Raw Vegan Mini Cheesecake Bites
I am SO excited about these mini cheesecake bites, because this is my very first VEGAN recipe. I will start by saying that I do not follow a vegan diet, BUT - I do try to eat as many raw, natural foods as I can and these cheesecakes definitely fit that criteria.
Another great part: there are only SEVEN ingredients, they are no-bake, and only took me about 30 minutes to make, once I had quick soaked the cashews for the filling (something I had never done before).
How many of you have had almond or cashew milk? I do not drink dairy milk. Instead, I opt for a nut based milk, because it is much lower in calories, fat, and SUGAR. Not to mention, sometimes dairy can cause bloating and digestive discomfort, so by choosing a nut based milk you eliminate that possibility. I am such a huge fan of these - if you haven't tried a nut based milk before, I definitely recommend it. Just make sure you pick the UNSWEETENED kind (it's still delicious, I promise) or else you will be subjecting yourself to A LOT of unnecessary sugar. My favorite brands are Silk and Almond Breeze.
Anyways, back to the cheesecakes: to make the filling, you have to QUICK SOAK the cashews. By doing this, you are slightly breaking them down to make them softer, creamier, and blend easier. Quick soaking is similar to the technique used to make cashew or almond milk, only sped up (because when I want my vegan mini cheesecake bites I want them now).
All you have to do is bring a pot of water to a boil, remove it from the heat, pour it over the cashews, and allow them to sit for ONE HOUR. It's super easy, effective, and a huge time saver.
There are SO many things I love about this recipe, so I will just make a list:
1. The crust is ONLY made of whole, natural almonds and pitted dates.
2. The filling is made of mostly cashews, with some coconut oil and some other ingredients to add flavor.
3. Add #1 and #2 together and you realize that these mini cheesecakes are HEALTHY FAT BOMBS.
4. You can totally customize this recipe: add peanut butter, raw cacao, strawberries - whatever flavor combo you are craving!
5. The ingredients are REAL FOODS!
I mean, I could keep going but I think you get the point. These Raw Vegan Mini Cheesecakes are definitely one of my new favorite snacks - especially when I am looking to fill up on healthy fats.
Healthy fats like cashews, almonds, peanut butter, coconut oil, avocado, flax seed, etc. are SO IMPORTANT to include in your every day diet! A lot of times people are afraid of "fats." Just like sometimes people can be afraid of carbs. When in reality you need both of these macronutrients to maintain a healthy diet.
I try to include some form of healthy fats with every meal. I have found that when I do so, I stay full and satisfied for a much longer time after I finish eating. With breakfast I like to have peanut butter, because it has a decadent, rich, sweet and salty flavoring that I am ALWAYS craving right when I wake up (my sweet tooth strikes again). Usually with lunch or dinner, I have half an avocado or some homemade guacamole. As an afternoon snack, I will usually have a protein shake with some peanut butter mixed in or a handful of almonds on the side. It seriously makes SUCH a difference.
So, if I'm craving something sweet for a snack (which let's be honest - when am I NOT), these Raw Vegan Mini Cheesecake Bites would be a perfect option because they have 16.5 grams of healthy fats per serving (which is about equivalent to the amount of fat in a handful of almonds, and a little less than one whole small avocado).
One tip I will give: make SURE you freeze these for at least 4 hours to allow them to set up. I was impatient and anxious to try them, so I only froze mine for about 2 before I tried to take them out and devour one. Let's just say, I put them back and they were definitely easier to eat after they had frozen for the full time. Once they have been in the freezer for 4 hours, feel free to take them out and enjoy! You can store these in the refrigerator for about a week or in the freezer for a longer period of time (which is super nice - I still have some in my freezer I am snacking on). Check out the recipe below!
What are some of your favorite sweet treats that you wish could be healthy? Leave a suggestion below. I read every comment!