Raw Vegan Key Lime Cheesecake with Coconut Cream Topping

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This Raw Vegan Key Lime Cheesecake will blow you away with the many different combinations you can make with it.

Not only is this a much healthier and guilt-free version, but it’s raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly and no-bake!

Easy to make with only a few steps of preparing the crust in a food processor and then preparing the cheesecake filling with a Vitamix with ingredients you probably already have at home.

Here are some typical ingredients in a traditional key lime cheesecake:

TRADITIONAL KEY LIME CHEESECAKE INGREDIENTS

Filling:  3/4 pound cream cheese, 6 large egg yolks, 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk, 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Topping:  1 1/2 cups sour cream, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Crust:  3/4 cup graham crackers, 4 tablespoons melted butter

It’s basically a sugar and dairy nightmare with some lime added in.

Well, I have a clean version for you today with several crust and topping options to choose from that I hope you will enjoy!

 

 

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5 Fast Facts About Macadamia Nuts:

  • brain booster
  • high in fiber
  • anti-oxidant
  • high in protein and all essential amino acids
  • super high in healthy monosaturated fats

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 Limes:

  • aids in digestion
  • fat burner
  • contains more vitamin C than a lemon
  • anti-oxidant and anti-biotic effects
  • extremely alkalizing to the body

5 Fast Facts About Almonds:

  • helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
  • energy booster
  • loaded with calcium and fiber
  • 1/4 cup contains 8 grams of vegan protein
  • high in anti-oxidants

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 Raw Honey: 

  • contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
  • contains immune boosting anti-viral properties
  • super high in B vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6
  • contains natural anti-oxidants that block free radicals
  • high in minerals magnesium and potassium

5 Fast Facts About Pink Himalayan Salt:

  • contains 84 minerals
  • unrefined, unprocessed, raw
  • promotes stable pH balance in cells
  • controls water levels in the body
  • aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption

 

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Tip #1:  IMPORTANT – If you are used to raw/vegan cheesecakes made with cashews ~and~ are not a fan of macadamia nuts, this might not be a good recipe to try because it has a very strong macadamia nut flavor.  My raw/vegan cheesecakes usually use cashews which is what I’m used to and the flavor of this one threw me off because I wasn’t used to it.  It was still very good, but I just want to make sure you know what to expect.  You could always try my Raw Vegan Marbled Cheesecake recipe which uses cashews instead and just add the same amount of lime juice.

Tip #2:  I made some with regular/plain crust and some with a chocolate crust (which was my favorite!).  If you want to try the chocolate crust, just add 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder to the crust mixture.

Tip #3:  You can make this cheesecake plain, or with your favorite toppings.  Some I used were shredded coconut, homemade coconut cream (see recipe below) and crushed walnuts.

Tip #4:  This recipe made 4 large individual cheesecakes in this Norpro cheesecake pan.  If you want to make a traditional round cheesecake, you can also make it in an 8″ round springform cheesecake pan, as in the original recipe.

 

Raw Vegan Key Lime Cheesecake (Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo-Friendly, No-Bake, No Refined Sugar)

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Ingredients

For the crust

  • 1 cup organic raw almonds
  • 4 large organic medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink himalayan salt

For the filling

  • 1 1/2 cup organic raw macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup homemade almond milk
  • 1/2 cup organic lime juice
  • 6 tablespoons organic maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons organic coconut oil

Directions

Prepare the crust
Step 1 Put all the crust ingredients into a food processor and process until it's a sticky coarse meal.

Scoop out 1 - 2 tablespoons and put in the bottom of the cheesecake pan and press down firmly.

Set in the freezer to harden while you prepare the filling.
Prepare the filling
Step 2 Put all the filling ingredients into a Vitamix and blend until smooth and creamy.

Remove the cheesecake pan from the freezer and pour the filling on top of the crust.

Return the cheesecake pan back to the freezer for approximately 2 - 3 hours or until hard and firm.
Assembly
Step 3 Remove the cheesecake from the freezer after it's hardened and set at room temperature for 5 - 10 minutes to thaw slightly, but not too long because it will become too soft if left out at room temperature.

Garnish the tops with homemade coconut creme, crushed walnuts, shredded coconut, lemon zest or lime wedges.

Enjoy!

Note

Recipe slightly adapted from:  http://allisoneats.com/2012/06/25/raw-vegan-key-lime-cheesecake/

 

How To Make Homemade Whipped Coconut Cream

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Ingredients

  • 1 can organic full-fat coconut milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 - 2 teaspoon organic vanilla
  • 1 - 2 tablespoon organic raw coconut crystals (or other sweetener of your choice)

Directions

Step 1 Refrigerate can of coconut milk overnight in the refrigerator.

When you remove the can, there will be a layer of thick cream on the top and coconut water on the bottom.

