Pumpkin Cheesecake Bears

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bears

♫ Listening to: Take It Out On Me by Chairlift ♫

Makes 24 bears

Chocolate Crust Ingredients:

  • 24 Newman O’s or Joe Joe’s (or I guess Oreos if you must, but do you really want to eat those?)
  • ¼ cup earth balance or coconut oil, melted

Chocolate Crust Directions:

Process the cookies in the food processor until they are fine crumbs.

Slowly add the melted oil while the food processor is still spinning.

Line 2 cupcake pans with papers.

Press the mixture into the bottoms of cupcake papers.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Ingredients:

  • 2 packages silken tofu, rinsed and patted dry with paper towels or a kitchen towel
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 2 T cornstarch
  • 8 oz vegan cream cheese (I like Kite Hill)
  • 1 ½ c sugar
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1 t nutmeg
  • ½ t cloves
  • ¼ t ginger
  • ¼ t salt

Pumpkin Cheesecake Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325°.

Blend all the ingredients, stopping once to scrape down the sides with a spatula before blending once more.

Pour the filling into the cupcake papers, filling them about 34 of the way.

Smooth the tops with the back of a spoon.

Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into one comes out clean.

Chill overnight in the fridge, uncovered.

Decorate with chocolate chips and chocolate buttons. TCHO makes vegan dark chocolate buttons, but if you live in London, you can get them from a bunch of places. I used Dairy free white chocolate buttons because that’s what I had lying around the house, but I don’t think you can buy them anywhere in the U.S.

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