Vegan Raw Cheesecake

Vegan raw cheesecake has a rich, nutty crust topped with a creamy cashew cheesecake filling. Raw desserts make the best healthy sweets. Cashew cheesecake slices are even more delicious served with fresh blueberries and strawberries!

A slice of raw cheesecake has blueberries on top. It's sitting on a white plate. The rest of the cheesecake is in the background.

They say revenge is a dish best served cold. OK. Let’s go with that. And I’ll add to it that this raw vegan cheesecake is a dessert best served frozen. How’s that for creativity?

Frozen, vegan, gluten-free and raw cheesecake. It’s so dang healthy it’s hard to believe it’s also so good.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Using soaked cashews creates a creamy, cheesecake-like texture for the filling
  • Almonds make the perfect crust that’s both nutty and flavorful
  • Full fat coconut milk not only adds creaminess to the filling, but it also provides consistency and flavor too, making each bite its creamy best!

Is the idea of raw vegan cheesecake recipes confusing? It can be counterintuitive if you’ve spent your whole life eating dairy-based cheesecakes. However, not only is this dairy-free cheesecake raw, but it’s also vegan.

That means it’s made without eggs or dairy. It’s hard to imagine something being so creamy and plant-based. But think about the coconut. It’s the very essence of creaminess! That’s one of the ways this coconut milk cheesecake is so rich and delicious!

A raw cashew cheesecake has fresh blueberries on to and sits in front of a bowl of fresh blueberries.

Key Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  • Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
  • Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
  • Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
  • Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
  • Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
  • Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
  • Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
  • Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
  • Raw almonds — I buy raw almonds in large bags as part of my vegan shopping at Costco. You can also buy them at health food stores or online.
  • Coconut flakes — You’ll need unsweetened coconut flakes.
  • Coconut oil — Use refined coconut oil for a more neutral flavor or virgin coconut oil for even more coconutty flavor.
  • Medjool Dates — You’ll need a cup of fresh dates. Don’t forget to remove the pits!
  • Raw cashews — We’ll make the nut-based filling with cashews. You can find raw cashews at health food stores and online.
  • Coconut milk — Use a can of full-fat coconut milk. The ingredients should indicate it has 12 grams of fat or more.
  • Maple Syrup — You use maple syrup or a zero-calorie sweetener such as Truvia. I used Truvia because I wanted to add some sweetness while keeping the cheesecake light in color. However, feel free to use maple syrup if you prefer.
  • Lemon Juice — We’ll add a bit of lemon juice, and you can use fresh or bottled for this.
  • Blueberries — If you’re going to add the blueberry topping (which I highly recommend), you’ll need blueberries (fresh or frozen).
  • Toppings — Garnish this raw cheesecake with blueberries and some mint sprigs.

How to Make Raw Cheesecake

  1. Make the gluten-free crust by pulsing raw almonds in a food processor with the other crust ingredients.
    Looking down on a food processor with raw almonds, dates, and coconut flakes.
  2. Press the crust into the bottom of a springform pan and refrigerate it to chill.
    A hand presses crust into the bottom of a springform pan.
  3. Let’s make the no-bake filling. Add the cheesecake filling ingredients to a food processor or blender and pulse until creamy. 
  4. Add more maple syrup if you prefer it to be sweeter.
  5. Pour the raw cheesecake filling over the crust.
    A hand uses a spatula to spoon cashew filling from a food processor to a springform pan.
  6. Spread it evenly across the pan.
    A hand holds a spatula, spreading raw cashew filling evenly across the bottom of a springform pan.
  7. Place it in the freezer for 30 minutes or so as you make the topping.
  8. Make the blueberry topping and spread it evenly over the cheesecake layer. Cover and refrigerate.
  9. To serve, remove the springform pan sides. Add fresh blueberries and cut it into slices.

Quick Fix Tip

If you forgot to soak the cashews and if you’re in a hurry, you can cook them in water. Cover with water and bring it to a simmer, for about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain the water and place cashews in the fridge until cool. Cooking the cashews means this won’t be a raw cheesecake, but it will soften the cashews in a hurry.

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Storage Tips

Store this cheesecake in the freezer to keep it firm. It will keep for up to 1 month. You’ll want to keep this cheesecake in the freezer, so serve fresh berries on each slice or be prepared if you have leftovers to remove the sliced fruit before returning it to the freezer.

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Serving Suggestions

Allow the frozen raw cheesecake to sit at room temperature for several minutes before slicing. Here are some favorite topping ideas:

Reader Reviews

This is by far the best cheesecake, raw or not!

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Healthy Vegan Desserts

That’s it for this raw cheesecake recipe. Enjoy!

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Raw Cheesecake

This raw vegan cheesecake is a healthy and creamy dessert. You'll love everything from the all-natural nut crust, to the cashew cream-filled cheesecake, and the blueberry topping. This recipe is a no-bake, whole-food celebration!
5 from 8 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 18
Calories: 345kcal


Almond Crust:

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup coconut flakes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup Medjool dates pits removed and chopped

Vanilla Cheesecake Layer:

  • 3 cups raw cashews, divided (reserving 1 cup for the topping) soaked (see notes)
  • 15 oz can coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • cup maple syrup
  • cup coconut oil , melted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Toppings: Blueberries and sliced strawberries

Blueberry Topping: (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 cups blueberries (if using frozen, thaw them first, then drain extra juice)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup


For the Almond Crust:

  • Add the crust ingredients in a food processor and pulse for several seconds, until broken down into smaller pieces. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue pulsing until it's a sand-like consistency.
  • Spray the bottom of a springform pan with vegetable spray. Then press the crust into the bottom of the pan. Place in the fridge to allow the crust to set.

For Cashew Cheesecake:

  • Spoon the fat from the can of refrigerated coconut milk. Reserve the watery mixture for a smoothie or some other recipe. Add the coconut fat to a food processor bowl, it should equal around one cup. You could also use a blender.
  • Add 2 cups of the soaked cashews (reserving 1 cup for the topping) along with the remaining filling ingredients to a food processor. Pulse in short bursts. Then scrape down the sides of the bowl and pulse again until creamy.
  • Take a taste here to see if the filling is sweet enough for you. If not, pulse in another tablespoon or two of maple syrup.
  • Pour the cheesecake filling over the crust and smooth until even. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour.

For the Blueberry Topping:

  • See the notes below if you choose not to make the blueberry topping. To make it, combine the remaining soaked cashews and the blueberry topping ingredients in a food processor. Pulse for a few seconds, then scrape down the sides of the bowl. Pulse again until smooth. Pour over the frozen cheesecake layer. Refrigerate until the top layer is firm, at least 2 hours.
  • To serve, remove the springform pan sides. Let it sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes and then cut into slices. Serve with fresh berries.
  • Store leftover slices in a freezer-safe container for up to a month.

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Soaking Cashews

  • Slow Soak — Cover cashews with water and soak for up to 4 to 6 hours (up to overnight) until they are soft and plump.
  • Fast Soak — Add cashews to a saucepan and cover with water. Bring it to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until tender.
Regarding coconut milk, look for a can that has 12 or more grams of fat.
You’ll want to keep this cheesecake in the freezer, so serve fresh berries on each slice or be prepared if you have leftovers to remove the sliced fruit before returning it to the freezer.

Blueberry Topping

If you choose not to make the blueberry topping, you can add fresh blueberries on top. You can also make it in a smaller pan to make the cheesecake layer more significant. If you do this (use a smaller pan), I recommend reducing the crust layer by half.
Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 372mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2014 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2022.

33 Responses to Vegan Raw Cheesecake

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLyndsey Reply

    5 stars
    This is by far the best cheesecake, raw or not!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyPatty Reply

    What size pan is required?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Patty! I used a 9″ springform pan. I added this to the notes on the recipe too. 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMario

      5 stars
      Since it is a raw recipe I would recommend to blend a bit of water with sun dried dates instead of the maple syrup. Maple syrup is usually processed at 60 degrees celsius, well above 45 degrees max temperature for raw food. Instead of the canned coconut milk (any canned food is literally dead food, being heated around 130-140 degrees celsius to give it its shelf life) I recommend making fresh coconut milk from coconut pulp and a bit of water in a blender or blend grated coconut with water (you can grind the grated coconut in a blender before mixing it with the water to make the job easier). Instead of using coconut oil I recommend increasing the amount of coconut milk. Our bodies only understand whole foods. With using any type of oil regularly your risk of heart stroke is three times as big, even as a vegan. Actually, when you separate the oil from the protein and the carbohydrate, it oxidizes immediately, it only doesnt start to smell rancid because it has already been separated from the protein and the carbohydrate.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks for your feedback and wisdom, Mario!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyShonalika Reply

    Oh my word, this looks like heaven in a mouthful. I was very interested to read your description of “super-tasters” – I’ve never heard of this definition before! My sister DEFINITELY fits it, and would be pleased to be referred to as such, rather than by her current title of “fusspot.” We’d both definitely be pleased to make and eat this cheesecake:D

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJocelyn@Brucrewlife Reply

    5 stars
    Everything about this cheesecake is making me drool! 🙂 And seriously, it’s probably one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen! Pinned!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlylucy Reply

    do i have to use the flax seeds (chia seeds) i am allergic to them but i would love to try it the cheesecake look delicious:)

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Lucy. I guess you wouldn’t have to include the flax seeds, but they do help create a sort of bind to the cheesecake. As long as you’re ok with it being a little less firm I think it should be fine. Maybe add a tablespoon or two of coconut oil. That might help. Let me know how it goes!

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