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Recipe: Blueberry Cheesecake Dairy Free and GAPS Legal

Slice of Blueberry Cheesecake - Dairy Free

This is a two-part recipe.  To find Part 1, the Cashew Nut Yogurt, I invite you to visit my friend Jessica over at Delicious Obsessions.  Jessica is holding a weekly series all year long called 52 weeks of Bad A** Bacteria and I am guest posting at her blog today for Week 13 with my recipe for Cashew Nut Yogurt.

When I first saw this recipe for Cashew Cream, I thought it might work great for yogurt, and then I saw this gorgeous raw cheesecake Raw Cashew Dreamcake and started daydreaming about making a dairy-free cheesecake inspired by these two recipes PLUS some friendly bacteria by way of dairy free yogurt. This recipe is born of those daydreams. :-)

I’ll warn you ahead of time, this recipe has a lot of steps, but it is worth it.  I’m using a new format for recipes, and this will make it easier for you to print out my recipes.  Please let me know what you think about it in the comments. I’m going to give instructions with photos step by step but at the bottom you will find the printable recipe format.

Blueberry Cheesecake Dairy Free and GAPS Friendly

Cheesecake Crust

  • 1-1/2 cups of crispy pecans
  • 16 dates, measuring 1/2 cup, peeled and pitted (if they are not soft and easy to peel, soak overnight in water)

Place crispy pecans and moist dates into your food processor and pulse for the consistency you like best. You may like bigger chunks of nuts or smaller chunks. Mine looked like this:

Pulsed Dates and Crispy Pecans

I used a 9-Inch Springform Pan for this cheesecake. I traced the circumference of the bottom of the pan onto parchment paper so that I could line the bottom. Press the crust into the pan evenly. Refrigerate.

Cut a piece of parchment paper

Crust in the bottom of the springform pan

Blueberry Filling

  • 24 ounces blueberries (I used frozen)
  • 16 dates, measuring 1/2 cup, peeled and pitted
  • 1 cup water

If your blueberries are frozen, rinse them in warm water, drain.  Place in a pan, add 1 cup of water, and 16 dates.  Bring to a boil and simmer until the mixture reduces to a thick compote – about twenty minutes.  The mixture is thick enough when you scrape your spoon on the bottom of the pan and the mixture does not move quickly to fill the area you scraped. It will also have the consistency of thick jam.

Cooking the Blueberry Filling

Cooking the Blueberry Filling

Cheesecake Filling

  • 4 cups of Cashew Nut Yogurt (see recipe at Delicious Obsessions)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • Blueberry Filling (recipe above)

Place cashew nut yogurt into a bowl.  Add in the lemon juice and mix. Using a mixer or whisk, drizzle in the coconut oil and blend thoroughly.

Place 2-1/2 cups of cashew nut yogurt mixture on top of the crust in the springform pan. Place in freezer for two hours or until layer is solid.

Bottom layer of the cheesecake

Whisk 3 tablespoons of blueberry filling into the remaining cashew nut yogurt and refrigerate for later use.

Purple layer of the cheesecake

When layer is solid, carefully spread blueberry filling (reserving 3 tablespoons if you need to make Blueberry Honey Sauce).  Once the blueberry filling is spread evenly, pour purple layer on top and spread evenly.

Second layer, blueberry filling

Middle layer - blueberry filling - and top layer

Blueberry Honey Sauce

  • 3 Tablespoons Blueberry Filling
  • 6 Tablespoons honey

Mix together to drizzle over individual slices of cheesecake. This is not necessary if your palate is adjusted to GAPS, although non-GAPSters may like the additional sweetener. Use your judgment.

Whipped Coconut Cream Topping, Optional

  • coconut cream harvested from one can of coconut milk
  • 2 Tablespoons honey, optional

Place coconut cream into a chilled glass or stainless steel bowl (also chill your mixer’s beaters) and whip until fluffy.  Drizzle honey in, if desired and whip. Whipped coconut cream is pretty tasty without any sweetener, so again use your own judgment.

