Really Strawberry-y Cheezcake Recipe

This recipe has strawberries incorporated right into the cheezcake… yum!  It was originally (I think) posted on the Post Punk Kitchen blog and comes to us from Nicole’s Vegan Nom Noms blog (the photo and the ‘monologue’ in the recipe below is from Nicole…lol).  This is the way we do recipe swaps in 2009–

from the Post Punk Kitchen Blog

- 1 cup pecans
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 4 medjool dates, pitted and chopped

- 3 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight (or at least 3 hours)
- 1/2 cup agave nectar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract (alcohol free preferred for raw desserts)
- 32 oz. strawberries (reserve about 9 for decorating)
- 3/4 cup coconut oil

Fluffy White Frosting
- 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp. agave nectar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla (alcohol free preferred for raw desserts)
- 1/4 cup raw coconut oil

Strawberry Coulis
- 2 cups chopped strawberries
- 3 tablespoons agave nectar

Lightly grease a 9 inch spring form pan with coconut oil and set aside.

To prepare the crust, pulse nuts and salt in a food processor fit with a metal blade. When nuts are fine crumbs, add the dates and pulse until the dough holds together when squeezed between your fingers. Firmly press crust into the bottom of prepared cake pan. Set aside.

To prepare the filling, pulse cashews in food processor until crumbly. Add agave, water, lime juice and vanilla and puree until very smooth, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to make sure you get everything. Feed the strawberries through the top of the food processor and puree until incorporated. The filling should turn a pretty pink. With the processor running, add the melted coconut oil in a steady stream. I don’t have a big food processor so I just put everything at once into my blender and it was fine.

Pour the filling into the cake pan. It will look like a smoothie and you’ll think wtf this is weird, but it worked out okay for me. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to set for at least 4 hours.

Prepare the frosting in basically the same way as the cake. Pulse the cashews in the food processor until crumbly. Add the water, agave and vanilla and blend until smooth. With the food processor running, stream the coconut oil in through the top until combined. Pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill until set, about 2 hours.

Prepare the sauce when you’re close to serving. Just mash the strawberries up with the agave until it’s all red and syrupy. I forgot about this part, but maybe you’ll want to try it! Mine was still mighty tasty without it, but now I have extra strawberries.

To assemble release the cake from its springform prison. Use a mini scoop to place 8 mounds of icing around the perimeter of the cake and one in the center. Slice the tops off the reserved strawberries and gently smush them upside down into the frosting mounds. If you don’t have a mini scoop, just use a spoon and make them as pretty as you can, they’re gonna get smushed anyway.

To serve, place some Strawberry Coulis on the plate and serve the cake over it. Dig in! Nomnomnom.

To your living health!

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