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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Raw Strawberry Cheesecake

So this has become our family's favorite recipe. You won't believe it's not cheese. After much trial and error, we finally found a recipe we can't do without. After one bite, you'll want another, and yet, it is so dense that a little goes a long way. This cake will last, and that's a good thing.

1 Cup Pecans
1 Cup Almonds
1/4 tsp. Salt
4 Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped

3 Cups Raw Cashew pieces, soaked overnight (or at least 3 hours)
1/2 Cup Agave Syrup
1/4 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Fresh Lime juice
1 tsp. Vanilla (preferably Danncy's Mexican)
3 1/2 Cups of Strawberries
3/4 Cup Coconut Oil, melted

Strawberry Coulis (Fancy word for pureed sauce)
2 Cups Strawberries
3 Tbsp. Agave Syrup

In a food processor, fully grind almonds and pecans. Add dates and salt and keep mixing. A nice dough should form. Press into a cake or pie pan and set aside in a fridge. This solidifies the nut oils a bit. For the filling, in a good blender, combine cashews, water, agave, lime juice and vanilla. A VitaMix is ideal for this if you have one. If not, add the cashews a few at a time along with the strawberries until the mixture is smooth. Scrape down occasionally. Add melted coconut in a steady stream. Pour the filling right over the crust and smooth out. It will look like a smoothie that will never set. Let chill in the fridge for about 4 hours or more. We couldn't wait 4 hours so our center turned out a little gooey. It was still delicious though. When ready to serve, simply puree the strawberries and agave and drizzle over the cake. YUM YUM YUM!


Kristin Kimble Purles said...

Wow Ligia, if this tastes as good as it looks than it will be amazing. Can't wait to try one of your raw recipes. Thanks for sharing. Keep 'em coming.

Jami and James said...

I agree, this looks very good. Did you use fresh dates? Do you think I could substitute dried prunes?

Ligia said...

I used the Medjool dates that come in bulk from Costco. I think they're sun dried. I haven't tried prunes but I can't imagine they would be too different. The dates are basically the sugar substitute and glue in most raw recipes. Dates are known for their high sugar content which probably needs to be used moderately, but in any case, it's better than any refined sugars. And Kristin, I'm sure you'll love it. Don't tell anyone it's not cheese. I swear they won't know the difference. The fresh lime juice gives it that aged sour taste. It's a perfect substitute for dairy cheesecakes.