Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake
Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake

Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake

Check out my Paleo, raw, GF, vegan strawberry Cheesecake. Wow, what a title!

Paleo Dessert

Paleo Dessert

I’m so excited to be sharing this recipe today. A few weeks ago I tried a raw, vegan cheesecake at You & Bamboo. The dessert was a revelation! A complete game changer for me.

Vegan Christmas Dessert - Pin Me!

Vegan Christmas Dessert – Pin Me!

I love cheesecake, (and just about every other dessert), but this was different. Instead of being heavy on my stomach and overly sweet, it was light and nutrient rich. I actually felt better for having eaten the treat.

Yum Paleo Cheesecake

Yum Paleo CheesecakeYum Paleo Cheesecake

Treat is the operative word. The dessert is still calorie dense but at least while you indulge you are also consuming a good dose of fibre, protein, iron, magnesium, B group vitamins, vitamin C and antioxidants.

Close Vegan Cheesecake

Close Vegan Cheesecake

That’s a lot of goodness in a little piece of cake.

Raw Strawberry Cheesecake 1

Raw Strawberry Cheesecake

I bet you are wondering how it can possibly taste like a creamy cheesecake. The dessert uses soaked, raw cashews. When the cashews are blended they become light and fluffy, mimicking the texture of cheesecake. The cashew filling has little flavour so it takes on the flavour of whatever is added. When I think of cheesecake it’s the texture and lemon zing that gets me in so this one has the juice of a lemon from our garden.

Berry Cheesecake

Berry Cheesecake

As I sat in You & Bamboo enjoying the original raw cheesecake, I knew my challenge would be to recreate the dish.  So as I savoured each mouthful I tried to guess the ingredients. Once we were home I went to work trying to mimick the cheesecake. I wanted something similar in texture, but with more of a festive, Christmas feel. So below I give you my Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake. A Gluten Free, Vegan, raw dessert.

Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake

Yield: 16

Creamy no bake cheesecake full of healthy goodness. The quickest vegan, raw strawberry cheesecake. Ingredients


  • 8 medjool dates
  • 1 cups coconut
  • 1 cups walnuts
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • Filling
  • 2 cups raw cashew
  • 4 cups warm water
  • lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 1/2 cup coconut nectar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • Topping
  • 2 punnets of berries
  • 3 Tbs coconut nectar
  • 3 Tbs Coconut oil


  1. Place all the base ingredients into a food processor and process until the mixture forms a sticky ball.
  2. Press the base into silicone moulds. (There is no need to grease or line the moulds.)
  3. Filing
  4. Soak the cashews in warm water and leave for at least 2 hours.
  5. Drain the cashews and place in a food processor with coconut oil, coconut nectar, and lemon juice. Process the filling until it is smooth, light and creamy. You may need to scrape the sides down a few times.
  6. Pour the filling over the bases and place in the freezer to set.
  7. Topping
  8. Place the berries, coconut oil and coconut nectar in the food processors and combine until the desired consistancy has been reached.
  9. Spoon the topping over the filling and return to the freezer to set.

 Voila I bring you my vegan strawberry cheesecake!  I think it would make a nice addition to the Christmas dessert table garnished with the gorgeous berries that are available at the moment.  Make sure you book mark or pin as this is a simple and quick recipe as it caters to many different diet.
Vegan Cheesecake Foodgawker

Vegan Cheesecake Foodgawker

For those without dietary restrictions a nice scoop of ice-cream or berry gelato would take this dessert to another level.

So readers, do you have to consider the needs of any GF, Vegan, Raw or Paleo friends of relatives this year? What are your catering plans.



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  1. How versatile and creative, Julie!!! You and cashew did a great job together here :). If I can’t get coconut nectar, I can use coconut sugar and just make syrup, right? 😀

  2. Is coconut nectar like honey? I’ve made a lactose free dessert this December 🙂

  3. It sounds so good and looks stunning too. I think I’ll have to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner after reading the first line of your post. Pinning!

  4. This sounds truly luscious and decadent. 🙂

  5. Ouauuh! The indredients of this wonderful dessert is amazing! Love your présentations and pictures, just gorgeous! So chic and smart! 🙂 xo

  6. Wow can’t believe something so healthy looks so delicious!

  7. Very nice dessert… I had few time cashew cheesecake, and I really liked it.
    Judging by the ingredients, this cheesecake should taste perfect…

  8. I guess we’re pretty lucky that everyone in our family eats everything. With gusto! This recipe is a handy one though – I do like cashew cheese and am intrigued by its applications everywhere.

  9. Wow! This looks amazing! How gorgeous are your photos! I don’t want any dinner tonight… I’ll just have one of these instead please!

  10. Great recipe Julie and just perfect for Summer 🙂

  11. Yum! I do love raw vegan cheesecake and this sounds fantastic 🙂

  12. That’s such a great looking cheesecake and you’ve presented it so beautifully. If you didn’t know, you’d never know it was vegan – it looks just like a ‘normal’ cheesecake xx

  13. I love cheesecake! Never had a vegan one, though. Terrific idea — this is really a neat recipe. Truly good stuff — thanks.

  14. Your vegan recipe looks lovely, the vibrant colours and fresh flavours – being vegan doesn’t seem so daunting with recipes like yours 😀

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  15. How did you know that I need to make a vegan feast this Sunday??? I am having a family over who have been so good to me and I want to treat them… this is a great start.

  16. i love light fluffy cheesecakes, thanks for the recipe!

  17. Doesn’t this look and sound amazing Julie! What a great way to use up all the berries in my garden 🙂 x

  18. Sounds and looks delicious!

  19. I love raw desserts, you right, they are not any lower in calories, yet when I eat them I do not get that heavy sensation of overindulgence. Gorgeous photos

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