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The Best Pumpkin Cheesecake You’ve Had in Your Life Just Happens to be Vegan and Gluten-Free!

There’s no dessert quite like cheesecake. Smooth, creamy, sweet, decadent — what’s not to love? However, most of the cheesecakes you encounter in restaurants and coffee shops are made with tons of dairy and gluten. Since we love this delectable confection so much, we decided to make our own, using plant-based ingredients. The filling utilizes cashews and coconut milk, blended to perfection. Stunned by our stellar results, we decided to share the secret with you. You can thank us later.

CRUST INGREDIENTS

1 cup packed medjool dates, chopped
1 1/2 cups raw walnuts
pinch of sea salt

FILLING INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups raw cashews
1 small lemon, juiced (about 2 tablespoons lemon juice)
1/3 cup full-fat coconut milk
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup pumpkin puree (about 1/3 small can)
pinch of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS

vegan whipping cream
additional chopped walnuts and/or pecans

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour cashews into a container filled with boiling water and let them soak, uncovered for one hour. Meanwhile, chop the dates and place them into a blender or food processor. Blend them until they turn into a thick paste. You may need to add a bit of water for smoothness.

Remove dates from blender or food processor and set aside. Wash and dry the interior, then pour in walnuts. Blend until they achieve a fine consistency. Add dates to the walnut mixture and blend together for a couple of minutes. They will be sticky, so add a little more water if necessary. Be careful — you don’t want your crust to be runny!

Press your mixture into a round cake pan or deep pie pan and spread thoroughly. Use a large spoon to tamp down the surface. Set the pan aside and prepare filling ingredients.

Wash and dry blender or food processor one more time. Drain the cashews, then place them into blender/food processor. Add the coconut milk, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla extract and spices and blend for 2-3 minutes. The mixture should be creamy and frothy. Pour it over the pie crust, making sure it is evenly distributed.

Place the pan in your freezer for 3-4 hours. Remove, thaw slightly, and dig in! You can top your creation with additional chopped walnuts and/or vegan whipping cream if you desire. But this cheesecake tastes heavenly all on its own!

Serves 4-6 people. Guests will be your friends for life. This is the best cheesecake you’ve ever tasted, guaranteed. You’ll want to make it again and again. It’s an excellent Thanksgiving dessert, and we’ve been known to have it for breakfast (but don’t tell anyone). Leftovers can be frozen for several weeks, and keep well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Don’t expect them to last that long.

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Gluten-Free Raw, Vegan Fudge Recipe that Doesn’t Need to be Frozen!

Have you noticed that nearly every recipe for raw, vegan fudge requires you to keep it in the freezer? Whether the raw fudge with cacao recipes, or the raw fudge with dates recipes (and certainly the raw fudge with coconut oil recipes), they mostly call for you to freeze the fudge.

Frustrating, isn’t it?

So, here is our recipe for gluten-free, vegan raw fudge (with raw cacao and dates!)

And you don’t have to freeze it!

raw vegan fudge

 

Gluten-Free Raw, Vegan Fudge

1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw walnuts
1 cup raw cacao
4 to 8 medjool dates (pitted)
agave (how much will depend – see below)

Place nuts in a food processor with the S blade. Pulse until finely ground. Add in the raw cacao, and turn the processor on until the nuts and cacao are well-blended and are a fine powder.

Add in at least 4 and no more than 8 dates, depending on your taste. Process until uniform and the dates are fully incorporated into the mixture.

Now, turn the food processor on, and through the top start drizzling in agave, slowly, until the mixture comes together and forms a solid ball of dough. You want it to have the consistence of playdough.

Line a loaf pan with waxed paper or plastic wrap, and press the fudge into the bottom of the pan. Cover the top of the fudge with the waxed paper or plastic wrap, and refrigerate for an hour or more.

Remove the fudge from the pan, and cut into squares.

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