I was going to call this a cheesecake …. buuuuuuut I just didn't feel right doing that .. because the truth is , this has NO cheese in it whatsoever. It also has no dairy, no gluten, and no refined sugar either ! I won't sit here and convince you it's just like cheesecake like the rest of the health foodies do (Im also not going to make brownies with zucchini or like … black beans in it and convince you that it's justttttt like regular brownies, either .. #sorrynotsorry). So is it cheesecake ? No... but is it an absolutely freaking delicious dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth and impress your guests that you should totally make when you have a day off or a special occasion ? You betcha !!
It's the end of fig season and I wanted to pay homage to these short lived wonders with an epic dessert that is both beautiful and tasty. Creating a tasty dessert is usually quite an easy task .. I mean just throw together butter/flour/sugar in some certain ratio and it will pretty much always taste good ! BUTTTTT .. I always have to test myself and redefine what ''health food'' is. So I came up with this HEALTHY dessert and you will absolutely love it. The base is a creamy vanilla bean filling made out of the wonder that is soaked cashews. Instead of being a sugar/dairy laden mixture of empty calories .. it is instead a nutrient dense layer with healthy fats and just a touch of sweetness. The crust resembles a shortbread cookie in both taste and texture It is made with almond flour and some other paleo approved ingredients. The topping … just unadulterated FIGS … with a drizzle of honey to give them some sheen and bring out there inherent sweetness as well as a few pistachios for garnish.
This base is so yummy and it's flavor can really be paired with any fruit you decide. Macerated cherries or strawberries would be incredible on top of this or even some passionfruit ( totally trying that next ! )
Vanilla bean filling -
2 cups raw cashews (soaked overnight)
3 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup
1/3 cup melted coconut oil or ghee*
Juice of one lemon
1tsp vanilla extract
1tsp vanilla bean powder*
2-3 tablespoons almond milk
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
Paleo pie crust-
1 cup blanched almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour