Healthy Vegan Cheesecake

One of the healthiest, most simple cheesecake recipes that you can make at home… 

When I decided to do Veganuary I didn’t really anticipate what I would be able to have for a desert. How to get a really good tasting desert without the use of eggs, butter, and milk (just to list a couple of ingredients)?

My good friend who has been a vegan for a few years now, introduced me to this recipe and it could quite possibly be one of the healthiest cheesecakes ever…

Yet, it still satisfies the sweet tooth the only guilty ingredients are; golden syrup and vanilla extract, but that’s all there is and it’s not drenched in the stuff, so lets mutually agree – guilt-free cheesecake? The best thing about this recipe is the fact that apart from the dizzle of syrup, a portion counts towards 1 of your 5 a day! Let’s give that time to sink in…

Going to keep the blurb short and sweet- so you can tuck into the recipe and try it for yourself.

So here is it:

Ingredients: 

For the base: 

  • Raisins – 1 – 2 cups 
  • Dried figs – 18

Topping:

  • Cashews- 2 cups (200g or 250g if you like a thicker topping) 
  • Golden syrup- 1 – 2 tbsp 
  • Vanilla extract- 1tsp
  • Lemon juice- 1/2 a lemon 
  • Cocoa powder for dusting

Method:

1. Put cashews in bowl and soak in boiling water for 1 hour. 

2. Blend or crush the figs and raisins for the base (I crushed them in a pestle and mortar. And it really made you work for the cheesecake- burns calories to make it!) 

Once blended, spread across the bottom of the tin / container and leave in the firdge to set for 30 minutes.

3. Drain the Cashews, add the vanilla extract and lemon juice (and a little water if you need) and blend the mixture until creamy smooth. Then add in the syrup and stir thoroughly.

4. Take the base out of the fridge and layer the cashew mixture over the top of the raisin and fig base. Optional to sprinkle over some Cocoa powder- I also added some vegan chocolate syrup.. but that is also optional.

5. Let set over night to enjoy the next day… the more time it has to set, the better the flavours infuse and tastes so gooey! 

Enjoy! 

And let’s also make it very clear that by “1 of your 5 a day” – it definitely refers to 1 portion, not the whole cheesecake. We can’t quite get away with that yet. Nice try… 

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