Tuesday, January 1, 2013

RAW CHEESECAKE for the New Year!

This is the most wonderful thing EVER! My sister Ananda and I made it for our family's holiday gathering and everyone loved it- even the children!

Raw "Cheesecake" recipe:

Crust ingredients:
1 1/2 cups macadamia nuts (or a combination of cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts - anything works!)
1/2 cup dates
1/4 cup dried, unsweetened coconut
1 pinch sea salt
White cheesecake filling ingredients:
3 cups cashews
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup agave or honey
3/4 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
Up to a 1/4 cup of water, if necessary to facilitate blending
Fruit topping ingredients:
2 cups frozen strawberries
1/2 cup dates


How to make this raw cheesecake recipe...

1. Use a cheesecake pan (or just a basic glass brownie pan or pie dish) and sprinkle the coconut on the bottom as your very first layer. The point of doing this is to make it so it's easier to remove the cheesecake and the coconut stops the crust from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
2. Put the macadamia nuts and dates into your food processor. Process nuts and dates until well processed but still airy. Then press the mixture of nuts/dates down into the pan (on top of the coconut you already sprinkled in) to form the crust.
3. Throw all cheesecake filling ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend! Add as little water as necessary to facilitate blending. (Try to add as little water as possible.)
4. Place the above in freezer for an hour or so (so that it will firm up).
5. Meanwhile, throw your strawberries and dates in your high-speed blender. Blend until nice and smooth. Pour this mixture on top of the crust/creamcheese, which was just in the freezer for about an hour. Replace the raw cheesecake recipe back in freezer. Freeze until this raw cheesecake recipe reaches the desired consistency!
6. You can defrost this raw cheesecake recipe for about one hour before eating (or just slice from freezer and enjoy this delicious raw cheesecake)!

STEP by STEP pics:
Note that we were out of macadamia nuts and so we used some pine nuts, and it is fine - even straight almonds/cashews is great!

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