Paleo White Chocolate & Raspberry Cheesecake

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So as you can see above this is a picture of the cheesecake thawing out. It was the only light I had available so I am going to try and take some more pictures of the last few slices tomorrow in the daylight but below are some I took tonight.  I feel far too excited to contain this recipe any longer so I’m posting it up now!

This cheesecake is dedicated to my lovely friend Jade who made the suggestion when I asked what people would like making for Chocolate Week.  I have to say I think that this week is going to be incredibly dangerous for my midsection!

I know what you are all wondering… what was this cheesecake like? Well my lovely friends… It was actually, sort of… PERFECT!

I very rarely praise myself but I actually can’t fault this in any way whatsoever; it tastes like cheesecake, the texture is the same as cheesecake, and the base is actually like a real biscuity base.  I am utterly blown away.  What makes this even more special is that it is actually Vegan too, and would be raw if it weren’t for the raspberry filling.

Enough of me rattling on about how wonderful it is, you must try it for yourselves!

Makes: 10-12 slices

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients:

For the base:

100g macadamia nuts
1/2 cup almond flour
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp coconut sugar
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp maple syrup

For the white chocolate filling:

1/2 cup coconut oil
50g cacao butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut sugar
250g/2 cups cashews (soaked overnight or min. 4 hours)
1 tbsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
Juice 1.5 lemons
1 peeled courgette (cubed)

For the raspberry filling:

1.5 cups frozen raspberries
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 tbsp water
1/2 tbsp tapioca flour
Squeeze of lemon juice

Handful of raspberries for decoration (optional)

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Method:

  1.  For the base, combine all of the ingredients and process until a sandy texture (have a nibble, if it reminds you of biscuit crimbs it’s done!).
  2. Line a 9″ springform or loose base tin. Pour in the base mixture and ‘knuckle’ it in until evenly distributed. Place in the freezer until later.
  3. For the white chocolate filling place the coconut oil, cacao butter, maple syrup and coconut sugar over a bain-marie until fully melted. This could take around 15 minutes.  You could grate the cacao butter but I think this is equally as time consuming.
  4. Meanwhile, place the rest of the ingredients into the food processor, except for the courgette, and process until smooth.
  5. Next get started on your raspberry filling. Place the frozen raspberries, water and coconut sugar into a medium sized pan and cook on a low heat until simmering. Make sure to squash down the berries as much as possible.  This will take around 10 minutes max.
  6. Remove your ‘white chocolate’ mix from the bain-marie and combine with the rest of the white chocolate filling.  Process until smooth.
  7. Remove your raspberry mix from the heat and begin to strain through a sieve into a small mixing bowl.  This will take a lot of leg work to get as much of the fruit through as possible. Stop straining when you are left with pretty much just seeds!
  8. Combine the lemon juice and tapioca flour and whisk thoroughly.
  9. Return the raspberry mix to the heat or place the bowl into the microwave until the mixture is bubbling. Be sure to whisk frequently.  Once the mix has thickened to a thick and slightly ‘gummy’ sauce set aside.
  10. To your white chocolate filling add in your peeled and cubed courgette. Blend until smooth and fluffy.
  11. Remove your base from the freezer and pour in half of your white chocolate filling, spreading evenly with a spatula.
  12. Pour in one third of your raspberry filling and using a small spatula dip in and swirl around the filling. This will give you your marbling effect!
  13. Pour in the last half of your white chocolate filling and smooth until evenly distributed.
  14. Add the remaining two thirds of the raspberry filling. Using a small spatula or knife, dip in and draw downward parallel lines and then parallel lines across until you reach your desired level of marbling. Feel free to just swirl it around. Make it your own!!!
  15. Place your cheesecake into the freezer until set.
  16. Slice and serve!!! Yummy yummy scrummy in your tummy! (Not mine i’ve eaten mine already!)

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