27 July 2010

No Meat Zone Recipes: Vegan raw lemon and raw carob cheesecakes


VEGAN

Raw Lemon Cheesecake
(modified version of the one found in Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen: Easy, Delectable Living Foods Recipes)

Ingredients:

Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups Nuts (your choice, I used a mixture of Hazelnuts, Walnuts & Cashews) or 1 cup Nut Meal (eg: Almond or Hazelnut)
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 cup pitted Dates (soaked in hot water for about 15 mins. to soften)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Coconut
Filling
  • 3 cups raw Cashews (soaked overnight, or atleast 8 hours, in filtered water) and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 cup Agave Syrup (or 1/4 tsp. Stevia powder & 1/3 cup Agave)
  • 3/4 cup Coconut Oil (liquid form)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • zest of 1 Lemon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Water, as needed (use the soaking water from the dates)
Method:

- For the crust: Process the nuts into small pieces with the salt in a food processor. Slowly add Dates and mix well, then mix in Coconut. Press ‘dough’ into the bottom of a Cheesecake dish or pan (9-inch), and place in refrigerator until needed.

- For the filling: Blend Cashews, Lemon Juice, Agave (and Stevia, if using), Coconut Oil, and Vanilla (and Lemon Zest, if using), in your blender/food processor. Add just enough Water to blend into a smooth ‘cream’. Pour onto the crust in the dish and place in freezer for about an hour until firm. Then refrigerate until serving. (Keeps for about 5 days, if it lasts that long…)


VEGAN

Raw Carob (or Chocolate) Cheesecake
(based on a recipe in Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Desserts: Delicious & Easy Raw Food Recipes for Cookies, Pies, Cakes, Puddings, Mousses, Cobblers, Candies & Ice Creams)

Ingredients:

Crust
  • 1 cup Almond Meal
  • dash of Salt
  • 1/2 cup of pitted Dates (soaked for about 15 mins.)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Coconut
Filling
  • 3 cups of raw Cashews, soaked overnight (or atleast a few hours) and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup Agave Syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. Stevia powder or another 1/3 cup Agave
  • 1/2 cup fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup Water (use soaking Water from Dates)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Coconut Oil, liquid form
  • 3/4 cup Carob powder, or Chocolate powder
Method:

- For the Crust & Filling: Same as with Raw Lemon Cheesecake, but adding Coconut Oil and Carob powder at the end for the filling, after blending the rest of the ingredients.

Submitted by Rebecca at Blissfully Vegan, Facebook, Recipe Link



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