Thursday, February 25, 2016

Raw Strawberry Cheesecake {guest post}


Welcome to another Thursday Guest Post here at Unapologetically You! You might remember Smiley from PhzUniqueDiva from here ah-maz-ing Chocolate Protein Cookie Guest Post back in December.

Smiley is passionate about healthy living and founded PhzUniqueDiva as a way to encourage and motivate others. She is also the mastermind behind delicious healthy treats.

Welcome back, Smiley! Thank you so much for joining us here again at Unapologetically You.

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I'm Smiley-- a single mom, with a career in Information Technology, and a healthy lifestyle enthusiast. My hobbies include crafts, photography, blogging and cooking. I love to create crafty projects to use around the house. My inner passion is to cook. There is not a meal I have cooked that is not posted all over my social media pages.

Raw Strawberry Cheesecake

Eating Healthy means serving your favorite desserts by choosing healthier ingredients. Try this "cheesecake" and you will never go back to the regular dairy-filled cheesecake.

For the Crust:
. 1 1/2 cups unsalted almonds
. Pinch coarse sea salt
. 2 cups pitted medjool dates

For the Filling:
. 3 cups cashews
. 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
. 2/3 cups melted organic unrefined coconut oil
. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
. 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
. 1/2 cup agave nectar
. 1 cup strawberries

1. Soak the cashews in water overnight. Drain the water and set aside.

2. Place the almonds and sea salt in a high speed blender {with grind setting, otherwise use a food processor} and 'grind' roughly. Add the dates and process until the mixture is uniform and sticks together. Press mixture evenly onto the bottom of a 9" glass pie pan.

3. Use a high speed blender to blend cashews, sea sale, coconut oil, vanilla extract, lemon juice and agave nectar thoroughly, until silky smooth.

4. Pour just more than half of the filling mixture into the glass pie pan. Use an inverted spatula to smooth it over. Place into the refrigerator for 30 minutes or longer to let this layer set.

5. Add the strawberries into the remaining filling mixture, and blend. Set it aside in a bowl while the first layer is setting. Once the first layer has been in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or longer, spread the strawberry layer over the plain vanilla layer. Place the cheesecake into the freezer and let it sit for two hours or longer before slicing and serving.

If you tried this recipe out, let us know what you think of it!
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"Can't wait to try this raw strawberry cheesecake from @phzuniquediva #healthyeats #yum #sweatpink"

I don't know about you, but I love trying out new recipes. Especially ones that take my favorite desserts and make them healthy.

Make sure to head over to Smiley's website to say hi! While you're there, check out the original recipe post. You can also connect with Smiley on her favorite social media channels.

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Thanks again, Smiley, for joining us today!

Your turn! What's your favorite dessert-turned-healthy-treat??

♥AK