Raw Vegan “Cheesecake”

Raw Vegan “Cheesecake”
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Just in time for the holidays! This “cheesecake” is not only incredibly delicious but much more nutrient dense than a traditional cheesecake. Cashews and coconut oil take the place of cream cheese, sour cream and eggs, raw almonds take the place of graham crackers and dates take the place of nutritionally deficient sugar.
It's also high in antioxidants.
It’s also high in antioxidants.
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It’s gluten free and has less calories, fats and sugars that it’s counterpart. A must try!

Ingredients
Crumb crust:
1 cup raw almonds
5 dates
1/4 cup raw cacao powder (optional)
pinch of sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Filling:
2 cups raw cashew
2 cups dates
3 cups water
3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup raw cacao powder (optional)
Optional toppings:
frozen berries
chopped nuts
chocolate sauce
nut butter of your choice
caramel
Directions
Crumb crust:
Raw almonds
Place all crumb crust ingredients into a food processor or a blender and pulse till it’s ground and blended together. It will be a bit sticky.
Ground up almonds and dates
You can cut out strips of parchment paper and place in the pan to easily remove the “cheesecake” when it’s done. Or you can just skip this step and use a butter knife to loosen it.
Strips of parchment paper
Scoop the almond mixture into a pan. You can use an 8-inch springform pan,  muffin pan, cupcake pan or a mini muffin pan.
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Press crumb down to the base with a glass cup or measuring cup and/or your fingers.
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Filling:
 Soaked cashews
Soak cashews over night. Skip this step if  you have a high speed blender.
Remove the seeds from the dates
Remove seeds from the dates.
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Blend all the filling ingredients until smooth and creamy. You’ll have to blend it in two or three batches
 Filling
Add more water if it’s too thick. At this point  taste the filling and make the necessary changes, like more cacao powder, dates or vanilla to suit your taste. If it’s too sweet for you add more cacao powder.
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Once you’re happy with the filling scoop it into the pan and fill them to the top. If you like, you can add frozen berries, nut butter, caramel etc to the pan before you pour in the filling.
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Freeze for about 3-4hrs until it sets.
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Chocolate 'cheesecake'
Chocolate ‘cheesecake’
Chocolate filling & peanut butter on chocolate crumb crust
Chocolate filling & peanut butter on chocolate crumb crust
Thaw for a few mins or enjoy immediately.


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