Friday, June 1, 2012

Cashew Cheesecake Minis (Raw)

I wanted to get this post out since several people have asked for the recipe. I brought these to CrossFit Freedom's one-year anniversary party last weekend and they were gone in a flash. Literally. It was my first foray into cashew cheese, but definitely not my last! I made these using a new tart pan I picked up at Target. I poured leftover batter into a silicone brownie bite pan, which made them a lot easier to get out of the pan. The recipe is enough for one 8-inch cheesecake made in a springform pan. You could also use a muffin tin to make minis, but only fill them about 1/2 way. To remove the minis, invert the pan on a cutting board and gently run warm water over the bottom of the inverted pan. Then tap the pan on the cutting board to release. I have also made them using two of the brownie bite pans and then drizzling the cheesecake bites with dark chocolate. For the party, I topped them with paleo candied pecans. This cheesecake is delicious and tangy. I think you'll find these surprisingly good. Enjoy!

7/2/2012 update: I reduced the amount of lemon juice and upped the vanilla for a less tangy taste. I prefer it over the original but I left the original recipe with a strikethrough for those who prefer a tangier taste.

Makes 20 tarts plus about 12 cheesecake bites OR 36 cheesecake bites (no crust).

Adapted from

1/2 cup raw pecans
heaping 1/2 cup soft pitted dates
1/4 cup raw flaked coconut
pinch sea salt
NOTE: The crust recipe makes enough for about 20 tarts, but you will have leftover filling. Double the crust recipe if you want to make more.
4 cups raw cashews that have been soaked in water and drained
NOTE: Do not skip the soaking! I soaked 2 cups of cashews for 24 hours and the volume expanded by about 50 percent to yield the 4 cups. If you soak for less time, you will probably need to start with more cashews.
2/3 cup raw honey, liquified
2/3 cup coconut oil (do not substitute), liquified
2/3 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
beans from 2 4 vanilla pods, scraped or 2 4 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Combine crust ingredients in a food processor and process until it holds together when pressed. Add another date, if needed.
  2. Press crust evenly into the bottom of tart tin, or muffin tin, or 8-inch springform pan.
    NOTE: When I used the brownie bite pan, I didn't include the crust.
  3. Prepare filling by combining all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. I used the puree setting on my blender. Once you feel the filling is smooth enough, blend it a little more.
    NOTE: You probably won't be able to get a smooth enough consistency using a food processor, but something like a Vitamix would work great.
  4. Pour the filling on top of the crust.
  5. Cover loosely and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Remove cheesecake from freezer 30 minutes before serving. If you leave them out too long, it becomes cashew pudding! Still delicious though!


  1. I am lucky enough to have been just given 2 of these little treats. Very tasty. The citrus tang from the lemon juice make these taste a little key limey and I am sure one could substitute lime juice to make that effect greater. MMMMMMM!

    1. Thanks, Owen! Just one of the little perks of working in the blue house--you get to be a taste tester! Thanks for the post. I'm glad you liked them!

  2. THESE LOOK SO AWESOME!! i will definitely be trying them soon!

    1. Thanks, Anne-Marie! They are really yummy. Let know how you like them!

  3. Luckily, Kirsten set one aside for me last weekend because these did not last long. Pam, your treats are always a favorite among the Freedom crowd, and these were no exception. In fact, it was so good that we are going to have these on the dessert tray at our wedding! Thanks again for bringing them!

    1. Hi, Brett! I know how strict you are with your diet, so a dessert recommendation from you means a lot! That is so awesome that you are having these on your wedding dessert tray. I am honored. :) Thanks for the great post!

  4. Pam.

    Is this the recipe for what you brought me?!?! Yum!!! I want to share it, if so...

    1. Hi, Lori! Yes, this is it! I made a couple of minor changes that I updated in the recipe. I made them in a silicone brownie bite pan and drizzled with chocolate. I'm so glad you liked it. No baking with this one so you're going to have to try it! :) So great to see you on Sunday!

  5. This looks delicious, I'm sure that my kids will love this.

    1. Hi, lic! Even my kids like this one, and they don't like much! I'd love to hear how it turns out for you. Thanks for the note!