My sister’s birthday is at the end of April, and I normally do birthday baking for everyone in our family. However, this year it fell during the week that we moved, so my mom assumed birthday baking duties. As it turned out, my sister was in the midst of a Whole30 and decided on a Paleo dessert so that she didn’t totally fall off the wagon. We ended up eating this on Mother’s Day and everyone absolutely raved about it.
Everyone asked if I would put this recipe up on the site because it was so amazing, but I hesitated because the whole “not really a dessert trying to be a dessert” thing is typically not my style, and I’m not sure that it’s yours, either. However, multiple people stressed that what they loved about this was that it was made with normal ingredients and nothing crazy, weird or fake, and it tasted fantastic.
So, they convinced me!
This recipe requires some advance planning, since there are a couple of things that need to be popped in the refrigerator the night before you assemble this. The actual hands-on work is completed in less than 15 minutes, then the cheesecake needs to be chilled overnight before serving.
You can top this with any type of fruit you’d like – my mom did kiwi when she made it originally. I had a very ripe mango hanging out on the counter, so I used my big vegetable peeler to make mango ribbons. I love how the flavor pairs with coconut!
This will never take the place of “real” cheesecake in my heart, but it’s a great (and delicious!) change of pace, especially if you’re baking for someone who is eating a low-sugar diet!
Place the cans of coconut in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours.
Place the cashews in a small bowl and cover with water. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
Lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan.
Process the walnuts, dates and cinnamon in a food processor until the walnuts are completely ground, about 15 seconds. (The mixture will look crumbly, but will easily stick together if pressed between your fingers.) Press the mixture into an even layer in the prepared pan.
Drain the cashews and place in the food processor.
The cans of coconut milk will have separated, with all of the cream sitting at the top and the water at the bottom. Scoop out just the cream (it should total about 2 cups) and add it to the food processor.
Add the honey, lemon juice, vanilla extract and sea salt, and process until the cashews are completely broken down and the mixture is totally smooth. With the processor running, slowly add the melted coconut oil until thoroughly combined.
Pour the mixture over the crust and refrigerate at least 8 hours. Before serving, top with slices of mango, or your favorite fruit. Leftovers should be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.