They saw art imitates life, but sometimes so do recipes.
I made a raw cheesecake two weeks ago to take to a friends house for dinner but little did I know how similarly I’d feel that night. Raw.
Six hours before dinner I found out that my boyfriend had cheated on me with girl who would also be at the same dinner. The shock and hurt is something that doesn’t need to be described. But what I learned from this experience is the need to stand up for myself and to take control. I sat through nearly most of the dinner without any indication of the secret I knew because I truly believed that this man needed to see just how small this town is and just the type of woman he crossed. Maybe this is should be called Confrontation Cheesecake because that is precisely what happened after the plates were cleared. I faced the issue weighing heavy on my heart and let go of a toxic relationship. And while I wish this cheesecake had a better memory associated with it, it made a reappearance this week in smaller quantities perfectly accompanying a glass (or two) of red wine.
Prep Time: 24 hours
Keywords: raw dessert vegan
Ingredients (2 mini cheessecakes)
- 1/3 cup dates
- 2/3 cup walnuts
- 1/8 cup shredded coconut
- 1 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Soak the cashews in a large bowl of water for at least four hours.
Prepare the crust by pulsing the ingredients in a food processor until the mixture holds together and is slightly sticky. Scoop half the mixture into two mini pie pans.
Combine the soaked cashews and other cheesecake ingredients into the food processor and run until very smooth. Scoop into each of the pans and smooth the top. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for at least 6 hours, preferably over night.
Place in the refrigerator or counter to thaw, approximately 30 minutes.
Serve with fresh berries or mint.
To the next man that I welcome into my life and heart, think twice about letting go of a girl who can turn cashews into a dessert that can steal the show.