Mini Easter Vegan Cheesecakes

cashew butter dessert nut butters paleo vegan

Prepared and photographed by NutraMilk nutritionist, Florencia Tagliavini. 

Whip up these mini scrumptious bird nest cheesecakes with just a few simple ingredients. The recipe below is what I made with what I had at home but there are various other ingredients that can be used to replace what I used. See notes below. Enjoy! 

INGREDIENTS

 

For crust

  • 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted
  • pinch of sea salt

For filling

  • 2 cups raw cashews, previously soaked
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • juice of 1 lemon + zest
  • 1/2 cup pure light maple syrup, agave nectar (or honey if not vegan) 

For topping

  • 1 cup shredded coconut, toasted
  • mini egg chocolates and or candies

INSTRUCTIONS

Make the crust

  • Add nuts to the NutraMilk and Press ¨Mix¨ for 1 minute or less until nuts are broken down to nut meal.
  • Add dates and press ¨Mix¨ until a loose though is formed. It should stick together when you squeeze a bit between your fingers. If it’s too dry, add a few more date. If too wet, add more almond or walnut meal.

  • Using a cupcake pan preferable a silicone one, press the mixture into the bottom evenly and set aside. 

To make the filling:

  • Make cashew nut butter first:
    • Place cashews and salt in the NutraMilk container.
    • Press Butter cycle, set for 5-6 minutes.
    • Press Start.
    • Open the container lid.
    • If necessary, set for an additional 1-2 minutes for a creamier butter.
  • Add all the rest of filling ingredient in the NutraMilk along with cashew butter and Press ¨Mix¨ for one minute or until a very smooth mixture forms.

  • Pour over the bases in the cupcake pan. Tap the pan gently to let it settle. Place straight into the freezer until hard- about 4-6 hours. If you want, you can make them ahead of time and keep them frozen.
  • To toast the coconut: spread in an even layer on a baking sheet. Toast in the oven at 325°F, stirring every 5 minutes, until golden. This should take 10-15 minutes. Watch closely because the coconut can go from golden to burnt in an instant.
  • When ready take out of the freezer and decorate with toasted coconut and mini eggs. Serve immediately and enjoy this sweet creamy treat!

Notes.

*The crust can be made with any combination of nuts or just one nut, you can also use rolled oats. Dates hold the crust together but you can also use a combination of almond butter and maple syrup instead of dates. The important thing is that you get a loose dough that should stick together when you squeeze a bit between your fingers. So you can add more or less of a dry ingredient if it´s too sticky and more dates or almond butter/maple syrup (or agave nectar/honey) if it´s to dry.

*The key ingredient for the filling is the cashew butter- you can use coconut milk instead of coconut oil. Instead of lemon you can use any fruit to flavor, such as berries.

 



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