Apple Cheesecake Crumble

I’ve been venturing more into dessert lately when I realized that I don’t have enough sweet stuff on here! Baking has always intimidated me because it seems easy to slip up and you can’t taste test things while they’re cooking. After trying a pumpkin cheesecake recipe from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen (which this is adapted from) I wanted to experiment with a different flavor and had a $2 bag of apples from the farmer’s market lying around. The apple topping and crumble is perfect because it’s like pie and cheesecake in one!

Vegan Apple Cheesecake Crumble

  • 8 oz container of vegan cream cheese
  • 12 ounces silken tofu
  • 1/2 cup light agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup apple sauce (the unsweetened kind)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup light agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp melted Earth Balance
  • 1 large apple, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 store bought 8-inch graham-cracker pie crust(the non-hydrogenated kind!)

Preheat the oven to 350. Mix the first set of ingredients in a food processor until it’s thick and creamy. Remove a cup of the mixture and spread on crust. Add the next group of ingredients and process, then pour over the bottom layer on the crust.

In a mixing bowl, add the last set of ingredients except the apple and mix together with your hands until the flour is moist and crumbly, adding more flour if needed.

Layer the apple slices over the top layer and top off with the crumble mixture. Bake for 50 minutes then let it set in the fridge for at least 24 hours before serving so it can get firm.


No Sugar Banana Blueberry Crumblecake

This is a super easy desert to make with stuff you probably have in your kitchen already. I replaced sugar with agave, so it’s not as sweet as crumbles normally are (I’m trying to generally stay away from cane sugar lately) and the blueberries added a nice tartness to it. If you want it to be sweeter, you can use riper bananas.

  • 3 bananas sliced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 3 tbsp earthbalance vegan butter
  • 1/3 cup light agave syrup
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour

-preheat oven to 375º

-butter a baking dish and add bananas and blueberries

-in a mixing bowl, add flour, agave, and butter. mix with your hands until its a crumbly consistency and all the butter and agave have been absorbed by the flour.

-sprinkle crumble mixture on top of the fruit, making sure to push some of the crumble down into the crevices

-bake for 25-30 min until the top is golden and the blueberries have turned bright purple

This would have been good to eat with some vanilla soy ice cream, but since I didn’t have any I poured some almond milk on top and it was delicious!