triple berry raw cheesecake – red, white, blue

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dessert, Gluten Free, raw, recipes, Vegan

I learned about raw cheesecakes in class last month. Wanting to make a red, white and blue dessert for the Fourth of July, I decided to try a layered raw cheesecake. and now I cannot believe I’ve not tried this before, given my love of cashews and how often I use them in raw and vegan recipes.

Cashews are high in fat, and make a rich creamy dessert. Every raw cheesecake recipe I find includes coconut oil, which is also high in fat. Cashews by themselves would make a cheesecake lower in saturated fat, so I took a big risk in making a simple cashew filling – crossing my fingers that it would set up.

After only three hours in the freezer, it was perfect. In class we also learned the difference between raw and living foods. While the cheesecake filling is raw, the crust includes tempeh – which is fermented and classified as living.

triple berry layered raw cheesecake

dairy, egg, oil and gluten free, vegan, raw

makes one 9-inch cheesecake

living tempeh cheesecake crust (adapted from my apricot bar filling)

8 ounces Medjool dates, pitted
3/4 cup pecans
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1/3 block tempeh (7 ounce package)
1-2 tablespoons water (as needed) 

Combine dates, pecans, hazelnuts and tempeh in food processor, blend until crumbly. Add water if needed to add moisture, help form a ball. Press into bottom / sides of 9 inch spring-form pan.

(cheesecake filling layers inspired by the Vegan Fusion Chef Training recipe)

bottom layer cheesecake

1.5 cups cashews, soaked several hours / overnight
juice of two lemons
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup agave
1/2 cup blackberries
1/4 cup blueberries

Process cashews in food processor, adding lemon juice and acv, blend until creamy. Add agave and berries, blending until incorporated and mixture turns blue. Spread in an even layer over crust, place in freezer.

middle layer cheesecake

1 cup cashews, soaked several hours / overnight
juice of one lemon
1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Process cashews in food processor, adding lemon juice and acv, blend until creamy. Spread in an even layer over blue layer, return to freezer.

top layer cheesecake

1.5 cups cashews, soaked several hours / overnight
juice of two lemons
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup agave
3/4 cup raspberries

Process cashews in food processor, adding lemon juice and acv, blend until creamy. Add agave and berries, blending until incorporated and mixture turns red. Spread in an even layer over white layer. Return to freezer for several hours / overnight.

Red, white and blue – great for a Fourth of July get celebration. Our July Fourth get together will also include:

Marcona-sesame dusted tofu

kale chiffonade salad

spiced and grilled corn on the cob

patriotic fruit skewers

double rich chocolate protein cookies

and cheesecake

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July.

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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alta July 2, 2012 at 7:57 am

This is such a gorgeous cheesecake! Love the innovative crust. I would have never thought to use tempeh!

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2 spabettie July 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm

thank you Alta!

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3 Heather @girlichef July 2, 2012 at 8:08 am

I’m definitely intrigued by the idea of a raw cheesecake – it’s sure beautiful. And that tofu looks insane…want to reach in and snatch the plate!

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4 spabettie July 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm

thank you Heather! I was happy it turned out, as many cheesecakes as I have made in my life (a lot!), this was my first raw, and first layered! :)

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5 lindsay July 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

you know i love your tempeh addition! brilliant, just brilliant!

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6 spabettie July 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm

and Lindsay, I just love YOU! XXO

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7 Allie July 2, 2012 at 9:02 am

I’ve never seen a crust recipe that calls for tempeh–too cool and unique! I absolutely love cashew-based “cheese”cakes, but I wait until I visit the family and let my mom make her special recipe–it means I don’t have to shell out the $$ for cashews ;D

Have a great holiday!

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8 spabettie July 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I’ve been using the tempeh in my raw bars recipes for a while – it adds a crumbly kind of texture to a creamy (cashew) base. It works here too! :) and I KNOW… my favorite nut of all time is SO expensive. just bought more this morning, $13.99/lb for the raw ones. eeek.

hope you have a good one too, Allie! XO

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9 Heather (Where's the Beach) July 2, 2012 at 10:38 am

Ok, wow. Really? I think you’ve outdone yourself this time. And I can’t wait for the tofu recipe! Everything looks amazing.

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10 spabettie July 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm

:D thank you, Heather! and I thought of you when making this tofu – totally a Heather kind of thing!

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11 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I posted my raw vegan cheezecake recipe 3 yrs ago (before I was fully into coconut oil and never used it in that recipe) and it sets up like a champ…soaked cashews, agave, lemon juice. Crust is almond meal, medjool dates, agave. The whole thing is so easy and no setting-up issues. Yours looks absolutely fabulous!

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12 Lou July 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Looks AMAZING…. I LOVE raw/living (hehe, living food, hope it doesn’t bite me back) food, especially desserts… so decadent, but they still feel GOOD ya know? Sounds like you are learning so much in your classes…. FUN.

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13 spabettie July 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm

oh those classes are GOLD. I learned a lot, even when cooking things I kindof already know about, you know? I thought I was a baker, and I learned so many new gluten free baking tricks. I want to take the class again, just because! :D I’ve been eating almost completely raw since middle of June, and I feel fantastic! < -- because NO, it does NOT bite back! ;)

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14 Nora @ Natural Noshing July 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm

This looks incredible! We must be on the same wavelength…I wanted to make a triple layer no-bake cheesecake and attempted last night…I used agar agar and it didn’t set up correctly, a little runny and not-at-all-photo worthy but still delicious (gotta love experiments) so I think I’ll have to go with your version for the 4th since I KNOW this one will work :)

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15 spabettie July 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm

*sigh* I don’t know what it is with that agar agar stuff… never works for me either. I really thought I was taking a chance this wouldn’t work, because even in class we used Irish moss to set up. I’m positive yours was still delicious, they usually are! ;) This does work, I was so happy!

