Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Raw Vegan Coconut Cheesecake Bites

i want to be the girl with the most cake.
or just enough cake, really...
Raw Vegan Coconut Cheesecake Bites. 
Little bitty nutty miracle, this thing is.
will spare you from having to read yet another flowery blog post singing the praises of  cashew cheesecake. Its a damn miracle and we all well know it.  I have a few brief things to say on the subject and then you can get down to the very important business of making, and eventually eating, cake. There are a lot of fantastic raw cheesecake recipes out there, but almost all of them are for special occasion, party of eight, birthday-sized cakes. That's all well and good, but if you're not throwing a party or not in the mood to spend thirty dollars on dessert (all of those raw food components can get a bit pricey), those recipes aren't going to work. Also, I'll let you in on a little secret. Unlike your standard carb-y sugar bomb, raw cheesecake is healthy, nourishing and FILLING. So this recipe is on a mini scale. 'Cause a little goes a long way and 
'cause mini raw foods are adorable.
Oh and I almost forgot, you can eat them for breakfast.
Cheesecake. For breakfast.
So there's that.

This recipe is an adaptation from the always inspiring Choosing Raw.

Raw cashews, measured and ready for soaking.

Recipe notes:
I use a standard silicone 1" peanut butter cup mold, which yields 12 mini cake bites.
For slightly larger cakes try silicone mini or standard muffin cups or a small spring form pan.
You can also use a plastic mold, though the cakes might be more difficult to pop out.

Raw Vegan Coconut Cheesecake Filling
(makes 12 1" cake bites)
1/2c raw cashews
1tbsp agave*
2tsp raw coconut oil
1/4tsp vanilla extract
1/8tsp sea salt
2tsp lemon juice

*you can also use maple syrup, though it is not raw.

Date-walnut crust, fully blended.

Date-Walnut Crust
4 pitted dates
1/3c raw walnuts
2tbsp raw flaked coconut
2tsp raw flax seed meal

Extra flaked coconut for garnish

To prepare filling:
Soak cashews in filtered water for 2-3 hours.
Drain water and discard.
 Place cashews in a blender or food processor.
Add all other filling ingredients and blend
until smooth.
Set aside.

To prepare crust:
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until mix is made up of only small crumbs
and holds together when pressed in your hand.

Coconut-topped medium sized tarts.

Press the crust into the bottom of each cake mold.
Spoon in cheesecake filling and shake to distribute.
Use a spatula to smooth out the tops then add extra flaked coconut for garnish.
Transfer mold to the fridge and allow to chill for 1 hour.
Once chilled, pop cake bites out of the mold and enjoy!
Store any extras in the fridge.

Yeah, they really want you.
They really want you.
They really do.


  1. The second photo says walnuts instead of cashews..doesnt bother me. Just thought I'd let you know :)