Would you believe me if I told you this cheesecake is guilt-free, loaded with nutrients, and so healthy that you could eat it for breakfast? In partnership with Botanica Health, I bring you RAW VEGAN AND ALL THE THINGS - THIS you guys is one for the books! Plus dessert for breakfast? Now that’s what I call adulting.
Goji Berries have long been enjoyed in ancient China and the Himalayas for their medicinal properties in treating eye, liver and kidney ailments. They're known for their abundance source of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, zinc and fibre. Not to mention, their high in antioxidants. This super fruit contains all eight essential amino acids, and a single 4-ounce serving provides nearly 10 percent of your daily value of protein! Another good point to mention is that goji berries are a complex carbohydrate, meaning your blood sugar will slowly raise, reducing your risk of a sugar crash afterwards.
Be sure to buy your goji berries from a reputable source. Cheaper or imported brands have been known to contain sulphites, which are known to cause allergic reactions in some people. I love Botanica Health's Goji Berries, they're sweet, chewy and sourced from small farms where they are sun dried and preserved naturally.
Coconut Oil is one of the healthiest foods on the planet with countless uses from cooking to beauty practices for your hair and skin. Coconut oil is a healthy fat, that is made up of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT's). MCT's are absorbed quickly by the body and processed as a carbohydrate as a source of direct energy. A study published in 2007 found that a diet high in MCTs could potentially help with weight loss and lowering blood cholesterol levels. Coconut oil also contains natural microbial and antibacterial agents to help fight off viruses and bacteria.
When buying coconut oil, make sure to buy organic, 100% virgin and cold-pressed, these are the best tasting and of course have the best nutritional value. Botanica Health's Coconut Oil ticks all the boxes and has one of the best flavours I've tasted.
Goji Berry, Lemon, Orange Cheesecake
Lemon Cheesecake Filling
3/4 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked overnight and drained
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup filtered water
3 tbsp maple syrup
4 tbsp coconut oil, melted
Goji Berry Orange Cheesecake Filling
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup goji berries
Throw the cashews, lemon juice, water, sweetener and coconut oil in the vitamix and blend until smooth.
Remove half, set aside and add the goji berries and orange juice. Blend until you get a creamy consistency.
1 cup raw walnuts
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup shredded coconut
4 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of sea salt
Grind the coconut and walnuts to crumbs in a food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until the mixture is fine and sticky. Press into the bottom of a 6" spring form pan and pour the first layer of lemon filling (make sure to tap the pan on the counter to even the filling and release air bubbles). Freeze for 10 minutes as this will help solidify the filling before adding your second layer. Then pour the second layer of goji berry filling. You can add as many layers as you want by using this method. Or just do two like I did. Place in the freezer for 4-5 hours and then in the fridge for 12 hours.
Garnish with chopped goji berries and edible flowers.