When I was a senior in high school I worked in cheesecake shop. I ate so much cheesecake you would think I would be sick of it, even to this day, but I am not. I love cheesecake. I am sure my boss thought we would grow tired of all the free cheesecake, but he gravely underestimated me. And back when I was 17 my metabolism was quicker than my mouth. I managed to eat cheesecake my entire shift and still lose weight. Now I gain a pound just thinking about dreamy creamy cheesecake, why does God torture us like so?
Nowadays cheesecake is so rarely in my diet. I may have one slice a year if I am lucky. Actually, sweets aren’t my thing as I grow older (and maybe even wiser?). I would prefer a salty bag of potato chips over most sweets – except chocolate chip cookies and CHEESECAKE. Listen, everyone is powerless over something.
As my eating habits have changed, I have begun to really experiment with converting a lot of my favorite recipes into Vegan versions, and sometimes even raw versions. So after a lot of research and experimenting, I have finally discovered how to make a raw and Vegan cheesecake. Ring the bells. Sound the alarm. Vegan cheesecake can be a thing.
Of course, very rarely can you make one of your favorite foods Vegan and have it taste the same. (The exception to that is hot dogs- Kellogg’s makes the most amazing Vegan hot dogs that taste just like the real thing, but that’s for another day). So I can’t sugarcoat it- Vegan cheesecake does not taste like its dairy counterpart. However, the Vegan version still tastes quite tasty, and the varieties can be endless.
As with any dairy cheesecake, you can fruit to make your cake strawberry or mango flavored. You can add chocolate, or any variety of extracts like maple or vanilla.
I made my Vegan cheesecake vanilla then topped it with frozen Vegan chocolate chips. I have no regrets.
For the crust:
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 3 tablespoons water
- cooking spray,, coconut or olive oil preferred
For the filling:
To make the crust:
- Grease a *7-inch SpringForm pan* with cooking spray.
- Add the dates, almonds, coconut flour, and water to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until crumbly and sticky. (add more water if necessary)
- Press the crumbly mixture into the greased SpringForm pan to form the crust.
To make the filling:
- To a blender or food processor, add the cashews, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, non-dairy milk, vanilla extract, and Stevia drops.
- Blend or process until smooth and creamy.
- Spread the filling on top of the crust in the SpringForm pan.
- Freeze the cake for 8-12 hours or overnight. Thaw 1-2 hours before serving, removing the SpringForm pan while the cake is still frozen.
- Top the cheesecake with frozen non-dairy chocolate chips, or pureed fruit before serving, if desired.
*Hands on time is 10 minutes but you will need to soak the cashews for 3 hours prior to making the cheesecake, and 8-12 hours to freeze.
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