Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake

Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake

Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake

The house smells so good and I wish I could share a slice of this delicious baked Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake with you! Yes baked vegan and gluten free cheesecake (except when drizzled with honey but you can sub bee free honey) that is a little more comforting then a raw no bake cheesecake and oh so cozy. Still chilled like traditional cheesecake but this has a slightly more creamy feel.

Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake

Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake

This simply delicious and versatile cheesecake is so magical. Raw vegan cheesecakes are loved by all friends and family yet I really wanted to make a baked one closer to the original and no surprise they still love it and I think even more then the raw versions, except maybe the Raw Chocolate Mocha Cake that one tastes like pure fudge and is a favorite. I have many non vegan friends that have made it for their families and it’s always a hit. Even no longer being vegan this is a go to dessert with lactose and dairy issues in our family and all the dietary restrictions (also gluten free) with our friends and family.

Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake

Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake

The secret ingredient to this baked cheesecake… ground chia seeds! It gives it fullness and bakes up perfectly creamy you can’t even tell they’re in there! You won’t even know it with the pumpkin and warming flavors of the chai, they pair so perfectly together. The crust is a snickerdoodle cookie crust, one of my favorite fall cookies and it pairs so perfectly with the chai spices and pumpkin. Desserts are meant to be enjoyed and while I don’t want to go ruin the love for this recipe by saying it’s a healthier version of the classic cheesecake I will just put it out there in case you need a little justification, not that anyone ever should, to have dessert. I’ll break it down just a little. Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Pumpkin is a great source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, and fiber. Cashews have vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Of course there are healthy benefits to all three of these foods in addition to just the nutritional breakdown. There is still sugar, I like to stick to coconut palm sugar and pure maple syrup or honey but also stick to unsweetened chai concentrate and dairy free milk. Again it’s a dessert and is meant to be enjoyed as a treat.

Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake

Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake

While I like mine topped with spiced honey, which is not vegan it is an option and does not take away from this pumpkin chai cheesecake being vegan. You can use pure maple syrup, bee free honey, (we tested it with local Bee Free Honee) or a local honey like the one we love to use Bare Honey Spiced Honey. You can even go with a caramel sauce but I didn’t want to overpower and lose the subtle and simpleness of this cheesecake with a heavy topping. Therefore I kept it in the name since saying dairy free people may think there are eggs and I didn’t want to keep it just Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake as it wouldn’t stand out to those looking for a dairy free or egg free cheesecake. Plant-based cheesecake also didn’t sound right to me.

Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake

Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake

If you are more of chai fan you can add a little chai seasoning if your chai concentrate it’s strong enough or omit milk and use all chai concentrate. To get more of a pumpkin pie taste and still keep the warming spices of the chai add a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. I love the subtleness and warm spices of this cheesecake and debated making it stronger or maybe going more pumpkin since everyone is crazy about pumpkin this time of year but after testing and tasting everyone agreed to keep this subtle balance.

This would make a great Thanksgiving dessert. I still can’t decide if I should bring this or Vegan Marshmallow Meringue Pumpkin Pie. I still have 2 weeks to decide. Either way, and even though I’m not a pie person this photo basically sums it up, “I’m just here for dessert” well and the cranberries just give me a plate of those and I would be one happy girl. If there were some plain sweet potatoes that aren’t swimming in sugar pile those on too!

Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake

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Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake

 

