Spring and Summer are the best seasons for some of my favorite fruits, particularly berries. This raw delight is a perfect cool, creamy treat while enjoying the sun. The rich vanilla base, strawberry swirl and chocolate crust come together for the perfect dessert combination.
Note: If you are looking for a bite-sized dessert, try making cheesecake pops on a stick! Save some of the chopped strawberries to create layers.
- 3 cups soaked cashews or sunflower seeds
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp lecithin
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 2 cups strawberries (for swirling)
- 1 3/4 cups almonds (or any mixed nuts and seeds)
- 3 Tbsp cacao powder
- 3 1/2 ounces date paste (or 6 Medjool dates)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a food processor (reserve ½ the date paste) and process. If it starts to rise up the sides, push it down until everything is well combined.
Add the 2nd half of the date paste and process.
Distribute crust evenly on the bottom of lightly oiled pan (using coconut oil).
Put a little coconut oil on your clean hands to get the crust in the pan. I found this keeps the crust from sticking to your hands—a very frustrating experience.
Refrigerate until filling is ready.
Combine all ingredients for filling except for coconut oil, lecithin and strawberries.
Blend well until smooth and creamy, about 5 minutes.
Stop blending and add the lecithin and melted coconut oil then blend until smooth.
Remove 1 ½ cups of the mixture and set aside.
Put the original mixture in the pan containing the crust.
Take the reserved filling and add the strawberries.
From here you can swirl or layer depending on what you want to go for!
When you are done swirling or layering, freeze for 1-3 hours or until middle of cheesecake is firm to the touch.
Serve and enjoy!