Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Vanilla Swirl Cheesecake

...I'm in love with it...desperately. It's just SO decadent and divine! One bite and I'm in cheesecake heaven. It's Day 7 today, one week, and this dessert has made me perfectly and sublimely happy. So if you're craving the cheesecake of old...try this one, the raw way.

Vanilla Swirl Cheesecake

Chocolately Crust:

1 c. almond pulp (wet, leftover from making almond milk)

3 rounded TB. organic cocoa (or carob)

2 TB. maple syrup

3 TB. liquid honey

3 tsp. liquid coconut oil

Mix this all together in a bowl and then form a ball. Flatten and smooth it into a spring board pan.

Vanilla Swirl Cheesecake:

3 c. cashews (soaked for 1 hr. and then drained)

meat from 1 young coconut

1 and 1/2 c. almond milk

1/3 c. liquid honey

1/3 c. lemon juice

1/3 c. liquid coconut oil

1 tsp. vanilla

1 TB. maple syrup

Blend together, adding the coconut oil last while the blender slowly turns for best mixing, reserving about 1/2 c. of the mixture in the blender. Pour over crust. With the remaining batter add 2 TB. of organic cocoa and blend. Now pour in straight lines over your cheesecake. Then take a table knife and gently swirl the cocoa part in. Garnish with sliced almonds around the sides. Freeze overnight. And when you have the deep pleasure of eating it...cut it while it still is thawing.

Cheesecake isn't the only thing that has made me I purchased a julienne. Wahoo! I'm very stoked about this. I've never been able to afford one of those gorgeous spiralizers, but a julienne...yes! It is amazing! Tonight we had zucchini spaghetti and it was just INCREDIBLE! The texture of the "noodles" was so wonderful, like the real thing. Thin enough to twirl on my fork! With the zucchini from our garden, I'm sure we'll making this as often as the zucchini will last. I have now decided that I'm an avid fan of raw pasta.

Once again, some thoughts from my temporary co-author and sister...Anne-Marie:

"Yes, it's me again, an amateur, temporary raw foodist and today marks my 7th day of being raw! Yahoo! Tonight I was making spaghetti for my non raw family members, as well as making this wonderful marinara sauce for those eating non cooked food. While checking to see if the regular noodles were done, without thinking, I popped one into my mouth and then realized I can't eat this. I got most of it out of my mouth before swallowing it all... Whew!! Sometimes I just don't think! I say "amen" to what Charissa said about the zucchini pasta! I absolutely loved it with that divine sauce!! What a treat to the palate! Oh yes, and my sister made the most awesome raw cheesecake ever! I couldn't wait to eat it to satisfy my very sweet tooth! Each bite was a delight to the senses!! I'm blessed to be related to such a talented non cook!! I'm looking forward to what tomorrow brings!

Want some???


debbiedoesraw said...

Looks so good! love your blog

HiHoRosie said...

uh yeah I want some!! looks gorgeous and like a pro chef made it. very impressive!

I'm so happy to hear you are both doing so well on raw! certainly helps to be doing this together.

oh and I love zucchini pasta. i am jealous you are growing some. Ours didn't sprout. :(

so can I come over for dinner and dessert? :)

Paulina said...

Wow, I want some of that!

Penni said...

My mouth is watering! Your cheesecake looks delicious, beautiful and totally professional, and yes....I DO want some.

Enjoying reading about you and your sister on this 30 day raw journey. Inspirational.

Have a marvelous weekend!


shannonmarie said...

You go girl. I saw Dhru put you on the Quickies page. Check you out :-)

It's good to see you back.

Aimee (Bitt) said...

yum yum. i made the crust with another top because we were out of coconuts. will do the top soon. i LOVE raw pies!

Charissa said...

Debbie~Thank you! I like your blog too.

Heidi~ Wish I could share some with you, that would be fun! Oh, and I offer my most sincere condolances over your non-sprouted zucchini. ;(

Paulina~ Lol, you can always make it!

Penni~ Thanks...we are having a great time...stuff like this is always better when you make the process fun.

Shannon~ was fun to check out. That was nice of him.

Aimee~ You can make this without the young coconut meat's good either way. Have fun!