Raw Vegan Cheesecake with Raspberries

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You see that kitty cat in the photo above? It’s actually a pencil sharpener. Can you guess where the pencil goes? I’ll give you a hint, it’s tail is raised for a reason. It meows as you sharpen your pencil.

What does that have to do with Raw Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake? Absolutely nothing! I just thought I’d share.

Now, on to the recipe…

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This is a variation on my most popular recipe. Instead of using lemon, I opted for raspberries. I promised some raspberry recipes after my berry picking adventures. I’m a woman of my word!

When I call this recipe ridiculously easy, I’m not exaggerating. All you really have to do is mix up the ingredients in your Vitamix, Blendtec or other high-quality blender and then pour it in to a springform pan. If you suck at baking, this is the recipe for you. You don’t have to turn on the oven.

Did I mention that it is raw, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free and you can use the sweetener of your choice? That means it can be paleo, low-carb, ketogenic…whatever floats your boat!

I know what you are thinking. Does this raw, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, low-carb, ketogenic, magic cake taste good? Yes! It’s as rich and creamy as the best cheesecake because it is loaded with healthy fats.

I had a slice for breakfast, it’s practically a health food.

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Raw Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Raw Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup hemp Hearts
  • 2 teaspoons sweetener of your choice*
  • 1.5 tbsp coconut oil
  • Filling:
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts (soaked for a few hours)
  • 1/2 cup cashews (soaked for a few hours)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup raspberries (fresh or defrosted)
  • 1/4 cup sweetener of choice*
  • Optional
  • Whole raspberries for decorating

Instructions

  • Soak your macadamia nuts and cashews for a few hours before you plan to make the cake. Drain off the water before using them in the recipe.
  • Combine the pecans and hemp hearts together in your blender at a moderate speed. You don't want to make a nut butter, you want it to be mealy.
  • Add your sweetener of choice and 1.5 tbsp coconut oil. Mix on a low speed until it starts to come together.
  • Press the mixture in to a 6 inch cake pan or springform lined with parchment. Set aside as you make your filling.
  • Combine all the filling ingredients in your high-performance blender or food processor until the mixture is completely smooth. There shouldn't be any chunky bits.
  • Taste the mixture to see if it is sweet enough for you. If it isn't, add more sweetener in small increments until you are happy with it.
  • Sprinkle some whole raspberries on top of the crust before pouring in the mixture.
  • Pour the mixture on top of the crust and berries in the cake pan.
  • Press additional raspberries in to the filling for decoration.
  • Set in the freezer until firm, or the fridge if you have more time. It took about 1 hour in the freezer for me.
  • Remove from pan while it is still frozen.
  • Defrost slightly before cutting.

Notes

*A note on sweeteners: I like to make desserts that people can adapt to suit their own dietary needs.You can use any number of natural or alternative sweeteners in this recipe. Sweetness levels can vary. If you are using a sweetener that you are unfamiliar with, I recommend checking the manufacturers website to determine the recommend amounts. Most manufacturers will tell you how to substitute their product in recipes in place of sugar. Let taste be your ultimate guide.

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Comments

  1. kasia says

    hello. i was just wondering how the cashews and and macadamias help in the filling of the cake ? in my mind i keep on picturing the mixture to end up grainy , or just nothing like a normal cheesecake would be like. so it would be great to have an insight on how they help :) im looking on some great recipies for vegan/raw cakes after trying some at pana chocolate. (not sure if where you are from, pana chocolate is a shop in melbourne)

    • Jasmine Lukuku says

      Hi Kasia, if you use a high-powered blender and you have soaked the nuts the filling will be as smooth as cream cheese. The texture is exactly like a traditional cheesecake. My cake is not grainy at all. I’ve heard great things about Pana, if I ever go to Australia I will have to check it out.

  2. Fern says

    Hi! I’m not sure if I will be able to find hemp hearts in any local grocery stores. Is there a possible substitute for that ingredient?

    • Jasmine Lukuku says

      I buy them at Costco, the brand in Manitoba Harvest. If you can’t find them, you could definitely substitute a mild tasting nut or seed that has been ground up.

  3. Teri says

    Hi…I was just wondering if there was another nut that could be substituted for the cashews?? My daughter has a severe nut allergy to cashews. I would love to make this recipe. Thanks

    • Jasmine Lukuku says

      Hi Teri,

      You could try using all macadamia nuts, or replace the cashews with some pine nuts. I hope your daughter likes it!

      • Teri says

        Thanks for the recommendation on the substitution, I see so many great Vegan recipes but so many call for cashews. I will definitely give it a whirl. Thanks again for the prompt reply. Looking forward to more of your recipes.

  4. kasia says

    im attempting to make my own lemon & coconut one today ! just wondering, to get a good coconut flavour will having unrefined coconut oil help ? or does that coconut milk really add the flavour, because i dont really want to use coconut milk. will it make a difference leaving it out ?

  5. Joey says

    Hey, would it be possible to use soy milk in place of the coconut milk? Or do you think it be a bad mixture together with the rest?

    Many thanks,
    Joey

  6. Susan says

    I’m planning on trying this recipe tomorrow!!
    Just a couple quick questions – do you recommend a dry or liquid sweetener?
    and do you throw the whole cup of raspberries in the blender when preparing the filling? or do you just drop the whole raspberries into the prepared filling?
    thanks!!!

    • Jasmine Lukuku says

      Hi Susan,

      I put the whole cup of berries in the blender and then I put some on top for decoration.

      As for the sweetener, I used a granular sweetener (coconut sugar). If you use a liquid sugar, you might want to reduce the liquids (coconut milk) a bit. This recipe is pretty forgiving!

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