Recipe | Chocolate Chip Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries (Vegan & Healthy–Really!)

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries
Guess what I’m doing this week?

(Buying a pygmy goat? I wish! Cooking dinner while singing the theme song to Charles in Charge to my cats? That was last week, silly.)

I’m doing a raw food and juice fast. Which is crazy and unexpected, right? Because I LOVE COOKED FOOD! All caps! Exclamation point!

Strawberries on Cutting Board
I’ll post more about the fast tomorrow, but in the meantime, I wanted to share this recipe with you because I’m pretty darn excited about it. After years of hearing about cashew cheesecake, I finally decided to try it myself since I’m eating raw this week. I figured it would taste like “cheesecake.” Or even worse, cheezecake. (Shudder. Gag.) But no, it tastes like honest-to-goodness cheesecake.

Seriously. I love cheesecake. I would not lie to you about cheesecake. That would be very wrong of me. This tastes like cheesecake.

Cashew Cheesecake Filling
And if you don’t want to take the time to stuff the filling into strawberries, you can freeze it and shape it into balls, eat it with a spoon (it’s so rich, about a spoonful is the perfect serving size), use it as a fruit dip, put it between two cookies, whatever. It’s good stuff. With the whole raw eating thing I’m doing, I used cacao nibs as chocolate chips, although chopped dark chocolate will work if you’re not eating raw. I wanted to make a faux graham cracker pie crust crumb for the topping, so I used a combination of ground flax and cinnamon, which is shockingly reminiscent of the real thing–yes, even without adding any sugar.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries
Since these are completely healthy, I ate them for breakfast. They’re indulgent (did I mention they taste like cheesecake?!), but the protein from the cashews helped keep me full until lunchtime. They’d also make a great summertime dessert–if you’re serving them to a crowd, cut the tips off the strawberries and stand them on a platter.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Prep Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: about 15 strawberries (depending on how big they are)

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

A dessert you don't have to feel guilty about! Fresh strawberries filled with raw, vegan chocolate chip cheesecake. Inspired by Food Family & Finds' Vanilla Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c. raw whole cashews, soaked in water overnight (8 hours)
  • 2-3 tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. Grade B maple syrup (or raw agave nectar if you're following a strict raw diet)
  • 1 tbsp. cacao nibs or chopped dark chocolate
  • 1 lb. strawberries, hulled
  • 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Combine cashews, 2 tablespoons of water, coconut oil, lemon juice, and maple syrup in blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, scraping sides of blender if necessary. If mixture is too thick or the blade of the blender gets stuck, add an additional tablespoon of water. Fold in cacao nibs or chocolate chips. Place mixture in bowl, cover, and refrigerate until firm, 2-3 hours.
  2. Combine flaxseed and cinnamon in a small bowl. Use a spoon to fill each strawberry with cheesecake. (If you want to serve the strawberries upright on a platter, slice off the tips of each strawberry; you can fill them with a little more cheesecake if you're standing them up.) Sprinkle tops with flaxseed mixture and serve.

Notes

You can add an extra tablespoon of maple syrup if you'd like the cheesecake to be sweeter. Prep time includes time spent chilling in fridge.

http://ohmyveggies.com/recipe-chocolate-chip-cheesecake-stuffed-strawberries-vegan-healthy-really/

Kiersten Frase

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Comments

  1. Shannon says

    I made these yesterday and brought them to school with me to share with my friend who loves cheesecake. I subbed actual coconut milk (canned) because I didn’t have coconut oil. I also only had time to refrigerate for one hour. this made it harder to stuff the strawberries but they were still very good. I also left out the chocolate chips because I didn’t have any. I will definitely take the time to make this the right way next time but it was so good as is.
    I think without the strawberries it tasted just slightly off, but with the strawberries it tasted exactly like cheesecake. I’m sure it would be great on graham crackers, raspberries or maybe even apples. thanks for the recipe, will be making again for sure!

  2. says

    I saw this on a 4th of July roundup and just had to pin it. I hope you’ll share your best post of the week on my Friday Flash Blog Linky Party going on ALL weekend at The Jenny Evolution.

    Jennifer

  3. Kirsten Stevens says

    These look delicious, but since I’m allergic to a bunch of nuts, is it possible to not use cashews? And if not, is there something I should substitute it with?

    • Kiersten Frase says

      I don’t know what you could substitute for the cashews and still get the same texture. If you’re not vegan, there are a lot of stuffed strawberry recipes using regular cheesecake as the filling. And if you are vegan, I suspect you could get similar results by substituting vegan cream cheese into one of those recipes…

      • Joe 99 says

        Dayia has some new vegan cream cheese spreads that are pretty darn good. There are plain, strawberry and chive flavors. They are great, and have a nice texture, but a little goes a long way. I tried to create a vegan version of buffalo chicken dip with the chive one, but it is so strongly flavored, that you couldn’t taste the buffalo sauce over the cream cheese. It was a good experiment that I will continue to refine, but not totally successful, lol. Anyhow, I bet the strawberry version with the cacao nibs would be divine inside fresh strawberries.

        • Kiersten Frase says

          We just got some samples of GO Veggie! cream cheese to try out and we’ve been enjoying those too. I still prefer making my own dairy substitutes when possible, but there are some good vegan cream cheeses on the market now!

          • Joe 99 says

            I’ll have to look out for theirs. I agree, I like to make things from scratch, but I have two jobs and going to school full time, so it’s rare that I have the opportunity. Have I mentioned that I graduate in 91 days? Did I mention that? I needed to mention that. Did I mention that I have senioritus?

            I do make all my own veggie meats, though. I don’t care how little sleep I get, they are just better home made. And by all, I mean that I’ve made sausages twice. 91 days. There is a veggie/vegan restaurant in NYC called Zen Palate that has the most amazing scallion pancakes with a home made ham inside. I swear that when I eat it, the spirit of Montserrat Caballe hovers over the traffic, singing Norma and blessing the children who walk past. Every time I go, I ask for hints on the recipe and they all just laugh and smile and pretend they don’t speak English. Sigh… 91 days and it will all fall into place. Caballe, veggie ham, bread pudding with no calories…

          • Kiersten Frase says

            OMG, I worked two jobs while going to school full-time too! So high fives for that! I bet you will be a happy camper when you graduate soon. And it’s funny that you make veggie meats yourself, but not the cream cheese–the cream cheese is easy! But veggie meats, those intimidate me. I do meatloaf and meatballs, but when it comes to sausages and such, I’ve never attempted them. I do need to give it a try soon though. I only have 1 job now and no school, so I have no excuse, right?

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