Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake – Vegan + Gluten-free

Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake - Vegan + Gluten-free |

Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake - Vegan + Gluten-free | savannamehrad.comI’M BAAAAAAACCCCCKKKKKKK!

Did you miss me? I missed you all so, so, so much.

In fact, I missed you all so much that I made you a cake.

And not just any cake, a cheesecake.

And not just any cheesecake, a Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake.

Yup, I went there.

Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake - Vegan + Gluten-free | savannamehrad.comWhat’s the number one way to kick up your Cherry Cheesecake recipe? Add a Pretzel crust, obviously! Woop, woop!!

That’s right folks, this is not your ordinary Cherry Cheesecake, this is a super-duper delicious Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake and it is just glorious.

In fact, my entire office has vouched for its scrumptiousness and they’re amazing people, so you have to believe them, right? Right! πŸ™‚

Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake - Vegan + Gluten-free | savannamehrad.comSo backing up to that first bit about my return to the blog, sorry for the neglect – I’ve been lacking serious kitchen inspiration lately πŸ™

I’m currently on a weight loss journey which, while is awesome since I’m down 12lbs in my first month, is not awesome as I’m eating significantly less than I normally do and have become more of a snack grazer as opposed to a meal eater. Definitely not good for blog recipe inspiration, not in the least.

Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake - Vegan + Gluten-free | savannamehrad.comThankfully, I have some amazing people in my life who support me and all of the hard work that I have put into this blog and refuse to let me fail at this new venture of mine. Thanks friends and family, you rock! πŸ˜€

So, with a little gigantic nudge from them, this Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake was born.

And, if you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (username: glutenfreeveganpantry) you would have followed along with the step by step videos of the creation of this amazing cheesecake. Because, really? If we’re being completely honest, I share all my secrets on social media πŸ˜‰

Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake - Vegan + Gluten-free | savannamehrad.comPretzel Cherry Cheesecake - Vegan + Gluten-free | savannamehrad.comThis Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake was inspired by a recent post from the very lovely Pickles ‘n Honey who recently shared a delicious looking Chocolate Chickpea Torte of sorts that had a Pretzel crust.

As I was pulling the ingredients together for what was supposed to be a ho-hum Cherry Cheesecake, I brushed passed a lonely bag of gluten-free pretzels that had been hanging out in my pantry, just waiting for the right opportunity and thought that a Pretzel Crust would be the absolute perfect way to take an ordinary Cherry Cheesecake recipe and make it extraordinary.

Verdict: huge success!

Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake - Vegan + Gluten-free | savannamehrad.comI absolutely adore how the saltiness of the pretzels play off the tangy sweetness of the cherries on this cheesecake. And I can’t get enough of the name either: Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake, Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake, Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake. I love how it just rolls off the tongue and instantly makes anyone who hears the name incredibly hungry for what else? Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake!

This whole Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake comes together pretty easily and you all know how I love to keep things simple for you πŸ™‚ After you have pitted your cherries, allow them to simmer with some water while you prepare the crust and the filling. Stir them every so often and by the time you’ve pulled everything else together, you will have this incredibly delicious sweet, tangy, slightly sour but mostly just amazing cherry filling. This filling blows any store bought filling out of the water. And the best part? There isn’t a drop of any additional sweeteners or ingredients. It’s unadulterated cherry filling in it’s purest, most delicious form.

Oh man, I love me some cherries!

Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake - Vegan + Gluten-free | savannamehrad.comSo please, I beg of you, if you only make one recipe from Gluten Free Vegan Pantry, let it be this Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake. I think I really outdid myself with this one and I am 5000% percent sure that you will be in love with just one bite.

Also, when you do get around to making one of these incredible Pretzel Cherry Cheesecakes for yourself…and I guess your friends and family, since it’s only nice to share…make you you snap some pics and share them with me on social media. Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumbler – basically, I’m everywhere in the social media world so use the hashtag #glutenfreeveganpantry and I will give you lots of online love in return.

Thanks friends and enjoy the rest of your cherrylicious day!

Lots of love & happy eats, Savanna |


PS. I’m currently on a super fun roadtrip mini-vacation with my husband in beautiful Northern Michigan. We’re visiting this adorable little town called Alpena which has some beautiful views and delicious eats. Stay tuned for a fun little vacation recap in my next post where I share some of my favourite moments. Also, tag along for live updates on Instagram and Snapchat – it’s entertaining to say the least!

