Friday, May 27, 2011

Raw Vegan Orange and Cardamom Mini Cheesecakes.

If you have never had a raw vegan cheesecake before you have to put it on your to-do list. They are smooth and creamy and taste even better than the dairy/sugar/fat laden types. The flavour combinations are endless and are a winner with everyone- omnivores included.
AND!! the guilt factor is minimal as they are made completely out of fruit and nuts. No sugar high. All decadence.

Makes 12.
Time: Twenty minutes prep time and a minimum of 6 hours to set (preferably overnight.)

The Base
Ingredients:
  • One cup of almonds or macadamias.
  • Half a cup of dates.
  • Half a cup of coconut.
  • A tiny pinch of sea salt.
Method:

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process on high until the mixture resembles cookie crumbs and sticks together when pressed. Press about a tablespoon each in patty pans or silicon cupcake holders (I recommend the silicon. everything is less likely to stick and they are reusable). Set aside.

The Filling
Ingredients:
  • Two cups of cashews. If you don't have a high powered blender, I'd recommend grinding the  dry cashews in a coffee grinder until they make a powder. Otherwise, soak the cashews in water for at least an hour (preferably over night) and drain before adding to the blender.
  • One orange sliced, plus the juice of another orange.
  • Two tablespoons of grated or thinly sliced orange rind.
  • Two tablespoons of agave nectar.
  • One teaspoon of ground cardamom.
  • A tiny pinch of sea salt.
  • One tablespoon of melted coconut oil.
  • One teaspoon of ground soy lecithin (I found this at my local health food shop. It can be left out but it does help to bind the ingredients.)
Method:
Put all of the ingredients except the oil and the lecithin into a blender and blend until nice and creamy. Add the oil and the lecithin in and blend a little more. Top the bases with this mixture and then pop them in the fridge for a minimum of 6 hours or overnight. Take the cakes out of the pans and serve. I haven't gotten to this part with the current batch yet, hence there are no photos.




This is a photo from a raspberry lemon cake, so you can see the texture. The base here was made with macadamias. Have a play. To make the raspberry and lemon cheesecake, substitute the orange for 3/4 a cup of raspberries, and substitute the orange juice and rind for lemon juice and rind. Delicious.

                                  

These are almost too good to share. Enjoy!

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