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Key Lime Pie Cheesecake – Gretchen’s Vegan Bakery

It’s No Bake and it tops my list of best vegan cheesecakes!

Key lime pie cheesecake is the perfect cross between key lime pie and cheesecake!
No bake season is here because it’s just too hot for ovens lately so we have to break out the no bake desserts!

No Bake Vegan Key Lime Cheescake

But unlike most no bake desserts this one contains no nuts!

Most recipes for no bake vegan cheesecakes are merely cashew creams that are served semi frozen.
To me that is not really a cheesecake; but more of a frozen nutty, cream cheese pie type thingamajiggy.

No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

In this latest version the green swirl was made with all natural spirulina mixed with a small portion of the cheesecake batter.

No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

Originally in 2017 I made the key lime portion separate from the cheesecake layer for a stunning double decker Key Lime Pie Cheesecake!

That was a bit more work though because I had to keep the recipes separate, but I provide both videos and recipes below!

No Bake Key Lime Pie Cheesecake



This 2020 video is a vlog style video so you will have to skip forward to 3 minutes in to get to the recipe!

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Notes for Success:

You will notice in the video I am using an 7” Ring Mold to make this cake, if you have a springform pan this will be great too!

Whenever using agar in your recipes it is important to know a little bit about this ingredient as this will make or break your final outcome!

Agar is a very sensitive ingredient that when measured improperly it can be the difference between a creamy luscious slice of cheesecake and a hunk of inedible rubber on your plate!
Pay attention to the strength of agar you are using in comparison to the one that author of the recipe is using
I typically use 900 strength in my recipes SPECIFICALLY THIS BRAND BY Landor Trading Co *not sponsored

Because this is a no bake cheesecake you can use any brand of cream cheese you love the most

Nellie & Joe’s Brand Key Lime Juice is the key ingredient if you can’t get your hands on real key limes *not sponsored

Check out the Original Double Decker version recipe below!

Yield: serves 12-14ppl

Key Lime Cheesecake Original

No Bake Vegan Key Lime Cheescake

Prep Time
4 hours

Total Time
4 hours


For the Crust

  • Graham Crackers 3 cups crumbs~ 20 sheets (280g)
  • Vegan Butter 8 tablespoons (113g)
  • Vegan Sugar 6 Tablespoons (85g)

For the Cheesecake Layer:

  • Vegan Cream Cheese 1 package 8 oz (226g)
  • Granulated Sugar ¾ cups (155g)
  • Plant Milk 6 fl ounce (175ml)
  • Powdered Agar ¼ teaspoon
  • Apple Cider Vinegar ½ teaspoon

For the Key Lime Pie Layer

  • Water 1/3 cup (80ml)
  • Powdered Agar ½ teaspoon
  • Lime Juice 2/3 cup (160ml)
  • Lime Zest from 1 lime (approx 1 teaspoon)
  • Granulated Sugar ½ cup (100g)
  • Corn Syrup 3 Tablespoons (90ml)
  • Cornstarch or Arrowroot 3 Tablespoons (24g)
  • Plant Milk 1¼ cup (300ml)
  • Green & Yellow gel paste color *optional


  1. To make the crust combine the graham crackers and sugar to a food processor and process to find crumbs.
  2. Add the melted vegan butter and process to the consistency of wet sand.
  3. Take out approximately ½ cup of the crust mixture and reserve
  4. Press the remaining crust into the bottom and all the way up to the top of the sides of a 2½” tall springform pan or a ring mold then freeze while you prepare the cheesecake layer
  5. *Since I’ve made this recipe about 15 times after the release of this video, I came up with an easier mix method from that shown in the video! You can either follow the video instructions or the NEW written method here:
  6. For the Cheesecake Layer combine the soy milk, sugar & agar powder together in a medium sauce pot and whisk smooth
  7. Continue whisking over medium-high and bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
  8. Lower the heat and add the cream cheese and apple cider vinegar and whisk vigorously to smooth
  9. Pour immediately into the prepared frozen crust
  10. Refrigerate until set, this should only take about an hour or two
  11. Once the cheesecake layer is set, cover it with the remaining crust that was reserved from earlier., then you can make the lime pie layer
  12. For the Key Lime Pie Layer combine all the ingredients for the key lime pie recipe together in a medium sauce pot, heating and stirring until thick and starting to boil.
  13. Let boil for just about 15 seconds
  14. Add the optional food color, pour over the set cheesecake and crust layer in the mold
  15. Refrigerate to set 2 hours or overnight
  16. Unmold then garnish with optional cream cheese icing and fresh lime slices


No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake made with agar is super stable to stay out at room temperature for about 4 hours.

Keep refrigerated until serving and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

2020 Version Recipe!

Yield: serves 10-12 ppl

Key Lime Pie Cheesecake 2020

No Bake Vegan Key Lime Cheescake

Prep Time
4 hours

Total Time
4 hours


For the cheesecake:

  • Vegan Cream Cheese 8oz package
  • Granulated Vegan Sugar 1¼ cup (250g)
  • Plant Milk 2 cups (473ml)
  • Agar Powder 3/4 teaspoon
  • Cornstarch 3 Tablespoons (24g)
  • Key Lime Juice 1 cup (237ml)

For the Crust:

  • Graham Crackers (or digestive biscuits) 10 sheets(140g) 1½ cups crumbs
  • Vegan Butter 4 tablespoons (56g)
  • Vegan Sugar 3 Tablespoons (43g)


  1. First prepare the crust by melting the vegan butter.
  2. Combine the graham crackers and sugar to a food processor and process to fine crumbs.
  3. Add the melted vegan butter and process to the consistency of wet sand.
  4. Press into the bottom on the acetate strip lined ring mold and refrigerate until needed
  5. For the cheesecake, combine all the ingredients together in a saucepot over medium high heat whisking constantly until the cream cheese is smooth and the mixture thickens and boil for 30 seconds
  6. Once it boils remove from the heat and pour into the prepared ring mold over the graham cracker crust
  7. Color some of the batter with green food color if desired then swirl into the cheesecake, and then refrigerate until set approx 3 hours


Cheesecake must be kept refrigerated at all times, and will stay fresh for up to 1 week covered in the refrigerator




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