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These squares have a creamy texture and suit vegans and those with a dairy intolerance that love a good cheesecake. Leftovers can be frozen, which is a bonus.

Makes approx 16

Ingredients:

Base

  • 1 cup shelled raw pistachio nuts
  • 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 5 Medjool dates, pitted
  • pinch salt

Filling

  • 3 cups cashews, soaked for 4 hours in water, then drained
  • 1.5 Tbsp honey or rice malt syrup
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract or vanilla powder
  • 1/2 cup raspberries, fresh are best
  • 3 Tbsp shelled raw pistachios, roughly chopped

Method:

  • Line 20cm square cake tin with enough baking paper for it to overhang two sides.
  • To make the base, process all ingredients in food processor or power blender on low until roughly chopped and crumbly but soft dough starts to form.
  • Press into the base of the prepared tin. Place in the fridge.
  • To prepare the filling – place soaked cashews, honey or rice malt syrup, lemon juice, coconut oil and vanilla in a power blender or food processor and process until smooth and creamy in texture.
  • Gently fold through half the raspberries and spread the mixture evenly over the base, then tear remaining raspberries into smaller pieces and press gently into the cake.
  • Smooth top, cover with a piece of baking paper and place in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours to set.
  • Remove tin from the fridge and lift the slice out onto a cutting board. Cut into 16 squares.
  • Serve topped with pistachios.
  • Store any remaining slices in airtight container in fridge for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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