When you think of cheesecake, you likely don’t immediately think of “healthy.” We can’t blame you there– we’ve all come to think of the decadent, fatty, sugary dessert as only being available in one form. Luckily, there’s almost always a way to make the sweet treats we grew up with into healthy, plant-based wonders. Here’s our delicious version of everyone’s favorite– cheesecake, using none other than Sol Alchemy Snacks Almond Cherry snack bites as both inspiration and the main ingredient.
1 ½ cups soaked cashews (soaking them overnight in water ensures they are soft and moist, which allows them to be blended into a beautiful smooth cream)
Juice of one lime (this adds a citrus-y bite to our cheesecakes, and adds the sourness that would normally come from dairy)
⅔ cup canned coconut milk (be sure to use full-fat coconut milk from a can, not a carton)
½ cup maple syrup (feel free to substitute raw local honey if not vegan)
½ tsp vanilla extract (this will make it taste like a true dessert)
¼ tsp salt (salt makes sweet things taste even sweeter)
Add all of the above ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until completely smooth. There should be no remaining chunks or pieces of cashew once the cream is completely blended. Now the filling for your mini cheesecakes is complete.
To make the crusts, simply flatten out Sol Alchemy Snacks Almond Cherry snack bites (for best results, you can use a rolling pin with the nut bites sandwiched between two pieces of parchment paper) until they are around the size of your muffin tin. We recommend lining your muffin tin with reusable silicone muffin cups, but if you have paper muffin cups on hand, those will work too. Gently mold each flattened nut bite into a crust shape. Now you’re ready to fill each cheesecake with your delicious filling. Simply pour the filling into each crust, and slip them into the freezer for a few moments to harden up. Once they’re semi-solid, you can top each cheesecake with a garnish of your choosing. We recommend fresh berries, both for optimal flavor and color. You can store the cheesecakes in the fridge for up to three days, or toss them in the freezer for longer.
These incredible treats are the perfect mix of healthy and indulgent. Each bite is filled with multiple textures– creaminess and crunchiness, softness and chewiness. They’re perfect for your next holiday get-together, or just as a nice after-dinner sweet. When you add Sol Alchemy Snacks to any dessert, you can guarantee that the flavors will be held to a high standard, just like the nutrition. Enjoy the magic in every bite!