People tend to think of cheesecake as an Italian dessert but they actually originated in Ancient Greece. Cheesecakes were served to athletes at the first Olympic Games. Americans didn’t get into cheesecake until the late 1800s when a New York dairyman accidentally invented cream cheese while trying to recreate a soft French cheese. New York-style cheesecake was later created in the 1900s using cream cheese and egg yolks. Today there are many types of cheesecakes specific to different regions.
The kind of cheesecake we care about, of course, is vegan cheesecake. Free of dairy and eggs, vegan cheesecakes are healthier, lighter and kinder. They can be cooked or raw, made with tofu or nuts, and filled with fresh fruit or even chocolate. It’s quite easy to replace the dairy and eggs of traditional cheesecake. Take a look at these 10 Food Substitutions Every Plant-Based Eater Should Know for all you need to know. Vegan cheesecakes are delicious too – just look at these 20 Mad Awesome Vegan Cheesecake Recipes.
If the thought of turning on the oven during the hot summer days turns you off, that’s ok. Not all desserts, including cheesecake, have to be baked. Make sure you have these 5 Essential Ingredients for Decadent and Summery No-Bake, Raw Vegan Treats. Then you can try any of these 15 Decadent Raw Vegan (No-Bake) Dessert Recipes, 10 No-Bake Raw Vegan Cakes That are Perfect for Summer, and 10 Fresh and Delicious No-Bake Pies to Make This Summer. Then celebrate National Cheesecake Day with these 26 incredible vegan cheesecakes that don’t require you to turn on the oven.
1. Churro Flavored Cheesecake Cups
Two of your favorite desserts in one cup, it doesn’t get much better than this Churro Flavored Cheesecake Cups. Taste the sweet cinnamon flavors melting with the creamy cheesecake and you may not come up for air!
2. Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake
This Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake has a favorite flavor combination. You can even make your own hazelnut butter! This cheesecake is rich, decadent and delicious.
3. Raw Chocolate Ruby Cheesecake
This Raw Chocolate Ruby Cheesecake pairs beautiful, red fruits with chocolate in a decadent cookie crust. A layer of rich chocolate cheesecake is topped off with the fresh berries and cherries, then a creamy berry cherry vanilla layer and then of course…more beautiful fruit.
4. Coconut Ice Cream Cheesecake With Lime and Avocado
This Coconut Ice Cream Cheesecake is dense and rich and absolutely delicious. The lime, nuts and avocado blend so well with the sweetness of the agave, the dates and the coconut. Top it off with fresh strawberries – real food love and a perfect dessert, afternoon treat or even birthday cake.
5. No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake
This No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake is one of those recipes that wows everyone! Made with coconut instead of nuts, peanut butter, chocolate, avocado and vanilla-infused bourbon, this cheesecake will be a hit with everyone!
6. Strawberry Cheesecake
This Strawberry Cheesecake is indulgent, dense, rich and delicious. It has a buckwheat-walnut crust, a cashew and coconut filling and a fresh strawberry frosting. It’s everything a cheesecake should be!
7. Coffee Cheesecake Balls
It only takes a few ingredients to make these adorable Coffee Cheesecake Balls. These are made with tiramisu-flavored coffee but any coffee would work since coffee and dessert are meant to go together.
8. Raw Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake
This Raw Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake is a healthy dessert but all you’ll notice is how delicious it is. By topping it with cocoa nibs and more almonds, it makes the perfect dessert for anyone that loves chocolate and almond.
9. Key Lime Coconut Cheesecake Cups
These mini Key Lime Coconut Cheesecakes are super-cute and so easy to make! You get a crispy crust with creamy filling and the bright taste of lime – all with no baking required.
10. Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Slices
The “cheesecake” part of these Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Slices is a deliciously creamy blend of cashew nuts, almond milk, and tahini. They have just the right amount of sweetness from the dates and vanilla and the fact that no baking is involved is pretty sweet too!
11. Gluten-Free Chocolate Cheesecake
This Gluten-Free Chocolate Cheesecake is also sugar-free but it’s plenty decadent and delicious. The crust is made from nuts and the filling is creamy, chocolately and so good!
