Cheesecake Factory Vegan Copycat Oreo Cheesecake

Cheesecake is one of those things that people bring up right away after learning you’re vegan. Well, that is after the typical, “where do you get your protein” question. We vegans get that one a LOT! And then comes a litany of questions about what you do and don’t eat. “Do you eat fish?” No. They roll their eyes a little and proceed to the next question. “Do you eat chicken?” No. Some more eye rolling followed by, “Do you eat cheesecake?” Now that, you see is a trick question. Because, well, we DO eat cheesecake, but it’s not the kind made from cream cheese a la the dairy cow. Vegans have several options when it comes to answering this question, and just to prove my point, here’s my Vegan Oreo Cheesecake. You may want to grab a chair…and a fork!

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Have you ever found yourself thinking that vegans live a sad life—of sacrifice and desolation; sackcloth and ashes; devoid of any pleasure? If so, I ask you to take a moment and contemplate the Oreo. It may not be the hoodoo of health, but it is one of the store-bought guilty pleasures vegans can enjoy. And who doesn’t like a guilty pleasure or two? Pleasure is definitely the theme of today’s post as I introduce to you the Oreo Cheesecake Factory Vegan Copycat Recipe.

From beginning to end, this was a fun recipe to put together!

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When Roxanne of Roxanne’s Home Baking asked several of us to participate in her Annual Cheesecake Day celebration, I couldn’t pass down the temptation to participate. And having just published a super healthy Red, White and Blueberry Cheesecake for Fourth of July, I decided this one should be, um, a little more decadent.

Can you tell I have a chip on my shoulder?

I love tortillas but that’s not the kind of chip I’m talking about.

A delicious Vegan Oreo Cheesecake topped with lots and lots of Oreos!

I can be a little defensive about the topic of veganism. I guess it’s because of all those looks I get from people when they find out I’m vegan. It’s that “poor you” look that really gets me. As if vegans eat the most boring diets of anyone on the planet.

That’s the part that gets my goat. And I don’t even have a goat!

I like to prove that vegans have a varied diet. Yes, it’s true, I eat my fair share of salads. And you know what? I love them! Add steamed green beans, edamame, sautéed Brussels sprouts and every other kind of green food you can think of and I will confess that I love them too.

I just like to add some decadence to my vegan life too. Do you blame me?

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And Monday through Friday you might find my favorite way of eating dessert includes Frozen Banana Bites or Chunky Monkey Sorbet. They’re fresh, and fruity types of desserts.

But every now and then I like to slip on the indulgent side of vegan. Because I believe being vegan is not a one-dimensional, stagnant way to live.

So, hold on to your hats and get out your forks and join me in having a slice of this Loaded Oreo Vegan Cheesecake…or maybe even two!

Oreo Vegan Cheesecake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 10

Ingredients

Crust
  • 25 Oreo cookies (or 1½ cup Oreo cookie crumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
Vegan Cheesecake Filling:
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 15 oz can coconut milk
  • 2 (8 oz) packages of vegan cream cheese (I used Tofutti)
  • 14 oz container of extra firm tofu
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • ½ cup Earth Balance margarine
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 10-12 Oreos, roughly chopped for the batter
  • 10-12 Oreos, roughly chopped for the topping

Instructions

For the Crust:
  1. Place the whole cookies (filling and all) in a food processor and pulse until the cookies resemble a coarse crumbly flour. Add the coconut oil and pulse for another second or two to combine.
  2. Press the cookie crumb crust into an 8" springform pan. Distribute evenly across the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Set aside.
For the Vegan Cream Cheese Filling:
  1. Place the raw cashews and the coconut milk in a food processor. Feel free to use the same one you used for the crust. Pulse the food processor for several seconds to break down the cashews. Open the lid and stir down any ingredients that might have risen to the top of the bowl. Now pulse for several seconds, up to a minute until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the vegan cream cheese and extra firm tofu and pulse again until smooth and creamy.
  3. Next add the sugar, corn starch, margarine, and vanilla. Pulse for several seconds, up to a minute until you have a nice, creamy mixture.
  4. I have only a medium-sized food processor so at this point mine was getting kind of full. If that's the case for you, transfer the mixture to a large bowl, add the flour and stir to combine.
  5. Add the 10-12 roughly chopped Oreos and give it one more stir to combine. Set aside.
  6. Turn your oven to 325F while you let the filling settle for a few minutes.
  7. When the oven is ready, pour the cheesecake filling into the prepared crust and spread the 10-12 roughly chopped Oreos over the top.
  8. I baked my cheesecake in a water bath which means I covered the bottom of the pan in aluminum foil, placed this in a roasting pan and carefully poured boiling water in the roasting pan, up to ¼" of the pan. Here's a great video on giving your cheesecake a water bath.
  9. Bake your cheesecake for 60 minutes and then turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake in the oven for another hour. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before placing in the fridge. I recommend letting the cheesecake cool for at least four hours (or even a full day) before slicing and serving.

