Le cake of the cheese. The cheese. The cake. The cheesecake. My dad loves New York style cheesecake. One year for his birthday I made him a special dinner and for dessert I had bought this beautiful cheesecake from the supermarket. At the time I was convinced that I didn’t like cheesecake because I’m really not a cheese person. So I assumed it would taste like doo doo and be one of those things that looks like a beautiful work of art but taste like feet. Dang was I wrong. That stuff is magnificent. However, cheese is not magnificent. Cheese comes from cows. And while you may think “oh protein, dairy, blah blah blah…”, cheese is not good for you in the end, regardless of what protein it has to offer. Eating dairy just because I has protein is like staying with an abusive boyfriend just because he has a nice car. You should start kicking dairy out of your diet. And for those of you boohoo-Ing because you love cheese too much to quit, suck it up. You can cry over it later while eating a piece of this cheesecake.
1 cup cashews, soaked in water overnight
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, soaked in water overnight
1/2 cup vegan cream cheese (or more soaked macadamias)
2 flax “eggs” (two tablespoons ground flax seeds mixed with 6tablespoons of water, let sit for ten minutes)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons agave nectar (or honey/maple syrup)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 9inch graham cracker pie crust (check ingredients, but most brands are accidentally vegan)
Soak cashews and macadamias overnight in water. They get soft and change colors, which is a good thing.
The next day mix all ingredients in a food processor until very smooth. I recommend doing the nuts first alone for about 15 minutes, then add everything else and mix. When thoroughly mixed, pour into pie she’ll and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, then let cool in the fridge for 3 hours. Then slice and serve. Or don’t slice and just eat it by yourself while watching greys anatomy and staring at Dr. Avery. Also, you should top this with some whipped coconut cream. I have a recipe in my blog post with the pumpkin pie. Don’t be lazy, do it! Enjoy!