Baked Cheesecake

When a person makes a decision to take on a plant based diet, they often think they will never have certain dishes ever again – cheesecake was one of mine. After being asked to make a cheesecake for the holidays, I started looking online for various recipes. I knew it could be done – I just thought it was going to be extremely complicated.

I found several recipes and many were ok, some were complete taste bud (and structural) disasters. This recipe is a series of trial and error for ingredients, measurements, and cooking time. I did take inspiration from several different places and eventually figuring out the right combination for our taste preferences.

Its safe to call out that this is NOT a whole food, plant-based recipe. Only plant-based this time.

Vegan Baked Cheesecake

A recipe by Willowbrook Farms Animal Sanctuary President, Crystal Porter

Basic Crust Ingredients

  • 1 pack of graham crackers, vegan
  • 6 T butter, vegan
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Filling Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup coconut cream, including some of the liquid from the can
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, vegan
  • 1 T arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 T melted coconut oil, refined
  • 1.5 T lemon juice


  • Preparation:
    1. Preheat oven to 350′ F
    2. Soften the cashews by soaking in boiling hot water for 1 hour (or longer)
    3. Line a spring form pan with aluminum foil
    4. Place a parchment paper ring into the spring form pan
  • Make the Crust
    1. Break the graham crackers down to a fine powder
    2. Add the sugar and melted butter
    3. Add the mixture to the prepared spring form pan
    4. Pack the mixture down over the entire base of the pan to make a solid crust for the cheesecake
    5. Set the pan off to the side
  • Make the Filling
    1. Add all the filling ingredients to a high speed blender
    2. Blend until smooth
    3. Pour over the prepared pan with the crust
  • Make the cheesecake
    1. Tap the spring form pan, after all ingredients have been added, on the counter to get air bubbles out
    2. Turn the oven temperature down to 325′ F
    3. Bake the cheesecake at 325′ F for 50 minutes (do NOT open the oven door during the bake time)
    4. After 50 minutes, turn the oven off without removing the cheesecake. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes in the oven (do not open the door during this process)
    5. After the 10 minutes are up, remove the cheesecake from the oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes
    6. Release the spring form pan to remove the cheesecake and use the parchment paper to move it to a plate
    7. Refrigerate until the cheesecake is fully cooled

Once cooled in the refrigerator, this cheesecake can “survive well” on the counter. It keeps its consistency well, although we keep it in the refrigerator for as long as it can survive consumption.

It tastes great with no toppings, but we like to top with fresh fruit as well as canned pie filling fruits.

If you are interested in watching a video on TikTok of the general process of this recipe, click here.

Giving Tuesday 2020

I don’t think you need me to tell you that it’s been a rather weird year.

Yet, here we are.

And today is Giving Tuesday.

Our little organization has been impacted by the events of 2020 but we have been able to stay afloat, which is a blessing. It doesn’t mean things haven’t been rough or that we can’t use more help. We do our best to make every dollar count here – and today would be a day to really help us get finances to take us through the winter months!

With it being Giving Tuesday, we wanted to present out the different ways to give. As always, any donation (not a merchandise purchase) is fully tax deductible. And if you cannot donate traditionally, find us on our various social media outlets and share/like/comment our posts. Any and all support is appreciated!


  1. Facebook Donation – 100% of all processing fees are paid by Facebook so we receive 100% of your donation.
  2. PayPal – There is a small processing fee using PayPal but the immediate delivery of funds is helpful.
  3. Venmo us at $Willowbrook
  4. Purchase WFAS Merchandise – this method is not tax deductible BUT you do get a cool shirt


  1. Follow us on all our social media outlets and like/share/comment when you can
  2. Start shopping Amazon Smile (instead of the regular Amazon website) and set us as your community partner.
  3. Subscribe to our Patreon for as little as $1 a month – here you get exclusive sanctuary content and my personal take on our lives and living cruelty-free.


This year our Giving Tuesday funds will be focused towards winter resilience.

With the reduction in donations throughout the year, we have less to use to get us through the winter months. These includes:

  1. making emergency fixes to shelters,
  2. purchasing additional hay for the bigger animals,
  3. purchasing feed and produce for the smaller animals,
  4. purchasing more straw for bedding which is used for ALL the animals,
  5. finishing off the shelter for Charlie and Cora, and
  6. improving our winterization setup going forward.

It’s a long list but I know we can do it, especially with your help.

Many blessings!


Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter today because tomorrow, December 2nd, we will be drawing two people from that list to select prizes from our special giveaway Amazon Wishlist!

Azzip “Pot of Dough”

ATTENTION Friends and Family that live near an Azzip Pizza (Indiana restaurant with a couple spots in Kentucky)

Willowbrook Farms is participating in Azzip Pizza’s Pot of Dough fundraising program. If you eat at Azzip, we are asking you to use the below voucher when you pay at the register…. if you use this voucher, Azzip donates 5% of that purchase amount back to our sanctuary. It also gets us into a drawing for the grand prize of a 10,000$ donation. You can print the voucher OR save it to your phone. Any way that allows you to present the code to the folks working the register.

Each and every dollar raised from your purchases will go into the produce, hay, bedding, repairs, and medical needed to make this sanctuary work. There is a LOT of little things that we buy weekly and monthly – so the idea of the donation would be so small doesn’t apply here!

So if you are a fan of Azzip Pizza (or want to try it for the first time), please print out (or save) the voucher.

The program lasts from Sept 2020 through November 2020 – THREE MONTHS!

NOW – if you don’t want to keep track of the voucher, I can mail you a keytag for your keychain. Just reach out to us (comment, email, comment on any of our social media platforms) that you want a keytag. I’ll reach out to you via private message to get your address (if I don’t already have it). I have up to 100 that I can send out so don’t be shy if this is your preference.

LASTLY – please do share this message and voucher on your own Facebook walls to spread the word! We would appreciate any and all help getting the word out.

God bless!