Friday, March 23, 2012

Greeeen Cheesecake


Any guesses on what flavour my green cheesecakes are? (You already know if you saw on facebook).The pictures bleached out the true green color unfortunately. I made these for St. Patty's Day. Nicole and I enjoyed these with manuka honey masks on our faces, while watching old episodes of Full House on dvd. Did you watch it as a kid? It was my favourite tv show! I watched it religiously every week and wished the Tanner girls were my sisters, lol.

Anyway, I wanted green in celebration of the occasion and toyed with a bunch of ideas. Mint, lime, avocado, pistashio, and spirulina are great green ingredients! What did I choose???


The neutral flavour and creamy texture of avocado won. I paired it with simple classic vanilla for a nut-free cheesecake filling. It included lots of coconut - in the crust, in the filling, and sprinkled as a garnish. I topped it with frozen/thawed strawberries and drizzled yacon syrup around the plate. I like how the berries add a natraul syrup.


Avocado Vanilla Cheesecakes
RAW - VEGAN - DELICIOUS
Seen on Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays and Wellness Weekend.

Crust

1/3 cup almonds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
2 dates, pitted
1/2 - 1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon melted coconut oil

Grind the almonds in a food processor.
Add the coconut, dates, and water and grind into a dough.
Add the coconut oil last. Grind again into a mixture that will hold together when pressed in your hand.
Press into the bottom of mini or 6" spring form pan (crust will be thin in a 6" - you can double the recipe if you want it thicker) and set aside.

Filling

1 large avocado
3 tablespoons maple syrup
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 drops vanilla medicine flower essence or seeds of 1/3 vanilla bean
1 tablespoon melted coconut butter
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
pinch of salt
Few drops stevia, if needed for extra sweetness

Blend the avocado, maple, and vanilla in a high speed blender until completely smooth.
Add the coconut butter, oil, and salt. Blend again.
Pour the filling over the crust.
Chill in the fridge for 6-8 hours.
Note: if making in a 6" springform pan, double the crust and triple the filling recipe.


Give it a shot! You could also just enjoy the filling as a pudding.

My laptop is still in for surgury, boo hoo. I'll sure appreciate it when I have it back. In the meantime, Im practicing patience with my old laptop from college days (its very slow now). It's been absolutely hilarious looking back at old pics. Ah great memories! Here are a few...

Me decorating a cake with fondant in culinary school.

With my best college friend, Renee. The terrible two!

Summer fun... not sure where I found this hat, but isn't it awesome?! lol. Oh, and I crimped my hair!

Get your raw chocolate for Easter! Caramel Pecan Choccie Clusters, Cake Pops, Truffles, and Chocolate Nut Butter Cups...

14 comments:

Pure2raw twins said...

we want that greeeeen cheesecake :)
where is our slice?
we will be right over!!
xoxo

Heather Pace said...

Theres always a slice waiting for you girls! ;) xo

Vitamins for Beauty said...

Thank you for sharing this recipe, I can't wait to try it. I will post it up on my website when I do. It will not look anything close to good as yours but hopefully will taste just as good!

Nicole :)

Mel said...

I've never thought of an avocado cheesecake am I just behind the times or is this an innovation? Lol

Gena said...

This looks absolutely fantastic!!! I love the idea of using the avocado :)

Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner said...

What a gorgeous cheesecake! I love how your desserts are so good for you and deadly too! <3

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

Oh yum! I love avo in just about any form. The "old" pics are awesome, too!

shannonmarie said...

I fell of the face of the blogosphere for more than a week, and now I have a lot of catching up to do. Sorry to hear about your computer. Hope it gets fixed soon. At least you got to have fun going through those old pics. Thanks for sharing them with us.

I used to watch "Full House." Sounds like a fun time.

Yum! I would have picked the avocado for this dessert, too.

pandacake said...

is that strawberries on top? how did you make the topping?

Heather Pace said...

Thanks Shannon. Computer is fixed!!! So happy :)

Pandacake - I mentioned what the topping is under the second picture.

Meghan @ Making Love in the Kitchen said...

So cute! What a perfect little spring dessert. I made a variant of this dish- sans avocado & stevia (I use raw honey generally, instead) and it was fantastic. Will have to try it with avocado, I add it to all my other dessert so why not this one?

Thanks for sharing!

Vicky said...

I'm fascinated by this recipe! Avocado in a raw vegan cheesecake? I'm intrigued! I made a vegan raw cheesecake last week with macadamia nuts as the main filling ingredient and though I blended and processed the nuts for a while I still feel like the texture wasn't as smooth as in a regular cheesecake. I'm sure that's not an issue with the avocados! I just stumbled upon your site today but am very excited to check out all your raw vegan dessert recipes!

Heather Pace said...

Thanks Vicky - yes the avocado provides a super creamy and luscious cheesecake filling :) Works great for puddings too!

Naki said...

Thanks for sharing, can't wait to try this out for my mom who is a vegan, but she loves baked goods