Sunday, May 13, 2012

Raw Lemon Berry Swirl Cheesecake

Happy Mothers Day to all the mommys out there! I hope you're being pampered today. My mom is traveling so unfortunately I won't be celebrating with her.

Instead I hiked up the little mountain (if it can be called that) in town with J. Have to walk the train tracks that sit over the lake to the that path that leads up the mountain.

Here we are halfway up, last October. 

Yesterday I made this tasty mini raw lemon berry swirl cheesecake (HERE and HERE) with leftovers from an order for a larger 12" cake. I've been making this cake for years but this is my first time posting the recipe. It's delish! Sweet, lemony, and perfect for the warm weather.

Lemon Berry Swirl Cheesecake
Makes one 12" cheesecake


1 1/2 cups almonds
2/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon pure vanilla

Grind the almonds into a flour in a food processor.
Add the raisins and continue grinding until broken down.
Add the coconut and vanilla. Grind again to incorporate.
Add another 1/2 - 1 teaspoon water if needed to keep the mixture held together when pressed in your hand.
Press evenly into the bottom of a 12" spring form pan.


3 cups cashews
3/4 cup lemon juice
2/3 cup agave or other liquid sweetener
Pinch of salt
Lemon zest (from all juiced lemons)
1 cup melted coconut oil
4 cups mixed berries

Blend all except the oil and berries in a high speed blender (may need the tamper).
Add 2/3 cup of the coconut oil and blend again until completely smooth.
Transfer 1/2 - 2/3 cup of the mixture to a small bowl.
Add all the berries and the remaining coconut oil (1/3 cup) back to the mixture in the blender and blend until smooth.
Pour the filling evenly over the crust.
Pour blobs of the lemon cream on top.
Using a chopstick, push each blob down into the berry filling before swirling it into the berry cream on the surface.
Chill in the fridge for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
Garnish with berries or whatever else your heart desires!

What special things are you doing for your mom today?


Sunshine Mama said...

Oh my! This looks absolutely Uh-mazing!!! Thanks so much for posting this! I am so glad this cheesecake doesn't call for some irish moss or other ingredients I can't find... I have all of them on hand. Will be making this soon!

Heather Pace said...

Yay Sunshine! Yes easy cake to make. Let me know how you like it!

Gabby @ the veggie nook said...

Oh wow this looks amazing! All your food does, you're just ridiculous! I've bookmarked quite a few just now lol

Real Food Runner said...

Yum! BTW, I'm hosting a vegan protein powder giveaway if you'd like to enter :0)

barefoot_and_frolicking said...

amazing, Ms. Pace you've done it again! :)

Gillian said...

Your desserts look like absolute heaven!

shannonmarie said...

I wish you could have made me that dessert for Mother's Day, but Hayden made me something just as nice. She made me a pretend smoothie with her toy blender set. So cute.

Speaking of cute, you and J look so sweet together in that pic. He's a keeper.

Heather Pace said...

Thanks girls :)

Shannon - pretend blender! WIsh i had that as a kid!

katshealthcorner said...

What a beautiful cheesecake! <3

Vitamins for Hair said...

Yum yum give me some! I love lemon in almost anything. I look forward to trying this soon!

Wendy Butler said...

The cheesecake looks the colours!!!

I just also wanted to say what beautiful photos of your hiking trip. I love bushwalking...just being out in the great outdoors. :0)

ella@lifeologia said...

Oh my.... That looks amazing!
So happy to have found this recipe and your inspiring blog ;)
Would love it if you share this on my Potluck Party ;D


Vicky said...

This looks awesome!

Cher said...

Yummy! I made this yesterday, and my boys were drooling over it in the fridge, so we went for it for breakfast!
It was not only easy, but heavenly! Great combo of flavors! Sweet and tart at the same time.
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! We loved it! Can't wait for more!
You are a very talented girl!!

Tohunga Maori Healer said...

Delighted to find your blog. I'm a terrible cook including with raw foods, but as a Tohunga healer I'm a total advocate of raw foods for healing. Thankfully now that I've found you I'll be able to refer people to this site when they need guidance, instead of struggling to write recipes myself. Your photos are also great advocacy for rawfoods - must try that cheesecake, it looks gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

I made this for mothers day as a late presert, my mum n dad and all the family were couting down till we could eat it... It was heavenly....

Thankyou for sharing it...
Its going to be made a lot more frequently that i would have liked too:)

Heather Pace said...

Yay so great to hear from you ladies who made the cake and glad that you liked it. It's always a winner with my friends and family too! Send me a pic and I'll post it on here!