Two More Sleeps

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Yep, that is right! Two more sleeps before Hawaii. I haven't been back in some time and miss my family and my ocean more than I can bear. I am yearning to swim in the saltwater and feel those sweet island breezes through my hair. Just a little something to get me in the mood!

I Was Made For Sunny Days and Raw Blueberry Cashew Cheescake

Sunday, February 5, 2012

We have had glorious weather of late. Clear, sunny skies with cold temperatures, but I don't care. I can put on a sweater, but I can't make my beloved Sun come out in these parts. I have been dabbling in cashews recently. This is a Raw Blueberry Cashew Cheesecake. Very, very good.

This is what I did:

I soaked 3.5 cups of cashews in water overnight.

In the food processor, I pulsed the cashews(reserve 1/2 cup for cream topping) into a fine paste and added through the top:
1/2 cup agave syrup
3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup water
vanilla paste, a lot, maybe 2tbls
juice from one Meyer Lemon and the zest
about two cups frozen blueberries

I blended it until it looked like a thick, purple smoothie and put it into this crust:

1/2 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/4 t sea salt
1/4 cup golden raisins, you can use dates, dried fruit, anything like that
1 t almond extract

I blended in the food processor until it stuck together and lined my favorite pie plate because spring form pans scare me.

I spooned the filling into the pie plate, covered it and put in the fridge for 3.5 hours.

The Cream

1/2 cup soaked cashews
1/2 cup water
2 Tbls agave syrup
2 Tbls high quality vanilla paste
1/4 coconut oil melted

Again, blended until smooth and then whipped it up a bit. I put it in a container and refrigerated it. After the pie had set for 3.5 hours, I spread the cream on the top and let it set until we ate it. I mean devoured it.

I also made a sauce to go with it:

2 cups fresh blueberries
3 Tbls agave syrup
juice from one lemon
a lot of cinnamon, maybe 1 1/2 Tbls

I blended this up in the little chopper and served it with the cheesecake. It tasted fresh and alive. Really yummy.

Try it. Really. So good.