22 May 2013

vanilla cheesecake with chocolate crust, strawberries, cacao nibs + pistachios


Every part of this is epic. Chocolate cookie crust. Creamy vanilla cashew cheesecake. Strawberries topping it all off. I was going to put this recipe in my COOKBOOK (it is still extremely exciting for me to type that word) but I reached over 15,000 likes on facebook yesterday and thought "Hey, these guys deserve something special for being so freaking amazing, loving and supportive". So here ya go.


It kind of tastes like a giant Oreo, plus strawberries. Eeeexxxccellent. You know what else is excellent? The fact that every single recipe in my upcoming book is going to be just as awesome as this one. I'm not kidding around - I am putting my ALL into this book because I really want it to be a practical tool in the kitchen, as well as a powerful one to impress. Wink wink. Also, I am perfectionist and have to be proud of what I create. There will not be one boring or mediocre recipe in the entire {un}cookbook. That's my promise!


The toppings for this cake are optional but they make it so perdy, don't ya think? I'll be keeping it in the freezer until Saturday, when I'll be hosting a raw vegan dessert party. Yes; that IS the best four word combination possible. As you know, I've been making at least one dessert recipe every day and I figured I can't eat them all - as much as I'd like to - so I may as well share them! Other ways to give away loads of desserts: I'm going to be catering the desserts for a friends party next weekend, and also handing out my extra recipes to the homeless people downtown. Wholesome nutrition for everyone!


vanilla cheesecake with chocolate crust, strawberries, cacao nibs + pistachios 

Crust:
1 cup pecans
1 cup dates
2 tablespoon cacao powder

Cheesecake:
1 cup each of cashews, pine nuts, shredded coconut, and dates
1/2 cup water, as needed
Seeds from one vanilla bean (and/or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
2 tablespoons each of maple syrup and melted coconut oil

Topping:
Strawberries
2 tablespoons cacao nibs
2 tablespoons pistachios, roughly chopped

To make the crust: pulse the pecans in your food processor until they become a rough flour. Add the dates and cacao and process until it begins to stick together. Press into the bottom and halfway up the sides of a small spring form pan (mine was about 6 inches) and put in the fridge. 

To make the cheesecake: blend all the ingredients until smooth and thick. Pour into your crust and then refrigerate overnight so it can set and the flavours can develop. Two days is even better. Decorate with the toppings and enjoy! 

25 comments:

  1. Wooow girl!!! Your recipes are only getting more amazing and more... can´t even find words enough! You are the raw food dessert GODDESS. Can´t wait for your book, if this is the standard. Yummm! Sharing delicious food is even more fun and we are sure your friends will love them, also the homeless people. Amazing initiative!!!

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  2. Stunning. I wish I lived closer to help you taste-test your creations. :) You may want to look into selling your treats. Lisa and Nicole did that while they were working on their ebook. Thankfully I was the lucky recipient of their monthly treats. :)

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  3. AnonymousMay 22, 2013

    on saturday, don't be a blonde and take pictures on how it looks inside PLEASSSSSE!!! I need to know how it looks.

    thanks from canada

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  4. AnonymousMay 22, 2013

    :O HOLY CRAP. This is amazing! It looks SO good! Where do you even come up with this?! If it wasn't so morally wrong, I would head downtown to get a taste myself :P

    You are, hands down, my FAVOURITE food blog. Keep up the good work, and I wish you all the success possible with your "un" cookbook.

    A little question for you though, I'm allergic to pine nuts, hazelnuts, pecans and walnuts. I can handle everything else (almonds, pistachios, peanuts, cashews, etc). Is it possible I could sub in? Or will that ruin the flavor? :S

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    1. Haha you can sub in any of those :) Thanks so much! xox

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  5. The Cake looks soo amazing! I am so glad for you, that you are making a {un}cookbook. I am sure I want to buy that book ;) Have a nice day!

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  6. Daaaaaaamn guuuuurrrl. I would marry that cake. Happily ever after guaranteed (until maybe I ate it all... and then I'd need another one, haha ;)

    But seriously, congratulations!! You've worked so hard and deserve all that's coming to you in the future. Well done, and I can't wait to read that book!

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  7. Not only does this look and sound amazing but I'm in love with this cake stand, where did you get it?!

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    1. Thanks! It's actually a tart pan turned upside down ><

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  8. This cheesecake looks absolutely gorgeous Emily! You clearly have a food styling gift :)

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  9. Emily, I am in awe of you!! Wow!

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  10. I can't wait for the cookbook! I wouldn't expect any of the recipes to be boring or anywhere near mediocre (: I love that you're sharing with the homeless as well

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  11. Emily, I agree with all of the comments above.... amazing. AH-MAZING. Thanks for sharing one of your dessert recipes, pre the release of your {un}cookbook. Will definitely be waiting-in-excitement for it to be published!!! I'll try this cheesecake this weekend for some health-nut friends who are coming over. Wish I could be at that dessert party... sounds like raw food heaven!

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  12. Oh my gosh. This looks like heaven... in cheesecake form. Only the best kind... Duhhh... I mean technically you'll feel like you're eating a cloud (from heaven) right? No? Eh, close enough though! :P

    I can't wait for your (un)cookbook! Cleverrr ;p hehe

    I was wondering, do you have a raw marshmallow recipe that doesn't include gelatin? Because the contents of gelatin are well.... unappealing... Let's just put it at that :/

    I'm in love with marshmallows, so I'd lurrvvv a super healthy one! And homemade... yumm! :)

    Just wondering, exactly how big is this cheesecake? Would it work if I just use cashews only for the filling? And do I need to soak the cashews overnight? :)

    Thanks! Congrats again on your cookbook... Ermm I meant (un) cookbook!
    -Grace :)

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    1. Yeah! http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/2013/02/raw-vegan-smores.html

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    2. Ah! No way! :) Okay, I have to try that soon! :)

      Do they taste like normal marshmallows? And they sound like they would melt in your mouth haha... :)

      -Grace :)

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  13. Oh man, does this ever look good! I love the crust....reminds me of the ol' treatza pizza crust from Dairy Queen. BUT BETTER OBVS.

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  14. Wow that looks absolutely amazing! I think I need to try this ASAP!

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  15. Hi Emily, always enjoying your outstandingly delicious recipes!! Is this the first time you didn't put a photo of the inside of the cake?! I would love to see it!

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    1. Sorry about that! I photographed it too early so the slice fell apart a little bit, then it was eaten before it had time to set ! =( It's basically just vanilla cashew cheesecake.

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  16. This cake looks so incredibly good!! You are truly amazing! It is always so inspiring to visit your blog, and I cannot wait until the (un)cookbook is out on the market!! You rock :)

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  17. This cake looks absolutely divine. I hope I can get it together on the boat!

    Thanks for sharing

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  18. If I don't have a springform pan, could I use a regular cake pan?

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  19. You have great blogging skills thanks for sharing this post, Cheers!
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