Easy Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Simple vegan chocolate cheesecake

  • serves 8
  • Easy

Make a smooth and creamy vegan cheesecake using a simple, shop-bought ingredient – silken tofu. Choose a good quality dark chocolate for the filling and use Oreos (yes, they're vegan!) for the base

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This recipe comes from vegan expert Richard Makin aka School Night Vegan. Check out his expert guide to cooking with vegan ingredients here.

Richard says: Vegan cream cheese is much more accessible these days but I find it often has way too much of a savoury, cheesy flavour to be compatible with a cheesecake recipe. As such, I was determined to make this recipe without the help of any shop-bought vegan cream cheese. Instead, this recipe uses silken tofu for the creamy, silky texture, and lemon juice for the bright tang. Be sure to use a coconut oil which is ‘deodorised’ or ‘refined’ in order to avoid any unwanted coconut flavour.”

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Ingredients

BASE

  • Oreos 154g pack
  • vegan butter or margarine 30g, melted

CHOCOLATE FILLING

  • dark chocolate 340g (most chocolate over 60% cacao contains no milk but be sure to check the label), chopped
  • deodorised coconut oil 60ml
  • extra-firm silken tofu 350g
  • icing sugar 4 tbsp, sifted
  • lemon juice 2 tsp
  • plant milk 200ml
  • cocoa powder 2 tbsp
  • sea salt flakes a pinch

Method

  • Step 1

    Line the base and sides of a deep 20cm springform cake tin.

  • Step 2

    To make the base, roughly crush the Oreos in a food processor or by putting in a sandwich bag and crushing with a rolling pin. Tip into a bowl, add the melted butter and mix. Cover the base of the prepared cake tin with the Oreo mixture, pressing to compact. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

  • Step 3

    For the filling, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, stirring frequently.

  • Step 4

    While the chocolate melts, put the silken tofu, sugar, lemon juice, plant milk and cocoa powder into a high-speed blender and whizz until completely smooth. Add the melted chocolate mixture to the blender and whizz again.

  • Step 5

    Pour the filling mixture on top of the chilled Oreo base and chill for at least 3 hours. Once set, sprinkle with a few sea salt flakes before slicing and serving. 

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