Okay, hear me out! Y’all I have a wedding dress to fit into. Let me say it a little slower.... I have a WEDDING! DRESS! To fit into in less than 4 months! So.. one of the best ways for me personally to focus in on food & weight loss... because I LOVE food... is the paleo diet. We’ve done it as a couple & really overall just felt better; physically, mentally, & when we looked in the mirror. But it’s not always easy! I’m a Minnesota girl, our neighboring state of Wisconsin is literally America’s Dairyland.... the cheese state. Okay, worlds longest intro to say “I MADE A RAW CASHEW CHEESECAKE!” And it was bomb.
Actually, in full disclosure, Chase didn’t like it. In fact with my family (the 8 adults) it seemed like 6 of the 8 enjoyed it... or at least ate their whole piece. Ha!
I followed a recipe but again, if you’ve been following along for a while now, you know when it comes to recipes, I typically just wing it.
For the Crust:
- Pecans, about 1 cup
- Almond Flour, about 1 cup
- 4-5 Pitted Dates
- 3-4 tablespoons of Coconut Oil
- 1 tablespoon of Cinnamon
- a pinch of salt
I used the food processor for this part. Grind it all up until it starts to stick together! I formed it at the bottom of my springform pan, going up the sides a little.
For the Filling:
*Soak raw cashews overnight! Or at a minimum 6 hours.
- 3 cups of raw almonds (depending on your springform pan size, adjust amount accordingly)
- 2/3 cup of coconut oil
- maple syrup or light agave nectar
- lemon juice
The last three ingredients I did all according to taste. One recipe I referenced gives the amount of 2/3 cup for the maple syrup/agave nectar and the lemon juice, but since this is all raw you can taste as you go!
Combine all of the ingredients in either a blender or a food processor. I found the bender gets the smoothest texture. Pour in your pan and let it set in the fridge. I was pressed for time so I let mine sit in the freezer and pulled it out to thaw until dessert time!
IF you try this, I hope you love it like me & don’t strongly dislike it like Chase 😏