Yummy Strawberry “Cheese”cake (nondairy & raw)

Vegans, raw foodies, and lactose-intolerants unite! Here we have a superb dessert that does not take much time and does not require baking or dairy. Love it. Since I was only making a sample amount, I quartered the recipe, but here is the full one:

Crust:

  • 2 cups pecans or walnuts (I used walnuts)
  • 1 cup pitted dates, soaked in water 5 minutes, drained
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds (I buy flaxseed meal since it’s already grounded up)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp raw vanilla powder (I used vanilla extract)

Filling:

  • 3 cups cashews soaked in water at least 1hr, drained
  • 1 cup soaked dates
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (this is absolutely critical, don’t skip!)
  • 1/4 cup raw unrefined coconut oil (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder (or extract)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Topping

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup pitted dates soaked for 10 minutes, drained
  • 1/4 cup almond milk

To make the crust, put nuts in processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add dates, flaxseeds, salt, vanilla and keep going until the mix turns into a ball. Put onto an 8″ springform pan and press into a crust. I put mine in a little tupperware:

To make the filling, drain the dates and mash into a paste and place it with cashews, lemon juice, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt in processor and go until smooth. If necessary add water a little at a time. I didn’t; it was fine with me if it was still a little chunky. Now pour this onto the crust and smooth out.

To make the topping, place the strawberries, dates, and almond milk in processor and go until very smooth. I was impatient so mine wasn’t so smooth but that didn’t matter to me! Pour it onto the filling.

Now you have to freeze it for a few hours until it is firm. This is the hardest part of this recipe: waiting. But it is SO worth it! It is packed with the following healthful nutrients (can you say that about any other cheesecake you’ve had?!–and remember that cooking reduces nutrients):

  • iron
  • folate
  • vitamin K
  • omega-3 & omega-6
  • monounsaturated fat (the good fat that we need)
  • vitamin C
  • fiber
  • potassium
  • vitamin A

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by chrissy on May 27, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Made this today… Yummy recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

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