Valentine’s Strawberry Cheesecake

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I have been meaning to write up and post my recipes on here for literally ages, but as the M.E. game goes, you don’t always get to do what you want when you want! So I’m very pleased to finally be getting round to it. I’m not the best recipe keeper i’ll admit, so it will be handy to get some of my favourites online!

It’s Valentine’s Day this Sunday, an often dreaded day by us singletons! If you’re feeling a bit downhearted about Valentine’s day (or not!) then this cheesecake will make you glad there isn’t a boyfriend or girlfriend that you have to give the last piece to! Equally if you’re all loved up this could be the perfect treat for you and your partner to indulge in (sorry that you have to share). I’m looking forward to it as we are having a few of our family around which will be lovely and of course it’s the perfect excuse to whip up a tasty, healthy-ish dessert! And obviously for a valentine’s treat, strawberry and chocolate came to mind…

 

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I have to warn you, I think this dairy-free strawberry cheesecake is pretty delish, and the chewy brownie bottom is just…you’ll see. I would advise to only tuck in with other people in the room, otherwise there is a good chance you might end up eating, well, all of it (if you’re anything like me!). It feels like a Rachel/Chandler cheesecake fiasco waiting to happen.

This recipe is:

Vegan

Gluten free

Dairy free

Refined sugar free

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Strawberry Brownie Cheesecake

Serves 4 – 6

Makes a mini cheesecake (10cm tin)

Ingredients:

Brownie Base:

70g or 1/2 cup Cashews

10g or 2 tbsp Cacao powder

100g or 3/4 cup Medjool dates

10 – 20g or 1 -2 tbsp Maple Syrup

2 pinches of Salt

3-4 drops Vanilla essence

Strawberry Cheesecake:

100g cashews (soak for 4 hours minimum)

50g melted coconut oil (I don’t use raw as it has a less coconutty flavour)

60g Maple Syrup

150g strawberries + a few more for decoration

Optional:

Pinch of salt

Squeeze of lime

(This makes a small cheesecake measuring 10 x 10cm so I think double or even triple the amount would make a normal sized cheesecake.)

  1. Soak  100g of your cashews in water for at least 4 hours, you can also leave to soak overnight.
  2. For the brownie base: blend dry cashews in food processor until fine (don’t worry if there are a few little chunks)
  3.  Add the medjool dates and maple syrup, blend until it starts to come together in a big gooey ball, yum! (If your medjool dates are on the dry side or your processor is on the weak side, soak in warm water for 5 -10 mins)
  4. Add remaining brownie ingredients and blend until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Line your cheesecake pan with baking paper and push brownie dough into bottom with fingers. Pop it in the freezer!
  6. For the cheesecake: drain and rinse soaked cashews and then chuck all cheesecake ingredients into your blender. This took around 1-2 minutes in mine.
  7. Pour the cheesecake into the cheesecake pan, cover and refrigerate. If you need it to set faster put it in the freezer for at least 1 hour.
  8. Tuck in and enjoy!

 

I think raw desserts like this are perfect for  busy people or very unbusy people like myself who have to ration out energy expenditure, as I can make this as much as a week in advance and keep it in the freezer. Then serve up a lovely little creation to family/friends – no muss, no fuss.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Lara

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