This rich and luscious vegan cheesecake is prepared without any dairy or eggs and instead is made with tofu, coconut cream, and cashews.
- Serves: 8 persons
- For the Crust:
- 1cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 1cup raw almonds
- 3Tbsp coconut sugar
- ½tsp sea salt
- ⅓cup coconut oil (melted)
- For the Filling:
- 1 ½cups raw cashews
- 8ounces silken tofu
- 1cup heavy coconut cream
- ¾cup coconut sugar
- 1tablespoon cornstarch
- 2teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2teaspoons lemon zest
- 1tablespoon lemon juice
- ¼teaspoon sea salt
- For the Topping:
- Fresh strawberries
- Heavy coconut cream
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Prepare the cashews for the filling. Place the cashews in a large bowl and cover with boiling water by 1 inch. Soak for 1 hour.
Step 3Meanwhile prepare the crust. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Coat a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Wrap the springform pan with heavy duty foil to prevent any leaks while baking.
Step 4Place the rolled oats, almonds, coconut sugar, and sea salt in a food processor or high-speed blender until a fine meal is achieved.
Step 5In a medium bowl combine the fine meal with the melted coconut oil.
Step 6Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared springform pan. Bake the crust until set but not browned, about 15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
Step 7Once 1 hour has passed, drain the cashews.
Step 8In a high-speed blender or food processor, place the cashews, tofu, heavy coconut cream, coconut sugar, cornstarch, vanilla extract, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt. Blend until very smooth. (If desired, reserve the remaining heavy coconut cream from the can to whip before serving.)
Step 9Pour into the prepared crust. Bake until the edges are lightly golden in color and the cheesecake is set, but the center still jiggles slightly, about 50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour, the refrigerate uncovered overnight.
Step 10Run a knife along the edge to loosen, then release the springform pan and remove. Whip the remaining heavy coconut cream from the can or serve with prepared vegan whipped cream. Top with fresh strawberries and serve.
Step 11Slice and enjoy!