Friday, March 2, 2012

I definitely deserve a slice of cheesecake

I'm still on this raw kick, and I'm not sorry.

I don't have a good reason for making this cheesecake. I've been feeling down lately, so maybe that's why I did it. Last weekend went unfavourably at work and to be honest I'm still running the events through my mind.

But... it certainly won't help me lose weight and I don't think I really want to share it either. So it's just going to chill in my freezer. And when I'm a good girl—I mean a really, really good girl—then maybe I'll have a piece.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Raw Blueberry Cheesecake
Adapted from The Purple Carrot's adaptation.

1 cup raw almonds (mine were soaked and dehydrated)
1 cup pitted dates
a generous pinch of sea salt

3 cups cashews, soaked
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Juice of 3 lemons
1/2 cup virgin coconut oil (this will give it a coconut-y taste; use refined if you don't want that), melted
1/2 cup raw agave nectar
1 generous cup fresh blueberries, rinsed and patted dry, plus more for garnish

For the crust: combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and blend until everything is finely chopped and sticks together when pressed. Press the crust evenly into the bottom of a 9-in. springform pan bottom-lined with wax paper.

For the filling: Combine all ingredients, except for the berries, in the food processor and blend until smooth. Pour roughly two-thirds of the mixture over the crust.

Add the berries to the remaining mixture in the food processor and blend once again until smooth; pour over top to create three layers.

// Another idea I had is to pour all of the filling into the pan, blend the berries separately, and then swirl the pureed berries into the filling. Totally up to you. //

Place cheesecake into the freezer until firm, about an hour or two. Store in the freezer, and allow a couple minutes to thaw before slicing and serving. garnish with fresh blueberries, if desired.

Yield: one 9-in cheesecake


  1. :O!!!

    eat yo raw cheesecake, girl. You deserve it!

  2. I decided. I'm making this for my birthday.

    1. Woo hoo! Enjoy it girl, it's totally decadent in a sort-of-healthy-because-it's-raw way. Say whaaat. Is your birthday coming up soon?

    2. Say yeahhhhh. B-day's in May. May Day.

      "May Day, May Day! We have an emergency!"
      "I need some raw cheesecake. Right. Now."

      *waits for Alicia to send me some* :)

      Food always tastes better when someone else makes it. Why is that?

    3. For some reason blogger has been rude not letting me reply to your comment since yesterday. Aaaaanyway.

      I would definitely make you some raw cheesecake for your birthday! I'd present it on a pretty plate as well with some fancy blueberry coulis. Tah-dah!

      I don't know why that is but it's so true! Hmm. Which is why you should make me some of your special chocolate chip cookies for my birthday, haha. (:

    4. Blogger has been acting up in all sorts of ways, lately.
      What's up with that Blogger!?

      Awh! Fancy blueberry coulis too? Man, you need to live in Washington State :D

      Yes, I should definitely make you should chocolate chip cookies for your birthday. It's only fair if you're making the cheesecake, haha.
      Are you a spring baby too?

    5. I haven't a clue. I was convinced Blogger just had it out for me but if it's acting weird for you too... silly Blogger. ):

      Hah! I know, it's too bad I don't. I would send it in the mail but I have a feeling that wouldn't work out somehow.

      Woo! it's a deal. Cheesecake for you, cookies for me. :D

      Nope I'm aaaaall the way in September. I used to hate it because I associated it with school haha. Shucks. I want to join the spring baby club.

    6. haha..oh now, what did you do to Blogger Alicia!

      I will so send you some cookies in the mail if you want! Not even joking! :D And yeah, I'm pretty sure the cheesecake would be a puddle of a mess if you sent it in the mail :( I wonder if a mini transport fridge has been invented yet.

      Septemberrr!? :) Lets just pretend you're a spring baby too. That way you can join the club. I'll share my birthday with you!

    7. I don't know but I think Blogger has it out for me!

      Waah, you're too nice. :D Yes a mini transport fridge would be so lovely to have. If it hasn't been invented yet, someone needs to get on that asap.

      How how generous of you. Haha, I will have to accept, of course.

  3. Ha, I'm laughing at you 2 and your little type-fest. Cute. Anyway, both versions of this raw delight look awesome. I really want one now. Any volunteers to make me one, my food processor died :(

    1. Oh no! How do you get by without a food processor? ): In that case, I should definitely make you some. There is no way you want to miss out on this stuff.