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Vegan Pumpkin Streusel Cheesecake

Vegan Pumpkin Streusel Cheesecake

Dessert this year includes the traditional holiday pumpkin, but it comes as part of a vegan, dairy-free cheesecake. It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser with its rich, creamy blend of pumpkin and tofu dusted with a crunchy streusel topping. This simple-to-make vegan holiday dessert will satisfy family and friends who love cheesecake with a dense texture and rich pumpkin flavor. Since milk and eggs aren’t used in the recipe, it’s also a natural for those allergic to or intolerant of these two foods.

Crust:
5 vegan whole-wheat graham crackers
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
11/2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon organic brown sugar

Cheesecake:
2 (12.3-ounce) boxes of silken soft tofu
1 (8-ounce) container of vegan imitation cream cheese (such as Tofutti)
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
2/3 cup organic brown sugar
11/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

1. To make crust, place graham crackers in a food processor or blender and pulse to form fine crumbs. Combine crumbs, pecans, oil and sugar. Reserve 3 tablespoons of crumb mixture; set aside. Pat remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan lightly coated with canola oil.

2. To make cheesecake, place a sieve or colander in a bowl. Line sieve with two layers of unbleached paper towel or an unbleached coffee filter. Spoon silken tofu into sieve and cover with a small plate. Add a weight or heavy can to top of plate. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let stand 30 minutes; drain off liquid.

3. Place drained tofu into a food processor or blender. Add cream cheese and remaining ingredients and puree until smooth. Spoon tofu mixture into crust-lined springform pan and bake at 325 degrees for 70 minutes. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture evenly over top of cheesecake and turn off oven. Cool cheesecake in closed oven for 75 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven and run a knife between the pan and the cake before removing the top part of the pan. Cool to room temperature. Cover and chill for eight hours or overnight. Cut into 12 wedges and serve.

Yield: 12 servings (1 slice)
Nutrition information PER serving: Calories 206; Protein 5 g; Carbohydrate 23 g; Total fat 11.3 g; Saturated fat 1.9 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 119 mg; Fiber 1.9 g

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by Maureen Callahan, RD, Natural Solutions

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12:05PM PDT on Mar 15, 2014

Thanks

6:41PM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

(GMO) canola oil, sugar, and tofu. Yeah, this is real healthy - NOT!

1:14PM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

thank you

1:13PM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

thank you

5:55PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Sounds delicious, but, like Nadya B., am finding it difficult to find Vegan options here in Australia. It's going to be a journey... (Vegetarian 4 years; Vegan from 2013)

10:23PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

It seems that it is very easy to be vegan in USA and Europe. The rest of the world doesn't have fake cheese and not hardly enough variations of tofu (on which the health brigade still has to reach a conclusion). How do you make vegan cheesecake without vegan cheese? How do you make eggless cakes when you don't have egg substitute? It becomes very easy to simply adjust a recipy when you have such alternatives, but what I am looking for is real solutions, healthy solutions, not fake stuff.

7:36PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Carlotta F said she used silken tofu agar, for those who don't want "processed"...

7:19PM PST on Nov 19, 2011

Mmmm...

8:25AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

Ugh, it's almost impossible to find healthy vegan recipes on this site. Everything is loaded with sugar or soy or both.

7:05PM PST on Nov 13, 2011

looks yum!

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