You’re going to LOVE this no-bake easy vegan pumpkin cheesecake! Ultra creamy and rich, and packed with pumpkin flavor, this vegan pumpkin cheesecake is undetectably dairy free, gluten free, and nut free – and you don’t even have to turn on the oven to make the perfect vegan Thanksgiving dessert!

vegan pumpkin cheesecake sliced

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Why you need this No Bake Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

If you’re a lover of vegan cheesecake and of pumpkin, then you’re going to be downright obsessed with this vegan pumpkin cheesecake.

This vegan cheesecake recipe is no bake (so you don’t have to worry about space in your oven on Thanksgiving!), made with the simplest ingredients, and tastes out of this world creamy, delicious, and full of pumpkin spice flavor.

We have a perfectly crisp no-bake graham cracker crust encompassing the fluffiest and creamiest pumpkin cheesecake filling that’s almost mousse like when soft, and perfectly tangy and sweet.

Absolutely no one will be able to tell that this pumpkin cheesecake is indeed dairy free, gluten free, and vegan, all thanks to my friends at So Delicious!

Like my vegan Biscoff cheesecake and no bake vegan chocolate cheesecake, a no bake vegan pumpkin cheesecake is the perfect easy holiday or Thanksgiving dessert to serve to a crowd, whether or not everyone is vegan and/or gluten free! 

vegan pumpkin cheesecake

Pro tip: If you’re looking for even more no bake cheesecakes to make this holiday season, check out my vegan cookbook or our vegan desserts section on the blog! You’ll also find classics, like baked vegan cheesecake and baked vegan chocolate cheesecake!

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Ingredients:

  • Pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling! I feel like I might be saying this all season long, but there could be one person that slips up if it’s not said, so to me, it’s worth it!)
  • Graham cracker crumbs: I like to make homemade vegan gluten-free graham crackers, but store-bought cinnamon-based graham crackers also work. You can also swap in just oat flour too!
  • Granulated sugar: To make this pumpkin cheesecake refined sugar free, swap in maple syrup or coconut sugar!
  • Vegan cream cheese: To keep this vegan cheesecake nut-free and made without cashews, I used Tofutti vegan cream cheese. You can also use Violife! I do NOT recommend Miyoko’s for this particular recipe- while I love Miyokos for their vegan butter, the cream cheese will not work for this particular recipe! 
  • Dairy free yogurt: You can use your favorite brand here! Along with using dairy free cream cheese, using dairy free yogurt omits the need for using lemon juice!
  • Coconut oil: You can also use melted vegan butter here- of course, I recommend Miyoko’s for that!
  • Vegan heavy cream: I recommend So Delicious heavy cream, or you can also use their creamer, ​​So Delicious Coconutmilk Organic Creamer!
  • Spices (cinnamon + pumpkin pie spice)
sliced vegan pumpkin cheesecake

How is this vegan cheesecake nut free?

I would like to also point out that, though rare to come across, this healthier pumpkin cheesecake is indeed nut free. 

Most vegan cheesecakes are cashew-based, but not this one. With a combination of vegan heavy cream, vegan dairy free yogurt, and vegan cream cheese, these ingredients help to keep this easy pumpkin cheesecake very allergy friendly. 

Overview: How to make no bake vegan pumpkin cheesecake:

Below we’ll go over a brief overview of how to make this amazing no bake vegan pumpkin cheesecake! The full instructions are found down below in the recipe card. 

First begin by making the vegan graham cracker crust. You can either use crushed graham cracker crumbs or oat flour with ground cinnamon, and pulse together. Then add in the melted vegan butter, and a touch of maple syrup if you’re not using graham cracker crumbs. 

Press the crust into a prepared 8″ or 9″ springform pan, then place the pan into the freezer to chill while you make the filling.

vegan graham cracker crust

To a large bowl or a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, cream the vegan So Delicious heavy cream. Then add in the softened vegan cream cheese, vegan dairy free yogurt, sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla. Cream everything together until combined. 

vegan pumpkin cheesecake filling

Pour the pumpkin cheesecake batter into the springform pan, and chill the vegan pumpkin cheesecake for 4 hours, or overnight.

When ready to serve, carefully remove the cheesecake from the springform pan, and top with coconut whipped cream!

What vegan cream cheese should I use?

For this vegan pumpkin cheesecake recipe, I really recommend either Violife or Tofutti. Normally, I really love Miyoko’s vegan cream cheese. However, I’ve noticed while testing that the cream cheese filling splits for some reason.

Therefore, I really recommend sticking with either Violife or Tofutti. Both are nut-free and work great in this recipe!

