Healthy Cheesecake Recipe- Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Grain Free, GAPS Legal, Vegan Option

 photo 100_7228_zpsd4eaedd8.jpgI'm a big cheesecake fan. Love the tangy cheesiness... and haven't had any cheesecake for over two years.
That is, until today.
Because I don't eat dairy, or gluten, or refined sugar, or processed foods, or soy... I didn't know it was possible to have cheesecake.
But I found a recipe for a cashew based cheesecake. And yes, cashews sure ain't cheap. I won't be making this one on a regular basis. But for special occasions? Absolutely!

It's everything I could hope for in a cheesecake. Tastes like cheesecake. Doesn't bother my tummy. Is vegan and GAPS diet legal, is refined sugar free, doesn't have any weird/crazy ingredients. And looks pretty too!
I based my recipe off of this one.

The biggest downside is the cost.

Oh well.

Still very yummy.

Note- I don't have a high powered food processor or blender, so mine ended up a bit gritty, but I assume if you have a better one than I do, yours will be smoother.

Healthy Cheesecake Recipe- Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Grain Free, GAPS Legal, Vegan Option

1- 1 1/2 cup nuts or seeds
1 cup dates or pitted dates or coconut flakes
3 cups unsalted cashews, soaked overnight
3/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup coconut oil or palm oil
2/3 cup raw honey (or agave if you're vegan, but its not exactly healthy, nor is it GAPS legal)
1 cup strawberries or raspberries (thawed and drained if using frozen- optional)

1. The crust of this cheesecake is pretty much the same thing as larabars. Anything that would work in larabars will work as a crust. Blend up dates and mix with ground nuts or seeds or coconut, and press them into the bottom and sides of a large pie pan. If your pie pan is small, make two. This probably would also work with ground lightly toasted raw buckwheat. In the picture is a crust made with dates and ground pumpkin seeds.
In order to get this into shape most easily, first make the mixture, and then sprinkle some more ground nuts on the mixture if it is sticking to your fingers when you're trying to press it into place.

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2. Blend your soaked cashews with the lemon juice, and when that's blended as much as you can, add the honey and coconut/palm oil, and blend some more. Then add the vanilla.

3. Pour half the mixture into the pie crust.  If you're not adding fruit, just pour the whole thing in at once.

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4. Blend up the strawberries or raspberries with the rest of the "cheese" mixture, and pour into the pie.

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5. Freeze for an hour or two minimum.

6. Remove from pie pan. Defrost for 10-15 minutes before serving.

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7. Cut piece.

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8. Devour.

9. Repeat!

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Try this one out. It's really yummy- very worthwhile! Just because of the expense, leave it as a once in a while treat, not an every day thing.

Are you a cheesecake fan? If so, what is your favorite type of cheesecake? 
If you're dairy free, have you ever eaten or made a dairy free cheesecake? What's in it?
Does this look like a recipe you'd try?

Penniless Parenting

Mommy, wife, writer, baker, chef, crafter, sewer, teacher, babysitter, cleaning lady, penny pincher, frugal gal


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  1. I wonder is it nice and smooth like a cheesecake or is it grainy?

    1. Unfortunately mine came out grainy, but that's because I don't have a good blender/food processor. But the taste was perfect!

  2. Penny, this cheesecake looks absolutely delicious! The cost is insignificant when you consider comparative cost of the highly sugared and fatty cheesecakes available across the counter. I would much rather pay for the ingredients for this one and like you say have it as an occasional treat. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Agreed! Much healthier than anything you'd find in the store, and as a once in a long time treat....

  3. Oh wow, that does look yummy and healthy to boot!!!! Well worth the cost every now and again. Thank you Penny

  4. This was disgusting. Texture was terrible and did not taste like cheesecake at all.

    Please be careful posting recipes that aren't properly tested and wasting people's time and money.

    1. I said straight out that the texture was gritty in mine. This was properly tested, you don't like it, and everyone has different tastes. That doesn't make it a bad recipe.

    2. No substitute will taste 100% like the original- only close. This can't taste identical to cheesecake, because its made of cashews, not cheese. And many other people tasted and agreed. I'm sorry your time and money was wasted on a recipe you didn't like...

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