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Vegan Tofu Cheesecake with Purple Yams, Oil-Free

My first try with this vegan cheesecake didn’t quite come out the way I’d imagined, because I was reluctant to use agar-agar. Instead I thought that creamed coconut would be enough to firm up my tofu cheesecake. However, I should have made this cake a real fat bomb for the coconut to do the job. Now, don’t get me wrong; the tofu cheesecake bites (fortunately I made them in muffin forms) were amazingly delicious, but too soft for cutting. So, we just ate them with spoon straight from muffin forms.

After the setback I knew there was no turning back – agar-agar was the way to go. I had no idea how the seaweed would react, but my fear was unnecessary. It blended perfectly into plant milk and I had a nice pourable liquid to mix into my vegan cheesecake batter.


All the same, I had used too little of agar-agar! My vegan cheesecake came out of cake tin all right, but it was not possible to cut nice firm pieces. Nevertheless, it tasted heavenly even when the bites looked a bit squashy.

However, I had to give another go to get the consistency right. So, I simply doubled the quantity of agar-agar and this time it came out perfectly.



Vegan Tofu Cheesecake with Purple Yams

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes


  • 70g (2.5oz, about 4 tbsps.) plain peanut butter
  • ½ cup (35g) gluten-free jumbo oats
  • 3 tbsps. plant milk
  • ⅛ tsp. Himalayan salt
  • 2 tsps. xylitol


Combine all crust ingredients in a food processor. Scrape sides whenever necessary. It’s ready when the mixture sticks together.

Press the crust mixture into 6” (15 cm) or 6.3” (16 cm) spring form cake tin and bake at 175°C (350°F) for 10 minutes. Let cool.

In a blender or with immerse blender process all filling ingredients (except agar-agar and plant milk) until smooth.

Mix agar-agar powder with cold plant milk and bring to boil. Stir continuously. Simmer and stir for 2 minutes. Let cool a bit.

Stir agar-agar/milk mixture into the filling
batter. Blend for a bit. Make sure agar-agar won’t stick to the walls of
your container or dish. Scrape and blend again, if necessary. You need
to be quick though, as it starts to firm up pretty quickly.

Pour the filling onto crust and shake a bit. Cool your tofu cheesecake in fridge for 3 hours, decorate and serve.

Tips on my vegan tofu cheesecake recipe:

  • Should you be allergic to peanuts, sub them with any other nut or seed butter or soaked walnuts/almonds/hazelnuts.
  • I know that purple yams can be hard to come by. Instead, you can use regular sweet potato and just a bit of wild blueberries (2 tbsps. is enough) for purple colour. It works equally well.
  • Can’t find soft silken tofu? No worries – use plain soy yogurt instead.

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