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Raw Cheesecake

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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Published on March 5, 2010

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  1. theprocessofhealing says

    OH Katie, YUM!!! Cheesecake is like one of my favorite things ever. So darn good. I will have to try that! I have very little experience (aka, zero experience) with making my own raw food.

  2. Jessica says

    I’ve never made a raw cheesecake because all the recipes I’ve heard of sound so complicated. But yours looks do-able, even for me! I’ll let you know when I make it, which will hopefully be really soon!

  3. eatandrun says

    Just the name alone has me running for the nearest grocery store.
    What would I want to make raw? How about creme brulee!

  4. McKella says

    That looks amazing. As soon as it stops snowing, I’m going to restock my cashews. Used them all up making fudge babies. Oops.
    I want to rawify oreos, and I think I can. Maybe make a soaked cashew frosting and smush it between two flattened out fudge babies…yeah, I think that will work. 🙂

  5. Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine says

    OMG OMG OMG…Oh why oh why did I have to read this while I was at work? I have everything to make it at home!

    I cannot wait to try this! My dad used to make a raw dessert for me when I was younger that had a flax based crust, filled with blueberries with the raw cashew mousse type thing poured over the top. HEAVEN! It looks like yours!

  6. Bekka says

    Oh please send some to me! Please please please!
    I’ve always wanted to try a raw cheesecake but never have.

  7. blissfulbellas says

    two words= yes please! 😀

    making this as soon as i get back to college tmrw where i froze a couple of bananas so they would survive the week i was away for spring break…cant wait! (for the cheesecake that is…not so much on the returning to school lol)

  8. todayslady says

    This looks so amazing!!! I’ve never made a dessert with soaked cashews before and just this morning I was thinking of trying it. This looks like the perfect recipe to start with! I’m convinced that it was meant to be 🙂

  9. 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. 🙂

  10. Amy @ Everything is Homemade says

    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. 😉

  11. Jessica (PB & Jess) says

    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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!!!

  14. 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! 🙂

  15. 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!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      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! 🙂

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