While trying to find a recipe for cheese that did not need nutritional yeast (hard to find here in Costa Rica) I found a recipe for Vegan Cheesecake and OMG is it ever delicious. There are only 7 ingredients, gluten free, creamy, just the right tartness, perfectly sweet and OH SO irresistible!! I LOVE cheesecake and was like oh yeah this is really going to taste good. This to be is so much better, because it is a much healthier alternative.
Vegan Cheesecake Recipe
There are only 7 ingredients, gluten free, creamy, just the right tartness, perfectly sweet and OH SO irresistible!
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup raw walnuts (or almonds)
- 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, quick soaked
- 1 large lemon, juiced (1/2 cup or 50 ml)
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp full fat coconut milk
- 1/2 cup honey (or agave nectar or maple syrup - if strict vegan)
- 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup berries (strawberry, blueberry, blackberries) fresh OR frozen
- 3 tbsp caramel
Add dates to a food processor and blend until small bits remain and forms into a ball, remove and set aside
next put nuts in the processor and process into a meal
Add dates back in and blend until a loose ball of dough forms. It should stick together when you squeeze some between your fingers. If it is too dry add more dates, too wet more nut meal. OPTIONAL: Pinch of salt to taste
Line your muffin tin with muffin cups
Put in 1 tbsp of crust and press with fingers. Pack it down tight -- SET IN FREEZER TO FIRM UP
Take all the filling ingredients and put in your blender. Mix until smooth.
Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. IF you are adding peanut butter, add this now to the blender and mix until combined.
IF flavoring with berries or caramel --- WAIT!!
Fill up your muffin cups evenly - tap to release any air bubbles - cover with plastic wrap and freeze until hard 4-6 hours
IF flavoring with berries or caramel -- place the berries in and/or swirl the caramel
When ready to serve, eat as is OR take them our 10 minutes ahead of time to thaw just a bit. TOP with any type of sauce and add some whipped cream
THEY LAST IN FREEZER FOR 1-2 weeks