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Lemon cheesecake (vegan)

LEMON CHEESECAKE (VEGAN)

This cheesecake is super easy to make using your Vitamix blender (or food processor). It’s tangy, sweet, and creamy, and sure to impress! We eat it for breakfast and dessert! Try topping it with some organic blueberries or sliced strawberries. Mmm…

CRUST INGREDIENTS

Dry:
1/2 C organic rolled oats
1/2 CĀ organic raw (unsalted) cashews
1/2 C organic raw walnuts
1/2 C salted pretzels (or tortilla chips)
1/3 C unsweetened finely shredded coconut
1/4 C all-purpose flour

Wet:
2 T vegan butter (we use Earth Balance)
2 T coconut oil
1 T maple syrup

CRUST ASSEMBLY:
Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In small batches, grind ingredients using the dry container of your Vitamix mixer, or process in a food processor. In a small bowl, melt the Earth Balance and coconut oil, then add the maple syrup. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix/mash until uniform consistency. Press the mixture into a glass pie pan using a spoon. (If you don’t have a glass pie pan, you could try using a glass square pan.)

FILLING INGREDIENTS

12 ounces organic silken tofu (drain out the excess water from the package but there’s no need to press the tofu)
1 container of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
2/3 C organic sugar
2 T organic cornstarch
1 t vanilla extract
1/3 C lemon juice (or use the juice of 1 lemon if the lemon produces slightly more than 1/3 C)
zest of one lemon

PIE ASSEMBLY:
Blend all filling ingredients in your Vitamix mixer (or food processor). Pour the creamy blend into the pressed crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack until it’s warm but not hot, then refrigerate until completely cold. Then serve!

Lemon cheesecake, right out of the oven

Lemon cheesecake, after chilling

Maple Cakes

MAPLE CAKES

Is it a cookie? Is a cake? Is it both? These vegan Maple Cakes are a little bit crispy on the outside but fluffy and soft on the inside. They are just sweet enough! You can whip out this recipe quickly because the quantity is perfect for just one cookie sheet. I made these for my three-year old and he said, “Mmm, good!”

DRY INGREDIENTS

1 C + 1/8 C all-purpose flour
1/4 t each: baking powder, baking soda, salt
organic cane sugar for sprinkling

WET INGREDIENTS

“Flax egg”: 1 T ground flax + 3 T water
1/2 C pure maple syrup
1/4 C + 1/8 C Earth Balance
1/2 t vanilla extract

ASSEMBLY

  1. Mix your “flax egg” in a small bowl and set aside for a few minutes.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. In another medium bowl, mash the maple syrup into the Earth Balance (lumps are okay!).
  4. Add the vanilla and flax egg to the maple syrup mash.
  5. Combine the wet and dry ingredients (except the sugar for sprinkling).
  6. Use a regular spoon to scoop little batter balls onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet, then smash them down somewhat. It should make about 20.
  7. Sprinkle a little bit of organic cane sugar on the top of each before baking.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees for up to 15 minutes (depends on your oven).
  9. Move to a wire rack about a minute after they come out of the oven.
  10. Serve to three year old after they cool off a bit!
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