Beet and Lemon Raw Cashew Chocolate Cheesecake.
Vegetables for dessert? You know it! Beets are naturally sweet, flavourful, and vibrant in colour – lending perfectly to this raw tart. If you’re not a fan of beets, you will likely still love this recipe – as the earthy root-vegetable taste is very subtle. While composed of only whole (unprocessed)food plant-based ingredients, this no-bake tart is very satisfying AND nutritious! Offering protein, heart-healthy fats, fiber, and plenty of vitamins and minerals. Enjoy!
- Raw almonds, 2 cups
- Pitted dates, 2 cups (soaked in water for 1-hour and drained)
- Cacao powder, 1/4 cup
- Cinnamon, 1 tbsp
- Salt, 1 pinch
- Raw cashews, 1 cup (soaked in water overnight, rinsed and drained)
- Beet, 1 small raw – grated
- Maple syrup, 1/4 cup
- Lemon, 1 small – juiced
Top with lemon zest!
- Make the crust. In a food processor, pulse the almonds, cacao powder, cinnamon and salt until if forms a chunky crumb. Set aside in a mixing bowl.
- Add the soaked pitted dates to the food processor and pulse until it forms a paste. Add the date paste to the mixing bowl with almond mix – and combine with your hands, until it forms a dough.
- Press the crust into a saran-wrap lined tart pan, until it’s compacted evenly – and place in the freezer to set.
- While the crust is firming up, blend the soaked cashews, grated beet, maple syrup, and lemon juice until it forms a creamy filling. Scrape down the sides with a spatula, to ensure all the cashews are evenly ground up. You can use a highly powered food process or blender for the filling.
- Remove the crust, and add the beet filling. Top with lemon zest, and place the tart back into the freezer to set for at least 1-hour. Store the tart in the freezer.
- Beets are a source of vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and fiber.
- Almonds provide protein, heat-healthy unsaturated fats, fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, B-vitamins, and vitamin E.
- Cashews are a complete protein source, and a source of healthy monounsaturated fats, omega fats, calcium, magnesium, and fiber. If you are allergic to cashews, you can use soaked sunflower seeds for the filling instead.
- While dates are a healthy whole food sweetener, yet are still high in sugars. If you are diabetic, or sensitive to sugars – swap the dates for prunes! Which are still sweet and sticky but contain less sugars.