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Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake - Vegan + Gluten-free
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Love a great salty and sweet combination? Then this Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake is for you! Vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar free.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan,Gluten-free
Serves: 12 slices
  • 2 cups ground gluten-free pretzels (about 3 cups of whole pretzels)
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs, gluten-free + vegan
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup agave nectar
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water overnight
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • ¼ c coconut oil
  • ¼ c agave nectar
  • ½ Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp sea salt (optional)
Cherry Topping
  • 5 cups cherries, pitted
  • 2 cups water
Cherry Topping
  1. Once you have pitted all of your cherries, place them into a medium sauce pan and add 2 cups of water.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium-high heat and allow to simmer for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once the filling has reduced down and thickened, remove from heat and allow to cool.
  1. Place 3 cups of whole, gluten-free pretzels into a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend/process on high for about 1 minute, or until formed into a flour of sorts. A few chunks remaining is okay.
  2. Place ground pretzels into a medium bowl and add graham cracker crumbs, melted coconut oil and agave nectar. Stir until well combined.
  3. Add combined crust ingredients into a 12" springform pan. Using your fingers, press the crust firmly into the pan, being sure to build up an edge that is about 1" tall. Place crust into the freezer to firm up while you prepare the filling.
  1. Drain and rinse the cashews.
  2. In a high-speed blender, add cashews, coconut cream, coconut oil, agave nectar, vanilla extract, lemon juice and salt.
  3. Blend on high for about 3-5 minutes until smooth, well-blended and creamy.
  4. Remove crust from freezer. Pour contents of filling from the blender, into the formed crust.
  5. Return to the freezer for about 10-15 minutes.
  6. Once the filling has firmed up in the crust, top the cheesecake with the cooled cherry topping, being careful not to mix the cheesecake layer together with the cherry layer.
  7. Return finished cheesecake to the freezer for about an hour to firm up.
  8. Once firm, cheesecake can be stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Store the finished Pretzel Cherry Cheesecake in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to five days (if it lasts that long!)

Cheesecake will also keep for several weeks in the freezer if you need a long term storage option. Be sure to store in an airtight container.



Hello! Welcome to the! My name is Savanna and I'm so excited that you've decided to stop by and check out my little blog.

This blog started out as a journey of living adventurously in the kitchen, trialing gluten free, vegan, whole food recipes that you and your whole family can enjoy.

Fast forward a few years and I've chosen to breath new life into it, this time, focus on my mental health journey, sharing the tools, resources and practices that continue to help me on my self-healing path.

I hope that you'll enjoy tagging along with me on this new adventure - I can't wait to share all of my ideas with each of you and look forward to your feedback along the way. I'd love to hear from you - whether it's a comment on a post, sharing your own unique journey or even just a quick hello! Feel free to leave a note in the comments or send me an email at savanna [at]

Lots of love and big hugs!

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  1. Oh my goodness, my mouth waters just looking at the picture of this pie. I have bookmarked the page and plan in making it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I was totally missing your gorgeous recipes!!! But I’m glad you took the time for yourself and your health πŸ™‚ And PRETZEL CRUST!!! Everything is better in a pretzel crust, I love those crunchy crumbly salty things <3 Love this Savanna!

    1. Awwww thanks, Natalie! It’s nice to know I’ve been missed. Good choice on this cheesecake – it’s definitely one of my fave recipes to date!

  3. Let me preface this by saying that I have never – EVER- had cheesecake in my life. Being lactose intolerant made it drop off the menu at a young age.

    Savanna brought this in to the office and I was hesitant to try it. I had it in my mind that I would never particularly enjoy cheesecake, so I had passed up every opportunity to try even the lactose friendly versions….until now.

    The pretzel crust compliments the tartness of the cherries and the delicious harmony between coconut cream and cashews so incredibly well that this has become an instant new favourite. If all cheesecake tastes like this, then I am a full-blooded convert!

    1. Aww, shucks! You sure know how to make a girl blush πŸ˜‰

  4. Guess what i have in my pantry? GF pretzels! YAY! i can make

    1. Yay! I sense a cheesecake in your future πŸ˜‰

  5. cherry plus cheesecake. you are after my heart! πŸ™‚ I love how cute the pictures turned out too!

    1. Thanks, Alice, I do what I can πŸ˜‰ Cherries always make everything pretty πŸ™‚

  6. What a fun and delicious looking recipe!

    1. Thanks, Rachel!

  7. Do you deliver? Because I’ll take about 5 slices of that πŸ˜‰ This looks SOOO decadent. I will make this soon! I HAVE to πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Kennedy! I’m sure you’ll love it!! I’ll make sure to add a delivery service to my list of future blog upgrades πŸ˜‰

  8. Oh, yummy! I love the idea of a pretzel crust… especially with the sweet-tart cherries!!

    1. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and salty- pure love!

  9. This looks awesome! Thanks for sharing. Baking is soooo hard when your’e trying to lose weight. I totally understand πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks for the support, Kathleen!

  10. I missed you πŸ™‚ I was wondering where you went. Don’t give up, please. Yours is one of the best blogs out there and would love to see your recipes.
    oh yeah, cheesecake looks YUM <3

    1. Thank you so much, Charanya! I feel like you’re my own little personal cheerleader – I love it! I will try not to disappoint and hopefully will have some new recipes up for you soon πŸ™‚

  11. This looks delicious! All of the cherries have me drooling, and I love the cherry pretzel combination. Pinned and yummed!

    1. Aww, thanks, Julie!

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