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Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake (baked)

Baked vegan pumpkin cheesecake that is packed with pumpkin and spices, has a crunchy ginger cookie crust and optional caramel pecan topping. This epic Fall dessert is perfect for sharing with friends and family.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Resting Time6 hrs
Total Time7 hrs 20 mins
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Servings: 12
Author: Anthea

Ingredients

Crust

  • ~2 ½ cups (300g) ginger cookies, gluten-free if needed (note 1 if you only have plain cookies)
  • cup (75g) melted vegan butter, or coconut oil

Cheesecake filling

Pecan pie topping

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch or 9-inch (20 or 23 cm) springform or loose-bottom cake pan with parchment paper.

Make the crust:

  • Add the ginger cookies to a food processor and pulse until they form fine crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse until combined. Firmly press the mixture into the bottom of your cake pan.
  • Bake the ginger crust in the oven for 10 minutes and set aside. Reduce the oven temperature to 320°F (160°C).

Make the filling:

  • Use a handheld mixer, stand mixer or food processor to beat the cream cheese until smooth and there are no lumps.
  • Add the remaining filling ingredients and mix until all ingredients are well combined. Avoid over-mixing the batter as it can cause the cheesecake to rise quickly and fall in the oven.
  • Pour the pumpkin cheesecake batter into your cake pan and smooth the surface with a spoon. Tap the cheesecake on your kitchen bench a few times to remove any air bubbles.

Prepare the water bath:

  • Boil 4 cups of water in a kettle or a medium-sized pot.
  • Wrap your cake pan with aluminum foil OR place your cake pan in a slightly larger round cake pan. Place your cake pan in a larger roasting pan or deep baking tray and place this in the middle rack of your oven. Carefully pour boiling water into the roasting pan so the water is around 1 inch high. See my post above for extra tips.

Bake the vegan pumpkin cheesecake:

  • Bake the cheesecake for 60-75 minutes or until done. At the 30-minute mark, if your cheesecake starts to brown on top, cover your cake pan with an oven-safe tray or aluminum foil. Your cheesecake is ready if you gently shake the cake pan and the edges look set but the middle is still jiggly. Your cheesecake will continue to set over time. (note 4)
  • Turn off the oven and allow the cheesecake to sit in the oven with the door closed for at least 1 hour. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let it sit at room temperature until it reaches room temperature. Cover and refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Prepare the pecan topping:

  • Add all ingredients except the pecans to a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes then mix through the pecans. Remove from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool and thicken.
  • Keep the cheesecake chilled and just before serving, spoon the pecan topping or your desired topping on top.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Notes

  1. Instead of ginger cookies, you may use 250g plain vegan-friendly cookies and add 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger and ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg. For a graham cracker crust, use 200g graham crackers, 50g brown sugar and the same spices as above.
  2. For homemade pumpkin spice, use 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg and a pinch of ground cloves. If you don't have any ginger, nutmeg or cloves, use extra cinnamon.
  3. Instead of coconut cream, you may use film silken tofu (make sure you blend the filling). However, as tofu doesn't 'set', I recommend adding 2 extra tablespoons (15g) of cornstarch and baking the cheesecake for a little longer.
  4. If your oven has a strong top heating element, cover your cake pan with a tray or aluminum foil at the beginning of baking. If your cheesecake takes less or more time to bake, that is absolutely okay. It will depend hugely on your ingredients and how your oven works. For tips on how to tell if your cheesecake is done baking, read the blog post above. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 slice with no topping | Calories: 459kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 32g | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 5755IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2mg
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