Check out my Paleo, raw, GF, vegan strawberry Cheesecake. Wow, what a title!
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.
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.
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.
That’s a lot of goodness in a little piece of cake.
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.
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.
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.