These healthy Raw Vegan Pumpkin Mini Cheesecakes will be a sure winner this fall because not only are they a guilt-free dessert, but one that everyone in the family will surely enjoy.
I particularly like them because of their small size which is just the perfect amount and good for portion control.
The hardest part is waiting for them to harden in the freezer!
They are also versatile because you can just sprinkle some of the crust mixture on top for garnish or top them with some homemade whipped coconut cream for an extra treat.
A typical dairy pumpkin cheesecake can contain the following ingredients: crust: graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, (1) stick of butter, filling: (3) packages of cream cheese, (3) eggs, 1 1/2 cups of sugar, pumpkin puree, sour cream and all-purpose flour.
These Raw Vegan Pumpkin Mini Cheesecakes are not only filled with nutrient-dense ingredients like healthy fats and natural sweeteners, but they’res raw, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, no-bake, no refined sugars and best of all, tastes delicious!
5 Fast Facts Pumpkin:
- high in beta-carotene
- full of iron, zinc and vitamin C
- rich in anti-oxidants
- 246% RDA of vitamin C
- good source of B complex vitamins
5 Fast Facts About Cashews:
- packed with dietary fiber
- rich in “heart friendly” mono-saturated fatty acids
- rich source of minerals
- high in magnesium and copper
- excellent source of antioxidants
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Pecans:
- contains naturally occurring anti-oxidants
- helps to lower cholesterol
- high quality source of protein
- contains more 19 vitamins and minerals
- excellent source of vitamin E
5 Fast Facts About Dates:
- natural energy booster
- high in iron content
- rich in potassium
- good source of dietary fiber
- excellent source of vegan protein
5 Fast Facts About Raw Honey:
- contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
- contains immune boosting anti-viral properties
- super high in B vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6
- contains natural anti-oxidants that block free radicals
- high in minerals magnesium and potassium
5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup:
- contains manganese and zinc
- super high in anti-oxidants
- helps with inflammation
- 1/4 cups contains more calcium than the same amount of milk
- 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana
5 Fast Facts About Pink Himalayan Salt:
- contains 84 minerals
- unrefined, unprocessed, raw
- promotes stable pH balance in cells
- controls water levels in the body
- aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption
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Tip #1: You can substitute the nuts you use in the crust. I’ve used both pecans and almonds and both were good.
Tip #2: You can substitute the sweetener you use in the filling – just use your favorite liquid sweeter. For vegan, you can use maple syrup.
Tip #3: This recipe makes 12 mini-cheesecakes using this Norpro mini-cheesecake pan. I haven’t tried it yet in a bigger 8 – 9 inch cheesecake pan, so I don’t know if it would be enough for a single, larger cheesecake.
Tip #4: Technically canned pureed pumpkin is not considered an official “raw food” because it has been heated over 115 degrees, and this recipe would be considered an “almost raw” dessert for this reason. However, it is still a no-bake/uncooked dessert.