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Wild Blueberry Peach Dairy-Free Cheesecake

 

Now this is a treat. Summer desserts are my absolute favourites. I love using fresh local ingredients and keeping them in their raw state wherever possible.

This special dessert was inspired by one of my Culinary Nutrition Expert students Andi Smith, who proudly showed off a raw dessert dancing with flower petals. I’ve made variations of this one before, but I think this one is my new favourite. The mix of flavours with the peach and blueberry is most awesome and I also love that I picked them both up at the market this past week.

peaches and blueberries

I also experimented with this one by slightly fermenting the cashew cream to see if that gave it more of a sour cheese-like taste. I didn’t go as far as I do when I make my fermented cashew cheese, but if you’re interested in trying it out, simply blend the soaked cashews with two acidophilus capsules and let it sit out on the counter for 4-6 hours. The fermentation of the cashews can help increase its digestibility – helpful for some as this is a very nut-heavy dessert.

This is decadent, delicious and beautiful and here are a few more awesome things about it:

  • grain-free (therefore totally gluten-free too)
  • dairy-free
  • refined sugar free
  • modifiable in a thousand ways with your favourite seasonal fruit
  • raw

kitchen creating

The super fun part for me about creating this recipe was that I was also inspired by my own cookbook! It will be out in October and I was flipping through it and came to one of my most favourite photos in the book of the Raw Key Lime Pie. I used the crust recipe from my Key Lime Pie for the base of this one. Enough chit chat- let’s get started!

grain-free pie crust

I ground the crust in my food processor and then pressed it into a pie plate.pie prepping

I later decided to take it out of the pie plate and use a spring form so you’d be able to see the layers from the side. A bonus of using the raw crust: you can play with it! After the crust was pressed in, I added the peach layer. I put it in the freezer for a few hours and then poured on the blueberry layer.

pie layers

I let it set in the freezer for another couple of hours and then it was time to decorate and slice.

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It got a little scary when it came time to slice it – always the tricky bit with any pie. But this epic piece slid out solid as can be!

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peach wild blueberry cashew cheesecake

Wild Blueberry Peach Dairy-Free Cheesecake


  • Author: Meghan Telpner
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 -10 slices 1x

Description

Decadent real food dessert that’s dairy-free and gluten-free using the best seasonal fruit.


Ingredients

Scale

Crust

  • ½ cup almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded dried coconut
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pits removed
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Pinch of sea salt

Filling

Peach Cream

  • 1 1/2 cups soaked cashews*
  • 1/4 cup honey or sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled and de-seeded
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream**
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup fresh, ripe peaches (pits removed)

Wild Blueberry Cream

  • 1 1/2 cups soaked cashews*
  • 1/4 cup honey or sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled and de-seeded
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream**
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups wild blueberries (thawed if using frozen)

Instructions

Crust

  1. In a food processor, process nuts together with dates, coconut, coconut oil and sea salt. You may need to scrape down the sides. Process until sticky but not too fine.
  2. Using a pie dish or spring form, press the crust mixture into the dish, making sure to create an even thickness. Set aside.

Filling

  1. Drain and rinse cashews.

Peach Filling

  1. In a high powered blender, blend together cashews, sweetener, lemon, coconut cream, vanilla, coconut oil, sea salt and peaches. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour the mixture into crust and place in freezer to set for one hour.

Blueberry Filling

  1. In a high powered blender, blend together cashews, sweetener, lemon, coconut cream, vanilla, coconut oil, sea salt and blueberries. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour the mixture over the set peach filling and replace in the freezer for an hour to set.
  3. Once set, you can add your decoration. Keep stored in the freezer.
  4. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving.
  5. Enjoy!

Notes

*Fermentation
If you want to try fermenting the cashew cream, after soaking your cashews for 4-6 hours, rinse thoroughly. Add cashews to blender with either a 1/4 cup of water and two acidopholus probiotic capsules or 1/4 cup of yogurt.
Blend until smooth and then let sit for 6-8 hours.
Split the mixture in half and proceed as outlined for the peach and blueberry filling.
**Coconut Cream
For best results, put your tin of full fat coconut milk in the fridge for 4-6 hours to allow it to chill completely and let the cream settle at the top. Scoop out the cream you need, leaving the water behind. This will give your pie the creamiest results.

  • Category: Dessert

 

11 responses to “Wild Blueberry Peach Dairy-Free Cheesecake”

  1. LaiLa says:

    Subs for Coconut : cream, oil, shreds?

    Sounds great but allergic to the coconut, so what else can I try instead? thx :)

  2. Laurie says:

    Hi Meghan,
    I just pulled up this recipe and it took my breath away. What a true work of art! I will DEFINITELY be trying out this recipes and when I do, I will bu sure to pass along my rating. Already I am thinking 5 stars! :)

  3. Oona says:

    This looks beautiful and delicious, Meghan. It would also cost me between $30 and $40 to make as organic nuts are very costly now : ( Any suggestions?

    • https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/599ccdf73b6d2f26a247dd52e9e5f8b8?s=51&d=blank&r=g Meghan Telpner says:

      This is a nut based dessert- but do you have access to anywhere that you could get your nuts and seeds wholesale? I’m not sure where you live but typically 2 cups of cashews would be less than $10.

  4. Ann says:

    I made this today for Christmas dessert………subbed mango for peaches. It is beautiful and delicious…..thanks for this recipe Meghan! I will top it with toasted hazelnuts and coconut to serve.

  5. Evelina says:

    I will so be trying this recipe ! I also am wondering about the flowers used to decorate the cake?

  6. Anne says:

    Are the cashews measured before or after soaking?

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