Top-down view of Blood Orange and Carrot Cheesecake with a slice cut out of it
October 18, 2023

Blood Orange and Carrot Cheesecake (Vegan)

October 18, 2023

Blood Orange and Carrot Cheesecake (Vegan)

Top-down view of Blood Orange and Carrot Cheesecake with a slice cut out of it

Perfect for a special occasion, this Blood Orange and Carrot Cheesecake is an indulgent, vegan baked cheesecake that's easy to make. Subtly flavoured with orange and carrot, this vegan cheesecake doesn't rely on store-bought vegan cream cheese, or using cashews. After cooking the carrots and juicing the oranges, you just toss everything in a blender and your cheesecake is ready to bake. Just like our super popular Vegan Baked Lemon Cheesecake, this cheesecake recipe is sweet and simple!

The Ingredients

The flavour of the cheesecake is a subtle combination of orange and carrot, with sweetness and a rich and creamy mouthful courtesy of vegan white chocolate. If you can’t find vegan white chocolate chips, you can substitute cocoa butter (yes, it’s vegan!) and white sugar (whether it’s vegan will depend on the manufacturer). See the notes in the Recipe Card  for the amounts.

Infographic with ingredients for Blood Orange and Carrot Cheesecake

No Cashews!

This recipe doesn’t contain any vegan cream cheese or cashews. Instead, it uses a combination of almond flour, sunflower oil, tapioca starch, and cooked carrots to replace the body normally provided by the cream cheese or soaked cashews. Aquafaba (which is the liquid from canned or cooked beans, such as chickpeas) serves as the egg substitute.

About Blood Oranges

Blood oranges are a little bit sweeter than regular oranges with raspberry notes. The orange segments vary in colour, from pinky-orange to almost maroon.

Close-up of blood orange, peeled, with segments separated, against a white background with water droplets

The availability of blood oranges will depend on where you live in the world, as well as the time of year. In North America, they’re typically available from December into May. If you aren’t able to find blood oranges, look for the juiciest and freshest orange citrus you can find. You can even mix different kinds of citrus for a custom flavour, such as mixing oranges with tangelos.

If you can't find blood oranges, choose whatever citrus looks the juiciest and freshest.

If you’re in a pinch, you could also use purchased, unsweetened orange juice. The colour of your cheesecake will vary a bit, depending on the colour of the juice.

Close-up side view of Blood Orange and Carrot Cheesecake

Visual Overview: Making Blood Orange and Carrot Cheesecake

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Step 1: Make the crust

Add all of the crust ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until well-mixed and crumbly. Then spoon into a 7-inch springform pan distributing it evenly, and bake for 6-7 minutes at 350F.

Top-down view of unbaked crust in springform pan

Make the crust and press it into the pan

Step 2: Add filling ingredients to blender

Blend on high for one minute and scrape down the sides. Repeat for one or two more rounds of blending, until the mixture is thick and creamy. 

Top-down view of ingredients for Blood Orange and Carrot Cheesecake in the blender

Blend the filling ingredients

Top-down view of blended ingredients for Blood Orange and Carrot Cheesecake filling

Blended filling ingredients

Step 3: Pour into prepared crust.

Pour it into your prepared pan and pop it into the oven at 325F for about 40-45 minutes.about 40-45 minutes.

Top-down view of pouring filling into crust. Making Blood Orange and Carrot Cheesecake.

Pour filling into crust

Step 4: Bake.

Turn the oven down to 325F. Bake until the edges are starting to brown and the middle of the cheesecake feels a bit springy to the touch. Since this recipe contains no eggs, there is no real harm in undercooking the cheesecake, but the filling will be softer if it’s undercooked.

Top-down view of baked Blood Orange and Carrot Cheesecake in a springform pan

Blood Orange and Carrot Cheesecake

Serving Notes

These cheesecake really doesn’t need any garnishes, but for the photographs we drizzled ours with some No Cook Blood Orange Syrup that we made with the orange rinds.

Side shot of Blood Orange and Carrot Cheesecake with a fork digging in.

Cooking Geekery for People Curious About Baked Vegan Cheesecakes Made with Aquafaba

This is the second vegan cheesecake recipe on not not nutritious. The first one we created, Vegan Baked Lemon Cheesecake, is a similar recipe in that it uses aquafaba, along with almond flour, oil, and tapioca flour. For that first recipe, we experimented with both whipped and unwhipped aquafaba, which you can read more about here. But spoiler alert: unwhipped aquafaba was the winner! In that recipe, we used chickpeas to help provide some of the body that would normally come from cream cheese, or their common vegan replacement, soaked and blended cashews. For this Blood Orange and Carrot Cheesecake recipe, we decided to try swapping out the chickpeas with cooked carrots. We had to do a little bit of tweaking to get the proportions right, but the result is a rich, creamy, indulgent baked cheesecake that’s made from 100% plants!

