Monday, April 22, 2013

Vegan Cheesecake (With GF Alternative)

Vegan Cheesecake

Hands down cheesecake has got to be a MEGA comfort food...with a capital C! The thought of it alone makes you think of the extra gym time you will have to do and the guilt sets in but who can really resist and who wants to?! It is by far the most sampled item on any restaurant menu and holidays are just not holidays without them. Plain cheesecake is more traditional and goes great with anything from chocolate to caramel sauces and served with fruit and whipped cream. Pairs well with any dinner recipes and makes your day even more special. Enjoy!

Vegan Cheesecake

Ingredients

Filling
4 tubs of Tofutti vegan cream cheese
2 Tablespoons orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla extract
2 Tablespoon corn starch

Crust

1 1/2 package or 4 cups vanilla creme style cookies (Oreo), vegan graham crackers, or your favorite cookies (I use vegan vanilla) OR Your favorite Gluten-Free Cookies/Graham Crackers for a GF Crust
1/2 cup vegan butter


Directions

Heat Oven to 350 Degrees

Crust
Completely crush the graham crackers or cookies in a food processor until finely combined. After crumbs are done, melt ½ cup vegan butter and add it to the processed crumbs slowly and mix with a fork to combine so that each crumb is coated with vegan butter.



Press into a spring form pan (9'inch) evenly around the edges and slightly up the sides and set aside for the filling to be added.



Filling
Combine Tofutti cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, in a blender. In a side bowl combine juice and corn starch and whisk, add to cream cheese mixture and mix to combine. Scrape down the sides as needed.


Pour mixture onto the prepared crust and smooth around, tap lightly to release any air bubbles.

                                               
Bake for 50 minutes to hour, the cheesecake will spring back a bit and be less giggly over time.



Remove from the oven and let cool until you are able to put into the fridge. Leave it in the fridge to set over night and serve with vegan whipped cream or by itself for dinner the next night for best results. Drag your knife around the very edge to loosen the sides and pan and remove from your spring form pan. Slice and Enjoy!

-Amy