pound fresh or frozen strawberries (454g) *see notes
  • Sugar as needed 1/4 - 1/2 cup *optional or sugar free


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
    Grease & parchment line a 7" cake pan *8" cake pan will also work fine your cheesecake will just be slightly thinner than mine- no change to the recipe needed
  2. First prepare the graham cracker crust by crushing the graham crackers in a food processor to fine crumbs.
  3. Add the melted vegan butter and pulse until it resembles wet sand
  4. Press the crumbs into the prepared greased & parchment lined cake pan evenly on the bottom and up the sides.
  5. Freeze while you prepare the cheesecake batter
  6. Placing all of the cheesecake ingredients into the work bowl of your food processor and pulse to blend
  7. Scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure an even mix then blend again to a smooth mixture
  8. Pour the batter into the crust and bake in a water bath in a preheated 350°F and bake for 60 minutes
  9. After 60 minutes turn the oven off but leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door cracked open to cool slowly for another 60 minutes
  10. Remove the cheesecake & cool completely at room temperature and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set or overnight before unmolding.
  11. For the strawberry compote place the fresh or frozen strawberries with the optional sugar in a heavy bottom sauce pot and cook over low to medium heat
  12. Bring to a low boil stirring often to prevent scorching
  13. Cool compote and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week before using
  14. Loosen the sides and bottom of the cheesecake pan with a blowtorch or by submerging the pan into hot water and running a small spatula around the edges
  15. Vegan Cheesecakes unmold very easily so flip int out onto your serving platter then add the cooled strawberry compote to the top


Cheesecake must be kept refrigerated at all times, I do not like to freeze cheesecakes as I think the texture changes on the thaw; but this cheesecake will stay fresh wrapped loosely to prevent drying for up to 10 days in the refrigerator

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