Friday, July 2, 2010

Sweet Tooth: Lemon Ginger Mini Cheesecakes


Happy Happy Friday everyone! I hope you're having a marvelous day. It's HOT and sunny with a breeze here so that means I'll be heading to my dock after posting this, to enjoy sunbathing, yoga, reading, writing, and just plain relaxing!

Before I get into the recipes, I have some sweetly raw news to share with you! First, this weekend I will be launching a new raw dessert challenge and book. Totally stoked for this!

Also, in exactly a week I'm traveling to Toronto to visit some wonderful friends. I'm sure you're already familiar with these gals - not only do they have amazing raw food blogs, but they're beautiful on the inside and out. I'm uber excited to be staying with Nelly.. and not only that, but Kelli will be driving all the way up from the US. We have so many ideas in our mind, I'm sure we'll need a longer visit, but we'll make every second count. On Monday we'll be meeting up with the lovely Lisa, Camille, and Marlie for some kind of raw food fiesta!

Onto some sweet eats now... I made these mini lemon ginger cheesecakes for my dessert party last weekend. Things were so busy that I never got a shot of them before the party, but luckily there were a few leftovers. Make this into one large or many mini cheesecakes using mini muffin cups (silicone or paper). Garnish these with whatever your heart desires. I chose frozen blackberries that a friend picked and gave to me last summer.


Lemon Ginger Mini Cheesecakes

Crust:
1 cup walnuts
2/3 cup pitted, packed dates

Grind both ingredients together in a food processor.
Add 1 teaspoon of water if the mixture is too crumbly.
Press the crust into your pans of choice. Set aside.

Filling:

2 cups cashews
3/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
4 teaspoons packed, minced ginger
2 teaspoons lemon zest
Pinch of himalayan salt
6-7 tablespoons melted coconut oil

In a blender, combine all but the oil until completely smooth and creamy.
Add the oil and blend again briefly, to incorporate.
Pour the mixture over the crust.
Chill in the fridge or freezer until firm.

As for the oldie dessert - these bars come from a post I did December 2, 2009. They are sooo good! I've always loved oatmeal, vanilla, crunchy and creamy things, so I melded them together into one scrumptious bar!

Vanilla Cream Oatmeal Bars


This was one of those "throw together" items. I had left over crust from making a different bar... and extra vanilla cream from another project (something super cool that I'll have to share at a later date) so I figured I'd marry the two for something yummalicious!

Oatmeal Cookie Crust

1 cup cashews, ground
1/2 cup ground oat groats
1/4 cup lucuma powder
1/4 cup agave
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 pinches sea salt

In a bowl, mix all ingredients together. Press the mixture into a pan of your choice.

Vanilla Cream

1 1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup + 2 tbs agave
1/3 - 1/2 cup vanilla water*
2/3 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons lecithin
2 tablespoons agave powder
Pinch sea salt

In a high speed blender, combine the cashews, agave, and vanilla water until smooth. Now add the coconut oil, lecithin, and agave powder and blend to incorporate. Transfer to a bowl and allow to chill in the fridge until firm.
Optional: Fold whole or chopped goji berries into the cream.
Spread the cream over the oatmeal crust. Top with cacao nibs.

*3 beans (chopped) blended with 1 cup water

Fruit N Nut Cream Bar: fold chopped nuts and other dried fruit into the cream - mulberries would be nice, as would chopped dates, pecans, and/or walnuts.
Chocolate Cream, add some cacao powder to the vanilla cream.


Oh and check out this wicked pic I took yesterday of a bumble bee inside a sunflower, in my yard!


I wish you a FUNtabulous weekend! 

20 comments:

Lauren said...

Those mini cheesecakes look amazing!! And I love that picture of the bee! So cool! I am so jealous of your meet-ups! Sounds like you are all going to have a wonderful time! Have a great weekend! Xo

Noelle said...

I agree with Lauren! These look fantastic!!!

HippieMom said...

The Sunflower Bee photo is stunning ♥
and I wish I can take a bite off the screen ☺
The entire post is "BeautyFull" ☺

Marlie Centawer said...

