Heavenly Pumpkin Cheesecake (paleo, gluten-free and vegan!)

amelia wachtin pumpkin cheesecake
amelia wachtin cheesecake

I will never deny the fact one of my favourite parts of fall is the pumpkin palooza. I have to cut myself off pumpkin spice lattes every year just because I know they are filled with junk (insert white girl joke here). When it comes down to it though, nothing beats real pumpkin desserts. I grew up with a mom who is an INCREDIBLE baker, and so i'm a bit of a pie snob.

I have experimented with cashew cheesecakes in the past, and have always loved using this versatile nut in cooking, but never thought to combine pumpkin and cashew. The cashews provide a creaminess that lends perfectly well to the sweet squash taste of the pumpkin. Throw in some spices (hello cardamom!) and you have yourself a delicious and nutritious cheesecake! Did I mention it is also "restricted-diets" friendly: Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, paleo. Rejoice!!

Heavenly Pumpkin Cheesecake

Makes one 9 inch cheesecake

Gluten-free, Vegan, Paleo, Dairy-free

For the crust:

  • 1.5 cups coconut flour
  • 3 TBSP melted coconut oil 
  • 2 TBSP pure maple syrup
  • pinch of sea salt

Mix all three ingredients in a bowl until a shortbread dough like consistency is formed. Press into a parchment paper lined spring form pan (or other pie pan), and set aside. 

For the pie:

  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked in water for at least 1 hour and then drained)
  • 1 can of pumpkin puree 
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom 
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • pinch of sea salt 

Blend all ingredients in a blender until very smooth. Pour over crust, ensure the filling is evenly distributed and smoothed out with a spatula. Place in the freezer for 5-6 hours (or overnight). The cheesecake can be kept in the freezer, or it can be moved to the fridge for a softer texture. 

amelia wachtin pumpkin cheesecake
amelia wachtin fall

Enjoy!!

Let me know if you make this recipe!

What is your favourite fall dessert? Tell me in the comments below! 

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