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Sarah Britton’s Bold and Beautiful Raspberry Cashew Cheezecake

In the new Food Network Canada series The Substitute Baker, celebrated Toronto-born holistic nutritionist Sarah Britton shows us just how easy it can be to adapt your favourite recipes to suit any occasion or special dietary needs.

For starters, she’s crafted this bold, gorgeous and positively mouth-watering plant-based cheesecake recipe that will make you look like a well-seasoned baker.

Related: 20 Easy Plant-Based Recipes for Beginners That Will Make You Drool

Healthy Raspberry Cashew Cheezecake

Ingredients:

Crust
1 cup/150g toasted sunflower seeds (almonds, pecans or walnuts also work)
¼ cup/35g cacao nibs
1 cup/250g soft dates, pitted
2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
¼ tsp sea salt

Filling
2 cups/300g raw cashews, soaked overnight
3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Seeds of 1 whole vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
½ cup/125ml virgin coconut oil
½ cup/125ml raw honey
Pinch sea salt
1½ cups frozen raspberries (thaw slightly)

Decorations
30g dark chocolate, melted
Handful of dried raspberries, crushed

Directions:

1. Place seeds, cacao nibs, cacao powder and dates in a food processor with sea salt and pulse to chop until they are to your desired fineness (process a finer crust longer than a chunky one). Test the crust by spooning out a small amount of mixture and rolling it in your hands. If the ingredients hold together, your crust is perfect (if it’s too dry, add more dates, if it’s too wet, add more seeds).

Related: Our Very Best Vegan Dessert Recipes to Make

2. Reserve ¼ cup of your crust to use as decorations later and transfer the remaining crust mixture to a lightly greased (with expeller-pressed coconut oil) and parchment-lined 7.5” (19cm) spring-form pan. Press the mixture firmly, making sure that the edges are well packed and that the base is relatively even throughout. Use a flat-bottomed drinking glass or bottle to help press the crust into the pan evenly. Use the reserved mixture to make balls of different sizes that you will use as decorations later. Store these in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

3. Warm coconut oil and honey in a small saucepan on low heat until liquid. Add vanilla and whisk to combine.

4. In the most powerful blender you own (I recommend a Vitamix), place all filling ingredients, except raspberries, and blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until very smooth.

5. Reserve ⅛ cup filling in a small bowl and set it aside. Pour about 2/3 (just eyeball it, you can’t make a mistake!) of the filling out onto the crust and smooth with a spatula. Tap the pan firmly against a hard surface to remove air bubbles. Add the raspberries to the remaining ⅓ of the filling and blend on high until smooth. Pour onto the first layer of filling and tap again to create a smooth surface. Dollop the reserved white filling onto the raspberry layer and swirl with a knife tip. Tap the pan once more to even out the filling, then place the cheezecake in the freezer until solid.

6. To serve, remove from the freezer 30 minutes prior to eating. Remove parchment from base of cake. Decorate with date and seed balls, drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle dried raspberries.

Related: Can I Freeze This? How to Freeze Fruit, Cheese, Leftovers and More

For more baking inspiration, try Our Most Crave-Worthy Carrot Cake Recipes in Every Form or These Banana Bread Recipes That Will Provide All the Comfort.


 

This Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie is Totally Guilt-Free

If you enjoy peanut butter cups, you’ll absolutely love this decadent and creamy pie. The best part? The recipe is super easy to make and doesn’t require any baking, so it’s perfect for those hot summer days. But instead of a traditional peanut butter pie, we’ve swapped in some healthier ingredients, like maple syrup instead of refined sugar and coconut milk instead of cream cheese, to make a dairy-free and refined sugar-free version. Using walnuts and dates to form the crust creates a subtly sweet and crumbly alternative that’s gluten- and grain-free. You’ll love the tasty indulgent combo of salty peanut butter and rich dark chocolate. Most of all, you can truly enjoy this no-bake pie knowing it’s made from good-for-you ingredients.

Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie

Prep Time: 3 hours
Servings: 8

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 ½ cups walnuts
¼ cup dates
¼ cup cacao powder or cocoa powder
2 Tbsp coconut oil
⅛ tsp sea salt

Filling:
1 ½ cups peanut butter
1 ½ cups full-fat coconut milk
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ tsp sea salt

Chocolate Topping:
½ of a 70% dark chocolate bar (40 grams)
1 Tbsp coconut oil

Directions:
1. You’ll make the crust first. If the dates are dried out or a bit tough, it’s best to soak them in a bowl with warm water to soften, around 5 minutes. Drain the dates out of the water. Then combine the walnuts, dates, cacao powder, coconut oil and sea salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse for a minute or two until the mixture is crumbly and begins to stick together.
2. Grease a 9-inch pie dish with coconut oil. Then press the crumbled crust mixture flat across the bottom of the pie dish with your fingers so that it’s evenly spread out.

3. After rinsing out the food processor bowl, make the filling. Add the peanut butter, coconut milk, maple syrup and sea salt to the bowl and pulse several times to combine. The mixture will be thick and creamy.
4. Pour the filling over top of the crust and use a spatula to spread out evenly.
5. Place the pie into the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours. You can also chill the pie overnight and finish the rest of the steps the next day.

6. Set up a double boiler to make the chocolate topping: Add around 1 cup of water to a small pot, and place a small stainless steel bowl over top. Place the chocolate bar and coconut oil in the bowl. Heat on the stove top, stirring the mixture as the chocolate melts. Once the chocolate is fully melted and a smooth mixture, remove from the heat.
7. Take the chilled pie out of the fridge and use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate mixture over top.
8. Place the pie back in the fridge so that the chocolate topping solidifies. This will only take about 5 minutes.
9. Slice the pie and serve! It is best served chilled. Make sure to store leftovers in the fridge.

As the temperatures rise outside, you’ll probably want to skip the oven and opt for some of these 47 No-Bake Desserts You Need to Make This Summer and 35 Easy No-Cook Summer Meals instead.

Three Easy No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Truffles to Please the Foodie in Your Life

Chocolate truffles are one of the easiest candies to make at home. There’s no candy thermometer or boiling sugar to contend with; and they come together with just a handful of pantry ingredients. This chocolate truffle recipe is vegan, with rich coconut milk and oil taking place of traditional heavy cream and butter. And because the holidays are about going all-out when it comes to sweets, three options are given for festive panache. The no-bake base gets glammed up with gingerbread, fruitcake and coconut flavours, delivering a texture and taste to please any giftee. For parties, hosting gifts or family get-togethers, this big-batch recipe makes enough to share.

Trio of No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Truffles

Prep time: 30 minutes
Chilling time: 7 hours
Makes: 80 (approximately 26 of each flavour)

Ingredients:

Vegan Chocolate Truffle Base:
600 g dairy-free semi-sweet or dark chocolate, finely chopped
6 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch, salt
2 cups coconut milk, well shaken (avoid light or reduced fat options)

Gingerbread Truffles:
⅓ Vegan Chocolate Truffle Base
⅓ cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped (plus some for garnish, if desired)
1 Tbsp molasses
⅛ tsp ground allspice
⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
⅛ tsp ground cloves
⅔ cup cocoa powder (for rolling)

Fruitcake Truffles:
⅓ Vegan Chocolate Truffle Base
⅓ cup dried fruit or raisins, chopped
2 tsp dark rum
1 tsp orange zest
¼ tsp almond extract
1 cup toasted walnuts, finely chopped (for rolling)
Note: omit walnuts and almond extract for nut-free recipe

Coconut Truffles:
⅓ Vegan Chocolate Truffle Base
1 ½ cups unsweetened desiccated coconut, cooled

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, add chocolate, coconut oil, vanilla extract and salt. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat coconut milk until steaming around the edges, just before a boil. Remove from heat and pour into chocolate mixture. Allow it to sit undisturbed for 5 minutes, then whisk well.

