The Joy Of Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

November 5, 2010 by Keri

It’s time to add another photo to The I Eat Trees Vegan Pumpkin Recipes Collection!  Around the blog world, I’ve seen quite a few bloggers mention in nostalgic fashion that The Joy of Vegan Baking was either their very first vegan cookbook or their first vegan dessert cookbook.  It was mine!  Most of the recipes in this cookbook are simply familiar recipes veganized, making it the perfect starting point for sweet-treat-loving new vegans.  You aren’t going to find a lot of, if any, ingredients you’ve never heard of or been able to find in here, but rather simple nondairy milk, sugar, egg replacer type of recipes.

When I realized there was an extra tub of vegan cream cheese in the refrigerator, I had a sudden craving for vegan cheesecake.  I knew exactly which cookbook to grab!  After a quick flip through The Joy of Vegan Baking, I landed on the recipe for pumpkin cheesecake (page 92).  Cheesecake was my favorite dessert as a child, and it’s presence in my life has been scarce since going vegan, but thanks to that extra tub of cream cheese, the pie pumpkin I still had lurking in my pantry, and a vegan cheesecake recipe, there was one baking in my oven in no time flat.

Vegan Cheesecake Recipes

Vegan Cheesecake Recipes

Vegan Cheesecake Recipes

The pumpkin cheesecake turned out absolutely delicious.  I was careful not to overmix, so each bite had tiny pieces of tender pumpkin.  The filling in generally baked to perfection- rich, smooth, and creamy.  I could be found with my head in the refrigerator stealing bites, and that’s definitely a rarity.  I normally try to keep it classy with a plate and all… If you happen to have The Joy of Vegan Baking, this decadent, easy-to-make, pumpkin cheesecake would be a perfect dessert to bring to a holiday family dinner or friendly potluck!

Vegan Cheesecake Recipes

Vegan Cheesecake Recipes

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  1. Noelle says:

    OH MY WORD this looks good. I do not even own that cookbook! My first cookbook was The Kind Diet. I want a slice of this Keri. You are killing me over here.

  2. Dianne says:

    Yum yum yum. I don’t have that cookbook either 🙁 but I DID have an amaaaazing pumpkin cheese cake the other day from a restaurant…so I’m not TOO tempted by your amazing photos, thank goodness!

  3. Mihl says:

    What a gorgeous pie!

  4. Looks great! The crust looks perfect.

  5. bitt says:

    So many pumpkin pies to choose from. Yum!

    I think my first vegan cookbook may have been Simply Vegan or Incredibly Delicious. Very basic yummy stuff.

  6. My first vegan cookbook was Vegan With a Vengeance. My first cheesecake was long before then. My grandmother was a cheesecake expert. Oh yes.

    • Keri says:

      I picked up Vegan with a Vengeance last night at the book store and then put it back for some reason.. now I’m wishing I’d grabbed it!

  7. Laura Jill says:

    Oh yum, Keri, that looks fantastic! I’m trying to figure out my Thanksgiving desserts–this might be a contender.

    Oh, and my first vegan cookbook was Vegan with a Vengeance. 🙂


    • Keri says:

      Thank you! 🙂 Can’t wait to see which you choose! I should have purchased VwaV last night when I was holding it, but I put it back. :-/

  8. kim g. says:

    That looks fantastic! I love the there are pieces of pumpkin throughout. I have, and love, “The Joy of Vegan Baking.” My first vegan cookbook was “How it All Vegan.” I don’t think I was totally vegan at the time, and it definitely helped me get there!

    • Keri says:

      Thank you! The pumpkin pieces are my favorite part. Everything I’ve made from The Joy of Vegan Baking has been fantastic, and it’s stuff I can take to gatherings and no one turns up their nose at it being vegan!

  9. Mo says:

    I think I have to try this recipe now!

  10. Lacey says:

    This is *very* pretty. I love that I can see little pieces of pumpkin in this.

  11. Stormy Ahmau says:

    Thanks for that. We’re having a little potluck party this month, kind of for Xmas I guess and I’ve been trying to find something unique.. found some good ideas at this potluck recipes site. You know, someone should invent a website where you can write what you’ll be taking, and it would make sure no one is bringing the same thing!

    • Keri says:

      You’re welcome! I guess it could be planned out on a Facebook group or something… but I know what you mean. 🙂