This Raw Vegan Chocolate Banana No-Bake Cheesecake is my submission for the September 2016 theme for The Recipe ReDux.
The theme this month is:
“First Cooking Recollections – Stir up some of your earliest culinary recollections. Did you stand at your grandmother’s elbow to learn to cook? Or did you learn by stumbling through a cookbook by yourself? Share a healthy recipe and the accompanying story about one of your first cooking memories.”
Well, this one will be real easy for me because I can vividly remember one of the first things I tried to make as a newly married wife many, many years ago.
My earliest culinary recollection was definitely one of stumbling through it blindly.
I remember wanting to make a surprise for my husband but had ~no~ idea what I was doing.
My surprise was going to be a cheesecake. And this cheesecake was going to be something out of a box with an ingredient list like this:
S.A.D. Jell-O No-Bake Homestyle Cheesecake Mix Ingredients
Ingredients: Sugar, Dextrose, Cheese Baker’s (Milk Nonfat, Milk Protein Concentrate, Lactose, Lactic Acid, Culture), Corn Syrup Solids, Palm Kernel Partially Hydrogenated, and, Soybeans Oil, Contains less than 2% of, Whey, Buttermilk, Flavors Artificial, Cottonseed Oil Partially Hydrogenated, Sodium Caseinate, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Disodium Phosphate, Lactic Acid, Calcium Lactate, Salt, Mono and Diglycerides, Cellulose Gel, Soy Lecithin Hydroxylated, Annatto (Colors), Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Citric Acid and BHA (Preservative), Crust, Wheat Flour Enriched (Flour, Niacin Vitamin B3, Iron Reduced, Thiamine Mononitrate Vitamin B1, Riboflavin Vitamin B2, Folic Acid Vitamin B9), Sugar, Flavors Artificial, Baking Soda, Calcium Phosphate, Graham Flour, Corn Syrup High Fructose, Honey, Contains less than 2% of, Barley Malted Flour, Soybeans Oil Partially Hydrogenated, Salt (source)
FoodFacts.com Rating: “F”
I can’t remember if I made a no-bake cheesecake or not, but I do remember running into a little problem.
I knew I could easily follow the instructions on the back of the box of how to make the cheesecake, but being a newlywed with a kitchen stocked with only what we received as wedding gifts, my kitchen equipment and baking supplies were very limited.
Once I realized I didn’t have a “cheesecake” pan, or even a pie pan I began to panic. I was determined to have that cheesecake made and ready by the time my husband got home from work.
So I looked around at what I had to work with and came up with this:
(photo credit: Amazon.com)
It was the glass lid to a casserole dish we had been given as a wedding gift.
So I turned it upside down (and it conveniently doubled as a pedestal!) and made my sad little cheesecake in it.
And guess what? My poor husband didn’t complain and happily ate the cheesecake.
Luckily, my cooking and baking skills have improved over the years and now make a completely different and healthier cheesecake.
Like this Raw Vegan Chocolate Banana No-Bake Cheesecake that’s raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly and contains no refined sugar.
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Vegan Lemon Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake Squares, Vegan No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake, Raspberry Lemon Mini Cheesecakes or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao:*
- super high in anti-oxidants
- promotes cardiovascular health
- contains essential fats
- can help to decrease blood pressure
- contains over 300 compounds including protein, calcium, copper, zinc and iron
5 Fast Facts About Bananas:*
- high levels of trytophan to help combat depression
- aids in weight loss
- strengthens the immune system
- high in fiber and potassium
- helps to lower blood pressure
5 Fast Facts About Cashews:*
- packed with dietary fiber
- rich in “heart friendly” mono-saturated fatty acids
- rich source of minerals
- high in magnesium and copper
- excellent source of antioxidants
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Walnuts:*
- high quality vegan protein
- high in anti-oxidants
- rich in omega-3 fatty acids
- high in vitamin C
- improves blood lipids and other cardiovascular risk factors
5 Fast Facts About Medjool Dates:*
- natural energy booster
- high in iron content
- rich in potassium
- good source of dietary fiber
- excellent source of vegan protein
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Flakes:*
- 2 tablespoons contain 4.6 g RDA of dietary fiber
- healthy source of medium-chain fatty acids
- can help to decrease cholesterol
- high in lauric acid
- excellent source of manganese at 60% RDA and iron at 11% RDA
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.