Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

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Delicious Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe
Yields8 ServingsCategoryCuisine
Prep Time1 hrTotal Time1 hr 55 mins
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The star of this recipe is the cheesecake batter. Only four ingredients, but it has a bitter-sweet, rich flavor that makes you pause while eating to enjoy it. The texture is also excellent. It is stiff enough to hold bubbles and resemble a creamy cheesecake, but without all that animal fat! If you’re not in the mood to make a crust, pouring this batter into tiny dessert cups with some berries on top wouldn’t go amiss.

Cheesecake Filling
 12 oz silken tofu
 1 ¾ cups dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips
 ½ cup almond milk
 ½ cup boiled cashews
Chocolate Crust, dry ingredients
 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
 1 tsp sugar
 ¼ tsp salt
 ½ cup cocoa powder
Chocolate Crust, wet ingredients
 ¼ cup crisco, chilled
 ¼ cup vegan butter, chilled
 3 tbsp ice water
 1 tsp vanilla extract
Garnish (optional)
 4 tbsp vegan dark chocolate sauce from Torani

Gather your ingredients!

ingredients for chocolate vegan cheesecake


First, set your cashews to boiling while you work on the crust. You’ll want to boil them for at least twenty minutes to soften them for the creamy cheesecake.

boil cashews


Add three tablespoons of ice and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to ice, and chill it int he fridge until you’re ready to add it to the crust.

vanilla and ice water


Put the dry crust ingredients into a food processor and pulse to blend. 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 1 tsp sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 cup of cocoa powder.

blend flour and cocoa powder for vegan cheesecake


Your fats should be chilled in the fridge until cool. Cold fats are key to a flaky pastry.

Add 1/4 cup of chilled crisco and 1/4 cup of chilled vegan butter to the food processor with the dry crust ingredients.

cold fats added to crust for vegan cheesecake


Pulse the fats with the dry ingredients for about ten seconds. You should stop pulsing when the mixture reaches a grainy consistency.

texture of blended crust for vegan cheesecake


Pour the 3 tablespoons of icewater and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract over the mixture and pulse again, briefly.

adding vanilla and icewater to vegan cheesecake


Stop pulsing when the mixture starts to stick together like a dough, as pictured here.

chocolate dough in food processor


Flour a working surface large enough to roll out your dough.

flour a working surface


Flour you hands and scoop the dough out of the food processor. Knead a couple of times and shape into a ball.

Cold dough will make a better, flakier batter, so you don’t want to over-work it. The heat of your hands might warm the dough.

ball of dough


Thoroughly flour a rolling pin and flatten the dough into roughly a circle, large enough to cover a 9″ pie dish. You may need to re-apply the flour few times to prevent the rolling pin from sticking to the dough.

rolled out chocolate dough for vegan cheesecake


With floured hands, drape the uncooked crust over the pie dish and shape it to the dish. Cut off any extra scraps.

wet pie crust for vegan cheesecake


Place parchment paper over the crust and pour baking beans over the paper. This step is optional, but it will help spread the heat evenly over the pastry for a better bake.

baking beans


You’ll bake the pie crust at two different temperatures. First, preheat the oven to 425°F and bake for 10 minutes. Then, lower the temperature to 350°F and cook for at least 45 minutes, checking frequently.

It’s difficult to tell when a brown dough is done, because you can’t easily spot a color change by eye. You’ll know it’s done when you can break off a piece like a crispy wafer.

Once the crust is done, cover and chill in the fridge. The cheesecake filling is meant to set in a old environment, so you want to avoid pouring it onto a hot crust.

finished chocolate crust for vegan cheesecake


Microwave one and three quarter cups of dark chocolate baking chips. This is the only sweet ingredient int he cheesecake filling, so don’t choose a completely unsweetened type. I’ve found that semisweet Guittard chocolates give the cake a complex, bitter flavor.

microwave dark baking ships


Completely melt the chocolate.

melted chocolate


Once the pie crust is cooled, thoroughly blend the half cup of boiled cashews, 12 oz of silken tofu, and half cup of almond milk. There should be no chunks whatsoever.

Note! Don’t do this step before the pie crust is cooled. The filling might start to set in whatever container you leave it in.

vegan cheesecake in food processor


Pour the melted chocolate over the blended ingredients. Thoroughly mix until it is all one smooth, creamy mixture. The cheesecake batter is done!

pour the melted chocolate


Pour the cheesecake batter into the cold pie crust.

Chill the Cheesecake for at least two hours. It should stiffen into a bouncy confection.

poured vegan cheesecake


Slice and serve cold. A bit of chocolate sauce on top adds a bit of sweetness that pairs beautifully with this bitter-sweet cake. Enjoy!

Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

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