Meyer Lemon, Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
For the crust:
2 cups raw almonds soaked overnight
1/2 cup dates, pitted (about 7 or 8 dates) if dates are really dry, put them in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes, discard water
1/4 cup non-sweetened coconut flakes
Place almonds and dates in a food processor and mix until chopped and well incorporated. Cover the bottom of a 9inch spring form cake pan with the coconut flakes (this prevents the cake from sticking to the pan). Pour the almond mixture on top of the coconut flakes , spread out and mold into the cake pan.
For the filling:
3 cups raw cashews soaked for three hours
3/4 cup fresh meyer lemon juice
3/4 cup raw honey (you can use regular honey if you don’t want to go 100% raw)
3/4 cup raw coconut oil – you do not have to warm it, just use it straight out of jar
1 tsp vanilla or 1 vanilla bean, split open and seeds scraped, pod discarded
1/2 tsp celtic sea salt
To make the cheese, blend the cashews, lemon, honey, coconut oil, vanilla (or vanilla bean), and sea salt. Blend until smooth and adjust to taste. (For the best results you need to use a high speed blender!)
Pour mixture on top of the crust and carefully tap the pan on the counter to release any air bubbles.
For the topping
1 bag of frozen blueberries (or any berry that you prefer)
honey or dates to sweeten
1/4 cup apple cider or orange juice
Place honey, berries and cider/juice in a high speed blender and process until smooth. Pour over “cheese” mixture.
Place the pan in the freezer for at least three hours or overnight. Before serving place on counter to thaw slightly. This is best served semi frozen, soft enough to run a serrated knife through.