Heavenly Raw Vegan White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake {Gluten-Free, Paleo}

Heavenly Raw Vegan White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake {Gluten-Free, Paleo}

{Gluten-Free, Vegan, Raw, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free, SCD}

Well, this past week has been a crazy whirlwind of events for me. Firstly, two of my closest friends got married, and I had the honor of making their wedding cake! I won’t share the cake  recipe since it was not gluten-free. I heard it was delicious though :) . It’s always a challenge when you make something you can’t taste, so I was really glad it turned out alright. Ah, one of the many challenges of being on a restricted diet…

In other news, I’m still working on giving this website an exciting facelift (coming soon!), so pardon any lag in response to comments, etc. I’m still here, just working on things behind the scenes. I’ve also finally come around to getting on facebook and tumblr — so you can now find me on facebook, tumblr, twitter, and of course my favorite haunt — pinterest.

Now, back to the important stuff — this raw vegan white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake. It is absolutely AMAZING! I served it to some visiting friends last weekend and was told this is the best raw cake they’ve ever had (and they get to eat a lot of raw cakes around here :) ). But seriously, it’s really, really good. I hope you get to try it out some time. I think the white chocolate and raspberries pairing is just unbelievably good and works really well in this simple and wholesome dessert.

Raw Vegan White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe:

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Heavenly Raw Vegan White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake {Gluten-Free, Paleo}
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Makes: 6" cake {can be doubled for a larger cake}
 
Ingredients
Base layer:
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 6 medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 tbsp cocoa butter, liquified
  • ¼ tsp raw ground vanilla beans (or ½ tsp pure vanilla extract)
Cheesecake layer:
  • 1½ cups cashews, pre-soaked (at least a few hours, best overnight) and strained
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 tbsp liquid sweetener of your choice (I used maple syrup)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, liquified
  • ⅓ cup cocoa butter, liquified
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (or ½ tsp more ground raw vanilla bean)
  • ¼ tsp salt
Raspberry topping layer:
  • 1½ – 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries (I used frozen and slightly thawed out)
  • 3 tbsp liquid sweetener or your choice (I used maple syrup)
  • ⅓ cup cocoa butter, liquified
Optional:
  • Reserve a few raspberries for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place all base ingredients into a food processor and process until a medium-fine crumbly mixture is formed. Transfer this mixture into the springform pan and press down well to create an even flat cake base. Place in the freezer while working on the next step (or for at least 10 minutes).
  2. Place all cheesecake layer ingredients in your blender (a stronger blender like a Vitamix works best), and blend until mixture is completely smooth. Pour it over the crust into the springform pan. Lightly tap the pan down on the counter to eliminate any air bubbles. Smooth it out as well to create an even surface. Place in the freezer while working on the next step (best if in the freezer for at least 15 – 20 minutes). {Placing cake in the freezer for a bit helps keep the cake layers better separated}
  3. Place all raspberry layer ingredients into your blender and blend until the mixture is smooth. Pour over the cheesecake layer into the springform pan and return back to the freezer for at least 3-4 hours. Cake can then be served out of the freezer as an icebox cake, or kept refrigerated for a softer and more mousse-like consistency. I kept mine frozen, but allowed it to thaw out for about an hour in the fridge before serving. Decorate with some fresh raspberries prior to serving and enjoy!

Heavenly Raw Vegan White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake {Gluten-Free, Paleo}

xo Audrey

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This Raw Vegan White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake recipe has been shared with Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Fat Tuesday, Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, #glutenfreefridays, Natural Family Friday, Let’s Get Real Friday Party, Eating Inside the Box, and Allergy-Free Wednesday.

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