Vegan Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake with Chocolate Cookie Crust

Vegan Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake with Chocolate Cookie Crust

Vegan Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake with Cookie Crust// heartofabaker.com

When I was thinking about what to write about this vegan cheesecake all I could think about was ‘It’s just damn good!’. That much is true, it’s stinking GOOD. Better than I thought it would turn out in fact. A while back (like over the summer), my fiance asked for a chocolate cookie crust chocolate chip cheesecake. In the months since, I forgot that it was a chocolate chip cheesecake he requested, rather than a chocolate swirl cheesecake, but this seems to be fulfilling that request just fine for now. I’ve had that request he made in the back of my mind in the meantime and just seemed to keep finding a reason to not make it (there was fudge to eat, there were books to be read, etc. the usual). Finally, I soaked my cashews, cracked open a can of coconut milk and just kind of freestyled my way into making this cheesecake.

Vegan Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake with Cookie Crust// heartofabaker.com

For some reason, it seems like when I meticulously plan out a recipe, referencing other recipes, looking up ratios, etc., the recipe doesn’t seem to turn out as I planned. But, when I just start throwing things into the food processor and kind of measure out ingredients, the recipe almost always turns out as I planned! The bad side of this approach to recipe development is that oftentimes, while I’m cleaning up I’m thinking about awesome my recipe turned out, anticipating typing it up and sharing it with you guys. Then I realize, I didn’t write a stinking thing down. Not one thing. If I tried to type out some of these recipes it would be a lot of really conservative guessing on measurements, cooking times, etc. and I would be afraid that someone would say ‘I tried to make this and set my kitchen on fire and then this tasted like tar, so thanks a lot’. To avoid that from happening, when I made this cheesecake I did my usual approach to making a recipe; start throwing things in, whirring together in the food processor, pour into the pan, all the good stuff. But, this time I stopped right after each step and wrote down the measurements of each ingredient and instructions for the step in the process. This not only helped me avoid an ‘oh crap’ moment when I started typing up the recipe, but also made me think about what should be going into each component more and how it might turn out. Although I did forget to spray the bottom of the pan liberally for this cheesecake (don’t be like me, spray away!), everything else turned out pretty wonderful and I can share it with you too. Hip hip hooray for cheesecake!

Vegan Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake with Cookie Crust// heartofabaker.com

(more…)

Lemon Vegan Lime Bars with Shortbread Crust

Once again, I feel like I’m hooked on the lemon desserts and I can.not. stop! I was thinking about making these vegan lime bars for MONTHS. Especially since I have my standby vegan lemon bar recipe and perfected my favorite creamy cashew filling with this lemon tart recipe that is still THE BEST in my opinion.

Vegan lime bars are dreamy, creamy, and have a PERFECT shortbread crust! Made with a creamy cashew filling and a coconut oil crust that will TOTALLY become your new favorite dessert.

This post is sponsored by Zevia. Thank you for supporting all the brands that make this space possible! 

(more…)

10 Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts

What kind of Thanksgiving planner are you? Do you wait until the last minute and go with the flow, or do you have a detailed spreadsheet like me that includes every detail of the whole dang meal? I’m too Type A to go without planning every piece of the meal out (including what burner or oven space we have left), but in case you are still thinking about your vegan Thanksgiving desserts, I’ve rounded them all up in one place! These range from slightly more effort to super easy (those boozy truffles will be the best decision you’ve made for the meal) and go from chocolate filled to everything pumpkin. I hope these help make your Thanksgiving planning a little easier as we come up into the week ahead. Almost all of these can (more…)

Pumpkin Vegan Sticky Buns with Vanilla Bean Frosting

Fluffy and sweet vegan sticky buns flavored with pumpkin and spices, topped with a vanilla bean pecan glaze! 

Fluffy and sweet vegan sticky buns flavored with pumpkin and spices, topped with a vanilla bean pecan glaze!

I know that this is my second pumpkin recipe in a couple weeks, but trust me, these pumpkin vegan sticky buns are worth it! As part of a now annual tradition, my blogging BFF Sara organizes the #virtualpumpkinparty so a lovely group of bloggers can come together and share their finest pumpkin recipes. This year, Aimee from Twigg Studios helped organize the party too and it’s an epic roundup of pumpkin recipes! I know this recipe is a little more time intensive, between the two rise times and bake time, but like I mentioned in my pumpkin cheesecake recipe, if you’re going to make a dessert, (more…)