Raw Cheesecake recipe

I had been thinking about giving you a bit more recipes lately so it is my immense pleasure to introduce you to the Raw Cheesecake! 
This is not trying to compete with the dairy version of this famous desert but it is really delicious in its own right.
Some would say it is healthier as it has no dairy, no processed sugar, no wheat and it is vegan. It is still a rich desert though so treat as such...
Try it with raspberries, strawberries, blueberries or any of your favourite fruit.
It makes a delicious summer pudding...

Vanilla Cheesecake with almond crust

For the crust
1 and ¾ cup almonds
¼ cup medjol dates
½ cup figs
Zest of one lemon
A pinch of sea salt

For the filling
3 cups cashews, soaked for at least 1h
¾ cup lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
¾ cup agave syrup
¾ cup + 1 TBSP coconut butter (melted)
1 vanilla pod
½ tsp sea salt
Fresh berries and coconut flakes to decorate
(1/2 cup of frozen red fruit optional to make a layered cheesecake- see tip)

For the crust: 
Blend all the crust ingredients in a food processor until slightly sticky (when you take a bit of the mixture and press it between two fingers it should stick together).
Press into a cheesecake tin, refrigerate.

For the filling:
Drain the cashew nuts and put in a food processor or high speed blender. Add the lemon juice, agave syrup, ¾ cup coconut butter (melted), vanilla and salt. Process until the mixture is smooth. 
Pour the mixture onto the crust, decorate with berries and coconut flakes, refrigerate. You can also freeze your cheesecake to make it in advance!

For a 2 layer cheesecake with red fruit:
Only pour ¾ of the vanilla mixture on the crust, refrigerate and let it set.
Keep the ¼ of the mixture that’s left in the food processor and add ½ cup of red fruit and 1 TBSP of melted coconut butter. Process until smooth then pour over the first layer of the cheesecake. At this stage you can decorate with berries and coconut flakes. Refrigerate and let it set. 
You can also freeze the cheesecake if you want to prepare it in advance.

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