It's that time of the week again; time to let your mouth water over what's lurking in your Friday weekend recipe post. And this week it's sure to not disappoint because it's a raw cheesecake. And they're always so darn good. And it's from Sarah B over at My New Roots. Which doubly means it's gonna be so darn good. And I've posted this in celebration of my little sister Lisa as today she turns 25yrs old - Happy Birthday beautiful. I'm eating cake with you in spirit!
1/2 cup raw almonds (pecan or walnuts will also work)
1/2 cup soft Medjool dates
¼ tsp. sea salt
1 ½ cups raw cashews, soaked for at least 5 hours, overnight is best
juice of 2 lemons
the seeds of 1 whole vanilla bean (or 1 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract)
1/3 cup raw coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup raw honey (solid or liquid.)(Vegans use agave nectar.)
1 cup raspberries (thaw completely if using frozen)
Place nuts and dates in a food processor with sea salt and pulse to
chop until they are to your desired fineness (process a finer crust
longer than a chunky one). Test the crust by spooning out a small amount
of mixture and rolling it in your hands. If the ingredients hold
together, your crust is perfect. Scoop out crust mixture in a 7”
spring-form pan (if you don’t have a spring-form pan, use a pie plate
lined with saran wrap), and press firmly, making sure that the edges are
well packed and that the base is relatively even throughout. Rinse food
2. Warm coconut oil and honey in a small saucepan on low heat until liquid. Whisk to combine.
In the most powerful food processor / blender you own (you decide which
one has the most torque) place all filling ingredients (except
raspberries) and blend on high until very smooth (this make take a
couple minutes so be patient). If you have a Vita-Mix, absolutely use
4. Pour about 2/3 (just eyeball it, you can’t make a mistake!) of
the mixture out onto the crust and smooth with a spatula. Add the
raspberries to the remaining filling and blend on high until smooth.
Pour onto the first layer of filling. Place in freezer until solid.
To serve, remove from freezer 30 minutes prior to eating. Run a smooth,
sharp knife under hot water and cut into slices. Serve on its own, or
with fresh fruit. Store leftovers in the freezer (what leftovers?).
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