Beet and Lemon Raw Cashew Chocolate Cheesecake.


Can make this recipe in tart or bar format!

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!

Crust Ingredients:

  • 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

Filling Ingredients:

  • 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!

Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Press the crust into a saran-wrap lined tart pan, until it’s compacted evenly – and place in the freezer to set.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Nutrition Tips:

  1. Beets are a source of vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and fiber.
  2. Almonds provide protein, heat-healthy unsaturated fats, fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, B-vitamins, and vitamin E.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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