Vegan Cheesecake

Feb 25, 2012 by

Vegan Cheesecake

Vegan Cheesecake

Crust
2 cups almonds
1c dried dates
Filling
3 ½ cups raw cashews -soaked for at least one hour
¾ cup fresh lime juice
1c coconut oil- liquefied (see below)
½c water
2 t vanilla extract
½ t sea salt
Blueberry sauce
Handful of fresh blueberries
4 large dried Medjool dates
2 hefty squirts agave

Directions:
To melt coconut oil, if solid: Measure out 1 cup of solid coconut oil and place in shallow bowl of warm water.  As it softens, stir.  Replace the water in the shallow bowl with fresh warm water and repeat until all is melted.  I needed to change the water about 4 times to make it reach a fully liquid state.

To make crust: Blend almonds and dates in  a food processor until finely chopped.  Press mixture very compactly into the bottom of a spring-form pan.  I used the bottom of a glass to press the crust down, and it worked perfectly.

To make filling: Take all filling ingredients and blend in food processor until smooth.  Just let it go for a few minutes…. the texture should be nice and creamy.

To assemble: Pour filling on top of crust and spread out until smooth.  Cover with foil and freeze overnight. The freezing process will re-harden the coconut oil and set up the cake.  After it is frozen you can refrigerate and it will be ready to serve after about one hour.  Even though you have to freeze this cake to set it up, it is not a frozen cake… once refrigerated, it takes on an extremely similar texture to a regular cheesecake.

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