Scoop out the thick cream and put it in an electric mixer bowl.

Mix on high setting with the "wisk" attachment until it becomes thick.

Add the vanilla extract and sweetener of your choice.

Continue to "wisk" for another minute or so.

Use as a topping on fruit, granola, pancakes, desserts, etc.

Store in a glass container in the refrigerator.

Enjoy!

 

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20 comments to Raw Vegan Key Lime Cheesecake with Coconut Cream Topping

    • Karielyn

      Hi Caity! If you are a big fan of key lime and macadamia nuts, you will just ~love~ this healthy dessert!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy it ;)

  • Elise

    Will this recipe make one 8” cake as well?

    • Karielyn

      Hi Elise! The original recipe was made in a round 8″ springform pan using the same ingredient amounts listed…so, yes, you sure can!

      I hope you enjoy it if you give it a try ;)

  • Jennifer P.

    Would subbing cashews (or maybe walnuts) for the macadamia nuts work just as well, then? I don’t know if I’m a fan of macadamia nuts or not.

    • Karielyn

      Hi Jennifer! I would suggest substituting cashews. That’s what I use in my other cheesecake recipes and it works perfectly.

      Not to take away anything from this recipe, but it does have a very strong macadamia nut flavor to it, whereas cashews don’t really give a flavor but just creaminess.

      I would say you would ~really~ need to like macadamia nuts to go with this recipe, so if you don’t or are not sure, go with the cashews.

      I’d love for you to come back and let me know if you enjoyed it ;)

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  • Karielyn, I am SO excited about finding your blog!!! I really appreciate the effort you put into each post – especially all the great tips on the health benefits of the ingredients and where to buy some of them. What a nice feature! I simply can’t wait to try some of these – I’ve been eating a mostly vegan diet for 2 years now and am currently on a “junk food detox” as I’m calling it, trying to eat cleaner. I’ll be referencing you’re site A LOT! Thank you!

    • Karielyn

      Hi Vanessa! Thank you so much for your kind comments…they really mean a lot to me.

      You sound exactly like me, I was eating mostly vegan and thought I was eating healthy, but was eating as a “junk-food” or “processed-food” vegan with most of my foods being processed and hardly and fruits and veggies.

      Once I added lots of fruits, veggies and clean and unprocessed ingredients and eliminated processed foods, refined sugar and salt, wheat, etc, it has made such an unbelievable difference not only in my weight but health as well.

      I wish you luck on your detox and thanks for helping to share information on eating healthier ;)

  • This recipe looks absolutely awesome. I love the 5 fun facts that you added to the information. The beautiful thing about raw foods is there are so many healing qualities among a lot of the ingredients. Please continue to share!

  • This looks amazing! So good that I posted it on my FB page Real Food Pledge! I love your website and recipes! Devine.

  • Cindy

    Made these last night using cashews instead of Mac nuts. Came out amazing! Thanks so much for the delish recipe. Is there a way to post a picture here?

    • Karielyn

      Hi there Cindy! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed them! I think the next time I make them I will use cashews too.

      I would love to see a photo of the ones you made, but I don’t think you can add a photo here in the comments section. You could post a picture on my FB wall, on Twitter or on Instagram (#thehealthyfamilyandhome). FB would probably be easier though.

      Thanks for trying out the recipe and for letting me know you enjoyed it, I really appreciate it ;)

  • cindy

    Are you soaking the macadamia (or cashews) ?
    thanks

    • Karielyn

      Hi there Cindy! Although I normally soak/dehydrate my almonds/cashews, etc before using them, I did not soak the macadamia nuts before making this recipe.

      Thanks for the question ;)

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  • darkchocolatekryptonite

    Instead of lime, could I substitute the juice for coconut milk or coconut water? Also, would it work to use almonds instead of macadamia? Thanks!

    • Karielyn

      Hi there! You could leave out the lime juice and use coconut water, but I’m thinking it wouldn’t have much of a flavor to it. If you don’t like lime, in particular, you could always just make a “plain” cheesecake which you could substitute lemon juice to give it some flavor.

      This is the only cheesecake I’ve made with macadamia nuts and I usually use cashews. I’ve never tried almonds but I don’t think they would have the same creamy, neutral flavor as cashews/macadamia nuts and unless you blanched them and peeled off the skins, they would probably have a brown color to it. If you like and can have cashews, I would definitely go with cashews over almonds.

      If you are looking for a cheesecake recipe like this one, but don’t like the lime and macadamia nuts, you may want to look at some of my other cheesecake recipes to see if it would be easier to make one of those than trying to substitute. All mine are vegan/gluten-free/dairy-free/no-bake and either raw or almost raw. Just go to the search bar on the right side of my website and type in “cheesecake”.

      I hope you find a combination of something so you can make it…my raw/vegan/no-bake cheesecakes are my favorite desserts to eat! ;)

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