I find raw cheesecake one of the easiest cake styles to make. There’s no baking, just soaking of raw cashews and some processing of nuts and in this case, berries. You will need a food processor or high-speed blender to get a creamy consistency. After that, layer all the ingredients in a spring-form pan or pie dish and freeze for a few hours.
I used berries and raspberries for this cheesecake, but feel free to experiment with other berries. I try to avoid using berries with big or firm seeds. Blueberries are great for this cake, as well as strawberries. I used raspberries for one of the berry layers and the finishing layer, however you can swap out the raspberries for strawberries or use just blueberries to reduce the seeds in the top layer. The raspberry seeds do break down when you process them long enough.
And here are some other raw cheesecakes recipes I’ve shared in the past:
- Raw chocolate cheesecake
- Raw blackberry cheesecake
- Raw blueberry cheesecake bars
- Frozen strawberry cheesecake (and an interview)
Raw Berry Cheesecake
Yield 8-10 servings
I recommend a 7-inch spring form pan or other dish. You can go up to 8-inches but I wouldn't go larger than that.
For processing the berries and nuts, you can use a food processor or a high-speed blender.
If you're storing the final cake in the freezer, you'll want to thaw it at room temperature for up 30 minutes.
For the coconut oil, I use Trader Joe's coconut oil that has been filtered to remove almost all the coconut flavor and odor, but any coconut oil will work.
For SCD, use honey only.
- 1/2 cup (70 g) raw almonds
- 1/2 cup (70 g or about 4) Medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups (170 g) raw cashews, soaked for at least 5 hours
- 1/3 cup (79 ml) lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup (67 g) coconut oil, melted
- 1/3 cup (79 ml) honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 cup (75 g) raspberries
- 1/2 cup (75 g) blueberries
Top berry layer
- 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- To make the crust layer, place the almonds, dates, and salt in a food processor (or high-speed blender) and process until the dough sticks together. For a finer crust, process the mixture longer.
- In a springform pan or other pan, press the crust evenly across the bottom using your fingers.
- Place the white layer ingredients in a food processor, and process until smooth and creamy.
- Break the white layer into thirds. One 3rd is the white cheesecake layer.
- To create the raspberry layer, add the raspberries and a 3rd of white layer to the food processor and process until smooth.
- To create the blueberry layer, add the blueberries and another 3rd of white layer to the food processor and process until smooth.
- For the top berry layer, place the ingredients in the food process and process until smooth.
- Freeze for a few hours.
- If you've frozen it for longer than a few hours, thaw for 30 minutes at room temperature, or until you can cut a slice with a sharp knife. You can also thaw it for a few hours in the refrigerator.