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An Excellent Recipe From Two of Our Viewers

Now who doesn’t love cheesecake?  Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts to enjoy especially around this time of the year.  It is creamy, not to sweet and has such a amazing texture!
This cheesecake is a delicious pumpkin cheesecake shared by 2 of our viewers/followers!  I made this last year for Thanksgiving and it was absolutely wonderful!
I can promise you that this will be on this years Thanksgiving treats to make.  Do you have a favorite dessert that you just have to have every year?

Choosing The Right Pumpkin


For this recipe we use a delicious sugar pumpkin to make the pumpkin puree.  These pumpkins are different from carving pumpkins (AKA jack-o-lanterns).  They are much smaller and are very sweet.
Please do not attempt to use a carving pumpkin.  They are meant to be carved not eaten and your final product will not be as good.
If need be you can use organic pumpkin puree if you can not find a sugar pumpkin.
I did a video on how to pick and cook these delicious fall time produce!  You can watch it here:  All About Organic Pumpkins and Squashes and How To Cook Them.

Using A Springform Pan


To make this cheesecake you will need Springform Pans.
They are very inexpensive and I always buy them in a set of 3  because I am always making different sizes of cheesecakes and many recipes call for different sizes.
The value for buying 3 is excellent too.  Springform pans are very easy to use and really make a cheesecake!
If you are unable to get a springform pan, you can always make these into bars, but I highly recommend using a springform pan.  There is something beautiful about a finished homemade cheesecake.

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Organic Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
Prep time
Total time
Nutrition Info Calories: 261.7 Fat: 18.8g Carbohydrates: 19.0g Protein: 6.8g
Serves: 16 pieces
  • Crust: (From the kitchen of Rebecca St. Clair)
  • 1 cup of nuts of your choice (I used raw walnuts and almonds)
  • 4-5 dates (depending on size)
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Grind all ingredients in a food processor until crumbly and somewhat sticky.
  • Press into a parchment paper with butter lined springform pan and butter the sides. 9 in pan.
  • Filling: (From the kitchen of Rhonda Cain)
  • 2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup of ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 cups of pumpkin puree (roasted from 2 (1 lb) pie pumpkins.
  • 3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • ¾ cup of local honey
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp fresh ground nutmeg (grinding fresh adds so much more flavor)
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 Tbsp oat flour (you can use 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder if you are grain & gluten free)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Roasting pie pumpkins: Cut each pumpkin in half, scoop out seeds, place on a parchment lined cooking sheet, Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  2. Allow to cool, scoop out pumpkin and put in a food processor until puree’ consistency.
  3. Filling: Beat cream cheese until smooth.
  4. Add pumpkin, ricotta, eggs, egg yolk, sour cream, honey and spices.
  5. Add oat flour (or arrowroot powder) and vanilla.
  6. Beat together until well combined.
  7. Pour on top of crust in springform pan, spreading out evenly.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. May still be slightly jiggly.
  9. Allow to cool, cover with plastic and chill for 4 hours.
  10. Top with whipping cream: 1 pint of whole cream, whip in a chilled bowl, add in honey to taste, maybe a tsp.
  11. Top cheesecake with whipped cream. Sprinkle with fresh ground nutmeg.
  12. The key with using a springform pan is to well grease the pan and edge around the sides with a butter knife before “springing” it.
  13. This makes a very tall cheesecake! About an inch from the top. So, a sliver will do ya!
Recipe Authors are Rhonda Cain and Rebecca St. Clair
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 piece
Photo image courtesy of Ellie Miller

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17 thoughts on “A Recipe Contest & A Recipe From Two of Our Viewers ~ Organic Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe!”

  1. tswalter says:

    I am wondering about oat flour.  Since it’s only  2 T. can I just finely grind up rolled oats?  Isn’t that the same thing?   This sounds fabulous and i’m anxious to make it, can you tell?

  2. tswalter says:

    I made this yesterday.  I used the arrowroot powder instead of oat flour.  It was outstanding!  There wasn’t a morsel left.  Everyone loved it including my son who doesn’t like desserts.  It’s a keeper!  Thank you.

    1. hallecottis says:

      @tswalter Yum, sounds wonderful!  Did you replace it with 2 tbsp of arrowroot then?

      1. tswalter says:

        @hallecottis Yes, I just replaced the 2 T oat flour with 2 T arrowroot powder.  It was fabulous.  Now all I need is a chocolate cheesecake recipe!  :o)

  3. Rhonda Harader Cain says:

    I haven’t made one yet this year!

  4. heidi1 says:

    Yum.  That’s all I can say! 
    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to visit my <a href=” “>Gluten-Free Monday</a> party at and link up this and any other GF idea you would like to share.  I hope to see you there.

  5. DianeBalch says:

    This really does look like the best pumpkin cheesecake ever. Please share this today on foodie friday.

    1. hallecottis says:

      @DianeBalch It’s on there :)  I shared it earlier this morning.

  6. Halle,
    Your Cheesecake is just beautiful, I can almost taste it.  Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. CindyDentGordon says:

    YUM YUM, your entries get better and better, I love them all!!  Got this tweeted and pinned!

  8. DianeBalch says:

    Congrats your wonderful pie is being featured on foodie friday today. Stop by and get your featured button and thank you again for sharing such a terrific recipe.

  9. Bobby says:

    My filling came out very liquidy. Is this normal? I used box organic pumpkin purée. I am still setting it in the fridge. It was def jiggly when out of the oven. And my springform leaked some.

  10. Lin says:

    Am I missing something? The recipe says “Crust: From the kitchen of Rebecca St. Clair.” Is Rebecca going to send me a crust to use with the recipe? LOL~ ! Please include the crust recipe!

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      It is in the recipe. Look below the first line of ingredients, those are all the crust ingredients.

  11. Lin says:

    Ha! I should have looked more closely. Thanks so much.

  12. Stephanie says:

    The ingredients says to add ricotta but the instructions doesn’t have it listed….I am going to assume to add it in and hope that it turns out okay!!

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      I added it into the instructions, thanks so much for pointing that out!

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