Coconut Cream Harvested from canned coconut milk

Whipped Coconut Cream

Carefully remove the cheesecake from the springform pan.

Last but not least, this optional step.  Fill a cake decorating Pastry Bag with the coconut cream.  Place in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm it up just a bit.  Decorate the cake as you wish.

The Blueberry Cheesecake Masterpiece

The Blueberry Cheesecake Masterpiece

One of my GAPS friends asked about the coconut milk as canned coconut milk is on the “foods to avoid” list for full GAPS.  The reason why we should avoid it is because it often contains guar gum.   I have found a canned coconut milk that does not contain guar gum.  It is the brand name Natural Value Coconut Milk. The next problem is the can lining does contain BPA. Gary, the owner of Natural Value talks about that in a post at his blog. UPDATE: Natural Value canned coconut milk is now in BPA-free cans!

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There was a problem with Natural Value coconut milk in February 2010 and the product ended up with guar gum, but this was resolved in April 2010.  Thanks to Gary for providing this product!

If you wish to avoid the coconut cream altogether, another option for decoration is the Pink Fluff frosting in this post: Pink Blossom Mini Cupcakes. I would omit the cranberry/beets for coloring and just use egg whites and honey.

This post was included at Fat Tuesday.

Recipe: Blueberry Cheesecake
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
 

Dairy-free, date-sweetened, GAPS legal cheesecake.
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of Cashew Nut Yogurt
  • 1-1/2 cups of crispy pecans
  • 32 dates or 1 cup, divided use, peeled and pitted
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 24 ounces of blueberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 Tablespoons honey, divided use
  • coconut cream from one can of Natural Value full coconut milk

Instructions
  1. Prepare Cashew Nut Yogurt (see recipe at Delicious Obsessions, link above).
  2. Place can of coconut milk in the refrigerator so that the coconut cream can harden.
  3. Line 9″ springform pan with parchment paper.
  4. Pulse ½ cup of dates and 1-1/2 cups crispy pecans in a food processor.
  5. Press into the bottom of the springform pan.
  6. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  7. Prepare Blueberry filling, place 24 ounces of blueberries and remaining ½ cup of dates into a pan with 1 cup water.
  8. Bring to a boil and simmer for twenty minutes or until reduced to a thick jam-like consistency.
  9. Place in blender and blend until smooth. You may need to blend and stir frequently until the mixture is completely smooth.
  10. Allow to cool completely.
  11. Place cashew nut yogurt in a bowl, add 4 tablespoons lemon juice and mix.
  12. Using a mixer or whisk, drizzle in melted room temperature coconut oil and blend thoroughly.
  13. Pour 2-1/2 cups of cashew nut yogurt into the springform pan on top of the crust.
  14. Place in freezer for two hours or until layer is solid.
  15. Whisk 3 tablespoons of blueberry filling into remaining cashew nut yogurt to make the purple layer.
  16. If you need to make blueberry honey sauce for people who need their dessert really sweet, set aside 3 tablespoons of the blueberry filling
  17. When bottom layer in freezer is solid, carefully spread blueberry filling layer.
  18. Top with the purple cashew nut yogurt.
  19. Cover and place in the freezer for at least four hours.
  20. Chill a glass or stainless steel bowl, and your mixer’s beaters.
  21. Open the can of coconut milk, remove coconut cream and place in the chilled bowl. Drizzle in 2 tablespoons honey, whip until creamy.
  22. Place in refrigerator.
  23. Make the blueberry honey sauce by adding 3 tablespoons of the blueberry filling to 6 tablespoons of honey and mixing until smooth.
  24. Fill pastry bag with chilled whipped coconut cream.
  25. Decorate the cheesecake as you prefer. You may also dollop whipped coconut cream on each slice instead of decorating.
  26. Allow cheesecake to remain in the freezer for at least four hours before serving.
  27. If cheesecake becomes solidly frozne, remove from freezer at least two hours before serving and allow to sit at room temperature.

Notes
For best results, slice and place individual pieces on plates when the cheesecake has been thawing for one hour. Serve within one hour, or refrigerate.

 

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