Paleo Strawberry Cheesecake (vegan, raw)

This paleo strawberry cheesecake is super creamy, vegan and raw and is loaded with extra flavor thanks to freeze-dried strawberries! This blog post is sponsored by iHerb.

Spring has finally arrived! For a lot of people, that means stepping away from heavy, wintry comfort foods and focusing on lighter and healthier eating. This paleo strawberry cheesecake is a great way to welcome spring!

I got a few comments about my paleo lemon bars being full of fat. And they are. Just like this cheesecake! But it’s healthy fat. Embrace it. :D

This paleo strawberry cheesecake is super creamy, vegan and raw and is loaded with extra strawberry flavor thanks to freeze-dried strawberries!

The recipe

I first made this strawberry cheesecake last year with in-season strawberries that were sweet and had a nice, strong strawberry flavor. The cheesecake came out awesome!

Then I tried it again about a month ago. German strawberries probably won’t be in season until next month, so I tried the recipe with frozen strawberries, thinking they’d be better than the fresh ones. Turns out that those are almost bitter and hardly taste like strawberries. So then I tried fresh strawberries, which again, hardly taste like strawberries and aren’t at all sweet.

I was not happy with the result. I thought maybe there was an issue with my recipe so I kept tinkering with it and even tried other vegan strawberry cheesecake recipes. I didn’t like any of them.

This paleo strawberry cheesecake is super creamy, vegan and raw and is loaded with extra strawberry flavor thanks to freeze-dried strawberries!

So, obviously, the strawberries were to blame. My solution? I added half a cup of freeze-dried strawberry powder. Lots of concentrated strawberry flavor! You can also use the same amount (33 grams) of freeze-dried strawberries. If you’re using tasty, sweet strawberries, you might not need it.

For another tasty paleo treat with strawberries, try these Paleo Strawberry Pudding Souffles from Perry’s Plate!

Unless you’re serving the cheesecake to a crowd, you might want to make this recipe as mini cheesecakes using a regular muffin pan and muffin liners. You can pop the cheesecakes in the freezer and take one out whenever you’re in the mood. I made it as a full-sized cheesecake with Easter in mind.

If you’ve never tried cashew-based cheesecake before, the texture is a bit different than cheesecake made with cream cheese. This one is kind of like a creamy, silky pie, or like softened ice cream.

Key Ingredients

Coconut

There’s a whole bunch of coconut oil, a bit of coconut cream and a tiny bit of shredded coconut in the crust. Is there anything that coconut doesn’t do? If you’re curious about the numerous health benefits, which I won’t even try to list here, check this out.

Cashews

Cashews contain nutrients (like magnesium, copper, manganese, vitamin K, among others), that help aid in increasing bone strength and joint flexibility, discouraging migraines, improving memory, lowering blood pressure, and protecting against UV damage, heart disease, and cancer. They’re high in fat, just like coconut, but this fat is actually beneficial for your health (source).

This paleo strawberry cheesecake is super creamy, vegan and raw and is loaded with extra strawberry flavor thanks to freeze-dried strawberries!

Strawberries

This recipe calls for a lot more strawberries than the other recipes I looked at. You’ve got 3 cups of fresh or frozen and up to 1/2 of freeze-dried strawberries. What are they good for? One serving contains 129% of the recommended daily value for vitamin C, a known infection fighter. They are loaded with manganese and folate and contain phytonutrients, which multiply anti-inflammatory potential. Strawberries also have potential neurological disease-fighting and anti-aging compounds (source).

Vanilla

I chose Simply Organic’s Madagascar Pure Vanilla Extract because it consists of nothing but vanilla beans, water and alcohol. There isn’t any added sugar of any form, any preservatives or any funkiness going on in there!

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Paleo Strawberry Cheesecake (vegan, raw)

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Paleo Strawberry Cheesecake (vegan, raw)
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  • Yield: 12-16 pieces

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Line the bottom of a 6.5" or larger1 springform pan with a piece of parchment paper. This will make cutting the cheesecake easier.
  2. Prepare the crust. Place all the crust ingredients in a high-powered blender (or a food processor, which will actually make the pieces more uniform in size) and process at low speed until the mixture starts to clump together. Don't process so long that it becomes pasty. When you pinch some of the mixture between your fingers, it should easily clump together. Use the bottom of a shot glass or your fingers to press the mixture firmly over the bottom of the parchment-lined pan.
  3. Place the pan in the freezer while you prepare the filling.
  4. Wipe out the blender jar using a paper towel and pour in all the filling ingredients (using 1/2 cup of maple syrup and not adding the freeze-dried strawberries yet) in the blender. Blend for about 30-60 seconds at high speed until totally smooth. Taste and add more maple syrup if it's not sweet enough and if the mixture doesn't taste strongly enough of strawberries, add in about 2 tablespoons of the freeze-dried strawberries or powder at a time until you're happy with the taste.
  5. Pour the filling over the chilled crust and freeze for about 4 hours or until firm in the center. You can also chill the cheesecake, but it'll take about 8-12 hours to set. If you freeze the cheesecake for 6-8+ hours, the filling may be a little icy straight from the freezer and the cheesecake will be very hard. Let defrost at room temperature for about 3 hours before cutting. Keeps well refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 1 month.

