The "Everything" Cheesecake

ingredients
all
1 cup Pitted dates
soaked in warm water for ten minutes and drained
1 cup Raw walnuts or almonds
1 pinch Salt
optional
1 1/2 cups Raw cashews
soaked
1 large Lemon
1/3 cup Coconut oil
melted
1/2 cup Coconut milk
plus 2 tablespoons, full fat
1/2 cup Maple syrup
or honey if not vegan
cookware
This amazing cheesecake is a special favorite of FD alumna and camp mom Everything. It's creamy and delicious. Perfect for when you was to impress your non-healthy eating friends.
1
Add dates to a food processor and blend until small bits remain and it forms into a ball. Remove and set aside.
2
Next add nuts and process into a meal. Then add dates back in and blend until a loose dough forms - it should stick together when you squeeze a bit between your fingers. If it's too dry, add a few more dates through the spout while processing. If too wet, add more almond or walnut meal. Optional: add a pinch of salt to taste.
3
Lightly grease a standard, 12 slot muffin tin. To make removing the cheesecakes easier, cut strips of parchment paper and lay them in the slots. This creates little tabs that makes removing them easier to pop out once frozen.
4
Next scoop in heaping 1 tablespoon amounts of crust and press with fingers. To pack it down, use a small glass or the back of a spoon to compact it and really press it down. I found the bottom of a glass works well. If it sticks, separate the crust and the glass with a small piece of parchment. Set in freezer to firm up.
5
Add all filling ingredients to a blender and mix until very smooth. For the coconut milk, I like to scoop the "cream" off the top because it provides a richer texture. But if yours is already all mixed together, just add it in as is.
6
Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. If adding peanut butter, add to the blender and mix until thoroughly combined. If flavoring with blueberry or caramel, wait and swirl on top of plain cheesecakes (optional).
7
Divide filling evenly among the muffin tins. Tap a few times to release any air bubbles, then cover with plastic wrap and freeze until hard - about 4-6 hours.
8
Once set, remove by tugging on the tabs or loosening them with a butter knife. They should pop right out. Our favorite way to devour these was with a little more caramel and a touch of coconut whipped cream. But they're perfect as is! Keep in the freezer for up to 1-2 weeks.
source: From Minimalist Baker
notes
During a camp in Bryson City, NC, a whole tray of these ended up falling on the floor. We hid the news from Everything and scrambled to make more, lest tears be shed and lives lost ...