Vegan No Bake Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cheesecake

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Now you can eat your cranberry sauce this holiday season in a delicious dessert! Don’t be intimidated by the ingredient list – it only takes about 15 minutes to make all three layers and then you just put it in the freezer for about an hour or so until it hardens. This unique take on a holiday dessert is organic, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, no-bake, paleo-friendly and contains no refined sugar.

 

Ingredients

FOR THE CHEESECAKE
  • 2 cups organic raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup organic maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons organic lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips (or sub in raw cacao nibs or raw chocolate chunks)
FOR THE CRUST
  • 2 cups organic pecans
  • 4 tablespoons organic cacao powder
  • 4 tablespoons organic maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • 1 - 2 pinch Himalayan pink salt
FOR THE TOPPING
  • 2 cups organic cranberries
  • 1 organic green apple (diced)
  • 12 organic medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon organic vanilla bean powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon organic ground clove

Instructions

  1. Prepare the crust: Add all the ingredients for the crust to a food processor and process until it is well combined and has a wet, sticky texture.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a 6-inch spring form cheesecake pan and press it evenly and firmly on the bottom of the pan.
  3. Place the cheesecake pan in the freezer to firm while you make the rest of the recipe.
  4. Prepare the cheesecake: Optional: Soak the cashews in a bowl of purified / filtered water for 30 - 60 minutes, then drain them prior to using. This will make them soft and the cheesecake mixture will be smooth and creamy.
  5. Add all ingredients for the cheesecake (EXCEPT the chocolate chips) to a Vitamix, or high speed blender, and blend until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Use your tamper, if needed.
  6. Remove the blender container from the base and make sure the contents are not warm before going to the next step. If the cheesecake mixture is warm from blending, wait until it cools off or the chocolate chips will melt.
  7. Add the chocolate chips to the blender container and gently stir them in until they are evenly distributed.
  8. Remove the cheesecake pan from the freezer and pour the cheesecake mixture on top of the crust, making sure it's evenly distributed.
  9. Rinse out the blender container to use for the next step.
  10. Prepare the topping: Add all ingredients for the topping to a Vitamix, or high speed blender, and blend until everything is well blended. Use your tamper, if needed.
  11. Transfer the topping mixture on top of the cheesecake mixture and spread it evenly.
  12. Optional: garnish with extra cranberries in the center of the cheesecake.
  13. Place the cheesecake pan in the freezer for 1 - 2 hours, or until it hardens. Remove from the freezer and allow to thaw on the counter top 10 - 15 minutes, or until it is soft enough to slice.

Notes

Store in the freezer until ready to serve because it will get soft and lose it's shape if left out at room temperature.

Karielyn TillmanAbout Karielyn Tillman

Hi there, I’m Karielyn! I’m a wife and mother of three (daughter 20 years old, son 7 years old and son 5 years old) and I’ve been married for 24 years. I try very hard to make sure my family has healthy, nutrient-dense and wholesome foods to eat and that we avoid detrimental foods that can destroy and undermine our health.  Since I purchase the groceries and prepare the meals for our family, I do not take this responsibility lightly – it has always been my number one priority since embracing healthier food choices over 7 years ago. love to make everything I can from scratch and avoid processed foods as much as possible.  I'm very proud to have two young boys who love kale, goji berries, hemp seeds and my green smoothies. I am passionate about eating and buying healthy, organic, unprocessed, nutrient-dense foods and ingredients and hope I can relay some of that passion with you.   On my website, The Healthy Family and Home, I share easy to make raw, vegan and gluten-free recipes using clean, wholesome ingredients.  I also provide "5 Fast Facts" about the key ingredients in the recipes I post listing the nutritional benefits of each one so you can "feel good about what you eat". No matter what diet plan you follow, I want to help you make healthier food choices, read ingredient labels and learn about what's in the foods you eat. Eat like it matters...because it does!

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