Today I have a recipe that I urge you to try, even if just for the novelty of creating something that looks and tastes as good as traditional cheesecake but is made using only raw ingredients and is completely dairy free. Believe me, you will marvel and your guests will ask questions. What is that white filling made of then?
Start making this dessert about 6.5 hours before you want to serve it. First you need to soak 2 cups of raw cashews in water for three hours.
2 cups raw walnuts
7 pitted medjool dates
1/4 cup shredded coconut (flakes work too)
Place the walnuts in a food processor and blend until it resembles fine crumbs. Add the medjool dates and blend until the dates are well incorporated. Sprinkle the shredded coconut or flakes on the base of the pan. This will stop the base from sticking to the pan later. I used an 8 inch spring form cake dish. Pour the base into the pan and press with your fingers until the mixture is evenly spread on the base. Apply enough pressure so the base is dense and firmly pressed.
2 cups raw cashews (soaked in water for 3 hours)
Juice of three lemons
1/3 Cup honey or agave syrup. Raw honey would be ideal if you have it
Zest of 1/2 lemon
3/4 Cup coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla essence or you could use 1 vanilla bean pod
Ideally you should use a blender to make the filling and not a food processor. You need to crush and whip this filling and a food processor on it’s own will not give the best results. So if you have a blender, simply chuck all these ingredients into the blender and whiz on high speed until the mixture is smooth. Make sure you drain off the cashews first.
I don’t have a blender so I used a combination of the food processor, a stick blender and electric beater to get the result.
Pour the mixture on top of the base.
1 Cup berries (I used a mix of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries)
3 Medjool dates
2 tsp powdered stevia
The dates alone add sweetness to the berry mix so you could leave out the stevia. If you want to add a bit of sweetness you could try agave syrup, maple syrup or raw honey as alternatives to stevia.
Place all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and mix on high speed. Spread the mixture on top of the filing.
Place the finished dessert into the freezer for at least 3 hours. If it is in for longer than 3 hours , I would suggest taking it out of the freezer about 1/2 hour before serving, to let it soften slightly. You should be able to easily cut a knife through it.
This faux-cheesecake is made with healthy ingredients but contains natural fats that should be eaten in moderation. It is a decadent, delicious dessert that will satisfy any sweet cravings you might have, without giving in to processed and refined sugar. Because it is raw, the nutritional impact of the ingredients is not compromised by heating.
Have a wonderful weekend. If you end up making this dessert, I would love to know your thoughts.