12. Persimmon and Turmeric Cheesecake Slice
Just looking at the bright colors of this Persimmon and Turmeric Cheesecake Slice will make you happy! The fact that it’s healthy and delicious at the same time will only make you love it more.
13. No Bake Mini Chocolate Orange Cheesecakes
Mini-cheesecakes are so cute and everyone gets their own! Everyone will love the fresh taste of these Chocolate Orange Cheesecakes and how the orange pairs so perfectly with the cocoa.
14. 6 Ingredient Berry Cheesecake
Six ingredients are all you will need to blend, pour, and freeze before you are enjoying a healthy serving of this vegan Berry Cheesecake that is 100 percent raw! This version has no crust and is grain and gluten-free.
15. Nut-Free, Oil-Free and Tofu-Free Cinnamon Coconut New York Style ‘Cheesecake’
The firm, dense, yet somehow fluffy texture you get in a New York style cheesecake is what you get in this Cinnamon Coconut New York Style Cheesecake. This vegan cheesecake is nut-free, oil-free, tofu-free, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and raw.
16. Caramel Cheesecake
This Caramel Cheesecake is the trifecta of cheesecakes. It has a nut-based crust, creamy chocolate filling and a caramel sauce that all comes together in one incredible dessert.
17. Raw Raspberry Cheesecake (No Expensive Appliances Necessary!)
You don’t always need fancy appliances to create awesome vegan dishes! This raw veganRaspberry Cheesecake is a perfect example – all you need is a food processor and the freezer. Serve this raw cake with a handful of raspberries blended up with a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup.
18. Lemon Cashew Tarts
These little raw lemon and vanilla Cheesecake Tarts are super cute. They taste delicious, light and very refreshing – a perfect summer dessert.
19. No-Bake Cookie Butter Cashew Cheesecakes
Cookie butter cheesecake. Yes, it’s a thing. Yes, it’s easy. Yes, you want this. Get yourself some vegan cookie butter and make these No-Bake Cookie Butter Cashew Cheesecakes as soon as possible.
20. Blueberry and Açaí Berry Cheesecake
Made with plenty of wonderfully healthy ingredients like activated nuts and superfoods of dried berry powders such as acai, pomegranate, maca and cacao, this Blueberry and Acai Berry Cheesecake is healthy and delicious.
21. Berry Chocolate Cheesecake Squares
These Berry Chocolate Cheesecake Squares are delicious, easy to make, and good for you. They have healthy blackberries, nuts and chocolate. Think of them as a present for your true heart…the one that benefits most from such yumminess.
22. Raw Lemon and Baobab Cheesecake With Mesquite Caramel Topping
This Raw Lemon and Baobab Cheesecake is light, rich and has just the right amount of sweetness. The mesquite and baobab powder give the cake rich caramel tones. This is like no other cheesecake you’ve had.
23. Raspberry Brownie Mini Cheesecake
For people who love cheesecake and its creaminess, there probably isn’t anything better than this Raspberry Brownie Mini Cheesecake. Add in the brownie crust and you have a dessert everyone will love.
24. Açaí Berry and Banana Mini Cheesecakes
These cute Mini Cheesecakes incorporate two great things: cheesecake and superfoods. The walnut crust is filled with creamy cheesecake flavored with acai berries for a dessert that is delicious and good for you.
25. Triple Berry Cheesecake
This Triple Berry Cheesecake is both decadent & refreshing. Use any mix of berries you choose. Pictured is half blackberry, half blueberry, topped with fresh sweet raspberries.
26. Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites
Chocolate and cheesecake are natural besties, which makes the invention of Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites a no brainer. Creamy and rich on the inside, sweet and decadent on the outside and all without a bit of dairy. Plus, they come together so easily that the challenge is only eating one!
There you have it – 26 decadent, creamy, delicious vegan cheesecakes. No dairy. No eggs. No baking. No kidding!
Lead image source: Strawberry Cheesecake