Lime, Pistachio, Coconut, Cashew Cheesecake

By Carol Dudar - recipe & food styling

Photos By Natasha Nicholson

Cashews are a great alternative to cream cheese. Update the traditional cheese cake with lime and pistachio for a sweet and (slightly) sour treat. 

Cheesecake Base

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup (250ml) medjool dates; pitted and halved
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) roasted and unsalted pistachios, shelled
  • 3 tbsp (45ml) coconut oil, melted
  • grated zest of 1 lime (@1tbsp (15ml)
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5ml) ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp (1ml) sea salt

Cheesecake Filling

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups (500ml) cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1/4 cup (50ml) coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup (250ml) can of coconut cream
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) desiccated coconut
  • grated zest of 1 lemon (@1 tbsp (15ml)
  • grated zest of 1 lime (@1tbsp (15ml)
  • 2 medium limes, juiced (@4 tbsp (60ml)
  • 1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract

Garnish

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup (50ml) maple syrup
  • toasted coconut chips
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) chopped toasted pistachios
  • thin lime slices lime zest

INSTRUCTIONS

Line a 9”x 5” loaf pan with parchment paper. Leave enough length of parchment paper to be able to have as handles to pull out the cheesecake after chilled/finished. Use the food processor to mix the base ingredients until very fine and holds together. Press the base mixture into the loaf pan and freeze for an hour.

Use the food processor to blend the filling ingredients together until smooth. Pour the filling over the base and smooth the top surface. Put back in the freezer and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Remove from pan and place on serving dish. Garnish with the lime slices, coconut chips, chopped pistachios, and lime zest. Drizzle maple syrup over top. Cut into slices and serve.