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The Raw Vegan Cheesecake You Must Make This Summer!

12/07/2015 20:20 BST | Updated 12/07/2016 10:59 BST

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Apricot Lemon Trail 'Cheesecake'

It is very exciting for me that I can make a cake as delicious as this one and that it can be free from dairy, gluten and refined sugar. It is easy to craft and tastes absolutely divine. And now, thanks to a massive boom in the raw vegan lifestyle, you can get all these ingredients from your local supermarket (although do consider supporting local trade as much as you can!)

This recipe is from my new recipe book (with co-author Peace Ravenwood) and we hope it brings instant cheesecake relief to all of those who have had to go without!

For the base you will need:

250g trail mix (mixed nuts, gojis, goldenberries, raisins)

40g coconut sugar

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp lemon zest

Method

Process the above ingredients until you

achieve a sticky mass then transfer to a mould

of your choice and press down firmly. No need

to freeze.

For the cheesecake filling you will need:

250g dried apricots (soak in hot water from

the kettle for 1 hour)

250g coconut yoghurt (we used CoYo which is fabulously creamy!)

5 tbsp maple syrup

1 tbsp cashew nut butter/paste

100g cacao butter, gently melted

5 tbsp lemon juice

Method

Blend all of the ingredients except the melted cacao butter until

you achieve a smooth and creamy consistency.

Pour in the cacao butter and blend again until really smooth with

no lumps.

Pour over the base and set either in the freezer or fridge, depend-

ing on how quickly you want to eat it!

For decoration, you can top with apricots or you can make up a

batch of coconut frosting, which we have to say totally rocks

and actually tastes like frosting!

To achieve this, we have been experimenting with vegan coconut milk

powder.

In a bowl, add 1/2 cup of the coconut milk powder, 1 tbsp maple

syrup, 1 tbsp hot water and 1 tbsp cacao butter.

Mix and transfer into a piping bag and decorate. Alternatively,

just spread over the top of the cheesecake filling and then top with fresh slices of apricot.

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Our new recipe book is available to download now! Just click here to get your copy and make an array of amazing raw vegan treats that are all free from eggs, gluten, wheat, soy, corn, dairy and refined sugar yet all taste wonderfully delicious!

Gluten-free and raw vegan just got a little exciting!

These are all from our new recipe book!

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