This Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake (AIP/Paleo) is gluten free, dairy free, and contains no processed sugar. All the taste and texture without inflammatory ingredients!Jump to Recipe
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! 😀
And the angels sang.
I quickly set about making a crumbly crust, made a few tweaks, chilled it in the fridge, and voilà!
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… 🤤
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! 👀
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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
Haha! Sure thing! 🤣
I ended up making this for Thanksgiving. This is soooo good. I added Coyo coconut yogurt to the top with dried cranberries.
Oooooooo, great idea! I’m so glad it worked for you! 🙂
Can you do this in a regular pie baking dish?
Hi, Kelly! Yes, I think so, but I’m not sure if the amount of filling will equate. There may be more or less, depending on your pie plate. Enjoy! 🙂
My family loved it!! I am making this today for Thanksgiving..!!
EXCELLENT! I’m so glad! 😀
Hi Wendy, do you think this could work with arrowroot flour instead? As I can’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!
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
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 😉
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.
Hi, Cheryl! Wow, I’m so happy about that! Thank you for taking the time (especially during this busy season) to circle back and write to me. Much appreciated. 🙂
What kind of pitted dates should I use for the crust? Thank you and happy holidays!
Hi, Abby! I think I used Medjool. Or Deglet Noor. Not sure if it matters(?). 🤷🏼♀️ Happy holidays to you, too!