Friday 24 April 2015

Vegan peach cheesecake

We were short on time for dinner.  I took out a tub of rice from the freezer.  Only, when I opened the lid after defrosting, I found it was the stewed peaches I had earmarked for Kari's Raw Apple Cheesecake Pudding.  Which means it was time to make the cheesecake.  The peaches just wouldn't wait any longer.

The peaches were stewed towards the end of summer and I had tired of them.  When I saw Kari post her cheesecake pudding, I decided to make it with the peaches.  But the kitchen was busy with holiday and birthday baking.  So I put the peaches away for a day when we weren't inundated by treats.

It was easy to make and delicious to eat.  As I am a bit wary of coconut oil, I just added dessicated coconut for instead of oil.  My high speed blender made a very smooth mixture of the ingredients.  Kari preferred a bit of texture which might be why her mixture seems firmer than mine.  Or it might be that she added raw apple rather than stewed peaches.  I added some nutritional yeast flakes and salt for that slightly savoury taste of cheesecake.  It was mostly fruity and creamy but very pleasing.

As Kari noted, it wasn't a set cheesecake so she called it a pudding.  I am happy to call it a cheesecake but enjoyed serving it in jars.  Sadly I didn't have cute little jars like Kari.  Hers was a raw cheesecake but as my peaches were stewed it wasn't raw.  Perhaps I will try it with raw fruit another time.

Serendipitously as I made these I was listening to a woman on the radio talking about World Allergy Day (17 April).  They talked a lot about hayfever.  However I thought it relevant as these are dairy free, egg free, and soy free.  There are so many allergies out there.  They are not nut free but for those like my daughter who can't eat peanuts but can eat other nuts, they are fine.

I ate them mostly for breakfast.  They are quite nutrient-dense with all the nuts and dates but they were very satisfying.  Of course, they would also make a great dessert.

Lastly if you read Kari's post, you will see that she posted this cheesecake recipe as part of her London Marathon fundraising effort.  She has posted lots of great recipes as part of her fundraising for Beat, a UK eating disorder charity.  On Sundahy she runs her marathon.  I wish her best of luck and encourage you to make a donation if you are able to.  And I hope she has some good food like this cheesecake afterwards!

Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Southwestern stuffed spaghetti squash
Two year ago: Apple cider cake
Three years ago: Zucchini Layer Cake plus random thoughts
Four years ago: Why Does Food History Matter?
Five years ago: Curried Paneer and Birthday Cheer
Six years ago: Tempting prune cake
Seven years ago: ANZAC Day and the Biscuit Police

Vegan Peach Cheesecake
Adapted from Bite Sized Thoughts
serves 4 to 6

1/3 cup raw almonds
1/3 cup dessicated coconut
1/3 cup (about 3) medjool dates, stoned

1 cup raw cashews, soaked
scant cup of stewed peaches*
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp dessicated coconut
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
1/4 tsp salt, or to taste

Make the base by blending all ingredients in blender or food processor until it can clump together.  Press into 4 to 6 small jars or glasses.  (I used the tamper from my blender.)  To make the filling, blend all ingredients until smooth.  (A little bit of texture is fine.)  Divide among glasses or jars (and screw lid on if there is one).  Chill in the fridge.  Keeps refridgerated for 5 days or can be frozen to keep longer.

NOTES: My stewed peaches were not terribly sweet.  I made them months ago and could not remember what they had in them by the time I got them out of the freezer - I think they had brown sugar and lemon juice.

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  1. Thank you so much Johanna! For the shout out for the marathon and reference to my cheesecake puddings - you're very kind.

    I'm so glad you enjoyed these and think the peach twist sounds delicious. I can imagine the stewed peaches could make the mix slightly less firm than with apple, but it still looks lovely and I think your jars are very cute :)

    1. Thanks Kari - I think you have done an amazing effort with the marathon and the fundraising recipes. Was really pleased that I finally made these. The jars are cute though I wish I had smaller ones

  2. It looks like it has a lovely texture to it and serving it in jars is a clever, practical idea although I would probably call it pudding because of the texture.

    1. Thanks Lorraine - serving it in jars is great for storing in the fridge - though smaller wine glasses would work too or even small tumblers, especially if you are serving to a group. I agree pudding is probably a better term but I hated cold puddings as a kid so I find the word does not agree with me.

  3. Yum - this looks and sounds delicious. I must try it one day soon.

  4. Yum! These look so good =) I Like the idea of stewed peaches. I also quite like the addition of nutritional yeast - I have never thought of adding that to my vegan cheesecake.
    Why are you wary of coconut oil? It's great stuff =)

    1. Thanks Kimmy - I know lots of people love coconut oil but I just find the taste never tastes quite right to me - occasionally it works for me and I think I can eat it and then I try it again and dislike the recipe because of the strange tastes - which is odd as I love coconut milk and dessicated coconut. I came across the idea of nutritional yeast years ago and though it made sense for a vegan cheesecake to try and stop it tasting just like cream (as I was never a fan of cream)

  5. looks amazing, definitely keen to give his recipe a try!

  6. delicious! I'm glad you defrosted these by accident!

    1. Thanks veganopoulous - yes it was a delicious accident

  7. How adorable! Cheesecake pudding…that sounds even better than any puddings! I love the idea of putting them in jars…they make cute party platters!

    1. Thanks Rika - yes they would be really cute at a party

  8. Wow. That is an amazingly nutritious dish! I can see how it would be perfect for breakfast. I guess you aren't a freezer labeller either?! Nor me!!!!

    1. Thanks Kate - it was really good for a breakfast when my muesli ran out - I was sort of glad I had them all to myself. And no I don't label in the freezer - usually I have a fairly good idea of what is in tubs but sometimes everything gets a bit jumbled up


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