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Citrus Cheesecake – raw, vegan, gluten free

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           Citrus Cheesecake – raw, vegan, gluten free

The original recipe is by Elenore Bendel Zahn, and after trying it out I have slightly simplified and modified it.

Spiced orange topping

-2 oranges (use a mixture of regular and blood oranges if available)

-1/2 teaspoon lightly crushed mixed peppercorns

Crust

-1 cup soft dried figs or apricots

-1/4 cup almonds, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds

-1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt or sea salt

Citrus filling

-1.5 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, ground into flour

-1 cup cashews, soaked for at least 3 hours.

-1 banana

-2 small oranges, zest and whole fruit

-1 small lemon, zest and juice

-1/3 cup virgin coconut oil, melted over hot water

2 tbsp of agave or honey

-1/4 teaspoon turmeric

seeds of 1/2 of real vanilla pod, or pure vanilla extract

Vanilla frosting

-1/3 cup cashews, soaked for at least 3 hours

-1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil, melted over hot water

-2 tablespoon cacao butter, melted over hot water

-juice of 1/2 lemon

-3 tablespoon pure water

-1/4 real vanilla

-1 teaspoon guice of freshly grated ginger

-1/2 tbsp agave or honey

1. Peel and slice the oranges, toss together with your pepper and let marinate in a bowl while you make the cake.

Crust:

Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend until a firm ball of dough has been formed.

Press firmly into a 7 inch (ca 18 cm) spring-form pan or a pie plate lined with saran wrap and put it in the fridge while making the filling.

Citrus filling

Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until it’s all really smooth (a food processor won’t make this filling as silky smooth). Add a bit more water if the mixture doesn’t turn. Now pour it over the crust and place in freezer until solid (will take about 1.5 hour).

Vanilla frosting

Put all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until you have your sweet silky frosting. Set aside in a bowl at room temperature and once the cake has set, pour/spread the frosting over the citrus layer. Lastly add the marinated oranges and – ENJOY!

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