I recently wrote about the delectable food we enjoyed on World Vegan Day. I have promised to post recipes to those who attended and my blog readers so here is the first recipe off the ranks – the raw vegan cheesecake! This scrummy delight was very well received by all and tastes every bit as good as it looks! My sincere thanks to Leisa Wheeler (and master chef Jo!) from Embracing Health for sharing this amazing recipe with me and teaching me how to prepare it – I was so pleased it turned out so well and can honestly say – it’s a “piece of cake” to make!
BETTER THAN CHEESECAKE:
A raw nutty dessert that you would swear is a cheesecake! Makes 24 slivers
2 cups macadamia nuts
1 cup dates
Sprinkle of desiccated coconut
I prefer a thicker crust so I threw in an extra handful of nuts and dates.
3 cups chopped cashews, soaked at least 1 hour (I soaked for 2 hours and found this turned out better)
1 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup raw honey or agave nectar
3/4 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 bag frozen raspberries
½ cup dates
To make the crust, process the macadamia nuts and dates in the food processor.
Sprinkle dried coconut onto the bottom of an 8 or 9 inch spring form pan. Press crust onto the coconut. This will prevent it from sticking. Build the crust up the sides of the pan.
To make the cheese, blend the cashews, lemon, agave, gently warmed coconut oil*, vanilla, and sea salt (if using). Blend until smooth and adjust to taste. (I added more salt and a tad more vanilla to achieve results on WVD – if flavor not quite right, just add a little of each and re-taste till you’re happy)
* Coconut Oil is usually solid at room temp so you need to gently melt this down to a liquid by placing ¾ measuring cup of oil into a bowl of hot water, or similar.
Pour the mixture onto the crust. Remove air bubbles by tapping the pan on the table.
Place in the freezer until firm. Remove the whole cake from the pan while frozen and place on a serving platter. Defrost in the refrigerator.
To make raspberry sauce, process raspberries and dates in a food processor until well blended. (do not use a blender for this or the raspberry seeds will become like sand.) I added some water (1/2 a cup?) to my sauce to give it more of a pourable consistency – I also added a few more dates. Please make sure you process the lot very well to break down those raspberry seeds.