Notes

  1. The cheesecake is very tall in the 6.5" pan I used. I think using up to an 8" or 9" pan should be fine. There's definitely enough filling and I'm pretty sure there's enough crust (which is also quite thick in the 6.5" pan).

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  • Christina Bauer says
    May 26, 2017 @ 10:59 pm

    I’m making this right now and cannot for the life of me get the Strawberry filling to be completely smooth. Everything but the canned coconut cream was room temp. Help!

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    • Erin replies to Christina Bauer
      May 26, 2017 @ 11:03 pm

      It could be that the cold coconut cream is the issue! Are there little white specks of cream? If so, then just dump everything into a saucepan and heat it very gently. That’ll get rid of the white specks! And you’re using a high-powered blender, right?

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  • Gina Carrillo says
    April 20, 2017 @ 12:34 am

    Hi! I was just perusing your vegan recipes and saw this lovely looking strawberry cheezcake. I was wondering though, instead of using cashews in place of the cream cheese, have you ever tried using Kite Hill almond milk cream cheese? If you haven’t tried it for anything, it is by far THE best cream cheese replacement out there. And their ricotta is wonderful as well. They make their own cheese cakes but I have always wanted to try making my own, as I also love to bake healthy alternatives to traditional favorites. I use it for so many things but haven’t tried baking with it just yet.

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    • Erin replies to Gina Carrillo
      April 20, 2017 @ 8:32 pm

      Hello! I currently live in Germany and we have different brands of everything, so unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to try that cream cheese. Sounds great, though. :) Thanks for the tip!

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  • Maryanne | the little epicurean says
    April 7, 2017 @ 1:09 am

    I can’t wait for strawberry season! Love freeze dried strawberries, they add so much more flavor!

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  • Rebecca {foodie with family} says
    April 5, 2017 @ 5:01 pm

    This looks so gorgeous. That pink colour is beautiful!

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  • katerina @ diethood.com says
    April 5, 2017 @ 11:44 am

    WOW!! This cheesecake is absolutely stunning!!!

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  • Alyssa | EverydayMaven says
    April 5, 2017 @ 7:19 am

    This is so gorgeous! I had no idea iHerb had such a great selection of healthy ingredients!

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    • Erin replies to Alyssa | EverydayMaven
      April 11, 2017 @ 9:15 pm

      You have to check them out! They have so many GF cooking and baking goodies at such great prices. :)

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  • Michelle Goth says
    April 5, 2017 @ 6:56 am

    This has got to be the prettiest cheesecake I’ve ever seen. The healthiest as well!

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  • Sandi G says
    April 5, 2017 @ 5:35 am

    Oh my goodness, I love your hack to use dried strawberries with your frozen strawberries. Genius!

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  • Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie says
    April 5, 2017 @ 4:57 am

    This would be perfect for Easter! That color is stunning!

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  • Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says
    April 5, 2017 @ 1:05 am

    That color is just beautiful!! Love how clean and fresh this recipe is!

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  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says
    April 4, 2017 @ 10:33 pm

    Love how you came up with the idea to add freeze dried powder to make this absolutely perfect! Also, that color. In love.

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  • Charlotte Moore
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    April 4, 2017 @ 3:22 am

    It sure looks very tasty and very strawberry. So smooth and silky too.

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  • Beverly says
    April 4, 2017 @ 2:46 am

    Strawberry cheese cake looks great, does it satisfy the picky cheese cake lover?
    I would love to try this.

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    • Erin replies to Beverly
      April 4, 2017 @ 9:11 pm

      If you’re used to regular cheesecake with cream cheese, then you need to expect something a little different. ;) This one is kind of moussy or like softened ice cream. It’s hard to describe!

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  • Lea
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    April 4, 2017 @ 2:42 am

    Ok, I’ve been on the fence about cashew cheesecake, but I think this is just the right inspiration for me to try!

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    • Erin replies to Lea
      April 4, 2017 @ 9:10 pm

      I hope you’ll enjoy it! This one doesn’t really taste just like regular cheesecake but if you want a cashew dessert that does taste just like it’s regular counterpart, you have to try this paleo key lime pie! The filling really tastes just like the kind with eggs and sweetened condensed milk. :) Thanks for your comment!

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