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Raw Vegan Cheesecake

Posted Nov 11 2009 10:03pm
Happy Humpy Day, Bloggies.  I've been humpin'.  Not that kind.  Humpin' in the kitch.   Rather than regale you with all kinds of green vegetables and unseasonal fruit pictures, although they're lovely, I thought I'd just cut to the chase and give ya what ya want....dessert.

As I mentioned in yesterday's post with the Maple & Flax "Peanut Butter" Pancake-Cookies, I have been puttin'Ani's Book to serious use.  I've been humpin'with her.

Ok, let's talk Raw Vegan Cheesecake....

First, the portion size.  I eyeballed Ani's recipe (p.223 if you have the book), and immediately started tweakin'.   I didn't half the recipe, I third'ed it.   Meaning I ended up with 1/3 the quantity that she does.  Although I love desserts, I like variety and rather than making huge portions, I like to make smaller stuff, and then if I love it, I'll make it again.  And if not, there are a bazillion other dessert recipes I wanna try anyway.

Ok so onto the crust.   I did nothing of what Ani did.  I put 1 c of almond meal + 2.5 large chewy dates into myVitaCruster...

...And in 30 secs I had my crust.

I smooshed the crust mixture it into my container...

...And got to work on the filling.   These are some of the ingredients I used to make the Cheesecake Filling.  I gotta tease ya first but the exact ratios & ingredients will eventually follow...

Agave, Lemon Juice, and 1 c of soaked raw cashews. 

I blended those ingredients and a few more things up in the VitaCreamer f or a couple minutes cuz  I wanted this filling perfectly smooth.

And let me tell you the resulting filling is The Shizzle.   As a sidenote, in about 45 more seconds, I woulda had cashew butter.  Note to self...that would be hot diggity yummy, too.

Off the chain.  Thick as evidenced by this food porn shot...

... and sweet but still has the signature tart of cheesecake.  It's very faintly lemony but actually really more of cheesecake filling than say lemon custard or a lemon-based filling.  Don't be scared off by the lemons.  However, if you are goin' for a lemony cheesecake or a lemon creme or lemon custard, very easy, just add more lemon juice to the cashew mixture.

I took the Filling and spread it over the crust.

And Raw Vegan Cheesecake was born.

Look at that my friends!  Thick-n-luscious.  And no, I'm not talking Kim Kardashian's hair.  I'm talkin'this bangin' cheesecake filling on toppa the sweet crust.

I even had leftover filling and so I popped that into a little dish & popped 'er into the freeezah to either eat as a midnight snack or share with hubs.  Not sure though if I wanna share that cuz I'm a greedy cheesecake-filling hoarder.

I popped the whole cheesecake into the freezer.   The fridge would be fine, but if you've been payin' attention to my past posts, you know I like my shizzle chilled and so the freezer it was.  You could get 5 days storage outta this in the fridge and much longer in the freezah.   Really, is it gonna last you 5 days?  I think not.

So there ya have it.  Raw Vegan Cheesecake.  I am also proud that it's soy and gluten free, too.  So many vegan desserts use flours with gluten in them, such as wheat or spelt (yes, spelt still has gluten in it even though it's "wheat-free", it ain't GF).  And, most vegan cheesecake recipes start off with a slab 'o tofu (soy) and that won't work for my food intolerances so I nix the soy 'round here, too.

Anyway, thanks for your comments in the last post on Maple & Flax "Peanut Butter" Pancake-Cookies, that you'd like to see more recipes, hopefully this one is a winner for ya!  When you all say "more recipes", are you implying dessert recipes?  Do Tell!

Yoga today is Natarajasana, aka Dancer Pose or Lord of the Dance Pose.

Tip of the Day:   I've been getting asked about this alot lately.  Many of you sweeties have written me saying you wanna see recipes that don't require special kitchen equipment. 

Two thoughts:  
First, you don't need a Vita-Mix, but you do need a food processor/blender/Magic Bullet or something to blend and whir ingredients. 

Second,you don't need a dehydrator.  If you are truly motivated to keep your eats raw and this is a life-path for you, spring for one.  But if you're just tryin' to make nummy desserts and maybe make some kale chips here and there, I wouldn't. 

By all means, go ahead and make every single dessert that I have made that I've put into my dehydrator, but just put it in your oven on the lowest setting.  Yours will be done in 20 mins, mine will be done in 7 hours. Macaroons come to mind, as do Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies.

The resulting texture & taste may be slightly different but don't be scared off thinking you "need" a don't.  Gena wrote eloquently on kitchen goods, and her list is ordered by Must Haves at the top and descends to that which is Very Optional.  She ranks a dehydrator last, and so do I.  Spend your hard earned cash on a food processor first and foremost, that's my parting thought.  A Vita is a nice but a used $20 Black & Decker Food Processor on CraigsList or Ebay is cool too.

Ok nuff 'o the appliance talk.  What's everyone's thoughts about Halloween candy?  Not for kids, for adults.  For your tum-tum!  Do you indulge?  I was at Target and the shelves runneth over, already, with candy.  And if you are a vegan, do you partake in store-bo ught candy knowing the milk chocolate isdairy-laden?  Or are you not that strict of a vegan?  This is one of those situations I go back and forth on.  For me, it's not the vegan part, or even the healthy factor part, but it's knowing I am eating things I am allergic to if I partake and then I feel like crap... What do you all do?

Stay tuned for more yummy creations comin' outta my kitch...

P.S. A Shoutout to my awesome Friend Mama's Weeds Alison who already made a flax-themed breakfast inspired by my recipe.

And.... Erin is having a GiveAway, go check it out!

Michele is also havin' a GiveAway, go check it out!
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