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Classic Raw Vegan Cheesecake
– 1 cup pitted dates (soaked in warm water for 10 minutes then drained)
– 1 cup raw almonds
– 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water 4-6 hours then drained (NOTE: If short on time, pour boiling hot water over the cashews, soak for 1 hour, then drain and blend as instructed!)
– 1/4 cup lemon juice
– 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
– 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
– 1/2 cup agave nectar or maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
Optional Flavor Add-Ins:
– Pureed mango
– 2 Tbsp salted natural peanut butter
– 1/4 cup wild blueberries (fresh or frozen)
– 3 Tbsp bourbon caramel sauce
1. Add dates to a food processor and blend until small bits remain and it forms into a ball. Remove and set aside.
2. Next add nuts and process into a meal. Then add dates back in and blend until a loose dough forms – it should stick together when you squeeze a bit between your fingers. If it’s too dry, add a few more dates through the spout while processing. If too wet, add more almond or walnut meal. Optional: add a pinch of salt to taste. Lightly grease a 6 inch round cake pan.
3. Pour the crust into the greased cake pan and evenly press down — making sure to get the sides as well. Set in freezer to firm up.
4. Add all filling ingredients to a blender and mix until very smooth. For the coconut milk, I like to scoop the “cream” off the top because it provides a richer texture. But if yours is already all mixed together, just add it in as is.
5. I mixed mine in my food processor for 10 minutes, until “liquified” or “pureed”. If it won’t come together, add a touch more lemon juice or agave or a splash more coconut milk liquid as the liquid should help it blend better.
6. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. If adding peanut butter, add to the blender and mix until thoroughly combined. If flavoring with blueberry or caramel, wait and swirl on top of plain cheesecakes (optional).
7. Pour filling into the prepared cake pan. Tap a few times to release any air bubbles, then cover with plastic wrap and freeze until hard – about 4-6 hours.
8. Once set, remove by tugging on the tabs or loosening them with a butter knife. They should pop right out. Our favorite way to devour these was with a little more caramel and a touch of coconut whipped cream. But they’re perfect as is! Keep in the freezer for up to 1-2 weeks.