This quite literally is the easiest no bake vegan cheesecake ever! It only requires 7 simple ingredients and no blending or baking needed! And don't worry, taste was not compromised. This cheesecake is absolutely delicious!
These mini no-bake vegan cheesecakes are fun to make and easy to customize! They're perfect for serving at baby showers, dinner parties, Valentine's day, or any special occasion when you need an easy dessert that looks fancy!
Why this recipe works
Many no bake vegan cheesecakes are made with nuts like cashews, coconut cream, or use coconut oil to firm it up. I was craving cheesecake and wanted to make something even easier and oil free.
That's when the idea to use a non-dairy yogurt popped into my head. I've used yogurt before to make creamy vegan popsicles, so why not cheesecake?
With the right add-ins, you can turn yogurt into a yummy cheesecake in no time! Bonus: it already has a creamy texture much like traditional no bake cheesecakes.
I first shared this recipe on Instagram but decided it deserved its own post because it's just that good!
It really is the perfect treat whether you just want a quick dessert or you're planning to serve to guests.
Whatever the reason, you're going to love it! This no bake vegan cheesecake is:
- Creamy and delicious
- Perfectly sweet
- Easy to make
This no bake vegan cheesecake is truly the easiest dessert to make with just 7 simple ingredients! See exact measurements in the recipe card below.
Non-dairy yogurt—I recommend a thicker yogurt like soy over something thinner like coconut. I chose yogurt for this recipe instead of vegan cream cheese because when I first created this recipe I lived in Mexico where vegan cream cheese was hard to find. Also, with vegan cream cheese you'd need to blend to fully incorporate the flavors but yogurt is easy to hand mix.
Granola—Feel free to use your favorite kind but one made with a high ratio of oats works best for crushing into a crust. You can also use vegan graham cracker crumbs or your favorite vegan cookie crushed up as the crust.
Raspberries—Fresh raspberries pair perfectly with cheesecake and make a delicious raspberry sauce. You can use any fresh fruit you prefer. Strawberries, blueberries or blackberries would be great as well!
Lemon juice—An acid in cheesecake is a must! Lemon juice balances out the sweetness and helps thicken the filling.
Maple syrup—Perfect for adding sweetness to both the cheesecake filling and the raspberry sauce while contributing a subtle, caramel-like flavor. You can also use agave syrup, date syrup, or another liquid sweetener if desired.
Vanilla extract—Enhances the overall flavor profile by imparting a pleasant vanilla aroma and taste. You can use vanilla bean paste or vanilla powder as a substitute or simply omit if necessary.
How to make
This step-by-step walkthrough shows the process of making this easy no bake vegan cheesecake. Within a matter of minutes you'll have a delicious creamy dessert!
1. Start by crushing up the granola to use as the crust. Either use a food processor and pulse for a minute or two, or place the granola in a plastic bag and use the back of a spoon to break the granola into smaller pieces. It doesn't need to be powder fine, just small enough to pack it down into an even layer of crust.
Sometimes I turn the spoon on its side to chop the granola into even smaller pieces.
2. Transfer to small glasses (this is what you will serve it in) and flatten into an even layer. You can have as thin or as thick of a crust as you prefer.
3. Next, in a medium mixing bowl, combine together the cheesecake ingredients.
4. Pour the cheesecake filling over the crust. Smooth out the top with the back of a spoon or spatula. Place in the refrigerator to keep cool while we make the raspberry sauce.
6. Take the cheesecakes out of the refrigerator and divide the raspberry sauce evenly over the top. At this point they're ready to serve but if you're making them ahead of time you can store these no bake vegan cheesecakes covered tightly with plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Top with more fresh berries if you prefer.
Best type of crust for no bake cheesecake
I found a low sugar granola to use which worked great. Any granola is fine, but I do prefer the ones with more oats than seeds as I feel they crush up better for a crust.
You can also go with the classic graham cracker crust. Kroger and Nabisco make a vegan graham cracker without honey and you can crush it up yourself.
Crushed Oreos also make a great crust!
Really any vegan cookie crushed up can make for an excellent base to this no bake vegan cheesecake.
- I don't recommend using a springform pan for this recipe. Since the no-bake cheese stays soft, it's best to make it in the bowls or glasses you plan to serve it in.
