Flatlay of a whole Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake (AIP/Paleo) with slices taken out

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake (AIP/Paleo)

This Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake (AIP/Paleo) is gluten free, dairy free, and contains no processed sugar. All the taste and texture without inflammatory ingredients!

Flatlay of a whole Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake (AIP/Paleo) with slices taken out
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake (AIP/Paleo)
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I have been a cheesecake lover from a young age. In my teen years, I would always ask for a Sarah Lee cherry cheesecake for my birthday instead of a cake! Recently, I had been trying to just make some pumpkin collagen bars, but the more I worked with it, the more I realized that what I was actually making was pumpkin spice cheesecake, AIP style! ๐Ÿ˜€

And the angels sang.

I quickly set about making a crumbly crust, made a few tweaks, chilled it in the fridge, and voilร !

Closeup of a slice of Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake (AIP/Paleo), showing the crumble crust
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake (AIP/Paleo)

Make your treats count

For those of us eating in a Paleo style for healing, treats are meant to be just that – treats! They are not meant to be a big part of our diet. My thinking is that if we are going to treat, we can treat responsibly! Pumpkin is good for you, and I’ve included an optional addition of collagen for gut health. Why not make your treat count?


You know how I love to pretty things up… The garnish I used in this picture is a sprinkling of my Pumpkin Spice Granola, which is fully AIP. If you have made some successful reintroductions, you might try some chopped pecans, and maybe a drizzle of caramel… ๐Ÿคค


Overhead view of a slice of Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake (AIP/Paleo), garnished with pumpkin spice granola
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake (AIP/Paleo)

Special equipment

You will need a couple of pieces of equipment to make this recipe. One is a food processor. You’ll need this to make both the crumble crust, and the filling itself.

The other thing you’ll need is a 9″ springform pan. That’s the special pan that allows you to lift off the ring that forms the sides, but leaves the bottom. They are awesome.

Enjoy, my friends. And remember, treat responsibly!

As always, I’m wishing you great love and deep healing.



P.S. There are some reeeaaaaallly exciting things coming, including my very first solo mini e-cookbook, and my monthly Wendi-zine! Keep an eye out for it! ๐Ÿ‘€

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake (AIP/Paleo)

Recipe by Wendi’s AIP Kitchen – http://www.wendisaipkitchen.com Course: DessertCuisine: AIP, PaleoDifficulty: Easy


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Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake (AIP/Paleo) is GF, DF, and contains no processed sugars. All the taste and texture, without the inflammatory ingredients!


  • For the crust:

  • 1 cup 1 pitted dates

  • 1 cup 1 tigernut flour

  • 1 TBSP 1 coconut oil

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 sea salt

  • For the filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups 1 1/2 pitted dates

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 softened coconut butter*

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 coconut oil

  • 1 1 fifteen-oz. can organic pumpkin purรฉe

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 tigernut flour

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 collagen (optional, for gut health)

  • 2 TBSP 2 honey

  • 2 tsp 2 cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 sea salt

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 ground ginger

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 ground cloves


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place crust ingredients in a food processor, and process until crumbly. Place the crumbles in a 9″ springform pan. Lightly press it into the bottom, and about 1/2 inch up the sides of the pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool while you make the filling.
  • Clean out the food processor bowl. For the filling, place 1 1/2 cups pitted dates in the food processor, along with coconut butter and coconut oil. Process until it resembles a crumbly dough. Scrape down the bowl as necessary.
  • Add the rest of the filling ingredients to the bowl, and process again until very smooth. Spread pumpkin mixture evenly in the prepared crusted pan. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cake will stiffen with time. Cake may be garnished with Pumpkin Spice Granola for AIP, or chopped pecans, if tolerated. Store in the refrigerator.


  • Coconut butter must be warmed and stirred before measuring. This can be done by slowly microwaving, or by placing the jar in a bowl of very warm water.

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  1. I think you need to just pop that into the freezer and then into a box with some dry ice and send it to me. LOL

  2. Can you do this in a regular pie baking dish?

  3. My family loved it!! I am making this today for Thanksgiving..!!

  4. Hi Wendy, do you think this could work with arrowroot flour instead? As I canโ€™t get hold of tigernut flour…

    • Hi, Joanneke! Ooooo, I don’t think those would be a good swap for this recipe. Arrowroot is so light, like corn starch, and Tigernut flour has more substance, like graham flour. This is the difficult thing about AIP baking – it’s very fussy! Not many swaps work. Sorry. I wish I had better news for you!

  5. Oh my! This is yummy! And it tastes normal rather than like a strange imitation of a food I can’t eat anymore. Thank you!

    • Hi there! I’m just now getting this message. My apologies for the late reply. I’m so glad you liked this recipe. I love it, too! And I completely get what you’re saying about strange imitation food. It sure feels like that sometimes! Thank you for taking the time to write, and again, I apologize for the late reply… -Wendi

  6. Leigh Mitchell

    Oh my gosh! This is SO GOOD! After last year’s multiple failed attempts at an AIP pumpkin pie (the flavor or texture was just not quite right with every recipe I tried), I was so defeated! But this recipe is MUCH easier, had the perfect flavor, and even though it was a more dense (like a cheesecake), the texture was absolutely dreamy. And if it was left out a bit to come closer to room temp, the texture was even closer to a true pumpkin pie. I can’t tell you how happy this made me! It’s all I can do today to not go scarf down the rest for breakfast ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Once again it is the holidays and I’m buying a large box of dates from the farmer’s market. I always make at least two of these pumpkin cheesecakes for the holidays. I love this recipe.

  8. Abby in Ohio

    What kind of pitted dates should I use for the crust? Thank you and happy holidays!

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