No-Bake Vegan Pear Cheesecake
This No-Bake Vegan Pear Cheesecake has a simple gluten-free almond flour crust, a luscious vanilla bean cheesecake, topped off with an easy-to-make caramelized pear topping! It’s delicious, beautiful, and perfect for special occasions. Made in partnership with USA Pears!
I’m just going to say it: pears don’t get enough love! Don’t get me wrong, I have a number of pear recipes on this website that make me swoon…just look at this caramel pear crisp, these apple cider poached pears in puff pastry, and this apple pear crisp. But so often, they’re underappreciated in the dessert world, despite their juicy, tender deliciousness that works perfectly in so many recipes, both sweet and savory! There is not much that beats biting into a perfectly ripe, juicy pear…
So, we’re embracing pears wholeheartedly with this no-bake vegan pear cheesecake. The incredibly delicious caramelized pear topping is a major standout that you’ll be wanting to put on everything. I wouldn’t blame you for making a double batch of this goodness to put on your oatmeal, your cakes, your ice cream…or just eat it with a spoon.
Is vegan cheesecake hard to make?
No, it’s not! I find it actually way easier to make than a traditional cheesecake – especially when you’re doing a no-bake cheesecake like this one! No special tricks are needed to avoid cracking or using water baths here.
For the vanilla bean cheesecake filling, we use soaked cashews as the base. To make it, you’ll blend the softened cashews with canned coconut milk, maple syrup to sweeten, coconut oil (which helps the cheesecake firm up), lemon juice (which adds that cheesecake-y tartness), and salt and vanilla for flavor.
The filling usually takes a few minutes to blend in a high-speed blender. Once it’s done, you’ll have a silky smooth and delicious cheesecake filling. Just pour it on top of the crust and tap it hard a few times against the counter to pop any air bubbles. Then, place it in the refrigerator or freezer to firm up.
Let’s get into that caramelized pear topping…
There are so many fantastic varieties of pears, but for this recipe, I used USA-grown Anjou pears – both the red Anjou and green Anjou varieties! They are so delicious, easily accessible, and super juicy, which works so well with this caramelized pear reduction since the juices release a bit to help create a fantastic pear-scented caramel sauce.
The caramelized pear topping comes together in about 10 minutes too. To make it, you’ll melt your fat – I used vegan butter, but coconut oil will also work. Then, you’ll add in the pears. You can choose to do sliced pears, as I did, or chop the pears into chunks.
Sprinkle coconut sugar over the pear mixture, along with a pinch of salt, and let simmer for about 5 minutes, taking care not to stir too much, as you don’t want to break the pears up too much. Once they’re softened but not falling apart, remove them from the heat and add some vanilla extract. Let cool slightly, then spoon the pears over the top of the cheesecake. You’ll likely have caramel sauce remaining in the pan – I love putting that into a small jar to drizzle over your cheesecake.
Have extra caramelized pears? These don’t need to be limited to this cheesecake! They also made a fabulous topping for oatmeal, ice cream, simple cakes, or just for eating with a spoon!
How to store pear cheesecake
If you want to make this recipe ahead of time, you can make the cheesecake portion up to 5 days ahead and keep it stored in the freezer. I would recommend making the caramelized pear topping the day of serving for the freshest, most delicious result. I love adding the warm topping to the chilled cheesecake for a fantastic combination of flavors, textures, and temperatures.
If you would like to make the pear topping ahead of time, you can make it up to one day ahead of time. Keep it stored separately from the cheesecake portion and add it just before serving, warming it up slightly if desired.
Once assembled, I would keep the pear cheesecake stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days so the topping doesn’t freeze. This will allow the cheesecake to stay soft for slicing and serving, too. Enjoy!!
Craving more cheesecake goodness?
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Vegan Cheesecake
- Baked Vegan Cheesecake
- No-Bake Layered Blueberry Cheesecake
- Baked Chocolate Vegan Cheesecake
- No-Bake Vegan Lemon Cheesecake
This No-Bake Vegan Pear Cheesecake has a simple gluten-free almond flour crust, a luscious vanilla bean cheesecake, topped off with an easy-to-make caramelized pear topping! It’s delicious, beautiful, and perfect for special occasions.
For the crust
- 1 cup (96g) almond flour
- 2 tablespoons (42g) maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons (25g) coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 cups (240g) raw cashews, soaked in water for at least four hours or preferably overnight, drained, and rinsed before using
- ½ cup (120g) canned coconut milk, shaken
- ¼ cup (50g) coconut oil, melted and cooled
⅓ cup (111g) pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
- Pinch of salt
- 4 medium USA Anjou pears
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil or vegan butter
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and/or ¼ teaspoon vanilla bean powder
- Pinch of salt
Grease a 6” springform pan with coconut oil, or line an 6” cake pan with strips of parchment paper for easy removal, and grease well with coconut oil. Set aside.
In a food processor or high-powered blender (I use my Vitamix, but most powerful blenders should do the job), combine all of the filling ingredients and blend for about 2 minutes, or until the mixture is silky smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides as necessary. You may need to add a bit more coconut oil or lemon juice to get it to blend smoothly if your blender isn’t super high-powered.
Once it’s smooth, taste the mixture and adjust the sweetness/tartness levels, if desired.
Pour the filling into the prepared pan over the crust. Smooth out the top and tap the pan hard against the counter a few times to release any air bubbles. Place in the freezer for at least three hours to set, or in the refrigerator for at least eight hours to set.
To make the pear topping, heat the coconut oil or butter in a saute pan over medium-low heat. Add the pears, and then sprinkle with coconut sugar. Mix slightly and cook for five to ten minutes, or until the coconut sugar has dissolved into a caramel sauce and the pears have released some of their juices. They should be softened but not falling apart. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla and salt. Let cool until lukewarm, and then spoon over the top of the set cheesecake if you’re ready to serve. If not, store separately from the cheesecake until you are ready to serve.
If storing in the freezer, let the cheesecake thaw in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving or let thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. I recommend running your knife under hot water to warm it up before cutting the cheesecake with the still-hot (dried) knife for the cleanest cuts.
Store leftovers tightly wrapped in the freezer (3 months) or refrigerator (5 days).
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