Vanilla & Roasted Apricot No-Bake Vegan Cheesecake

School Night Vegan

A super simple but delicious vegan cheesecake with a perfect balance of sweet/tart roasted apricots, creamy vanilla filling, and crispy cookie base. It takes a little while to make but minimal effort, and the results are well worth the wait.

  1. For the Cookie Crust:
  2. 4 tbsp vegan butter, melted
  3. Heaping 1 1/2 cup Lotus biscuits (or other vegan cookies)
  4. For the Vegan Cheesecake Filling:
  5. 1/2 cup cocoa butter
  6. 3/4 cup coconut oil
  7. 18 oz silken tofu
  8. 1 1/4 cup icing sugar
  9. 7 3/4 tbsp plant milk
  10. 2 tsp lemon juice
  11. 2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  12. For the Roasted Apricots:
  13. Heaping 2 3/4 cup stoned apricots, sliced (around 5–6 apricots)
  14. 2 tbsp baker’s sugar
  15. 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  16. Small bunch mint leaves

To Make the Cookie Crust

  1. Line the base of an 8 in spring-form cake tin with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Place the cookies in a food processor or blender. Pulse until they’re broken to a rough crumb. Remove from the blender and pour into a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Add the melted butter and stir to combine, making sure all the crumbs are coated.
  4. Pour the crumb into the prepared cake tin and flatten it into an even layer. Place in the freezer to chill while you prepare the filling.

To Make the Cheesecake Filling

  1. Place the cocoa butter and the coconut oil in a heat-proof bowl or double boiler and place over a pan of gently simmering water. Stirring often, allow both to melt.
  2. Meanwhile, place all remaining filling ingredients in a high-speed blender.
  3. Once melted, add the cocoa butter and the coconut oil to the high-speed blender. Blend on full speed until completely smooth, scraping down the sides, as necessary.
  4. Pour the filling on top of the chilled base and place it in the fridge. Leave to set for at least 4 hours.

To Make the Roasted Apricots

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Pit and slice the apricots into quarters. Place them in a large bowl and add the vanilla and sugar. Toss to combine. Transfer to the prepared baking tray and place in the oven.
  3. Roast for 20-25 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on the apricots and don’t allow them to burn or lose their shape entirely. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  4. Arrange on top of the chilled cheesecake and return to the fridge to chill for a further 2 hours minimum.
  5. When ready to serve, remove from the fridge and top with the mint. Slice and enjoy!

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