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Cashew Cheesecake with crunchy Walnut Crust

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This is a great holiday recipe! You can keep it in your fridge for up to 14 days, or freezer for 3 months. If you have healthy desserts on hand, you are less likely to grab junk food desserts!

Total time: 3 hours to soak nuts, 25 minutes preparation, 4 hours freezing

Serves: 16 slices

Ingredients:
For the base:
4 cups walnuts, blended into a meal
5 tablespoons maple syrup (or raw honey)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon coconut oil

For the cheesecake filling: 
1/2 cup lemon juice (approx 2 large lemons)
3 cups cashews, soaked in water for 3 hours
3/4 cup maple syrup (or raw honey)
3/4 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Action:
1. Make the base. In a bowl, combine the walnuts and maple syrup. Then add the salt, vanilla and coconut oil. The mixture should be dry, but moist enough to hold together. Turn the base mixture into a deep pie dish (2 1/2 quarts) and press evenly to cover the bottom and sides of dish. Set aside.
2. Make the cheesecake filling, put all the ingredients in a powerful blender and blend filling is very smooth and light in texture. There should be no chunks at all. Pour the filling into prepared crust.
3. Freeze for 4 hours. Once set, cut into slices and serve.

Tips:
1. You can make it without soaking the nuts, but soaking makes it creamier and easier to blend.
2. The cheesecake is ready to eat as soon as you make it, it will be soft and lush once blending is finished, you can always eat it right away, but setting it in the freezer allows it to get hard.
3. You can store this in your freezer for 8 weeks or fridge for 4 weeks – if it lasts that long!
4. To make a smaller cheesecake halve the recipe.
5. You can also make mini cheesecakes.

Benefits:
+ Vegan
+ Refined sugar free
+ Dairy free
+ High in protein
+ Increases energy
+ High in Anti-oxidants
+ Can aid weight loss

Nutrition facts per slice:
Calories: 368
Total Fat: 28g
Carbohydrate: 23g
Dietary Fiber: 6g
Protein: 7g

* Every single recipe on this website uses nature’s ingredients, only. Always choose organic, local and seasonal whenever possible.

This recipe was created by Liana Werner-Gray. Photo take on Instagram – Liana’s iPhone. 

This recipe is part of © 2013 The Earth Diet ™  All Rights Reserved


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