I wanted something festive and yet a bit lighter for my 35th birthday, so I decided to make my Heavenly Cashew Cheese Cake without the chocolate icing and use strawberries instead. I made some other small changes here and there – used peanuts instead of walnuts in the crust, and omitted the peanut butter swirl.
Slicing Strawberry Marble Cheese Cake
Makes one 24 cm round cake
300 ml peanuts
¼ Tsp sea salt
625 ml cashews
65 ml + 3 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp lemon juice
90 ml agave nectar
125 ml coconut oil (warmed to liquid)
½ Tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp pure vanilla
2 small ripe bananas
5 Tbsp peanut butter (100% without any additives)
90 ml raw cocoa powder + carob powder (half + half)
Soak the cashews overnight and drain well.
Process peanuts and sea salt in a food processor until fine crumbs, then add the dates and process until the mixture holds together when squeezed. Firmly press crust into the bottom of coconut oiled pan. Set aside.
Combine drained cashews, water, lemon juice, agave nectar, warmed coconut oil, sea salt, vanilla, bananas and peanut butter in a food processor and blend. It makes about a litre of mixture. Now, to get it real smooth and creamy transfer half of the mixture into a blender and blend until real smooth and creamy. Move to a bowl. Put the other half into a blender and repeat. Add cocoa powder and carob into blender and blend until well mixed. Add a bit of water if needed.
To make the cake:
Using a tablespoon drop the filling alternating between the plain and chocolate. Make another layer with opposite colours until the filling is used up. Shake to even.
Place in freezer until it is set (6 hours).
Strawberry Marble Cheese Cake
Sprinkle some cocoa powder on top.
You can make the cake with the chocolate cream topping having a richer result.
People who struggle with their weight and/or digestion should not eat more than just a tiny piece of.
A person not having weight problems can eat up to 115 grams nuts a day, whereas those who do should minimize the daily intake to 25 grams.
However, as the cake is mostly made of whole foods (with the exception of agave syrup), i.e. not refined ingredients it does not promote weight gain as “normal” refined cakes do. I usually eat 2-3 pieces once or twice a month and it does not affect me at all 🙂
Author: Nele Liivlaid (Nutriplanet)