Vegan strawberry cheesecake

Vegan strawberry cheesecake

Strawberry cheesecake gets a makeover! This classic dessert combo takes on a vegan twist. As a bonus, no baking is involved!

  • Method

    1. Preparation

      First, boil 2 cups of water. Place cashews in a mason jar and pour boiling water over nuts until they are completely covered. Let soak for a minimum of 1 hour.

    2. Sauce

      In a medium-sized saucepan over low heat, stir together the strawberries, maple syrup, and water. Let simmer until the strawberries release their juices, gently smashing the berries every few minutes. Strain mixture through a fine sieve to remove pulp and seeds; allow to cool.

    3. Crust

      Grease a mini cheesecake pan then set aside. Mix melted coconut oil and cookie crumbs together until well combined. Drop 1 tablespoon scoops of the crust mixture into each well of the mini cheesecake pan and press the crumbs evenly around the bottom of the well. Repeat with each well until all the cookie mixture has been used. Put the mini cheesecake pan in the freezer for the crusts to harden.

    4. Filling

      Drain the cashews. Put all the ingredients in the order listed into a high-powered blender. Turn blender on low, gradually increasing to high speed. Blend until all ingredients are combined and the mixture is smooth about 1-2 minutes.

    5. Serving

      Remove pan from the freezer, making sure crusts are hardened, then add 2 tablespoons of the strawberry cheesecake filling to each well. Smooth with the back of a spoon and tap the pan against a hard surface to release the air out of each well. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or overnight. Enjoy with fresh sliced strawberries and toasted almonds.

  • Ingredients

    Strawberry Sauce
    2 punnets Driscoll’s Strawberries, hulled and chopped
    1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
    1 tablespoon water

    2 cups crushed golden cream cookies
    ¼ cup coconut oil, melted 

    Strawberry Cheesecake Filling
    Scant ½ cup coconut cream
    5 tablespoons pure maple syrup
    1 ¼ cup roasted unsalted cashews, soaked for at least 1 hour
    ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
    ⅔ cup strawberry sauce
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    Pinch of sea salt

    • Serves 12
    • Vegetarian
    • Dessert
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