Are you getting full yet? If you have been traveling through the Vegan Virtual Potluck, I’m sure you’ve seen some AMAZING vegan food but I hope you saved some room for this almost raw Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake. Soy-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free, this rich, cashew-based cheesecake is one that all your friends will enjoy and LOVE. I, for one, will be bringing this to my family’s Thanksgiving, excited that it will feed everyone’s eclectic dietary restrictions. The only problem: with a cake this good I can almost guarantee there will be no leftovers.
(Almost) Raw Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake
gluten & grain-free, soy-free, refined sugar free
makes (1) 8” cake
2 cups pecans
1/2 cups packed dates, pitted
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling
1 1/2 cup cashews, soaked overnight
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 cup canned or fresh pumpkin puree
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Coconut Whipped Cream
1 can full fat coconut milk, chilled overnight
2 tbsp agave nectar
1-2 tsp cinnamon
Pecans for decorating
In a food processor, blend together the pecans and dates until uniform. Add vanilla, cinnamon, and salt and blend to combine. Spread on prepared cake pan and press evenly into the bottom. Place in refrigerator while you prepare the filling.
Thoroughly rinse the soaked cashews. Drain. Blend in a food processor or blender until cashews become a very smooth paste. This may take awhile, depending on the strength of your blender. Scrape down the sides as you process, adding a little bit of water if cashews seem too dry. Once the cashews are smooth and creamy , add the remaining filling ingredients and process until uniform.
Scrape pumpkin filling onto chilled crust and smooth top. Stick in freezer for at least 1 hour.
To make whipped cream topping, open chilled coconut milk and scoop out the solid coconut meat into a small bowl. Whisk in agave nectar and cinnamon until combined and spoon onto the top of frozen pumpkin cheesecake. Spread evenly. Return to freezer and freeze for at least 4 hours, until frozen all the way through.
When ready to serve, top with pecans and allow to thaw for 30 minutes. Slice and serve.
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