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Raw Strawberry Lime Cheesecake

A good friend of mine recently got married and she asked if I would prepare a few all raw food dishes for her, one of them being my all Raw Strawberry Lime “Cheesecake”. Yes, Raw! There is not really any cheese involved in this recipe, it is mainly made up of nuts and strawberries. In the past, I hadn’t really experimented with any all raw cheesecakes until a couple of months ago. But, from the moment that I did, I was hooked. Cashews, when blended, become this creamy texture and will easily take on whatever flavor you add to them. They can be and are used in so many ways in Raw Food and Vegan diets/recipes.  



Recipe: Serves 8 -10

The ingredients are the following:

For the crust:

1/2 cup of Raw Almonds (I used sliced)
1/2 cup of Walnuts (shelled)
1/2 cup of Pecans (shelled)
1 cup of Dates (pitted)
1 tablespoon of Organic Pure Vanilla Extract
**Note – with some items I use organic products to ensure they are vegan/vegetarian, but you can substitute them if you don’t care.**

 


For the filling:

2 1/2 – 3 cups of Raw Cashews (soaked in water for 4-8 hours, then drained)
The juice from 4 Limes
3/4 cup of Agave Nectar
1/2 cup of Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon of Organic Pure Vanilla Extract

**Note – with some items I use organic products to ensure they are vegan/vegetarian, but you can substitute them if you don’t care.**

For the topping:

3 cups of Raw Strawberries (sliced)

For the instructions:

Roughly blend all the ingredients for your crust together for about 2-3 minutes in your food processor. You want it to have texture, not huge pieces, but not a paste either. Then take that mixture and press it firmly into an 8 or 9 inch pie dish/pan. Rinse out your food processor container and place the ingredients for your filling in the food processor and blend until really smooth (I like to soak my cashews because it makes them softer for the blending process). Take your filling and pour it smoothly over your crust.

After that, I like to put the dish in the freezer for at least 4 hours to let it firm up a bit before I place the sliced strawberries on top and slice and serve. You can place them on there, however you see fit. I try to make them look a little fancy, because it just looks pretty. I start from the outside and make circles rings with the strawberries and work my way toward the center. This cheesecake is almost like an ice cream cake. It definitely needs to be stored in the freezer, if it’s not all being eaten in one sitting or it will be a pan of mush and that’s not good. Also remember to cover your dish tightly when storing, so that it doesn’t get ice crystals on it.

Use a sharp knife and slice yourself a piece. Let it sit out for 15 -30 minutes or so and it will be thawed and good and ready to enjoy.

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