I crave sweets all the time and am constantly looking for a healthier option for me and my family. I learned how to make cashew cream cheese last year and thought it was the coolest thing. So I thought I would treat myself to a Cherry Cashew Cheesecake this weekend and try to eliminate the dairy from the recipe. It turned out great!
The first step is to soak your raw cashews. This can be a pain but if you do it first thing in the morning, you can whip the rest of this up pretty quickly and have it as dessert that night. I decided to make mine in little dessert cups because I think I’ve already told you about my fondness for eating out of cups and especially little cups. I imagine you can make this in a pie plate but I haven’t tried it so the proportions might be off. Sorry guys I’m not much of a baker. Next you want to get your bottom nut crust going. I used almonds and ghee, but you can use any kind of nut you like. You can also use coconut oil too. I prefer the ghee because there is coconut oil in the “cheesecake” part and sometimes it can be too much coconut flavor for my liking. Add a little sprinkle of cinnamon and coconut sugar and you are good to go. Process and then add the mixture to your dessert cups or ramekins. Pack the mixture in tightly to form a solid layer. At the same time you can make your cherry topping. Add your frozen or fresh cherries to a sauce pan with a few tablespoons of water. Let it cook down until it gets thicker, like a syrup. Set aside to cool. Then when your cashews are ready, drain them and add to a high speed blender. Add your sweetener (I used Swerve but you can use sugar or Splenda), cherries, lemon juice and melted coconut oil. Process until the mixture becomes creamy. If it’s too chunky add a little almond milk. When you have the right consistency (thick and creamy) add this layer to your nut layer. Then top with the cherries. That’s all there is to it. You will want to refrigerate these before eating so that the cream mixture will set up. I hope you enjoy this Paleo treat. I think this will work well with many flavor combinations. Let me know what you think about it, in the comments below.
Cherry Cashew Paleo Cheesecake (GF, DF)
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup frozen or fresh cherries
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 2 Tablespoons sweetener I used Swerve but you can use sugar or Spelenda
- 1/8 cup almond milk if needed
- 1 cup almonds
- sprinkle of cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons coconut sugar
- 2 Tablespoons ghee melted (can use coconut oil if you prefer)
- 1 cup cherries frozen or fresh
Place your cashews in a bowl and cover with water (at least an inch above the nuts).
Soak for 4 hours
While cashews are soaking, make the bottom nut layer by adding the almonds (or your favorite nut) to a food processor along with the cinnamon, butter and coconut sugar.
Process on until it is crumbly and sticky.
Add a layer of this mixture to the bottom of your ramekins or dessert cups. Push down to pack it tightly.
Next add your 1 cup of frozen cherries to a saucepan along with a few tablespoons of water.
Simmer until the cherries and accumulating juices start to thicken. May take 10-20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Drain cashews and place in a high speed blender or food processor along with lemon juice, 1/4 cup cherries, coconut oil and sweetener.
Blend until creamy. Add almond milk if you want it a bit more creamy and looser.
Add the cashew mixture to the dessert cups and then top with the cherries.
Refrigerate before eating.