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16 RecipeNewZ July 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Beautiful cake! I love all its layers. I have tried raw cheesecake with coconut cream. Now it’s time to try cashews :-)

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17 spabettie July 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm

thanks! I’d be interested in seeing your coconut cream recipe – no nuts in it? sounds delicious!

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18 Liz July 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Your raw cheesecake looks fantastic!!

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19 spabettie July 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm

thank you Liz, this was my first raw cheesecake, pretty dang excited it turned out!

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20 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Oh my gosh, I want to grab a fork and dive into that cheesecake now!!! YUM! Oh, love the bicardi ad! I made a pina colada cake for my sister-in-law this weekend that had just the right amount of malibu rum!

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21 spabettie July 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm

um, WHAT? a pina colada CAKE? wow and yum! I’ll trade ya, a piece of this one for a piece of that… :D

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22 Barbara | Creative Culinary July 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

It goes without saying that it’s unique but more than that it’s just gorgeous.

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23 spabettie July 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm

thank you Barbara! I was excited that it turned out and looks pretty as well! :) it was REALLY good to connect with you again today – that was a fun chat! talk to you soon! K

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24 Molly@hungryhungryrunner.com July 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

You had me at “cheesecake.” Seriously – I haven’t met one I didn’t love. ;) But per usual – your creative take on a classic exceeds my expectations! Plus I love the festive red white and blue!

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25 spabettie July 2, 2012 at 8:44 pm

yeah, cheesecake always gets me too. and with the lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, it gives it that tangy flavor and is … almost like the real thing! ;) thanks, Molly, your comments always make me smile!

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26 Marty July 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Omgosh, this looks divine! Off to buy cashews and soak for this tomorrow! Even have Tempeh on hand, and will make the bars too! Love the looks of the crusted tofu too, can not wait for that recipe, and the kale chiffonade salad, my fresh garden kale is waiting for that!

Have a fantabulous 4th, and thanks for sharing a dessert to celebrate! Oh, thinking of other flavors to adapt this for other holidays!

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27 spabettie July 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm

oh Marty, I hope you love all of them! that kale, OH MY that kale… I have been making it nearly every day, it’s a good one. :) the tofu is coming soon too…

have fun with the cheesecake – and yes, I was already thinking of different flavors, colors too! great minds, I guess. ;) Happy 4th to you and yours – be safe and have fun!

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28 Kim Bee July 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Okay this is pure genius. Plus it’s just pretty as can be. I’ve never tried raw cheesecake before. I need to add this to my list of recipes to try out.

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29 spabettie July 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm

aw, thank you Kim! I was happy with how the colors turned out, and WHEW this was my first raw cheesecake, so I really was crossing my fingers… which makes it more difficult to open the spring-form pan ;)

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30 Kim Bee July 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Okay I cannot stop laughing now. I saw your reply come through and busted a gut. Too hilarious!

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31 spabettie July 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm
32 Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes July 2, 2012 at 9:22 pm

I love the fruit skewers! Too cool! :)

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33 Tamara July 3, 2012 at 3:54 am

Hi there,

im really looking forward to trying this recipe. Just a question tho, how much is “1/3 block” of Tempeh? Im in Australia so Im not sure how your tempeh comes packed over there!

thanks :o)

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34 spabettie July 3, 2012 at 6:58 am

hi Tamara! sorry about that – the block I use is 7 ounces. Cheers to you, I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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35 Tamara July 3, 2012 at 9:56 pm

thanks Kristina,
just bought some tempeh today so will try it out soon!

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36 kristy @ gastronomical sovereignty July 3, 2012 at 9:29 am

huh. i had never heard of raw cheesecake until now – very informative and it looks great. i am also excited about that tofu! :) – sometimes a girl just needs to tofu it up!

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37 spabettie July 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

tofu coming soon! I will definitely come check out the Fresh Foods link up – perhaps this raw cheesecake fits as seasonal? I’ll be there!

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38 jobo July 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

OMG that looks SO GOOD!!! Again! LOL! And I love grilled corn, I haven’t tried it that way before and now it’s the only way I will eat it!

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39 spabettie July 3, 2012 at 10:03 am

thank you!! :) I know, grilled fresh corn is THE BEST. ah, summer.

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40 Ali @ Around the VeggieTable July 3, 2012 at 10:11 am

Wow that cheesecake is beautiful! It doesn’t even look like it could possibly be raw :)

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41 purelymichelle July 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm

girl you know we love our raw cheesecakes!!! love all the layers and all the colors!! looks perfect :)

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42 Geanna July 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Seriously, tempeh in a pie crust?! That’s brilliant, and soo nutritious! What a great idea.

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43 spabettie July 5, 2012 at 8:33 am

thanks, Geanna! I’ve been sneaking this in desserts for a while ;)

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44 Rebecca @ Runner with an Appetite July 1, 2013 at 9:11 am

Totally making this for my 4th of July party this week. Did you happen to make this ahead of time? If so, how long did it keep in the freezer and did you set it out at room temp before serving? Beyond excited about it!

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45 Kristina Sloggett July 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm

oh, Rebecca, so sorry I didn’t see this before the 4th! I did make it ahead of time, and took it out the day before, moving it to the fridge. Did you make it? I hope it went well, and that you had a fantastic 4th weekend!

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46 Rebecca @ Runner with an Appetite July 8, 2013 at 6:28 am

No problem! :D I made it that day and kept it in the freezer. I wasn’t sure if it’d hold up in the fridge, so I kept it in the freezer. I have some left, so I’ll move it to the fridge when I get home. It was delish!

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47 Marie October 7, 2013 at 4:50 pm

OMG this cake looks so nice ! I try to bake it asap :)

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