2. Divide truffle base between three medium bowls or pans. In one bowl containing ⅓ of the truffle base, add all the gingerbread truffle ingredients except for the cocoa powder for rolling. Stir well to combine. In the second bowl containing ⅓ of the truffle base, add all the fruitcake truffle ingredients except the walnuts and stir well to combine. In the third bowl containing the final ⅓ of the truffle base, add ½ cup of unsweetened desiccated coconut (leaving one cup for rolling) and then stir well to combine.
3. Label and refrigerate all three chocolate truffle bowls for at least 6 hours until firm (or up to 1 week if covered).
4. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and roll each truffle into a 1 to 2 tablespoon-sized ball and add to baking sheet.
5. For the gingerbread truffles, roll in cocoa powder and gently press in a piece of additional crystallized ginger if desired. For the fruitcake truffles, roll in chopped walnuts. For the coconut truffles, roll in the additional coconut.
6. Refrigerate truffles until firm (about 1 hour) before transferring to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month. Serve chilled.

Looking for more dairy-free holiday sweets? Check out these 25 decadent holiday vegan desserts!

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Cups with Coconut Whipped Cream

Pumpkin-flavoured everything defines the fall season, and pumpkin pie, the original, is no exception. This vegan version (in mini, bite-sized form!) uses coconut in a few different ways – flour, milk and sugar – to achieve a tender dairy-free crust, trademark custardy interior and must-have whipped cream topping. But rest assured, even with all of that coconut, the flavour is loud and clear: pumpkin pie with whipped cream!  The coconut is used for butteriness and richness, which vegan desserts require in order to achieve the familiar texture, taste and appearance of traditional baked goods. Spelt flour lends a nutty, wholegrain note to the pastry, but doesn’t have a too-strong flavour, like whole-wheat flour can. Spelt flour is also lower in gluten (not gluten-free), which means a more tender, flaky pie crust, naturally.   

Prepare the pastry the day before so it’s ready to take form in your muffin tin the day you want to serve these miniature vegan treats. Leftover pumpkin pie cups will last for one day at room temperature, or for a few days in the refrigerator. 

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Cups with Coconut Whipped Cream

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Chilling and Cooling Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
Total Time:
 60 minutes (not including chilling and cooling time)
Servings: 10 to 12 pie cups

Ingredients:

Spelt Pastry:
1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups light spelt flour, plus more for rolling
1 Tbsp coconut sugar
Pinch, salt
1/3 cup cool coconut oil (solid but still scoopable); or cold unsalted vegan stick butter, cubed
2 tsp distilled white vinegar
1 to 5 Tbsp ice water

Pumpkin Pie Filling:
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
3/4 cup coconut sugar or dark brown sugar
2 Tbsp coconut flour
2 tsp pumpkin spice, plus more to garnish
Pinch, salt
1 cup canned coconut milk (not light or reduced fat)

Coconut Whip:
1 (14 oz) can coconut milk, refrigerated for 24 hours, unshaken
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Garnish:
1/4 cup crystallized ginger pieces

Directions:

Spelt Pastry:
1. In a food processor, pulse 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar and salt until combined. Distribute pieces of coconut oil or butter over top of flour and pulse until incorporated and a coarse meal forms. Sprinkle over vinegar followed by 1 Tbsp of water. Briefly pulse dough until it begins to hold together. If it’s too sticky, add more flour; if it’s too dry, add water 1 Tbsp at a time.
2. Tip dough onto a piece of plastic wrap and form into a disc. Wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 1 day.
3. Bring the dough out of the refrigerator and rest at room temperature until still cool but you are able to roll, about 20 to 30 minutes.
4. Sprinkle a large clean surface and rolling pin with additional flour. Unwrap dough and roll into a large, 1/4-inch-high round. Using a 4- to 5-inch cookie cutter or drinking glass, cut circles of dough, re-rolling as needed, for 10 to 12 circles. Fit circles into a 12-count muffin tin, removing any air pockets from the bottom. The pastry should be almost or just touching the top of the muffin rim.
5. Refrigerate formed pastry cups for at least 1 hour, or until completely chilled. Meanwhile, prepare the filling and coconut whipped cream.