Pin for Blood Orange and Carrot Cheesecake with top-down view of whole cheesecake with slice missing.


Tips: Plant-based Desserts 

If you're new to plant-based cooking, the idea of making desserts -- that typically require eggs, butter, and sugar -- might seem overwhelming.

The good news is that for many recipes, aquafaba makes an excellent egg replacement. Aquafaba is an almost-free ingredient -- the easiest way to get it is to open a can of cooked beans, such as chickpeas. The liquid is the aquafaba and 3 tablespoons of it is equivalent to an egg

In terms of replacing butter, there are now many commercial vegan butters or margarines that are plant-based. You can replace butter with margarine one to one.

Depending on the recipe, other oils can be used in butter's place - such as the sunflower oil in this recipe. You do have to be careful when replacing solid fats (such as butter) with liquid fats, and it might require some experimentation to get the proportions right. 

Finally, some recipes replace some or all of the fat with pureed fruit. For example, this Pear Zucchini Bread replaces some of the traditional butter with pureed pears. 

While white and brown sugar can be vegan -- depending on how their processed -- some plant-based eaters choose to replace these sugars with less refined options. Generally speaking, you can replace white sugar one to one with cane sugar, or coconut sugar, although the flavour, colour, and consistency of the end product may be somewhat altered.   

Recipe Card

Blood Orange and Carrot Cheesecake (Vegan)

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Perfect for a special occasion, this Blood Orange and Carrot Cheesecake is an indulgent, dairy-free baked cheesecake recipe that doesn't require a lot of work. Subtly flavoured with orange and carrot, this vegan cheesecake is made with almond flour instead of cashews, so there's no waiting around for cashews to soak. Beyond cooking the carrots and juicing the oranges, you just toss everything in a blender and your cheesecake is ready to bake. 
Servings 10
Calories 462 kcal
Author Sylvia

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the cheesecake filling

  • 3/4 cup cooked carrots
  • 1 cup blood orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange rind
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 9 tablespoons sunflower oil (or any neutral oil)
  • 9 tablespoons aquafaba (see the Recipe Notes)
  • 1 1/2 cup vegan white chocolate chips (or substitute cocoa butter and white sugar, see Recipe Notes)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tapioca flour (also called tapioca starch)

Instructions

Make the crust:

  • Put all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until well-combined and crumbly-looking.
  • Press into a 7-inch springform pan, distributing evenly.
  • Bake at 350F for about 7 minutes. Set aside to cool. 

Make the filling

  • Add all of the cheesecake ingredients to the blender. Blend on high for one minute and then scra
  • Blend on high for one minute and then scrape down the sides.
  • Repeat blending and scraping 1 or 2 more minutes, until the mixture is thick and creamy, 
  • Pour into the prepared pan.
  • Bake at 325F for about 40-45 minutes, until it's slightly springy to the touch. 
  • Let cool before removing from the pan. 

Notes

About Aquafaba

See Aquafaba: An Easy Vegan Egg Replacer. 

Substitutions for Blood Oranges

If you cannot find blood oranges you can substitute with any kind of orange or similar citrus such as tangerines, mandarins, tangelos, or a mix of these. Pick the freshest, juiciest fruit you can find. If no oranges are available you could use purchased unsweetened orange juice, although the final flavour will be dependent on the quality of the juice. 

Substitution for White Chocolate Chips

If you cannot find vegan white chocolate chips, you can substitute with 3/4 cup of cocoa butter and 3/4 of a cup of white sugar

Storing the Cheesecake

The cheesecake will keep well in the fridge for at least 2-3 days and even longer. It will get a bit more firmer and drier over time. 

Nutritional Information

Nutritional information is an estimate only. 

Nutrition

Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 187mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1810IU | Vitamin C: 13.6mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 1mg

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Cuisine
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Keywords
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  1. 5 stars
    I was lucky to have you test this one on me, and I loved it! Delicious! And it really has that cheesecake weight and consistency. This is a winner!

    1. Thank you for being such a willing tester! So glad you liked it and took the time to come here and comment too!

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