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Paleo Cheesecake with a Raspberry Compote

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On the preparation:

      Do not skip soaking the raw cashews in water. Soaking increases your body’s absorption of the vitamins & minerals, and neutralizes enzyme inhibitors naturally present in raw nuts and seeds.. Soak them for at least 4 hours, if not overnight. A blender works best for the filling (made it creamier), and food processor for the crust. Also, don’t substitute the coconut oil for any other oil, as it is solid at room temperature, and therefore helps the cheesecake stay firm.

For the crust:

1/2 cup raw pecans (pecans don’t require soaking)
a little more than 1/2 cup soft pitted dates
1/4 cup raw flaked coconut
tiniest pinch of sea salt

For the filling:

3 1/2 cups raw cashews (soaked & drained)
2/3 cup agave nectar
2/3 cup extra virgin coconut oil
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 2 vanilla beans, scraped

Directions:

Begin by soaking the nuts. After they’ve finished soaking, prepare the crust. In the bowl of a food processor, chop the dates, nuts, coconut and sea salt. Process until it holds together when you press it between two of your fingers. Set aside. Begin the filling by slightly warming the coconut oil in a bowl of warm water (it melts at 77 degrees). Add the cashews, coconut oil, agave, lemon juice and vanilla into the pitcher of a blender, and blend well (until completely smooth). Blend a little more, just to be safe.

Press the crust evenly into the bottom of an 8-inch spring form pan (don’t go up the sides). Pour the filling on top and freeze for 4 hours, or over night. To serve, let the cheesecake thaw for about 30 minutes, and cut into small slivers.

Raspberry Compote:

1/2 cup of raspberries
1/4 cup of water
1 tsp of raw honey
1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract
a dash of almond milk (or you could use coconut milk)

I put all of the ingredients together in a bowl and used a hand mixer until blended. Then drizzle desired amount over your slice of cheesecake.

Author’s notes on the recipe:

        Good luck finding an 8″ spring form pan. I went to 5 stores trying to find one, I do not lie. I finally found a set of 3 (for only $14.99, score!) at Bed Bath and Beyond that came with 8 1/2, 9 1/2 and 10 1/2. The 8 1/2 worked fine. GO EASY on the lemon juice! I would probably use half of what was recommended and go from there, tasting the “batter” as you go. Unless you want lemon cheesecake. Then you’re set. I would also probably add some almond butter to the crust to give it a little more flavor and make it creamier. The agave nectar worked nice, it was so subtle and didn’t compromise the texture or flavor. I would also recommend thawing for an hour, it was still frozen solid after 45 min. Maybe I just have a hardcore freezer?

Thanks to: http://cleaneatingwithadirtymind.com/2013/02/14/are-you-there-dessert-its-me-paleo/


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Paleo Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

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Prep time: 20 mins — Cook time: 30 mins — Inactive: 3 hours — Servings: 8-10

Ingredients:

CRUST
– 1 cup raw almonds
– 1/4 tsp. sea salt
– 10 medjool dates, pits removed
– 1/4 cup raw honey, melted
– 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

CHEESECAKE
– 4 cups raw macadamia nuts or cashews
– 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
– 2/3 cup raw honey, melted
– 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
– 1/2 tsp. sea salt
– 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
– 2 Tbsp. lemon juice

DULCE DE LECHE
– 2 cans full fat coconut milk (about 3 1/2 cups)
– 1 cup raw honey
– 2 tsp. vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp. sea salt

CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE
– 2oz 100% cacao unsweetened chocolate bar
– 2 1/2 Tbsp. raw honey

Fruit for garnish (optional)

Equipment:
– 6″ to 9″ springpan
– Large saucepan
– Stirring spoon
– Large food processor or blender
– Parchment paper

Directions:

TO MAKE THE CRUST LAYER:
1. Place the almonds in food processor or blender and blend into small chunks. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until combined (you will have a thick paste).
2. Line the bottom of your springform pan with some parchment paper and place the crust ingredients on the bottom of the pan. Press the crust across the bottom of the pan using your hands (you can use another piece of parchment paper to help keep the crust from sticking to your hands). Place the pan in the freezer while you prepare the cheesecake layer

TO MAKE THE CHEESECAKE LAYER:
1. Place the macadamia nuts or cashews in or blender and blend into small chunks. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until well combined and smooth.
2. Pour the cheesecake layer into the pan on top of the crust. Place in the freezer while you prepare the dulce de leche layer.

TO MAKE THE DULCE DE LECHE LAYER:
1. Place a large saucepan over medium-high heat and add all of the dulce de leche ingredients to the pan. Stir to combine the ingredients.
2. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to stir the ingredients frequently to prevent from burning. Continue to cook the dulce de leche until the sauce is reduced by about half and has turned a light brown/caramel color. It can take up to 30 minutes for this to occur.
3. Pour the dulce de leche layer into the pan on top of the cheesecake layer. Place in the freezer for 3-4 hours to set.

TO MAKE THE CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE:
1. To make the chocolate drizzle, microwave the raw honey in a heat safe bowl for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until just melted. Add the chocolate and stir. The chocolate should begin to melt from the heat of the honey mixture. If it does not fully melt, you can put it back in the microwave on 50% setting and heat for another 15 second at a time until fully melted, stirring each time. Be careful not to leave the chocolate in the microwave too long or it will scorch.

TO ASSEMBLE:
1. Loosen the cheesecake by running a think knife around the inside of the pan. Remove the cheesecake from the pan and gently transfer to a plate.
2. Take a spoon and drizzle the chocolate over the top of the cheesecake. Top with fruit garnish (optional) and serve. Store any extra in the freezer and allow to thaw for about 5-10 minutes before serving.

Thanks to: http://www.paleocupboard.com/dulce-de-leche-cheesecake.html
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