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vegan strawberry pretzel cheesecake in a basket topped with pretzels and sliced berries

Strawberry Pretzel Cheesecake

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  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This Vegan Strawberry Pretzel Cheesecake is perfect creamy, salty, and sweet! A dairy-free “cheesecake” filling made from coconut and cashews is swirled with bright strawberry jam and then poured into a crispy pretzel crust. Easily no-bake and gluten-free! NOTE: This recipe requires four hours of chilling time.



For pretzel crust:

  • 2 cups medium ground pretzel crumbs (from a few cups of whatever kinds of pretzels you have on hand, I used minis)
  • 8 TBS melted vegan butter
  • Maple syrup as needed to further bind the crust (optional)

For the cheesecake base:

  • 1 cup cashew pieces, soaked in water for 10 minutes to soften (raw or roasted, it does not make a huge difference)
  • 1 cup coconut cream (the hard substance on the top of a can of chilled coconut milk)
  • 3 TBS lemon juice, from about 1/2 of a large lemon
  • 2 TBS cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam
  • 2 TBS maple syrup
  • Extra strawberry jam to swirl on top


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (see note for no bake option).To make the crust, combine pretzel crumbs with melted butter until you have the consistency of wet sand. If it feels too dry, add a TBS of maple syrup. It should stick together when you press it between your fingers.
  2. Press the crust into a 9 inch springform pan or pie plate, using the bottom of a cup to really ensure it is packed tightly in the dish. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove and let cool slightly.
  3. Drain cashews and add to a high speed blender with coconut cream, lemon juice, cornstarch, salt, strawberry jam, and maple syrup. Blend on high until very smooth.
  4. Pour cheesecake filling into prepared crust. Add a few teaspoons of jam on top, swirling as desired. Chill in the fridge for at least four hours, until firm.


For a no-bake crust, press crust into dish and freeze until solid, at least 30 minutes. Pour filling into frozen crust and chill as directed in recipe.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Chilling Time: 4 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Chilling
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 368 calories
  • Sugar: 5.6 grams
  • Sodium: 161.3 milligrams
  • Fat: 29.1 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 14.1 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 15 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 25.9 grams
  • Fiber: 3.6 grams
  • Protein: 5.4 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams