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Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake
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Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake

 

This recipe originally appeared on Healthy Living and Eating.

BC is one of the world’s largest producers of high bush blueberries and the season, which runs from July to September, is well underway. The combination of hot dry weather, with the occasional sprinkle of rain has made for some tasty blueberries! Learn more about BC Blueberries here.

This healthy blueberry dessert is:

  • gluten-free
  • dairy free
  • refined sugar-free
  • vegan
  • delicious!!

Enjoy!

 

Prep:
30
Cook:
10
Yields:
8

Ingredients

 

Crust:

  • 2 cups almonds
  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates (soak in water for 5-10 minutes if hard)
  • 3 TBSP coconut oil

Filling:

  • 2 cups cashews
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon

Blueberry Topping:

  • 4 cups fresh BC blueberries
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1-2 TBSP cornstarch (or arrowroot/tapioca)
  • 1-2 TBSP water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

 

Directions

 

  1. Bring some water to a boil in a kettle
  2. Place 2 cups cashews in a bowl and cover in the hot water for 10-15 minutes
  3. Meanwhile, place the almonds in a food processor and blend until an almond meal consistency
  4. Add the pitted Medjool dates and blend again
  5. Add the 3 TBSP coconut oil and blend one last time - the consistency should be sticky
  6. Press the crust mixture firmly into a cheesecake or tart pan and place in the freezer to set
  7. Rinse the food processor and place the drained cashews, maple syrup, coconut oil and lemon juice in and blend for 1-2 minutes, until very creamy and not chunky
  8. Spread on top of the crust and place back in the freezer or fridge
  9. Place the blueberries in a pot over low-med heat and stir until they start to boil
  10. Then, add the pinch of salt and the coconut sugar and mix again
  11. Mix 1 TBSP cornstarch with 1-2 TBSP water in a small cup (so it's premixed) and then mix into the boiling blueberries
  12. Stir continuously to thicken it, adding a touch more cornstarch directly in if need be - the consistency should be slow to move if you tip the pan, but it will thicken even more once off the heat
  13. Finally, add the cinnamon and remove from heat
  14. Let it cool and then spread on top of the cashew mixture
  15. Place in the fridge to set for 2-4 hours before cutting (for best results)