I love dessert, and cheesecake is no exception. There is just something about the tart and sweet combined with the smooth and creamy. Yum!
We recently had dinner with friends and I was put in charge of the dessert. I made my gluten-free chocolate chip cookies the last time we got together, so I decided to be a little more sophisticated and bring a cheesecake this time around.
I really love chocolate, and I also had a fresh pint of organic strawberries, so I decided to split the cake in half to create a “cheesecake sampler”.
This beauty is gluten-free, dairy free, paleo friendly and just plain delicious. I will quickly mention that I HIGHLY suggest a Vitamix (or other high-powered blender) to get the creamy consistency we expect from a good cheesecake.
Without further ado…
1.5 cups raw pecans
1/2 cup soft pitted dates
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup raw flaked coconut (or more, or less)
Combine all ingredients above, except coconut, in a Vitamix or food processor using the S-blade. The mixture is ready when the mixture begins to ball-up on the sides.
Layer the bottom of a spring-form pan with the coconut. This is an important step because it helps the nut crust to not stick to the bottom of the pan. Once you have that finished, transfer the nut crust to the spring-form pan. Press the crust evenly into the pan. If you are someone who likes a thick crust, just double the crust recipe. (I did for the cheesecake pictured in this blog post.)
3 cups raw cashews (soaked in filtered water for six hours & drained)
2/3 cup raw, local honey
2/3 cup extra virgin coconut oil
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tsp of nutritional yeast (optional)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Place all filling ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until smooth, about 3-5 minutes. Scrape the sides down with a spatula. Pour the filling on to the crust and refrigerate for 2 hours or until the filling has set. The cheesecake should be able to be removed from the spring-form pan and hold its shape.
Top with fruit, chocolate or other favorite topping just before serving.
This is such a delicious and healthy spring dessert… perfect for your Easter Sunday dessert!
I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
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