Saturday, January 5, 2013

Unbaking Unbaked Things

Remember unbaked cheesecake? The 80's brainchild of Kraft, Jello, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Cool Whip & diabetes? It had a graham crumb crust, lots of white sugar, Cool Whip and cream cheese in the middle and canned cherry or blueberry pie filling on top. My mom usually made it for special occasions and I loved it. Growing up, baked cheesecakes were unheard of and unbaked cheesecakes were #1. How predictable.

It's interesting when you crave food from your childhood but there is no way you can eat it now... that is what I love about experimenting with raw food - you usually CAN eat it now, you just have to be creative. It's like working your way through an algebra equation and you feel really smart when you solve it.

Mom’s Classic Unbaked Cheesecake – Truly Unbaked

2 cups almond flour (bust up almonds in a small coffee grinder)
¼ cup melted coconut oil
¼ cup coconut sugar (this stuff smells like graham crumbs - perfect!)

Mix together in a bowl and press into a 9” baking dish that has been coated with coconut oil
place in fridge to set

1 cup raw cashews, soaked & drained (be sure your cashews are truly raw, otherwise they will taste earthy. I get mine from in B.C.)
water- about ¼ cup
1 tsp probiotic powder (break open 8 capsules)
Blend on high till smooth and leave on counter in a covered bowl overnight or longer. When it smells fermented, mix with about 1/6 cup nutritional yeast flakes and sea salt. The consistency should be somewhat runny, about halfway between runny and firm. Place in fridge until ready to use.

1 cup medium-runny consistency cashew cream cheese
1 cup blended young Thai coconut meat (add 1-3 pieces of lemon zest if you want)
1/8 cup clear agave
¼ cup melted coconut oil
½ tsp plus a dash of raw cider vinegar

Blend all on high until smooth. Pour onto crust and place in fridge to firm.

Frozen blueberries, thawed (about 3 cups)
¼ cup or more mild raw honey

Reserve 1 cup blueberries
Place 2 cups blueberries and honey in blender and add a pinch of vanilla bean powder
Blend for a couple seconds on high
Transfer back into bowl with whole blueberries

Place in a shallow dish, uncovered, in dehydrator at 105 degrees for many hours until desired thickness. Cool and pour over cream cheese.

Two negatives = a positive.
This truly unbaked cheesecake beat the pants off of the classic unbaked cheesecake, in my humble opinion. Thanks for the inspiration, Mom!

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