And on this glorious day may I present a great recipe from the archives, making a comeback espesh for Flashback Friday. You really must try this dessert. It’s sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan and of the raw variety. Don’t be put off by the rawness because it passed the Tom test (he’s a tricky customer, particularly when it comes to anything vegan and healthy). And it’s super easy to make.
Want a slice?
Ok, enough preamble. Here’s the recipe:
Mango Cheezecake with a Chocolate-Coconut Crust
1 cup Brazil Nuts and Almonds, soaked for 6 hrs minimum and air-dried
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1 cup Medjool Dates, pitted
1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
1 cup Dessiccated Coconut
Process the nuts and salt until finely ground, or desired consistency. Slowly add the rest of the ingredients and process until combined. The mixture should be quite dry, but able to stick together and be moulded without falling apart. Put the mixture into a plastic-lined (I know, not eco-friendly) pie dish, and mould the mixture along the bowl to make a base and sides. Place in the freezer to set whilst you make the filling.
1 cup Cashews, soaked for 2 hrs (no need to dehydrate)
Scant 1/3 cup Coconut Butter
1/4 cup Agave
1/2 Mango, chopped (the ripeness of the mango will determine the intensity of the flavour)
1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
Put all the ingredients in your high-speed blender and blend away until thick and creamy. No vita-mix necessary, which is good as I don’t own one…
Remove the crust from the freezer and pour the filling into the crust. Cover and return to the freezer for 1-ish hours to set. Once set (the filling should have the firmness of the usual non-vegan friendly cheesecake) remove from the freezer, and use the plastic to lift the pie from the dish. Slice and serve with fresh blueberries. Or puree the blueberries to make a drizzle.
I hope you love this as much as we did! It reminded me of a New York Cheesecake but it’s been years since I’ve had one (and Tom didn’t agree). However, he couldn’t believe it tasted so good without there being any sugar in it…
…there may have been seconds and thirds involved…
Hope you have a great Friday! We’re off out for wine and dinner with friends. Woo woo! xoxox