Pumpkin Pie Filling:
1. In a large bowl, whisk to combine pumpkin and sugar. Sift over coconut flour, pumpkin spice and salt, and then whisk again until smooth. Slowly whisk in coconut milk until fully incorporated.

Coconut Whip:
1. Remove coconut milk can from refrigerator (don’t shake) and open. Spoon only the thick creamy top into a bowl and reserve watery liquid below for another use (in baking, smoothies, soups or sipping).
2. With electric beaters, whip coconut cream until it begins to get fluffy with soft peaks, 2 to 3 minutes. Once desired texture has been reached, beat in maple syrup and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 1 day.

Baking and Assembly:
1. Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Fill chilled pastry cups to the top with filling, smoothing slightly to flatten.
2. Bake for 15 minutes, rotate pan and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes until filling is dry to the touch and both the filling and pastry are beginning to brown. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Run a knife around the outside of each cup to loosen, and transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely, about 5 hours.
3. To serve, dollop cooled pumpkin cups with coconut whip and sprinkle with crystalized ginger and/or additional pumpkin spice, if desired. Enjoy immediately.

Looking for more vegan pumpkin recipes? Try these Vegan Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze or Vegan and Paleo Pumpkin Blondies.

These Vegan Roasted Banana & Peanut Butter S’mores Are Reason Enough to Go Camping

Everyone knows that chocolate and peanut butter are the perfect marriage, and when you add warm banana, gooey marshmallow, melted chocolate and graham crackers to the mix, you and your taste buds will be very happy! S’mores are the quintessential campfire dessert, after all. This upgraded vegan version takes the summertime treat from tasty to mind-blowingly delicious.

Vegan Roasted Banana & Peanut Butter S’mores


Prep Time
: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2-4

Ingredients:

2 bananas, sliced into 1 1/2 inch circles
8 large vegan marshmallows
16 graham crackers (gluten free, if needed)
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1 dark chocolate bar

Directions:

1. Get your fire going, or heat up your grill to high.

2. Peel the banana and slice it into 1 1/2 inch circles.

3. Thread the banana circles and marshmallows onto skewers or sticks, and hold them over the fire for a few minutes until golden.

4. Spread a layer of peanut butter on each graham cracker and place a square or two of chocolate onto one cracker.

5. Place the roasted marshmallow and banana on top of the chocolate, so it melts, and then add the other graham cracker on top to make a sandwich.

6. Now, take a large bite and enjoy!

Looking for more decadent campfire treats? Here are 28 Scrumptious S’mores To Try This Summer. For more vegan sweets, see our 50 Best Vegan Desserts Even Non-Vegans Will Love.

8 Vegan Ice Cream Recipes You Need to Make This Summer

Summer desserts are all about ice cream in all forms. And for those who follow a vegan diet, dessert fiends who require their sweets dairy-free and anyone who just loves an ice-cold treat, these veganized recipes deliver. There’s everyday ice pops given a cocktail twist, a zippy apple sorbet, no-churn vegan ice cream that tastes like the real thing, a celebratory ice cream cookie cake and more, all given a plant-based makeover. So embrace that brain-freeze this summer, and scoop up something delicious.

No-Churn Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This recipe uses whole-food ingredients to create a no-churn, better-for-you ice cream tinged with summer childhood nostalgia. Rich in healthy fats from avocado and cashews, sweetened with dates and infused with real mint and a surprise, naturally green superfood ingredient, it’s a healthy way to satisfy your ice cream craving during a heat wave.

Vegan Oreo Ice Cream Cake

One of the best-kept secrets in the snack food industry: Oreos are vegan. An entire cookie package forms the base, freckles the filling and garnishes the top of this decadent creation. Use your favourite vegan vanilla ice cream to keep things simple, or prepare your go-to homemade version. A true crowd-pleaser everyone, vegan or not, will scream about.

Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This recipe is doing its best Elvis impression, combining bananas, peanut butter and chocolate chips for a plant-based ice cream that you can make in a food processor. Frozen bananas act in lieu of dairy as the base, whipping up light and fluffy, just like ice cream, when frozen and blended. The peanut butter can be replaced with almond butter, sunflower seed butter or vegan chocolate-hazelnut spread.

Watermelon and Strawberry Icebergs

These pretty pink ice cream floats skip the dairy and soda pop, made instead with lycopene-rich watermelon, vitamin C-loaded strawberries and corn syrup-free sparkling water. This no-churn recipe can be made with the help of your freezer and a food processor or blender. For that “frosé” vibe, use sparkling pink wine in place of water.

Green Apple Sorbet

This (egg white optional) dairy-free sorbet is a refreshing end to a big vegan BBQ feast. Green apples bring a lovely pistachio hue to the finished product, but you could try this with your favourite apple variety like royal gala, pink lady or golden delicious for a rainbow of colours and tastes.

Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

Skip the scoop and turn to your muffin tin for a no-churn plant-based ice cream option. These freezer treats are like personal-sized icebox cakes, and are completely vegan, tasting like the best strawberry cheesecake ice cream from your local parlour.

Cocktail Popsicles

If a nightcap rather than ice cream is more your style for dessert, chill out with a cocktail popsicle. Choose from Stawberry-Aperol, Cucumber-Gin or Orange-Negroni ice lollies, all made without dairy.

Banana Ice Cream Sundae

Pile scoops of healthy, one-ingredient, frozen banana “ice cream” with your favourite sundae toppings for a vegan treat that both kids and adults will love to build and eat. Garnishes of mashed raspberries, blueberries, chocolate chips, pistachios and toasted coconut add a rainbow of colour, texture and summertime flavour (just skip the Greek yogurt called for or use coconut yogurt or coconut whip in its place). And the best part? Sundae add-ons don’t cost extra at home.

No-Bake Chocolate Crunch Brownies That Taste Indulgent (But Are Actually Good For You)

This seemingly decadent treat truly has it all: a fudgy brownie, a crunchy rich chocolate topping, a good smack of nutty peanut butter, and they’re actually healthy! These no-bake vegan brownies are easy and quick to make, and it will probably take you just as little time to eat them. Yes, they’re a sweet treat, but they also boast some superfood ingredients to fuel your body with high-quality sources of both protein and fat. Not to mention, they taste absolutely incredible.

No-Bake Chocolate Crunch Brownies


Prep Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients:

Filling
2 cups cooking dates, honey or medjool dates, pitted
2 cups walnuts
3/4 cup raw cacao or cocoa powder
Pinch of sea salt
2 Tbsp water, added gradually

Topping
100 g dark chocolate bar, roughly chopped
1/2 cup natural or organic peanut butter
1 cup puffed crispy rice cereal or puffed crispy quinoa
1 Tbsp coconut oil

Directions:

1. Choose your date of choice.  If you are opting for cooking dates or honey dates, soak them in warm water for about 10 minutes to rehydrate them, then discard the water.

2. Add the walnuts into the food processor and pulse using the “s” blade until a crumble forms. Then add the dates, cacao powder and sea salt, blending so that it forms into a “dough”.  Add 1 Tbsp of water at a time through the feeder hole as the food processor is running. You don’t want the “dough” to be too wet, but you do need enough water for it to adhere together.

3. Once the “dough” is sticky enough to form a ball, remove it from the food processor and place it in an 8 inch square pan that’s lined with parchment paper.  Use your fingers to press the dough into the pan so that it’s spread out and even, then immediately place it in the freezer.

4. While the brownies are chilling and hardening, start making the topping.  Melt the chocolate chips, coconut oil and peanut butter in a small pot over medium heat. Continue to stir with a silicone spatula until all is velvety and melted together.  Once smooth, fold in the crisp cereal of choice.

5. Remove the brownies from the freezer and pour the chocolate peanut butter crunchy topping over.  Use a spatula to get an even layer.

Craving more good-for-you dessert recipes? You’ll love these 20 Satisfying Sweet Treats That Feature Hidden Veggies.