Pumpkin Cheesecake topping ideas:

Here are a few of my favorite ways to top your no bake pumpkin cheesecake:

  • Homemade vegan caramel sauce
  • Easy vegan coconut whipped cream
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Candied pecans or walnuts (if you’re NOT nut-free)
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds 
  • 2 ingredientVegan chocolate ganache
sliced vegan pumpkin cheesecake

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Tips & Tricks

  • Use pumpkin spice or make your own blend! We’ve all been there (well, I’m hoping it’s not just me because I always tend to run out of the good ol’ p.spice haha!). You just run out of pumpkin spice and need to run to the store, but they’re all out! That’s why DIY exists 😉 Just mix a blend of nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves for the same effect in your vegan pumpkin cheesecake!
  • Swap in maple syrup for a refined sugar free cheesecake filling and crust.  Maple syrup yield an amazing fall flavor!
  • Serve with a dollop of coconut whipped cream! I personally love So Delicious Dairy Free Cocowhip™ . It’s perfect to place on the middle or each individual slice!
slice of vegan pumpkin cheesecake

You are just going to LOVE this vegan pumpkin cheesecake! If you try it out, let me know down below in the comments section! As always, I’d absolutely love to see your beautiful creations on Instagram and Pinterest, so be sure to tag me there 🙂

Happy baking and pumpkin eating!

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vegan pumpkin cheesecake sliced

No Bake Nut-Free Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Britt Berlin
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 280
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

You’re going to LOVE this no-bake easy vegan pumpkin cheesecake! Ultra creamy and rich, and packed with pumpkin flavor, this vegan pumpkin cheesecake is undetectably dairy free, gluten free, and nut free – and you don’t even have to turn on the oven to make the perfect vegan Thanksgiving dessert!


Ingredients

Units Scale

Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 250 g vegan graham crackers* see notes for gluten-free
  • 1/3 cup (75 g) vegan butter*, melted and cooled to room temperature

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling:

  • 16 ounces (454 g) vegan cream cheese, room temperature
  • 8 ounces (240 g) vegan dairy free yogurt
  • 1 cup (250 g) pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup (250 mL) heavy unsweetened dairy free milk or cream, room temperature*
  • 1 cup (200 g) organic granulated sugar*
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • Optional toppings: vegan coconut whipped cream, vegan caramel

Instructions

  1. Prep: Measure out all ingredients. Line an 8″ springform pan with parchment paper on the bottom, and lightly grease the edges. 
  2. Make the crust: Blitz or pulse the graham crackers in a food processor or blender until they’re in a fine crumb. Pour the crumbs into a medium bowl, and add in the melted vegan butter. Mix until combined. Then press the dough into the bottom of the springform pan. Use the back of a spoon to create a smooth surface. Place the crust into the freezer while you make the Biscoff cheesecake filling.
  3. Mix: In a stand mixer with whisk attachment or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream together the vegan cream cheese, dairy free yogurt, heavy vegan cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and pumpkin spice until fluffy and consistent, about 3-5 minutes. Then add in the pumpkin puree, and mix again until combined, about 3 minutes.
  4. Pour: Remove the crust from the freezer, and pour the cheesecake filling into the graham cracker crust. Smooth the top with a spoon or offset spatula. 
  5. Freeze: Cover the top of the cheesecake with plastic wrap, and place the cheesecake into the freezer to set for 4 hours, or overnight. 
  6. Plate:When ready to serve, remove the cheesecake from the freezer. Use a butter knife to gently run along the edges of the cheesecake before you unlock the springform pan. Carefully remove the springform pan wall, and place the cheesecake onto a plate.
  7. Serve: Top with vegan whipped cream. Sprinkle crushed pumpkin spice on top, and decorate with more toppings if desired. Slice and serve!
  8. Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container and in the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Notes

Gluten free: You can use gluten-free vegan graham crackers, homemade or store bought, or you can use 250 g oat flour with 1 tbsp ground cinnamon and 1/3 cup granulated sugar. 

Sugar: For the pumpkin cheesecake filling, you can swap in 3/4 cup maple syrup instead.

Vegan butter: You can use coconut oil if you’d prefer. I used Miyoko’s vegan butter here, but Earth Balance also works.

Vegan cream cheese: I recommend Tofutti or Violife. I do NOT recommend Miyoko’s for this one recipe- their cream cheese won’t work here!

Heavy vegan cream: I used So Delicious! Heavy Vegan Cream. 


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 228
  • Sugar: 7
  • Fat: 12
  • Saturated Fat: 8
  • Carbohydrates: 28
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 4

Keywords: pumpkin cheesecake, vegan, dairy free, nut free, gluten free

slice of cheesecake on plate
sliced cheesecake with so delicious creamer