Sure, veganism has become very popular recently, but it doesn’t at all resemble those fad diets that are adiosed after a week. Veganism has actually been around since (are you sitting down?) 500 BCE, traced back to a Greek philosopher, Pythagoras. Back in the day, Pythagoras was kind of a lone wolf, but today, vegans account for .5% of the American population. Okay, that may seem like a staggeringly small number, but it actually equates to well over a million people. So it’s come a long way.
No matter how old it is, it doesn’t make the diet any easier to follow. There are animal products in SO many things – especially desserts. But that doesn’t mean that a vegan diet can’t include them (desserts, that is). A cheesecake that doesn’t actually use cheese? Yep, we did it. In celebration of the recent holiday, we’ve created a recipe that allows America’s favorite dessert to be enjoyed, even by vegans.
Here’s what you need:
2 eight-ounce containers of vegan cream cheese
2/3 cup of sugar
4 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
¼ cup of water
1 tablespoons of extra firm tofu (drained)
6 graham crackers
4 tablespoons of vegan margarine or butter
Simple enough, right?
Here’s what you do:
1. Put the graham crackers into a sealable plastic bag and crush the crackers wither using your hand or rolling pin, until the pieces are fairly small.
2. Take your cracker crumbs out, put them in a bowl, and add your margarine or butter. After you mix that all together, spread it evenly around a pie tin to create your crust.
3. On your mark; get set; preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
4. Dump your “cream cheese” into a food processor or blender and mix it until it softens.
5. Add the sugar, tofu, water, salt, and lemon to the cream cheese and continue to mix it thoroughly.
6. Pour your filling into the curst and even it out. (It sounds silly, but take the tin by either side and gently shake the pan from side to side. Eventually, it will be smooth.)
7. Stick it in the oven for 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
8. When it’s done, take the cake out and set it on the counter. Allow it to cool there and then put it in the fridge for at least an hour.
9. While the cake is delicious all on its own, fruits, berries, and nuts will obviously improve it (they always do). Try topping it with strawberries, apricots, and/or almonds.
Voila! You’ve created a fabulous dessert that tastes delicious, is pretty simple, and absolutely perfect for a delicious Vegan dessert. Enjoy!
About the Author:
"Katie Straw" is the writer at Cheesecake.com, which provides an epic cheesecake experience, and currently resides in Manchester, New Hampshire.