gluten-free

Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake

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A few weeks ago, I took a friend to my new favorite vegan restaurant, Sanctuary Bistro, to celebrate her birthday. All the dishes were delicious but the dessert, a gorgeous strawberry cheesecake, was especially memorable. It was rich, decadent, and berrylicious! Ever since that night, I’ve been dreaming of it and looking up recipes in an attempt to recreate it. Sanctuary Bistro was kind enough to share the recipe with me for you all to try. It’s featured in their cookbook Sanctuary Bistro’s Recipes for Everyday Living.

Ingredients for Raw Cheesecake Crust
(requires 1 day advanced prep and needs a springform pan)

1 cup almonds

1 cup pecans

6 dates, pitted

Pinch of salt

Ingredients for the Cheesecake

3 cups cashews

1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 cups strawberries

1 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup agave

1/4 cup lime juice


Directions

Crust

  1. Process all ingredients of the crust in the food processor until the nuts are coarsely chopped and mixture holds shape when pressed.

  2. Place the mixture into a 9" springform pan and firmly press to the bottom evenly.


Cheesecake

  1. Place all of the ingredients into the high-powered blender and process until smooth, keep tamping and stirring until well incorporated.

  2. Pour into the springform pan over the crust.

  3. Refrigerate overnight to set.

Tropical Pudding

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by Malu Trehan

Here’s a dessert that will take you on a vacation without leaving your home. Mangoes are high in beta carotene, coconut milk has medium chain triglycerides (MCT) which fuels the brain, and chia is loaded with omega 3. How can you go wrong with this treat?

Ingredients:

2 ripe mangoes, cut into chunks

½ 14 oz can coconut milk (full fat)

1 Tbsp maple syrup

3 Tbsp chia seeds

¼ tsp ground cardamom seeds

1 Tbsp shredded coconut flakes

Directions:

  1. Combine mangoes, coconut milk, and maple syrup in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

  2. Add chia seeds and pulse to combine but don’t blend it. We want the chia seeds intact.

  3. Spoon mixture into ramekins or small bowls, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  4. Top pudding with coconut flakes and cardamom and serve.