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Vegan Cheesecake

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From the very first spoonful of mouth watering, tastebud tantalizing, deliciously-decadent cheesecake, I was in love!

This creamy, dreamy, silky, tangy and sweet dessert came into my life when I first came to the United States to attend college, many moons ago.

I had never had cheesecake before – and I was mesmerized! Totally spellbound! Infatuated even!

It was love!

Pure and simple!

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But, alas, while I loved cheesecake…

It did not love me.

My stomach and brain tried to tell me to end my one-sided relationship…

To move on to cake or cookies

But my heart and tastebuds were not listening…

And I struggled through every stomach churning, uncomfortable moment – following a rendezvous! 


Till, one day, (much like my teen daughter who got over her crush on Taylor Lautner when she found out he was seeing an older woman)…

I decided to move on…

But I just couldn’t stop thinking of it…

Imagining it’s texture, it’s smooth and creamy, tangy and sweet, scrumptiousness…

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So, I did what any heart broken dessert lover would do…

I came up with my own -lactose free- version!

Today, I present yall with this “cheese”cake – similar to cheesecake in texture and sweet and creamy, tongue tantalizing, taste.

Notice I said “similar” – not exactly the same, but, while they might not be as good as the real thing – they are super healthy – totally lactose free and even packed with an extra dose of protein. Topped with berries and whipped cream, it is hard to pinpoint that these are not the real thing. And -most importantly- these guys and I share a reciprocal, mutually beneficial love! No more stomach churning rendezvous for this gal! 🙂

As for what the key ingredient is – I leave that up to y’all to try and figure out -just for fun…for the next 24-36 hours or so, anyway – when I will reveal it to y’all.

Welcome to my fourth “mystery ingredient” recipe post – notice the red and blue theme? And the fact that it’s the fourth month? Yup – no coincidences here!

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Mystery Ingredient "Cheese" cake

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Prep Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Shashi
A decadent and healthy, lactose free, protein packed "cheese"cake.


  • For the "cheesecake"
  • 1.5 cups mystery ingredient
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1.25 6 oz containers of vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash salt
  • For the berry topping:
  • handful of raspberries and blueberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Whipped cream


For the"cheese"cake:

  • Preheat oven to 325
  • Using an electric mixer, combine the mystery ingredient, brown sugar, vanilla yogurt, cinnamon and salt and eggs -one at a time.
  • Pour into 4 oven safe bowls and bake for 30 minutes.

For the berry topping:

  • In a saucepan over low heat, combine the berries, sugar, land lime and let cook for about 5 minutes. Let cool
  • Top the "cheese" cakes with whipped cream, the berry mixture and any extra berries and enjoy!
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  2. Oh, gosh. This is so fun! I’m gonna guess tofu. Either way this chesecake look fabulous! Love all the fresh berries on top. 😀

  3. Lady Lilith says:

    Looks good. We make something similar but I add tofu cream cheese.

  4. So decadent and so tempting…
    To me it looks like coconut cream.

  5. Is the mystery ingredient tofu?!! I am waiting for you to unveil this mystery ingredient soon!! hehe

  6. Wow! I love the mystery ingredient. I couldn’t have guessed, apart from tofu but not beans 😉

  7. Kelly says:

    This looks amazing! Love these posts! I would have never guessed the mystery ingredient – so creative and brilliant:)

  8. What a fun idea to have a mystery ingredient post (or posts)! Boy, I have no idea, and I can’t wait to find out. I love cheesecake!

  9. spicedblog says:

    Man, I am stumped here! And I love to bake…so this one is getting to me! Tell me first…not Chris! 🙂

  10. This looks amazing… and you totally got me! I have NO CLUE! TELL MEEEEEEEEEEE

  11. I love the look of that and I love cheesecakes – but beans? white cannellini beans? that would be interesting to see! 🙂

  12. P says:

    So so curious now! Need to know so I can make on 4th of July and be patriotic with berries :P!

  13. hotlyspiced says:

    That looks very patriotic. Having just made a vegan cheesecake, I’m going to guess cashews???

    • Shashi says:

      Good guess Charlie – I haven’t worked with cashews – your cashew cheesecake had me mesmerized! It’s on my “to-make” list!

  14. Kim says:

    I’m totally stumped on this one!! Can’t wait to see what you subbed to make cheesecake a winner for you again!

  15. Bill says:

    Another great “Mystery post”, Shashi! I’m guessing tofu as well. Whatever it is, it looks delish!!

  16. Shashi, I love everything with berries! This cake would definitely be my favorite! Great idea!

  17. Amy @ Long Drive Journey says:

    Yeah, I’m never going to be able to come up with the mystery ingredient. I suck at desserts, BUT this looks delicious and I can’t wait for the recipe because I’m going to try it!

  18. Whoa!!!!!!!!!!!! I could eat the whole thing by myself… Dairy-free or not, I am crazy for cheesecakes.

  19. Looks delicious Shashi, I would guess silken tofu or cashews,

    • Shashi says:

      Awesome guesses Suzanne – but I haven’t worked with cashews before but am so intrigued to try…I will do my best to post the reveal by tomorrow evening 🙂

  20. The Dose of Reality says:

    I ADORE cheesecake. A healthier version with more protein…sign me up! I have no idea about the mystery ingredient, but after reading a few people guess “tofu” it makes sense! I can’t wait to find out! –Lisa

  21. I love cheesecake, too. One of my sisters is slightly intolerant to lactose so I’d love to know your mystery ingredient! Is it tofu? 🙂

  22. Tofu is the only thing I can think of. It looks delicious whatever it is. Can’t wait to find out. Hope you are having a great week!

  23. Parita says:

    The mystery ingredient = tofu?!

  24. Ehehe! Today is a good day for cheesecakes, I guess 😉 But you’ve got me stumped with this one, Shashi! I want to say some kind of special nut flour (coconut? almond?), but I’m also leaning towards tofu. Gah! Whatever it is, it looks soooo good. I’m obsessed with the texture! I hope you spill the beans soon!

  25. Nut cheese? I have no idea 🙂

  26. Khushboo Thadani (@KhushbooThadani) says:

    Yummm…I LOVE me some cheesecake! My bets are on silken tofu :)!

  27. I love your mystery ingredient posts! I never have a clue though! haha! Can’t wait o find out!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so very much Ashley! I love your cookie cup posts 🙂
      I will reveal the mystery ingredient tomorrow – please come back then…

    • Shashi says:

      Good guesses Angie – I haven’t worked with soaked cashews – am so intrigued by some of the recipes I have seen using them…the reveal will be tomorrow – by the way, glad your comments are not going to spam anymore – yay to Genesis Theme!

  28. It looks splendid!
    Overnight soaked cashew nuts?

  29. Shashi, you have stumped me on this one! I honestly can’t think of a single ingredient. Either way, it does look good & surprisingly very close to what cheesecake actually looks like. A+ for you my dear friend 🙂