Awesome post, girlie - beautiful mini cheesecakes! Can't wait for our get-together - is it on Saturday or Monday? I'm hoping Monday because I won't have to work :) So excited!

Marlie Centawer said...

btw, I mentioned Saturday because Nelly mentioned July 10th :)

Melissa said...

I love mini cheesecakes and un-baked goodies:) yum!
those vanilla bars..oh my I wanted to lick the screen! Thank you for sharing:)
Have a fabulous weekend and can't wait to hear about the next challenge!!

Our Sweet Earth said...

Okay, just made the Cheesecake and it is in the freezer! everyone that had a sneak taste of the filling LOVED IT! Thank you so much for posting this. It was so easy to make, even I could do it!
Fantastic Bee Photo!
CHEERS!
-Candee

Genny said...

I have a lot of ginger and lemon at my house, might as well make those (they look really great)!

Genny
http://rawfoundation.ca/Home_Page.html

Annie D. said...

OMG. O-M-G! YUM!!!!

Pure2Raw Twins said...

YUMMMMM

Those flavors all sound up our alley's haha!
So jealous of the meetup you gals will be having. Wish we could be there too!!!

Our Sweet Earth said...

Okay, pulled them out of the freezer and WOW! They are magnificent! We didn't have any walnuts so I used pecans instead. Just be aware that when you use the pecans they are going to be a little oily. I also only used 1/4 teaspoon of lemon zest and 4 1/4 teaspoons of minced ginger because I'm a goof. Still YUM! I will try some different things next time. Thanks again for having such a cool blog! If you are ever visiting Monterey Bay CA. You will have to swing by!

Heather Pace said...

Thank you thank you gals!

Our sweet earth - OMG no one has ever made a recipe that ive posted, THAT fast before! hehehe Glad you enjoyed and thanks for the invite! I just might take you up on that offer one day :)

Camille (Raw Candy) said...

Those oatmeal bars look totally tempting. I love oats!

And I cannot WAIT for our Toronto get together. I'm still super disappointed I have to be out of town all weekend when you get here but so glad you and Kelli can stick around when Monday so Lisa, Marlie and I can join. I'm taking Monday off from work :)

xoxo

Sarah (GF vegan) said...

Thanks for the delicious recipes! I'm so excited for you about your bloggy friends meet up!!! It's going to be awesome. Can't wait to read everyone's posts about it. xxx

Serena said...

Both desserts look fabulous (as usual)!! I will have to get off my lazy butt and actually start MAKING the things you post :)
lovely picture~! bumbles are fabulous.

Nelly said...

i need to try all of the desserts you posted...especially the oatmeal bars...omg so yummy!!!! i'm just really confused when it comes to oat groats...

i'll pick your brain on friday!!!!

love ya chickie and see you so very soon! i am just so excited to have you and kelli in my house for like 4 days!!! i AM the luckiest girl in the world!

jasmine said...

wow i am eating the lemon cheescake now and it is soooo yummy! really tart but the sweetness of the dates in the crust mellows it out... i used brazil nuts for the crust uum yummy!! and i made my second batch of oatmeal bars oolala this time i added the gojis and maca powder and they are the bomb!! I love to get the extra superfoods in whenever i can... :) thanks!!

Anonymous said...

I made the mini cheesecakes, and everyone loved them!! I made a few changes- didn't have walnuts for the crust, so I used pecans. Had lemon juice in the fridge, but had used my lemon zest in another recipe, so i used some lime zest and orange zest I had in the freezer. So I called them "citrus ginger cheesecakes".I just voted for you Heather- I think you have the most votes so far!!! : )

Anonymous said...

Wow! Just found your blog! Everything look so delish!!

Quick Q - Have you tried using sunflower lecithin instead of soy? Just wondering if sunflower lecithin works and tastes the same in desserts as soy lecithin before I buy it. Thanks for any advice! :)

Rosemary

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

Holy moly, those cheesecakes look out of this world delicious!!!