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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

Yeah, these chocolate chip cheesecake-stuffed strawberries are healthy. So healthy you can eat them for breakfast.ย And they’re vegan! They’re indulgent (did we mention they taste like cheesecake?!), but the protein from the cashews helps keep you full. They 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!

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

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.

  • Prep Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: about 15 strawberries (depending on how big they are)

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.

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84 Comments

  • Reply
    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    April 11, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I’m pretty sure it would never make it inside the strawberries. I’m cheesecake obsessed.

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    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    April 11, 2013 at 8:16 am

    The Mr would LOVE these! I’m not a cheesecake girl so I’d be stuffing mine with whipped ganache. Oops, did I type that?

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      April 12, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      That would be delicious too!

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    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green
    April 11, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I also love cheesecake!! I have been wanting to make a vegan version for awhile now just haven’t got around to it yet. These stuffed strawberries would be an awesome dessert at a summer bbq!

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    Grace @ FoodFitnessFreshAir
    April 11, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Oh my, these sound amazing! I wish they were on my breakfast plate right now! Cashew creams aren’t something I’ve really played around with yet, but they’re everywhere so I assume they’re a hit. Will have to give it a try soon.

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      Kiersten
      April 12, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      I tried a pear cashew cream this week too and that was also amazing! It’s definitely something I’m going to experiment with more.

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    Jennifer H
    April 11, 2013 at 9:07 am

    omg! my hubby would love these!

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    Caitlin
    April 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

    ok, i NEED to try this! i usually see raw cheesecake recipes that recquire a lot of time/ingredients, so this simple but delicious version is right up my alley. i love that you stuffed them in strawberries with cacao nibs and added a faux graham cracker crust! you are so clever ๐Ÿ˜‰

    can’t wait to hear more about your “fast”!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      April 12, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      I think a lot of the raw cheesecake recipes are more involved because you have to make a raw crust too. That’s kind of why I just did the filling. ๐Ÿ™‚ But also, I’m glad I went that route because this stuff is so rich, I can’t imagine eating a whole slice of cheesecake made with it.

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day
    April 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

    This is such a great idea, Kiersten. Totally screams summer!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    April 11, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Oh goodness these look like a perfect little snack, so yummy.

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    April Golightly
    April 11, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I have to try to make these. Maybe for the baby shower.

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    Alissa N
    April 11, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I have always wondered about raw cheesecake!!! I usually think I am too forgetful to remember to soak the cashews the day before, but you make it seem so easy and delicious I might just have to finally give it a try. Also, I now have the theme song to Charles in Charge stuck in my head, I had such a crush on him when I was younger!!

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      Kiersten
      April 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      I loved that show so much! I used to watch it after school every day. ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely give raw cheesecake a try–I was such a skeptic, but I am a convert now!

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    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl
    April 11, 2013 at 11:17 am

    These are so pretty, and I love that they are vegan. Awesome post :).

  • Reply
    Sarena
    April 11, 2013 at 11:27 am

    these look absolutely divine. They make my mouth water.

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    [email protected]
    April 11, 2013 at 11:54 am

    These look amazing! Will definitely be trying these.
    Every time I come to your website I am so blown away by how beautiful it all is. Very inspiring.
    [email protected]

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    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty
    April 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Ahhh, these look absolutely fabulous! I’m totally inspired to try cashew cheesecake now.

    I hope you’ll share your experience about your fast. I tend to not go there, either … but I think I need to!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      April 12, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      I posted Part 1 this morning, and Part 2 is coming next week. Spoiler alert: I totally failed. I had a big bowl of lentil soup for dinner. YUM.

  • Reply
    Holly
    April 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I never would have known that you could soak cashews overnight, add these ingredients and come up with something similar to cheesecake. really, wow! These look so pretty!

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    Emily
    April 11, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Yep. Making these for sure. Oh they look so tasty.

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    April 11, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I had something similar early this week too…only with fresh raspberries and white chocolate ganacha. Love your version too with nuts.

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    Lisa
    April 11, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Oh, my! I’m trying these this weekend!

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    Sonja / A Couple Cooks
    April 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I love this idea! We tried a raw cheesecake a while back that was tasty but not quite there — I love the idea of using that filling inside of strawberries! Awesome that it fits into your raw diet too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    April 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Such a fun idea, I love strawberry cheesecake!

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    Ashley
    April 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I’m pretty sure I could eat a whole lotta these in one sitting! They sound wonderful. Now if only I could get my hands on some decent strawberries… soon enough I guess!

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    rachel @runningrachel
    April 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    How clever and YUMMY! Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Freda Love Smith
    April 11, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    This looks seriously luscious, thank you! I look forward to reading about your raw foods experiment, it’s something I’ve considered doing myself.

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    Sarah @ Play 2 Learn with Sarah
    April 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Those look amazing! I can’t wait to hear about the raw food experiment…I’ve been thinking about it, but need to see if you survive first! LOL

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      Kiersten
      April 12, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      I loved the raw food and I didn’t feel deprived at all. The desserts were amazing and I will definitely be having raw desserts instead of brownies and cupcakes in the future. And I loved snacking on nuts, seeds, fruits, and veggies instead of convenience foods. I tend to rely on a lot of “healthy” convenience food, but doing the raw fast helped me see that I feel so much better eating real food.

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    Maria Tadic
    April 11, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    These look so yummy! I love cheesecake…its one of my top favorite desserts ever!

    Be careful on your fast – stay hydrated and make sure to eat plenty of protein! Sure you will though ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Kiersten
      April 12, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      The cleanse I was on had a nut milk in it, for protein and fat. But I only ended up doing one day and then I quit this morning. I was throwing up and SO SO miserable. Like, just being hungry I could tolerate, but throwing up, nope, I had to stop.

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