Strawberry & Coconut Cheesecake Bites (Vegan)

These little treats are definitely my favourite dessert of the month. If you are allergic to dairy (or are vegan) then cheese cake is just a no-no – I have lost track of how many weddings I have been to where everyone is tucking into a slice of Baileys cheesecake after dinner and myself and my bowl of melon have sat there steeped in envy. Well no more I tell you!

What to expect: They are coconutty and sweet, and the texture of the ‘cheese’ is amazing with the nutty base.

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Makes: 6 muffin case size cakes

Ingredients

Filling:

1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 3 hours)

1/2 cup frozen strawberry slices

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)

2 Tbsp lemon juice

 

Base:

1 cup pecan nuts

6 medjool dates

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/4 Tsp sea salt

 

Directions

  1. Soak cashew nuts for 3 hours in bowl of water at room temperature.
  2. Drain cashews and add all filling ingredients to mixer (food processor) – blitz for about 5 minutes, stopping every 30-60 seconds to scrape the mix from the side to ensure it is all mixing. Set aside.20180128_144416
  3. Soak dates for 10 minutes in warm water
  4. Drain dates (remove seeds if they have them), add all base ingredients to mixer. Blitz for about 1 minute. Just not so long that it turns to paste.
  5. Scoop the base mix into muffin cases and press down to flat.
  6. Scoop filling on top and smooth out. It feels like a moose so take your time with this or it could go everywhere.20180128_150819
  7. To finish it off you can blitz a few frozen strawberries and spread on top, but that’s optional. A half a strawberry on top is just as nice.
  8. Place in Freezer for 90 minutes.
  9. Enjoy

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Tip: These do keep in the fridge afterwards, they just go a bit softer.

Tip: Lidl and Dealz are always my first stop for ingredients, trust me – you will save a fortune! Eg. 200g Pecan Nuts Lidl = €3.29 Vs Tesco – €4.50, it all adds up when you have a long shopping list for something new.

Anything I would change next time: I would love to try these with a traditional cheesecake base, digestive biscuits with butter (dairy free), just for the fun.

 

 

Origional recipe credit to: http://www.foodnetwork.ca/valentines-day/blog/irresistible-vegan-strawberry-cheesecake-bites/33882/

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