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Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake
Delicious creamy Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake (also gluten free) is simple and the perfect end to your next dinner or get together that everyone will enjoy.
Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake
Course Dessert
Servings
12-16+ servings
Ingredients
Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake
  • 4 oz chai tea concentrated, unsweetened (Bhakti Unsweetened Chai)*
  • 2 oz dairy free milk, unsweetened
  • 3 TBSP chia powder** (Navitas Organics)
  • 2 1/2 c raw cashew, soaked 4 hours or overnight
  • 1 c canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/3 c coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 c pure maple syrup, can sub honey for non vegan
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • Topping
Toppings, optional
  • 2 TBSP cinnamon coconut palm sugar mixture
  • 1/2 c maple syrup, bee free honey, or spiced honey for non vegan (local Bare Honey, Spiced Honey)
Course Dessert
Servings
12-16+ servings
Ingredients
Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake
  • 4 oz chai tea concentrated, unsweetened (Bhakti Unsweetened Chai)*
  • 2 oz dairy free milk, unsweetened
  • 3 TBSP chia powder** (Navitas Organics)
  • 2 1/2 c raw cashew, soaked 4 hours or overnight
  • 1 c canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/3 c coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 c pure maple syrup, can sub honey for non vegan
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • Topping
Toppings, optional
  • 2 TBSP cinnamon coconut palm sugar mixture
  • 1/2 c maple syrup, bee free honey, or spiced honey for non vegan (local Bare Honey, Spiced Honey)
Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake
Instructions
  1. Start by soaking the cashews 4 hours, or overnight in filtered water.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. In a food processor pulse cookies to a crumble. Pulse in coconut palm sugar and then add coconut oil and process until mixture comes together.
  4. Press crust mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9" spring form pan in an even layer, lined with parchment paper if desired.
  5. Bake crust for 8-9 minutes until golden brown.
  6. While the crust is cooling mix chai tea concentrate and milk, combine 3oz of the mixture with the ground chia. Stir and you will have a thick gel mixture. Set aside as this will be the last thing you add to your cheesecake.
  7. Rinse and drain cashews. Add remaining chia mixture, cashews, pumpkin, coconut sugar, maple syrup/honey, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, pinch of salt, and lemon juice to Vitamix or food processor and process until smooth stopping to scrap sides as needed. Once smooth add in chia gel mixture and blend until incorporated.
  8. Pour cheesecake mixture on top of the crust and bake at 350F for 45 minutes until edges are browned and feels set.
  9. Let cheesecake cool for an hour before moving to the refrigerator to chill completely.
  10. When ready to serve sprinkle with optional cinnamon coconut palm mixture, slice, and serve with a drizzle of spiced honey.
  11. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

* Or you can use 6oz ready to drink chai beverage.
** You can grind chia seeds into powder, just make sure they are fine ground.

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35 Responses to Vegan Baked Pumpkin Chai Cheesecake

  1. Snickerdoodles crust!? I’m in
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  2. Abbey Sharp says:

    Oh my. This looks seriously delicious! Also LOVE your spatula
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  3. The texture looks ahhhmaazing. I love chai in everything, so I can’t wait to try this. I’m still going strong with pumpkin everything, so adding this to the list!

  4. Kalee says:

    This looks so amazing for Thanksgiving,…or today! 😉 I can’t wait to try it – it looks so creamy!

  5. Kristina says:

    I love the addition of chai! I am definitely going to do that with our pumpkin cheesecake next time… and the snickerdoodle crust?!! yes, please!

    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      It’s perfect with the warming spices and the snickerdoodle crust I can’t even think about another crust with this it’s so good!

  6. Rebecca says:

    this looks so delicious!

  7. I love that you baked this! I usually do raw cashew cheesecake, but honestly never thought to try baking. With the added moisture from the pumpkin, I could definitely see the need though.
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      It’s the magical chia seeds and extra liquid too, I can’t even explain it but the texture is amazing and so much more comforting baked.

  8. Sandi says:

    I love chai and I bet this cheesecake is amazing with that flavor infused!

  9. This cheesecake looks so good! I want a big slice of it right now!
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  10. Kelly says:

    Love all the different flavors in here. Chai always makes me happy!

  11. Alicia Pope says:

    OMG – i was just thinking of making some pumpkin chai bars this am. Yum!! what perfect timing 🙂

  12. This sounds SO amazing! Love that it’s vegan, too. Definitely going to have to make this for Thanksgiving!
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  13. Karen G. says:

    Oh yum! This looks beautiful! Love the drizzle of honey on top! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Jereann Zann says:

    Yum! The recipe sounds delicious and a snickerdoodle crust? Yes please!

  15. Sharon Wong says:

    I love cheesecake but haven’t ever tried making it because it seems so rich. I think your vegan recipe might be healther. Thanks!

  16. I love pumpkin cheesecake, so I can’t wait to try this yummy vegan version! I love how clean the ingredients are!!

  17. Amanda says:

    I think this deserves a test run. I don’t want to wait for Thanksgiving. It looks amazing!
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