Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pumpkin Lucuma Cheesecake

I feel like the energizer bunny with these pumpkin desserts. I was going to post the Lime Berry Parfaits I made last weekend for dinner guests but wanted to keep going with the pumpkin flow.

Pumpkin Lucuma Cheesecake with Coconut Whipped Cream

I reeeeally love this recipe. I based it on my Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake and I think I prefer this one better. It's soft in flavor with a luscious, moussey texture. I can tell that the lucuma is there but it's light, as is the pumpkin taste, and the cinnamon. Add more cinnamon if you really want it to come through. I just wanted it as an undertone. I went with individual cakes but you can make it into an 8" cake. I topped them with coconut whipped cream, sprinkled cinnamon and maple flakes on top, and swirled a yacon syrup drizzle around the plate.


3/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup dates

Grind the almonds to flour in a food processor.
Add the pitted dates and process into a dough.
Add 1 teaspoon water if needed to hold the mixture together.


1 cup cooked pumpkin puree
1 cup cashews
1/2 cup water
6 tablespoons maple syrup
4 tablespoons lucuma powder
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4-8 drops stevia
1 teaspoon psyllium
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
5 teaspoons melted cacao butter

Blend all but the psyllium, oil, and butter in a high speed blender until smooth.
Add these last three ingredients. Blend to combine.
Pour the mixture over the crusts.
Chill in the fridge or freezer until firm (at least 8 hours in the fridge).

The lake is starting to freeze... bye bye water! Here was the beach yesterday. The pic doesn't do it justice. The ice was breaking and washing up to the shore - as the sun shone down on it, the ice looked silvery and gold.

The beach today was calm and without the waves, the ice still start to set quickly on the lake.

And I couldn't resist a few yoga poses with this stunning background!

With one of my best friends - my mom! And doggie Ally.


Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

I love lucuma! I think it's way underused. These cheesecakes look melt-in-your-mouth heavenly!

Anonymous said...

Yay! for pumpkin! love it!

Tamikko said...

Pumpkin and Cheesecake = two of my favourite things :) YUMMY!!! Thank you so much for the recipe.

Carolyn @ EatLiveBeWell said...

Love your yoga pose photos. You look strong and beautiful... and that backdrop is gorgeous.

The Annessa Family said...

Beautiful photos!


Pure2raw Twins said...

love the yoga pics! and love the outfit too cute :)
and love love love lucuma!!! YUM

Sparrow said...

Oh, I am sooo making this recipe for my class! YUM!!

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or less!) said...

Oh my, that looks delish. I'm loving pumpkin right now. And I love your yoga pics ... you actually make snow look fun! (can't believe I just said that! brr!)

Cook Eat Love said...

Looks delicious!!!

Lauren said...

Beautiful pics! That cheesecake has me drooling!

Heather Pace said...

Thank you all!

Lisa, your comment made me laugh, hehe :)

Amanda said...

Love the picture of the yoga poses!! As always the deserts look decadent!!

Ela said...

Awesome yoga pics!
And I'm amazed--we have the same thoughts exactly. I made a pumpkin pudding yesterday, which was delicious and enjoyed by sad-eaters, but was immediately scheming/craving to make a lucuma/maple version--and here you are with the same thought!
I'm wondering how much that teaspoon of psyllium does--it seems very little to actually be effective.
It's been frozen here for almost a month, but we're just having a thaw right now.

Nicole said...

Beautiful presentation! I bet they taste as good as they look.

MommyLyon said...

Fantastic Recipe! I do a column every Friday on my blog called "sweet tooth Fridays" and I posted your recipe and link to your page. I look forward to reading more of your recipes! Thank you

Peace, love and blogging!
Mommy Lyon

sabine @ some-like-it-raw said...

wow that's some siiick yoga poses! isnt it freezing without shoes though?

ps I love your blog and have been reading for a while. keep up the awesome work pretty please :)

PeaSoup said...

this looks incredible! i love your recipes and am totally jealous of your yoga poses:)

Maija Haavisto said...

Sounds (and looks) yummy. I love lucuma, but haven't thought about combining it with pumpkin. I just made a raw blueberry "cheesecake", great flavour and what an amazing color!

thecubiclerebel said...

Gee, thanks for posting these pumpkin desserts. I am nearly obsessed with pumpkin flavored fare. I just drooled all over my keyboard.

Sun Maiden said...

I love the frozen ocean pictures! I showed them to my kids and they thought it was so cool, because they've only seen a warm ocean! Thanks for including them!

Also, so glad to know you're doing yoga and thriving! You've been amazingly inspirational, sharing your journey through raw and beyond! So many people aren't brave enough to face a change.