Raw Mini Chai Cheesecakes

Makes 15.Raw, dairy, gluten and refined sugar free. Time: 15 minutes plus soaking overnight; 2 hours freezing time. I make this recipe in my Thermomix but the recipe can be easily converted to make using a blender.

Base

  • 200g almonds, macadamias or walnuts - I like to use a mixture

  • 8 medjool dates, pitted

  • 75g pistachio kernels, roughly chopped

  • pinch of Pink salt

Grease muffin tins with coconut oil. lend almonds, macadamias, walnuts and dates for 20 sec/speed 9. The mixture starts to clump together. If it is too dry and crumbly, add an extra date or two. Add pistachio kernels and salt and mix for 3 sec/speed 6. ress into base of muffin tins.

Filling

  • 500g cashews, soaked overnight and drained (see notes)

  • 1/2 cup of chai tea, brewed and allowed to cool

  • 150g coconut oil

  • 125g maple syrup

  • 1 tsp vanilla paste

  • 1 tsp lucuma powder (see notes)

  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

  • 1 tsp ground ginger

  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom

  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

  • Pinch of Pink salt

Raw Mini Chai Cheesecakes

METHOD

Place all filling ingredients into mixing bowl and blend 1 min/speed 9. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula and blend for a further 30 secs/speed 9. The mixture should be smooth and creamy. Pour filling into muffin tins on top of bases and sprinkle with cinnamon. Freeze for approx. 2 hours before removing from tins.

Allow to defrost to room temperature (approx. 15 - 20 minutes) before serving.

Notes

  • Measure your cashews in soaked weight (after they have have been soaked). If you soak 500g of dry cashews you will have leftovers. You can keep these in the fridge until you are ready to use them but change the water everyday to keep them from going rancid.

  • Raw Organic Lucuma Powder is available at health food or organic stores. Made from a Peruvian fruit, it has a creamy citrus flavour, great for raw desserts. It naturally provides a source of carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and minerals. It has lots of beta-carotene, niacin (B3) and iron.