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Not just any raw cheesecake, either.

Raw Banana Split Cheesecake with a hot chocolate crust!

raw vegan cheesecake

Vegan raw cheesecake

Don’t let the long name fool you; this “cheesecake” could not be easier–or quicker–to make!

Raw Banana Split Cheesecake

(If you want a traditional-sized cake, double the recipe)

  • 1 cup raw cashews (120g)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 a medium banana
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • scant 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp water
  • Sugar of choice to taste OR 15-20 vanilla stevia drops
  • Optional: you can add cocoa powder for a chocolate cheesecake!! Or, take a cue from reader, Valerie, and replace the lemon juice with lime for raw key lime pie!

Soak the cashews in water overnight, then drain completely. Pat dry. Blend everything very, very well in a Vita-mix or comparable high-speed blender (20 seconds to a minute, or even more if you want a super-creamy cheesecake). You can eat it now, or you can put it in the freezer for later.  Frozen, it’ll keep for weeks, and it thaws perfectly.


Edit: Check out my other raw cheesecake: Secret Veggie Cheesecake.

As the title suggests, it packs in a veggie serving… but I swear you can’t taste it! 😉

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Oh Katie, you’ve done it again. This looks amazing. I love frozen bananas so, so much. And on a nutty raw crust. Yum!

  2. Betherann says:

    Yum!!! I’m coming to your place for dessert tonight.

    As for raw desserts, I’d love to see:

    – pecan pie
    – apple pie (my favorite pie!)
    – macaroons

    Yummo. 🙂

  3. I’m speechless. I wish I could make this NOW.

    I have no idea what I would make raw. I have zero experience with raw cooking. A cupcake would be nice, but not sure that’s possible!

    EE – I was going to ask about the chopsticks too. 😉

  4. Tantalizing pics today!! I made a raw chocolate strawberry cheesecake awhile back and it was a real crowd pleaser.

    I’d really like to try raw pizza. I’ve seen pictures in the blog world and it always looks so amazing!

  5. erica says:

    Oh my goodness that looks good! I’ll definitely be making it.

    I’d love to see raw cupcakes!

  6. Meg says:

    You had me at “cheesecake” 😉

    You think subbing cashew butter would work as well?

    Love ya!

  7. Katie says:

    I don’t think I’d have the patience to wait for that to solidify. I’d probably stick my face in the vita mix and slurp it up.

  8. Marina says:

    omg. I have to make this. Thank god it doesn’t have any silken tofu, or guar guar, or sth else I can find nowhere. I can actually make this!!!

  9. Kelsey says:

    Oh wow, you weren’t kidding, Katie! The timing was perfect! I’m even more excited because I soaked some (1/2 cup) cashews last night and I froze a medium-sized banana, just in case your recipe called for it. And it did! 🙂 Yayyy, I’m totally going to make this today. I’m so excited. Thank you! 🙂

  10. vegangal says:

    you weren’t kidding about the food porn were you? this looks like the best thing i’ve seen in a long while. might just have to make it when i go home for spring break. i don’t know if i can wait tat long!

  11. Laura says:

    Hi Katie, can you sub almonds for the cashews?

    1. Hi Laura!
      I’ve only made it with cashews. I’m sure subbing almonds would yield a yummy result, but it would be much different and probably would taste nothing like cheesecake. But let me know how it turns out if you try it! 🙂

  12. Marianne says:

    I bet if you still wanted the chocolate, but didn’t want to make the crust, you could always add some cocoa powder to the filling. Mmmm.

  13. rachel says:

    yummmmm. I am making that ASAP!

  14. you kill me. i need to make this now! perfect use of vanilla stevia drops, methinks!

  15. The Brunette says:

    That DEFINITELY is food porn. Luckily, I have a whole load of bananas sitting in my freezer, begging to be used up. Raw cheesecake it is. Happy weekend 🙂

  16. EE says:

    I now want some hot chocolate….

    Was that hard to eat with chopsticks?

  17. EE says:

    And I’m an idiot. Definitely see a fork.

  18. Holy Moly, Katie!
    You´re a genius 😀
    Have a great Friday, girl!
    Brazilian XOXO´s

  19. nicole says:

    Ok I made this! I’m probably the first one, I didn’t even bother to let the cashews soak overnight, that’s how eager I was to make it! But they worked just fine soaking for about 3 hours.

    OHMYGOSHOHMYGOSH!!! Tastes just like real cheesecake only BETTER!!!!!!!!
    Katie you are my HERO!!!!!! I used the version two of the fudge baby crust. There’s almost none left. (I shared)
    Will definitely be making more!

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