- For best results use a high-quality non-dairy yogurt. Opt for one that is naturally thicker, like soy yogurt. Some brands and varieties may yield better results than others, so experimentation may be needed to find the one you like best.
- Taste the cheesecake filling before pouring it into the crust and adjust the sweetness or flavor as needed. You can add more maple syrup for sweetness, more lemon juice for tanginess, or extra vanilla extract for flavor. Keep in mind that flavors tend to develop and mellow when the cheesecake is chilled, so don't overdo it initially.
Best serving dishes
This easy vegan cheesecake recipe is best served in a class dish where you can see all the layers. Due to the water content in the yogurt, this cheesecake does not freeze or slice well so it's best to make the cheesecake in individual dishes for serving.
Small glass cups, as you see pictured is what I used but small jars are also great.
Ramekins or tart pans make for a fun, personal size as well but won't allow you to see the layers. I love using them for dinner parties where everyone gets their own mini cheesecake. I like to make fun designs on them when it's a wider, shallower dish.
For the traditional cheesecake flavor, leave as is! But if you want to switch it up, here are some variations to change the flavor:
- Chocolate cheesecake: Make a vegan chocolate cheesecake by adding 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the filling. You can also top it with chocolate ganache or chocolate chips.
- Peanut Butter Cheesecake: Mix peanut butter into the cheesecake mixture to create a creamy and nutty dessert. Drizzle with melted peanut butter or chocolate and sprinkle with chopped peanuts for each crunch.
- Oreo Cheesecake: Crushed Oreos are an excellent addition to the filling to give it a cookies and cream flavor! You can also use other cookies or chocolate sandwich cookies for variety.
- Coconut Cheesecake: Incorporate shredded coconut and coconut extract for a tropical twist. Top with toasted coconut flakes for extra texture and flavor. You can even swap out a half cup of the vegan yogurt with full-fat coconut milk to give it an even more coconut-y creamy filling.
- S'mores Cheesecake: Use vegan graham crackers as the crust and top with mini vegan marshmallows and chocolate chips to create a cheesecake reminiscent of the campfire classic.
More no bake vegan desserts
If you loved this vegan no bake cheesecake recipe, you'll love these other easy no bake desserts:
- These Chocolate Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates tastes like a snickers candy bar but are much better for you!
- Make pizza your dinner and dessert with this Watermelon Dessert Pizza. It's perfect for summer and backyard BBQs!
- When you want something super simple, One-Ingredient Nice Cream is the answer. It's so easy and delicious!
- For a cool treat that's simple and crowd-pleasing, try Yogurt Bark. You can easily make a big batch to serve a crowd!
The Easiest No Bake Vegan Cheesecake
- ½ cup granola
- 2 cups unsweetened soy yogurt
- 1 ½ tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup raspberries
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- Start by crushing up the granola to use as the crust. Either use a food processor and pulse for a minute or two, or place the granola in a plastic bag and use the back of a spoon to break the granola into smaller pieces. It doesn't need to be powder fine, just small enough to pack it down into an even layer of crust.½ cup granola
- Transfer to small glasses or serving dishes (this is what you will serve it in) and flatten into an even layer. You can have as thin or as thick of a crust as you prefer.
- Next, in a medium mixing bowl, combine together the cheesecake filling ingredients.2 cups unsweetened soy yogurt, 1 ½ tablespoons pure maple syrup, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, ¼ teaspoon salt
- Pour the cheesecake filling over the crust. Smooth out the top with the back of a spoon or spatula. Place in the refrigerator to keep cool while we make the raspberry sauce.
- For speed, I like to add all the raspberry sauce ingredients to a small food processor and blend but you could also mash it up with a pestle and mortar or even with a fork. Mash or blend until a sauce forms.1 cup raspberries, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- Take the cheesecakes out of the refrigerator and divide the raspberry sauce evenly over the top. At this point they're ready to serve but if you're making them ahead of time you can store these no bake vegan cheesecakes in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, covered. Top with additiona fresh raspberries if desired. Enjoy!
Nutrition Per Serving
This no bake vegan cheesecake recipe was originally published April 29, 2022, and has been updated with additional information and tips on September 13, 2023.