We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I’ll use any excuse to make a dessert. I have a weakness for cherries. If a recipe mentions cherries it will get my attention, as did this fully raw cherry "cheesecake," which is really not a cheesecake at all. It is vegan, dairy-free, grain-free, no-bake, easy, delicious and dare I say...a healthy dessert! This recipe is adopted from Fully Raw Kristina.
½ cup raw nuts (almonds, pecans or walnuts)
½ cup soft Medjool dates
¼ tsp sea salt
1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
3 bananas, frozen
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup cherries, fresh or frozen and defrosted
Place nuts, dates and sea salt in a food processor. Chop until the mixture holds together slightly, yet is still crumbly. Evenly press the crust mixture into a 7” cake pan lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap.
In a clean food processor or a high speed blender, combine the cashews, bananas, and lemon juice. Blend on high until completely smooth. Pour the filling mixture over the crust and smooth top with a spatula.
For the glaze layer, blend cherries until smooth. Pour over the top and even out with a spatula. Garnish with additional cherries. Freeze over night or until solid.
To serve, remove from freezer 30 minute prior to serving. Run a sharp knife under hot water before using to cut the cake.