This Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake is rich and creamy, sweet and fruity and just as delicious as the real thing!
I thought it was time to post another summery dessert, and as Blueberry Cheesecake used to be one of my favourites, I decided to make a vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar free version.
The recipe was inspired by my Purple Sweet Potato Cheesecakes and it's not only vegan and gluten-free, but also oil-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly and refined sugar free.
The crust is super simple, and it's made with dates and nuts (you can use walnuts, pecan nuts or brazil nuts, or even seeds or desiccated coconut), which creates a crunchy texture and a buttery, salty-sweet flavour.
Just like this purple sweet potato cheesecake recipe, the base of the filling is soaked cashew nuts, which create a luxuriously creamy, velvety texture, as well as a pleasantly neutral flavour.
Alongside cashew nuts, another key ingredient for this cheesecake is coconut yogurt, which adds extra rich creaminess, as well as a tangy, fermented taste reminiscent of cream cheese!
Lemon juice helps to enhance the quintessentially tangy cheesecake-like flavour, whilst maple syrup adds natural sweetness, and vanilla adds a delicately fragrant aroma.
A tiny amount of cacao butter helps the cheesecake to firm up, as well as adding extra richness and the most opulent flavour. Cacao butter can be substituted with coconut oil, or left out completely.
Of course you can just top this Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake with fresh blueberries, but I absolutely love the combination of the rich cheesecake with the sticky, jammy cooked blueberries, which add a vibrant purple colour, and a touch of sweet-tart juiciness.
If you're not into blueberries, you can substitute them with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or any other fruit you like!
This Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake is perfect for summer entertaining as it can be made in advance and keeps well covered in the fridge for up to a few days.
I'd recommend storing the cheesecake and the blueberry sauce separately, and then topping the cheesecake with the blueberry sauce before serving. Otherwise, the colour from the blueberry sauce seeps into the cheesecake and the liquid from the sauce will affect the texture.
For more blueberry recipes, check out my:
- Lemon Blueberry Cake
- Blueberry Banana Muffins
- Blueberry Pie
- Blueberry Muffins
- Blueberry Banana Bread
- Lemon Blueberry Mug Cake
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Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake (Gluten-Free)
For the crust:
- 65 g (½ cup) walnuts, pecan nuts or brazil nuts (or sub any seeds or desiccated coconut)
- 90 g (½ cup) pitted dates
- Pinch of salt
For the filling:
- 150 g (1 cup) raw cashew nuts (soaked overnight in cold water or in boiling water for 10 minutes)
- 150 g (¾ cup) coconut yogurt (or any other plant-based yogurt)
- 10 g (0.35oz) cacao butter (or sub coconut oil)
- 5 tablespoons maple syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the blueberry sauce:
- 150 g (1 ½ cups) fresh blueberries (or sub equivalent amount frozen blueberries)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup to taste (or sub any other sweetener)
For the crust:
- Grease a springform tin (I used a 18 cm/7 inch springform tin) and line with a circle of baking paper on the bottom
- Add all the ingredients for the crust to a food processor and blitz until you get a crust that easily sticks together but that still has some texture
- Place the crust along the bottom of the springform tin, pressing down with your fingers, the back of a spoon or the bottom of a small cup or glass to make it as compact as possible
- Place in the fridge while you make the rest
For the filling:
- Drain the soaked cashew nuts
- In the same food processor (no need to wash it out), add all the ingredients for the cheesecake and whizz until completely smooth
- Taste and add extra maple syrup or lemon juice if necessary
- Place the filling on top of the crust and put back in fridge until completely set (will take up to a few hours)
- Keeps covered in the fridge for up to a few days - it’s best to store the cheesecake and blueberry sauce separately, and pouring over the top when serving
For the blueberry sauce:
- Place the blueberries and maple syrup in a pan
- Cook on a low heat for around 10 minutes, stirring regularly, until the blueberries lose their shape and a sauce forms
- Transfer into a bowl and leave to cool - best stored separately and pour over the top when serving
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Is there anything else I can use instead of dates? I cannot stand them.
Any other dried fruit would work - dried figs, dried apricots etc. Hope that helps!
All your blueberry recipes are delicious, and this was no exception!
Thank you so much!
Do you drain the cashews after soaking?
Yes - so sorry it wasn't clear will edit now!
Do you think it will be fine without the yogurt?
Yes it should be ok without the yogurt, though the amount of filling will be less. You could get round this by adding extra cashew nuts, or adding some plant-based milk/coconut cream. Hope that helps!
Loved this amazing cheesecake and so did my non-vegan family. I made a double batch and i made one sauce with blackberries and one sauce with raspberries. I didn't have lemon so I used lime instead and that tasted really good.
Well done! Keep the amazing recipes coming!
Amazing, so happy to hear that thank you! And really good to know about your substitutions too!