Characteristics

This recipe provides an optimally healthy alternative to traditional dairy and refined sugar based cheesecakes. It is rich in nutrient dense calories and offers an abundance of micronutrients. It is naturally low in sodium and cholesterol free. It offers an excellent amount of fiber, as well as healthy carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Its refreshing taste and excellent nutrition benefits will make for a treat the whole family can feel good about eating.

TYPE: Dessert, Snack
PREP TIME: < 15 mins (+ time for pre-soaking and chilling)
SERVINGS: makes 1 cake (9-inch/23cm dish) for 8 slices

  • Whole food
  • Plant food (Vegan)
  • Raw food
  • Gluten-free
  • Wheat-free
  • Soy-free
  • Corn-free
  • Peanut-free
  • Refined Sugar-free

Goodies Needed

This recipe is adapted from Koko of Koko’s Kitchen.

INGREDIENTS:

Crust:

  • 1.5 cups of Macadamia Nuts (organic, raw)
  • 6-8 Medjool Dates (organic, raw)
  • Optional - finely shredded coconut or nuts (organic, raw)

Filling:

  • 1.5 cups Organic Raw Cashew Nuts
  • 2 - 4 tbsp Organic Coconut Butter
  • 1/4 cup Organic Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Organic Lime Juice
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup Filtered Water
  • 1 tsp Organic Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Organic Lime Slices — optional for garnish

TOOLS:

Preparation Steps

  1. Soak the macadamia and cashew nuts in separate bowls for about 4 hours.
  2. After the 4 hours, drain and rinse the nuts, and keep in separate bowls.
  3. Place the macadamia nuts into your food processor.
  4. Take out the pits from the Medjool dates and place the 6 to 8 Medjool dates into the food processor.
  5. Process the nuts and dates until nuts are crushed and the ingredients clump together.
  6. Scrape out all of the mix using a spatula and place the processed ingredients into your round pan. Before you place your crust in, you may wish to sprinkle the bottom of the pan with the finely shredded coconut or nuts for easier removal of cake slices.
  7. Using your clean fingers, work the “dough” into a crust – evenly along the bottom, and up along the sides of the pan. Set aside.
  8. Place the cashews, coconut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, water and lime juice into your food processor and process until mixture is smooth and creamy.
  9. Using a spatula, scrape the filling from the food processor and into the pan with the crust, and smooth out on top.
  10. Cover the pan with a cover or plastic wrap and place in freezer for about 1.5 to 2 hours. Remove from the freezer, cut and serve. Cake should be softly firm, not runny or frozen. Alternatively you can place it into the fridge and serve the next day. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
  11. Optional: garnish the cheesecake with fresh lime slices. Enjoy.

Meal Nutritional Benefits

Macadamia Nuts:

  • good source of (in descending order): manganese, vitamin B1, copper, fiber, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B6, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, potassium, zinc, calcium and selenium
  • provide a rich source of energy, healthy fats, protein and a wide array of vitamins and minerals
  • have been linked to enhancing good heart health, lowering cholesterol and protecting against cardiovascular disease
  • rich in antioxidants and various other phytochemicals and thus enhance overall good health and decrease chances of various cancers
  • for more information, visit the macadamia nut overview from NutritionData.com

Medjool Dates

  • provide healthy carbohydrates, some protein, and are virtually fat-free
  • provide vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants
  • provide most of the B vitamins
  • especially rich in potassium, copper, manganese, and magnesium
  • support optimal health, energy, weight, healing and prevention
  • support digestive, immune, and cardiovascular health
  • for more info, see the medjool dates overview on Nutrition-and-You

Cashews

  • provide healthy fats, protein and some carbohydrates
  • provide vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • provide most of the B vitamins and vitamin K
  • provide essential minerals, especially copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and iron
  • support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • help maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • for more information, visit the cashews detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Coconut (Dry and Fresh)

  • provides healthy fats, along with some carbohydrates, fiber and protein
  • provides antioxidants and phytonutrients
  • provides vitamins, like B vitamins and vitamin C
  • provides minerals, especially manganese, copper, selenium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • supportive for brain and nervous system, cardiovascular system, and overall good health
  • For more information, visit the coconut nutrition facts from Nutrition-And-You.com
  • Health Tip: avoid sweetened, sulfured or preserved dry coconut

Maple Syrup

  • a rich source of simple carbohydrates (sugars); provides about 20% less calories than honey
  • a source of antioxidants and phytonutrients
  • provides trace amounts of B vitamins
  • provides minerals, especially manganese, zinc, calcium, iron, potassium, copper and magnesium
  • serves as a good, natural sweetener option, which provides some nutrition and health benefits
  • for more info, see the maple syrup overview on organicfacts.net

Vanilla

  • provides antioxidants and phytonutrients, like vanilloids, and has anti-inflammatory properties
  • provides some B vitamins
  • provides some minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, and magnesium
  • when in its purest form, can positively support overall health
  • supports optimal cognitive health and mental performance
  • for more information, visit the vanilla overview from Nutrition-and-You.com