 

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Posted 3 months ago by Marly on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 · Permalink

37 Responses to Cheesecake Factory Vegan Copycat Oreo Cheesecake

  1. My Oreo loving family would love your gorgeous cheesecake!!!

  2. I love this recipe! And I love that it’s vegan! It looks absolutely wonderful, your pictures are great. Pinning!

  3. I was started to get sad about national cheesecake day, since I’m dairy-free now… but then I saw your VEGAN oreo version… OMG, I’m in love!!! It looks amazing and I’m totally trying it soon :)

    • Diary-free cheesecake rules! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  4. Fork in my hand, I’m ready to dig in! Oreo have been one of my guilty pleasure for a while when I had to stay off dairy and eggs for medical reasons and I know what kind of diet I was on, It was not boring at all as some think! Love me some edamame and brussels sprouts! And of course some Cheesecake!!!
    Thanks for joining us Marly!

    • Now the only thing that would make this better is if we were together with our daughters and digging in together! Thanks for your comment, Roxana!

  5. This vegan cheesecake is not boring, you are right about that!! PINNED :)

  6. Totally blows my mind that this is Vegan! I get a lot of the “well, do you eat bread?” “Do you eat wheat?” on my diet preferences/requirements too. Sigh!

    • I guess it is the bane of a careful eating diet. Did I say that right? You know what I mean. So…do you eat bread? ;)

  7. My word, Marly! This swoon-worthy cheesecake is a a stunner.

    • Brooks, Thanks so much! That means a lot coming from a dessert expert like you!

  8. Sounds delicious and looks so decadent, everything a cheesecake should be! :)

  9. vegan or not, please pass me a fork, that looks incredible

  10. There is nothing boring about this, I’m drooling all over my computer! Pinned. :)

    • Thanks, Lisa! I confess I do the same thing at your site all the time!

  11. Sigh…seriously?! People ask you if you eat fish or chicken after you tell them you’re vegan? Hilarious and disheartening. I wouldn’t give you a look of pity at all, Marly. I always find it incredibly inspiring and bad ass when I meet vegetarians and vegans. I’m a meat eater but I could definitely use more vegetarian meals in my diet, y’know, because health. I follow the blog of my friend, Brandi, called the Vegan 8. She always has incredible recipes and the ones that blow me away are the desserts because she’ll make something that looks insanely decadent but is healthy. Just like this vegan Oreo cheesecake (which I will totally tell myself is healthy even though its studded with all of those glorious chunks of Oreo ;). Your cheesecake looks incredible! I really need to try baking with the soaked cashews. I’m always amazed at how it bakes up so smoothly and beautifully.

    • Oh, thank you Nancy! You’re so sweet! I’ll have to check out your friend’s blog. Sounds great. The cashews in this cheesecake weren’t even soaked. They add lots of creamy texture to a recipe whether soaked or not!

  12. That looks so good, I would love to try it!!

  13. I never would have guessed that oreos are vegan! And it is incredible that you were able to make something from the Cheesecake Factory vegan! Props to you. This looks so incredible, Pinning! Happy Cheesecake Day!

    • There are lots of fun accidentally vegan foods like Oreos and Skittles. I think I have a master’s degree in reading labels now! ;)

  14. You just keep on keeping on, Marly! This cheesecake isn’t missing anything. It looks absolutely divine!

  15. I grew up vegetarian, and ate my fair share of vegan dinners. It cracks me up that people give you a pity look. You probably eat SO MUCH better than all of them, lol! Pinning this! Looks amazing!

    • Thanks, Lisa. I definitely have days where I’m super healthy…and then there are some days where, um, maybe not so much! ;)

  16. Wow, taking a Cheesecake Factory staple like this and making it vegan – touché. Love the idea, it looks stunning. I just want to dive right in!

  17. wow i am SO craving a slice right now, you can never go wrong with an oreo cheesecake. love that it’s vegan as well!

  18. Goodness me.

    I want this. In my face. Right now.

  19. Oreos are my ultimate weakness, and I’d love to just grab a fork and dig right in!

  20. Vegetarian maybe. Definitely not vegan. Oreo’s are made using palm oil.

  21. chris chris

    This recipe seems good but Oreo is not vegan at all !!!!!

    • Hi Chris. Thanks for your comment! I get this one a lot, but Oreos in the US are free of animal products. It’s the ones abroad that I’ve read have trace amounts of dairy in them. That’s why Oreos can be a favorite vegan indulgence!