Pumpkin Cinnamon Cheesecake Recipe

Halloween is just around the corner and bestselling gluten-free cookbook author, Elana Amsterdam, has just the treats to get in spirit: Pumpkin Cinnamon Cheesecake, Chocolate Orange Truffles, Vegan Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream, and more!

Even with the popularity of gluten-free foods at an all-time high, it can still be tough to find Halloween sweets that are healthy and have the taste and texture those with gluten intolerances crave.

Using coconut or almond flour in place of commonly used white wheat or rice flour, Elana has put together a number of delicious Halloween recipes on her website, Elana’s Panty, that are high in both protein and fiber.


  • 1 medium pie pumpkin, acorn squash or butternut squash (how-to roast squash)
  • 1 quart whole milk yogurt, strained overnight or up to 24 hours (discard whey)
  • ½ cup agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt


  • Fill the bottom of a baking dish with a little less than ¼ inch of water.
  • Cut pumpkin in half, remove seeds, and place face down in baking dish.
  • Roast pumpkin in the oven for 45-55 minutes until soft.
  • Allow pumpkin to cool and scrape flesh into a bowl, then measure out 2.
  • In a Cuisinart, combine 2 cups pumpkin, strained yogurt (minus the whey which was strained out), agave, vanilla and lemon juice and process until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Process in cinnamon and salt.
  • Pour batter into a 9-inch tart pan. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes, until firm Remove from oven, cool and serve.
Serves 8
About Lesha

HilLesha O'Nan resides in Southern Indiana with her husband, two children, and a Maltese. She's a lifestyle and travel blogger that enjoys photography, flea markets, fashion, movies, natural wellness and living, vegetarian and vegan food, music, history, antiques, and interior decorating. She is also the founder of To the Motherhood, which will be rebranding as Chic Forte in Spring/Summer 2015; Fashion Fling, and The Beauty Counter.


  1. This sounds so much better than traditional pumpkin pie!

  2. Sounds YUMMY to me!

  3. Delicious! You better have saved me a piece!

  4. This looks fantastic, I will have to give this one a try.

  5. I want a slice :)

  6. I've tasted a pumpkin cheese cake ice cream desert but this is the real thing and I can't wait to make this recipe. It would also be perfect for Thanksgiving!

  7. I love pumpkin flavored anything…definetly going to try this recipe!

  8. Yummy, this sounds so delicious.

  9. this looks delicious!

  10. I love pumpkin cheese cake. The yogurt is a great idea for it.

  11. Stopping back to get the recipe for this one.

  12. this sounds delish, may i copy?

  13. This sounds really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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