This Vegan Strawberry Pistachio Cheesecake is naturally sweetened, light, and insanely rich and creamy!
The first time I tried vegan cheesecake was a few years ago, and I have been a fan ever since. If you haven’t tried it, but like light desserts that are rich in flavor, then I guarantee you will love this cheesecake.
Think: Healthy, rich, and creamy with a resemble of ice cream. SCORE!
Strawberry Cheesecake Filling: cashews, coconut cream, maple syrup, frozen strawberries, lemon juice, coconut oil, salt, and vanilla extract.
Store the vegan cheesecake in the freezer for up to 2-weeks. Before slicing/serving, let it thaw for about 10 minutes. The cheesecake will be softer in texture and more creamy.
We opted for raw, unsalted pistachios in this recipe. However, if you only have salted pistachios on hand, taste-test the crust mixture before adding salt. Depending on how sensitive you are to salt, you might not want to add more salt.
This vegan strawberry cheesecake makes a great light dessert option on a weekday; or with a crowd on the weekend. It’s naturally sweetened and insanely rich and creamy.
Serve as is, or add coconut whip cream on top with fresh cut strawberries and pistaschios. Mmm… Enjoy!
Add dates to a food processor and blend until it forms into a ball. Remove and set aside.
Add nuts and a generous pinch of salt to the food processor and blend into a meal.
Add the date-ball back in the food processor and blend until a loose dough forms. NOTE: The dough should stick together when you squeeze it with your fingers. If it doesn't, stick, add 1-pitted date at a time through the spout while pulsing.
Press the crust into a parchment-lined pan until uniformly flat. Set in freezer to firm up, about 30 minutes.
Add all strawberry filling ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth (about 5-minutes) with scraping down the sides a few times. Taste and add additional strawberries for more strawberry flavor.
Pour the filling evenly on top of the crust and tap a few times to release any air bubbles. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until filling sets, about 4-6 hours.
Once set, remove the cheesecake from the pan by tugging on the parchment paper. Pull back the parchment paper and top with coconut whip cream and fresh cut strawberries (optional).Let the cheesecake sit at room temperature for about 5-10 minutes to soften before slicing. Serve immediately and enjoy!
* Coconut Cream is from 1, 15-oz can of full-fat coconut milk/cream refrigerated overnight.