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Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake



It’s Halloween, which means it’s pumpkin pie time.

I’ve got a new recipe here for you that is part pumpkin pie, part cheesecake.

Let me know how you like the recipe.



Makes one 7” cheesecake


  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 cup pecans*
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 7 apricots, diced
  • 1/2 cup raisins, diced
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon coconut butter
  1. Grind all ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Press into the cheesecake pan.

*I like to soak the pecans for 4 hours, then dehydrate them at 105 degrees F for 10 to 12 hours, to make them more digestible and less heavy.


  • 1 3/4 cups cashews, soaked for 20 minutes
  • 1 cup diced pumpkin flesh
  • 1 cup carrot juice
  • 1/4 cup honey or coconut nectar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lecithin
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 vanilla pod scrapings
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut butter
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice*

*If you can’t get mixed spice, use pumpkin spice or refer to the  mixed spice recipe here.

  1.  Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
  2. Pour over base.
  3. Set in fridge and allow to set for 4+ hours, preferably overnight.
  4. Serve with a scoop of your favourite vanilla ice cream.  Here’s mine.


  1. Yes! Finally one that doesn’t have Cacao butter! We can’t get it here and the desserts with it in it look soooooo good!

  2. Can dates replace the apricots in this recipe? It is hard to find unsulfured dried apricots in these parts, and since it isn’t apricot season I’m unable to find fresh in the store.

  3. How can you ensure you are getting non-gmo plant based lecithin? Is this something you can pick up in health food stores? Would it be in the baking or supplement isles?

  4. Hi Russell! What’s another alternative for coconut flour for this recipe? We’ve not often coconuts here in Steubenville, Ohio. Also, since we don’t have any pumpkins here, I have some boxed organic pumpkin puree (alot of it on deep discount). How well does this boxed version work for this recipe?

    • Yes, you could use cashew or almond flour instead of coconut.

      I’ve never seen boxed pumpkin puree, so I’m not sure how it would work. If it’s literally pumpkin, pureed with nothing else in it, then it should work OK.

  5. Hi Russell

    Your recipes look so great, and people seem to love and trust you so much, that a week ago I bought all your recipe books. The only problem is, despite trying countless times, they cannot be downloaded. As requested by the automated email you send at the time of purchase, I emailed you directly, several times, with the problem but alas, no response. I feel very frustrated and am beginning to doubt your integrity. I am contacting you here because you seem active on your recipe pages, responding promptly to people’s comments. I don’t know how else to contact you as email has been so unsuccessful. Please help! Thanks :)

    • Hi Sasha, I’m sorry about that, I can certainly help you out.

      I’ve looked for your emails in our system and Haylee replied to you on the 21st November with the eBook files attached. I’m guessing it is in your spam folder or didn’t reach you at all.

      I’ll send the eBooks to you again now, if you look out for them and let us know at customer.service (at) therawchef.com if you didn’t get them.

      • Hi Russell
        Thank you so much for your helpful, extremely fast, warm response here, and for sending me the files so promptly. The download was successful this time, and I now have your amazing recipe books. Thank you so much! You’re right – for some reason I never received Haylee’s email. I am very sorry about the misunderstanding (when you’ve had some bad experiences online with companies you haven’t dealt with before it’s easy to become cynical – sorry :), and appreciate the fantastic way you handled my query/concern. I am rapt with the outcome.

        Thanks again Russell. All the best to you, and thank you for making raw food so exciting and delicious. Because of your graciousness (and talent) you have created yet another raving fan!

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  7. Hi Russell, this pie looks absolutely incredible. I was able to find Coconut flour yesterday and now I am getting ready to make this delicous Pumpkin Cheese Cake, but looking at the carrot juice, it looks suspiciously much more than I C of carrot juice………..Please advise Thanks ! :))

    • Hi Kasi, yes, I used more in the video and when I got the final cheesecake, I decided that you can use less, to give a firmer cake when out of refrigeration.

      Start with 1 cup, but maybe have another cup on hand. You’re just looking for it to be liquid enough to blend smooth.

  8. Making this now, to surprise some family tomorrow. I noticed that in your written recipe it says to add coconut butter to the crust but I didn’t see you add any in the video. What do you suggest I do for the future? Thanks Russel! Love you and everything you do for people trying or living raw.

  9. I made this yesterday and it is really delicious. Initially I found the crust a bit too sweet for my liking when I was making it so I added a bit of salt to it. Then once I pressed it in the pan to set up with the filling, it actually worked very nicely. (personal preference, here I think). The filling is really nice and my non-super-blender did a fine job of blending it all smoothly together. (Though the coconut butter took a really really long time to make…one day I’ll get a better blender. If you don’t have a powerblender or food processor with endurance, then I suggest you buy the coconut butter rather than trying to make your own. I’m sure my neighbor in the next flat over was beginning to wonder what I was doing over here with all the noise!) I love a bit of spice so I put a bit more in. It was hard to wait overnight…I couldn’t wait to try it! The texture is perfect. Great recipe. I highly recommend it. Thank you!!

