This dairy free keto pumpkin cheesecake is ultra creamy and loaded with fall flavors! With minimal effort, you can make these adorable no bake tarts to impress any guests…and they’ll NEVER miss the dairy!!
Come the holiday times, those wishing to stick to a particular diet plan need some advance planning. These adorable mini low carb pumpkin cheesecakes fit the bill for SO many! Paleo, vegan, keto, low carb……these decadent pumpkin cheesecakes are just the ticket….and everyone will be surprised to learn they are completely dairy free!
When I decided to create this recipe, I turned to my trusty tried and true (an well loved) no bake lemon tart recipe. After all, I KNEW this formula worked…I had created two different flavor profiles with the same idea.
The trickier part was keeping the crust low carb…..but I nailed it! These were a HUGE hit when I served them to my Bunco group as an experiment. Even better, I had in the fridge and chilling up in under 30 minutes….it was SO quick and easy!
Special tools to create these low carb cheesecakes
FILLING: To get the silky smooth texture in the cheesecake filling, I used my high powered blender. Because of its powerful action, I did not need to pre soak the raw cashews. IF you are using a less powerful blender or a food processor, you MUST soak the raw cashews in hot water for 2-3 hours first!
CRUST: A food processor is used to create the crust…and I am not aware of any other tool that would do the trick.
To make pressing the crust into the mini tart pan a complete snap, I love using one of these affordable tart tampers! Takes me just a few minutes to press in all my crusts! Alternately, you can line a mini muffin pan with baking cups!
How to serve these no bake cheesecakes
There are many ways to enjoy these pumpkin cheesecakes!
- topped with a candied pecan (purchased or homemade). These keto candied pecans look great!
- topped with a dollop of your favorite whipped cream! Easily keto or vegan…this classic creamy topping always marries well with pumpkin!
- drizzle of melted chocolate! Simply melt a 1/2 cup of preferred chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon coconut oil, grab a spoon, and drizzle atop the cheesecakes!
- Caramel and pumpkin are always amazing together. This paleo caramel, and this paleo vegan caramel look like great options!
How to store these low carb pumpkin cheesecakes
Because of the added moisture from the pumpkin, these little gems are best stored in the fridge until you are ready to eat.
If you would like to make them in advance, the put them in an airtight container in the freezer! Either thaw at room temp or in the fridge.
Additional pumpkin treat ideas
- Paleo vegan pumpkin snickerdoodles – made with almond flour and your choice of granulated sweetener, these are simple to make and a real crowd pleaser!
- A paleo and vegan pumpkin ice cream could make for the ULTIMATE pumpkin pie ala mode!
- Pumpkin pie without eggs? This recipe promises a real winner!
- These chewy paleo and vegan pumpkin cookies are well loved in my family and use an extra nutritional secret ingredient!
Or for a different low carb spin, you could try this keto flan recipe!
Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe:
If you try these low carb pumpkin cheesecake bites, be sure to come back and leave a comment and a review!
Dairy Free Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake
- 1 1/2 cup pecans toasted in a 350 degree oven for 12-14 minutes
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (more to taste is fine!)
- 1/2 teaspoon molasses
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons powdered erythritol or maple syrup
- 1 cup raw cashews soaked a minimum of one hour, up to 4 in fresh water
- 1/2 cup coconut oil warmed
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup Lankanto maple syrup or any maple syrup, may use part stevia or erythritol
- 1/4 cup hot water only if necessary to get the mixture blending
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice makes it taste like cheesecake!
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon molasses
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
For the crust, process pecans in the food processor until you have a meal/flour consistency.
Add in remaining crust ingredients and pulse until well blended. You should be able to press the mixture together into a crust, process a bit longer to release some more of the oils if doesn't press together easily.
Press into greased individual tartlet pans, muffin tins, or make them into a bar using an 8 x 8 pan.
For the filling, process all ingredients until silky smooth (multiple minutes). Only add the hot water if the mixture is being stubborn to blend.
Taste and add more sweetener if you prefer, or cinnamon/pumpkin pie spice! The amount enjoyed is SO individual!
Pour pumpkin cheesecake mixture into the awaiting crusts, and refrigerate until set and ready to eat!!
Any leftover or extra filling can be poured into any mold or bowl, refrigerated, then enjoyed like a mousse or pudding!!!
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I am tired of people leaving 5 star reviews on food that they think “looks” good but never have tried making. 5 of the 15 reviews have definitely not made this recipe, a few more are unclear. I wanted to try this recipe but now I am unsure after reading such misleading reviews. To the chef, please try to encourage only those reviews that actually have made your recipe. Otherwise, it seems like friends are trying to boost your ratings
Hi Gina. I hear your frustration. In fact, when I update posts now, I make a point of deleting fluffy comments. But before you condemn me and other bloggers…realize google only ‘sees’ us with an ever changing list of stipulations…ratings being a tiny portion of that. And the reality of a super tiny page like mine is that 99% of people who make recipes never come back and leave comments. So your one star rating isn’t exactly fair when you have never made it either. I have made this recipe countless times for many people, and I based it on my popular lemon tart recipe which has plenty of comments from people who have made it if you’re so inclined. (https://www.tessadomesticdiva.com/hail-merry-lemon-tart-knock-off/).
Sharon McCakill says
This looks delicious, and I can’t believe it’s dairy-free! I haven’t tried using cashews for dairy-free yet, but I will with with recipe! I also love the idea of a pecan crust with the pumpkin flavors. This is going to be a winner for sure. Thanks for the recipe.
I’m not a big fun of a pumpkin but I cooked this a few days ago and this cheesecake turned out absolutely delicious! My daughter loved it and wanted more! Thank you, Tessa for this wonderful recipe. Pinned!
Stacey L Crawford says
OMG, these are tasty & adorable little morsels!
Cynthia | What A Girl Eats says
I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie…too intense. BUT I love pumpkin cheesecake! These are the perfect addition to a holiday buffet!
This looks soo good Love it
I love having mini desserts at Thanksgiving… you get to try many different types. These pumpkin cheesecakes will be a hit with my family. Thank you for the dairy free recipe!
Megan Stevens says
Delicious Tessa, and so cute!! Love these! I wouldn’t have thought to make the smaller size, but they turn out so great.
Raia Todd says
Wow! I love that these are dairy-free! They look so delicious, Tessa!
Easy Keto Dishes says
I’m definitely making these! These look like my quintessential favorite dessert.
Heather H says
Love that tart tamper, so perfect and pretty!
So decadent! Love the smooth, creamy pumpkin filling!
Don Baiocchi says
Wow. These look so luscious and indulgent. I bet I could eat a LOT at one time!
Joni Gomes says
I could never resist small, individual size desserts! Adding this to my Thanksgiving menu!
In recipe you say you replace pumpkin puree with half stevia equivalent? Can”t wait to try these!
Carina Smith says
oh.my.gosh, they do look rather gorgeous!!! I am constantly (it feels!) experimenting with bases/crusts. Love the filling. I do love no-bake raw cakes.
Jean Choi says
Cannot wait to make this for Thanksgiving! You combined two of my favorite things and this looks so so perfect.
Kim Robinson says
These are so delicious! Very creamy — I would never guess they were no dairy. Thank you for the great recipe!!!