No bake paleo and vegan cheesecake
Growing up with a mum who hated cooking (yes really) I was usually the one who made cakes and the like for birthdays. My apple pie was legendary! (well not really but it sounds kind of good right?) At the time cooking was not really high on my list of great things to do, so my repertoire of festive bakes was small. In fact it consisted of three things:
apple pie, refridgerator cake and no bake cheesecake.
The cheese cake I was used to making came out of a package though. It was 1 package for the crust (cookies and mix with butter) and it was one package for the filling. In the package you would find a pink powdery substance that was INSANELY sweet. Add quark into it (if you don’t know what quark is, it is a very young kind of cream cheese), stir and pour onto the crust. In the fridge and done.
At the time, we’re talking roughly 40 years ago, the baked cheese cake was something that just didn’t exist in the Netherlands. We had ‘kwarktaart’ (that would be the no bake cheese cake) and that was it. It was pretty populair too. You would get various different colors at most birthdays.
It was years later that I tasted my first baked cheese cake and boy, did I hate it! I thought it was disgusting. Don’t hold it against me: the specific one I tasted was just a badly made one. But I didn’t know that. I thought they would all taste the same.
Thanks to a Daring Bakers challenge I made my own cheese cake and was completely sold.
Of course; a ‘regular’ cheese cake, while utterly delicious, is not really very healthy. It contains loads of sugar and that is just one of the problems. But up till now I hadn’t really tried a paleo version of the cheesecake. But boy this is good! Possibly even better than the original I’d say. In terms of calories: don’t make the mistake of thinking that this will be less calories because it is ‘healthier’ Well it’s not. At the end of the day it is a treat and should be looked at it that way. And it is so filling; a little piece will go a long way!
I was curious if the cheesecake would stay together once defrosted and it did. It does become fairly soft, so best to slice it when it is still a bit frozen.Print
No bake paleo and vegan cheesecake
The soaking time and freezing time is not included in the prep times.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 15 mins
- Category: cakes
- Method: raw
For the crust/bottom:
- 70 gr grated coconut (1 cup)
- 75 gr pecans (1 cup)
- 10 medjool dates, pit removed
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon & ginger or use ginger bread spices
- 4 ripe bananas
- 160 gr raw cashew nuts, soaked and drained
- 5 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 125 gr fresh raspberries (or one punnet)
- Add the pecans, coconut, dates, seasalt, and spices into the bowl of a food processor and turn until it becomes a paste or crumbly mixture. When pinched with two fingers it should stay together.
- Prepare a baking tin with baking paper at the bottom and sides. Place the mixture in it and press it firmly together with a spoon.
- The cashews are best soaked overnight but if you’ve forgotten (I always do) pour boiling water on top and leave to stand for as long as you have time. Drain and place into the bowl of the food processor.
- Add the rest of the ingredients for the filling except the raspberries and turn until it becomes smooth. A high speed blender works best here but if you don’t have one, a regular processor will do fine.
- Spread out over the bottom.
- Mash the raspberries with a fork or a small processor and spread out over the top of the cheesecake.
- Place in the freezer for at least 3 hours.
- Once ready to eat, take out of the freezer for 10 minutes before cutting. Leave to defrost a bit more before serving
Keywords: cashew, pecan, dates, bananas
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