Tuesday, July 1, 2014

No-Bake Cheesecake Cups {Vegan/Gluten Free}

I probably took these out of the freezer about 2 hours too early.  The creamy filling part would have firmed up a bit more for the photo.  But what are you supposed to do when you're on a time crunch with a baby up from her nap and needing wanting to get the recipe up before I pick up my son from summer school.  

These are the most heavenly melt-in-your-mouth bites of vegan cheesecake you will ever sink your teeth into.  Not only are they vegan, but they are also raw (no cooked ingredients) and gluten free.  My husband is pretty much a cheesecake snob.  So tonight after dinner he will be my determining factor if these are a winner.  I will definitely add an update to this post with his response!

Speaking of a time crunch, lets get right to the recipe!

1 1/4 cup walnuts
1 cup pitted dates
1 heaping TB cocoa powder
2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water 4-6 hours or overnight
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (lemon juice can work as well)
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1 can coconut milk, cream part skimmed from the top only.
1/2 cup maple syrup (grade b if you can)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
pinch salt
Optional Toppings:
Fresh or frozen blueberries, strawberries

Add the dates and walnuts to the food processor until they form a ball.  You may need to scrape the sides and continue to process until well combined.  Add the cocoa powder and pulse until mixed.
Using a standard size muffin pan, lightly coat with cooking spray.  Add 1 heaping Tb of the crust to each muffin slot.  I used the top of my cooking spray lid to press them down firmly. 
Transfer the muffin pan to the freezer and allow the crust to set while you prepare the filling.
Add all filling ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until very smooth.  Add 2 big spoonfuls of the filling to the top of each crust and top with frozen or fresh fruit.  Or nothing!  It's delicious plain. Cover with plastic wrap and set in the freezer for 4-6 hours.  When ready to eat, take a small knife and cut around the cheesecake to loosen it up. 

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