Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake

Raw Pumpkin "Cheesecake"

So I’ve been experimenting with different recipes for a raw pumpkin cheesecake, and I think I’ve come up with a winner. Let me know your thoughts.

Ingredients

Crust:

1 Cups Pecans

1/3 Cup Raisins

1/2 tsp agave

Pinch of Sea Salt

Filling:

4 Soft Dates, pitted and packed

1/4 Cup Agave

1/4 Cup Lemon Juice

1/2 Cups Cashews, soaked

1/2 Cup Young Coconut Meat

1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/2 Cup Coconut Oil, warmed to liquid

1 1/2 to 2 c Cup Pumpkin, chopped (I use butternut squash, but you can use any pumpkin)

Directions:

To make the crust: In a food processor, process pecans, raisins, agave, salt until the mixture begins to stick together.  Press the crust mixture evenly in the bottom of an 6-inch spring form pan( note that this is smaller than the standard size, if you are using the 8 inch pan, you will need to increase the amounts.)

To make the filling, process the dates, agave, and lemon juice in a Vitamix or a high power blender until smooth.  Add the pumpkin, cashews and coconut meat and process until completely smooth.  If the coconut oil is solid, put the jar in a pan of hot water and let it liquify then add the coconut oil and process until well incorporated.  Pour the filling onto the crust. Chill at least 3 hours before serving, I like it frozen as well.

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3 thoughts on “Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake

  1. Pumpkin or squash: what’s the easiest way to get the flesh out? you don’t cook these first to soften them, right?

    Young coconut meat: can you purchase this pre-prepared? do you buy a fuzzy coconut and whack it and cut out the insides? this concept is pretty foreign to me!

    This sounds amazing—can’t wait to try it!

    • I first peel the butternut squash with a potato peeler then cut it into cubes, you only need about 2 cups, so you can get the already peeled and cut in a package at Trader Joes. I get the young coconut in a white husk at Whole Foods. They can open the top for you if you ask then then all you have to do is drink the coconut water or transfer it to a cup then scoop out the coconut with a spoon, the inside meat is not hard like the mature coconut so it’s easy to scoop out. Let me know how it turns out if you try it or if you have any other questions.

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