  10. I made this cheesecake, (sans oat flour in the crust) and no one, NO ONE, believed me that it was a raw vegan recipe. It’s insanely yummy :) Still love your recipes whether I’m eating all raw or not. Thanks for sharing this

    • Hi Gorb,

      I love that people who are not all raw are using my recipes, that’s exactly why I do it – you don’t have to be a ‘raw foodist’ all or some of the time to get the benefits of raw food.

  11. Hi Russell :) I’ve made your cheesecake multiple times, it’s definitely a favorite among everyone I share it with (I had to start making baby cheesecakes in muffin tins to give away, actually so my friends could “steal” them) Pumpkin EVERYTHING is my favorite so I was trying to figure out how to turn your cheesecake recipe into pumpkin cheesecake… I was so stoked when I saw this. Thank you so much!! I’m making this this week. You’re the best! I agree with Carolina, best raw chef for many reasons.

  12. Russell you are so creative, generous and humble…. I am your FAN!! Tank you very much for sharing this pretty videos….

  13. Hi Russell, You really nailed it with this one! I made it for a group and all were so excited and one woman exclaimed “best pumpkin pie of my life!” I used 3 tbs. Irish moss paste instead of lecithin and got a great texture also put dried pears in the crust instead of appricot with a nice result. This will be a staple at our ThanksLiving from now on.

  14. Superb! This may just be my favorite recipe yet (they’re ALL favorites!) Yes, you’ve got IT (the talent)!

    As far as getting truly gluten-free oats, I buy the whole groats, rinsing them several times, as I do all non-gluten grains (many have been contaminated with gluten grains) before drying and milling (grinding). Some feel (me) that the label “Gluten-Free”, allowing 20 PPM (parts per million) in the USA is not gluten-free food. Any gluten, for those intolerant, can be detrimental.

    Thank you sweet Russell for your creations and instruction! Combining aesthetics, world-class taste, nutrition and easy of preparation, you’re a Godsend and are most appreciated, as I will soon show by becoming one of your students!

  15. This is wonderful, I am so happy to hear that I can finally make a gf, soy free, dariy free cheesecake!!! I can’t wait to try this recipe. I see it is possible to leave out the lecithin and substitute for oats.

    Is there a substitute for the lemon juice or can it be left out?

  16. I am struggling to source coconut butter where I am in New Zealand but I can get cacao butter. Can I use that instead? Also oats can be an issue with gluten intolerance as they are often grown where wheat crops have grown in the past and can be contaminated. I see that somewhere you have said that another half cup of coconut flour would be ok, I assume the double amount of coconut flour is not a problem? Walnuts, Pecans and Brazils are the only nuts my system still struggles with so I assume I could use hazel nuts ok in place of the pecans?

  17. Russell: This looks fantastic and I’m sure it will taste splendid; my concern is about eating grains (oats raw). Your thoughts on this?

  18. Perfect timing as I’ll be making a pumpkin pie this weekend – hadn’t planned on making it completely raw, but I think I will now :-)
    By the way, am quite new to your site, and love your videos!

  19. Looks awesome! I’m going to have to try it for Thanksgiving:) Can I substitute ground psyllium husk for the lecithin?

  20. Hey Russell, In the crust recipe there is nothing about the raisins and apricots.Could you advise the amounts-I assume 1/4 c of raisins and 6 ieces of apricots?
    Thanks a lot

  21. Hi Russell,
    Can you please tell me the name and artist of the song you used in the beginning of your video?
    Thanks! Am off to get the ingredients to make a RJ Cheesecake! :) Stacy

  22. YUMMMM… this cheesecake looks so good!…. in the video you used raisins and apricots, but failed to list how much of these in the ingredient list… can you please pass this on… also, how much vanilla extract if one does not have the pods?… thanks, I’m excited to make this beautiful dessert…. joy, Annie

  23. Hi Russell, this looks great. In the video you mentioned apricots as an ingredient for the crust but I don’t see it listed. How much apricots do you use. Also if you don’t have any lecithin what can you supplement with? Can coconut manna work as coconut butter? Are they the same, if not, how are they different.

    There is only one star available here for rating, wanted to give you five but not sure how to on this post.

    Thanks for the great recipe. Can not wait to try it.


    • Hi Shirley. See the reply above about the apricots and raisins. Lecithin doesn’t have a substitute, but it can be left out or bought online or health food shops.

      Coconut Manna is coconut butter, just their own name for it.

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