I’ve been experimenting with raw desserts lately. I’m neither a vegan or a raw-foodist, but my oven is broken. Dessert waits for no repairman. Luckily, you can make a lot of great desserts using a Vitamix, Blendtec or even a food processor if that is what you have.
I wasn’t planning to make a vegan cheesecake, I was originally aiming for something closer to a lemon tart. We will call this a happy accident. The end result was so rich and creamy, it deserves the illustrious title of “cheesecake”. Although, my omnivorous friends out there are probably crying “blasphemy” as there is not a drop of dairy anywhere in this recipe.
One great thing about raw desserts, they are really easy to make. I’m good at baking, but I know a lot of people struggle with it. All that kitchen chemistry can go haywire! With a raw dessert, much less can go wrong. You don’t have to worry about variables such as cooking times and the precise weight of ingredients. Also, it’s easy to make substitutions without messing up the whole thing.
It’s a hard to tell from the photos, but this cake is a little guy. I usually use a 6 inch cake pan when making raw desserts. You may wonder why I’d make such a small cake. The answer is in the ingredients. Raw desserts are often loaded with nutrient dense foods. This cake is primarily made of nuts and coconut oil. A little piece goes a long way. A 6 inch cake should easily feed four people. Of course, portion size is ultimately up to you. You can easily double the recipe and make a bigger cake.
About that cake pan, I recommend using a springform or cake ring. If you don’t have that, line the bottom of your pan with a circle of parchment. I also line the sides with strips of acetate or parchment so it can slide out easily. I let it set in the freezer until it is very firm and the whole thing comes out intact. If this is too much bother for you, you can make individual tarts in a cupcake liner and muffin tin. It’s hard to go wrong.
Now, if you will excuse me…I’m off to eat cheesecake for breakfast.
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