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Dulce de Leche Chocolate Coconut Cheesecake (vegan and gluten-free)

In my post Top 15 Vegan and Gluten-Free Foods 2018, I mentioned how much I love Bobo Bars, and they sent me some! Isn’t that great?! So I used four Chocolate Almond Butter Filled Bob Bars as an inspiration for this Caramel and Chocolate Cheesecake. It made a superb three ingredient crust! The chocolate cheesecake layer at the top goes well with the Chocolate Almond Butter Filled Bob Bar Crust.

The bottom dulce de leche layer is one of my favorite flavors, but people here in the USA don’t seem to know what it is – it’s almost like a thick sweet caramel. I’ve used this homemade Vegan Dulce De Leche recipe for many of my desserts. My most recent parent win is that my eight-year-old daughter can make it now! It’s awesome! She loves to cook and help and feels even more empowered when she does it by herself. I might enjoy the help a little too much because I made three dulce de leche desserts in two weeks!


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Caramel and Vegan Cheesecake

  • Servings: ~20
  • Difficulty: easy
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This vegan gluten-free coconut cheesecake has a dulce de leche and chocolate layer, and features a three-ingredient Chocolate Almond Butter Crust made of Bobo Bars.

Credit: My Real Dish

Tips: (1) Do not over-cook the dulce de leche. (2) You want to make the dulce de leche cheesecake layer while the dulce de leche is still warm before it firms.


Chocolate Almond Butter Crust

Dulce de Leche Layer

  • 1 1/2 cup cashews (soaked overnight)
  • 1 can of coconut milk or cream refrigerated overnight (I used an entire can of Let’s Do Organic! But, if you use Thai Kitchen, use the hard part only + 2 tablespoons of the coconut milk)
  • ½ cup date sugar
  • ½ cup dulce de leche
  • ½ cup coconut oil softened or melted
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (I used Let’s Do Organic Shredded, Unsweetened Coconut)

Chocolate Layer

  • 1 1/2 cup cashews (soaked overnight)
  • 1 can of coconut milk or cream refrigerated overnight (I used an entire can of Let’s Do Organic! But, if you use Thai Kitchen, use the hard part only + 2 tablespoons of the coconut milk)
  • ½ cup date sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil softened or melted
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup cacao

Optional Toppings:

  • 1 Bobo’s Bites Original (as a crumble topping)
  • Non-dairy Whip Topping (you can make it from scratch with 1 can of coconut cream (hard part only) and 1/4 cup powdered sugar or xylitol powdered sugar).


  1. Prepare Vegan Dulce De Leche or use a store-bought vegan caramel or dulce de leche.
  2. Heat oven to 350.
  3. Prepare crust. Put Chocolate Almond Butter Filled Bob Bars, vegan butter, and coconut oil in food processor and purée until smooth.
  4. Put the crust mixture in 10-inch spring-form pan.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes, set aside to cool.
  6. Put all of the ingredients for the dulce de leche layer in your Vitamix or high-powered blender, and purée until smooth. Place on top of the crust. Make sure to put some dulce de leche aside for decorating.
  7. Put all of the ingredients for the chocolate layer in your Vitamix, and purée until smooth. Spread on top of the dulce de leche layer.
  8. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
  9. Decorate the top with dulce de leche after refrigerated.
  10. Serve with crumbled bobo bar, whipped topping, and dulce de leche.


Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake

My husband frequents Panera Bread and enjoys their cinnamon rolls. One early Saturday morning, my allergic kids were feeling jealous of his treat, so I attempted to appease their jealousy by promising to make them cinnamon rolls.

This is the problem, I’m lazy. I don’t have a lot of time and I didn’t want to deal with yeast. Plus, often gluten-free vegan cinnamon rolls are hard. I wanted soft gooey cinnamon rolls. Also, I didn’t want glaze, I wanted thick buttercream frosting. I was in a decadent mood.

I googled and I came across a glazed Cinnamon Roll Cake by the Chef-In-Training. It wasn’t vegan or gluten-free; it just gave me an easy idea. However, one way to substitute eggs in a dish is with pumpkin: 1/4 cup pumpkin per egg.

I played around with substitutions and ingredients to make a Vegan Gluten-free Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake that is gooey delicious with a perfect vegan buttercream frosting. It was gorgeous!!!

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The cake is so quick and easy. Just prepare the cake, make the cinnamon roll topping, swirl it inside the cake with a knife, and bake. The cake alone is delicious! It has a crunchy cinnamon topping with a soft center.


Prepare the buttercream and spread it across the cake.


Sprinkle the top lightly with cinnamon (if desired), and serve!


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Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake

  • Servings: ~12 searchings
  • Difficulty: easy
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This gluten-free vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake is topped with a buttercream frosting. It's a perfect fall breakfast or dessert. Refined sugar-free option available.

Tips: (1) Since I was splurging, I made this buttercream frosting with real powdered sugar. You can substitute my Powdered Xylitol Sugar if you want a refined sugar-free dessert. (2) The cake is best served warm. In terms of leftovers, I stored the cake in the refrigerator and heated it in the microwave before eating.



  • 2 cups gluten-free flour (I used Namaste Mix)
  • 1 cup almond flour (I used Blue Diamond)
  • ¼ teaspoon Redmond Real Salt
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ cups almond milk
  • ½ cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • ½ cup vegan butter, melted (I used Earth Balance Soy Free)

Cinnamon Topping:

Buttercream Frosting:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free cream cheese (I used Toffuti)
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter (I used Earth Balance Soy Free)
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free pure vanilla extract


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9×13 glass baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. With an electric or stand-up mixer add the gluten-free flours, salt, sugar, baking powder, almond milk, pumpkin purée, and vanilla extract. Once combined well, slowly stir in the melted vegan butter.
  4. The cake batter will be very thick and sticky. Pour into the prepared 9×13 baking pan.
  5. Prepare the cinnamon roll topping. In a large bowl, cream vegan butter, maple sugar, almond flour and cinnamon together until well combined and creamy.
  6. Drop evenly over the batter by the tablespoonfuls and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or when a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  8. Prepare the vegan buttercream frosting. Combine the powdered sugar, vegan cream cheese, vegan butter, and gluten-free pure vanilla together and beat with a mixer until fluffy.
  9. Spread frosting evenly over the cake.
  10. Sprinkle with cinnamon (if desired).
  11. Serve cake warm.
  12. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite pumpkin treat?