Berry Baobab Cheesecake sliceBelieve it or not, the cheesecake was a popular dessert in ancient Greece, in fact the earliest recorded mention of a cheesecake was by the Greek physician Aegimus, who wrote a book on the art of making cheesecakes, dating back to the 5th century BC! Now, that’s a long history for this common and delightfully sweet, layered treat. Proof that good things never grow old.

In more recent history, the cheesecake adapted through a wonderful amalgamation of cultures and countries. The culinary customs spread from Greece to the Jews and on to Germany. The recipe as we would see most commonly today was provided by the Germans, who used cottage cheese. The cheese we use today was provided by the Americans after their invention of Cream Cheese in the 19th Century. There truly is no dessert more universal than the cheesecake.

In the words of Queen Nigella herself, “there are few words that make people salivate more than ‘cheesecake’. Even those without an obvious sweet tooth, can muster an appetite when cheesecake is on the menu.” I have to say though, I prefer to do away with the heavy dairy and calorie content combined with the refined sugars in most cheesecake recipes you will come across today.

This rendition of a cheesecake is my completely unadulterated version; it comes with all the flavor and none of the guilt, I assure you. It is refined sugar free, dairy free, grain free, it is plant based/vegan and it is even raw for those so inclined. It is packed with the protein of nuts and the freshness of berries, and the special ingredient, which is a secret no more thanks to my last post, is baobab. Not only is this sweet treat healthier for you, it is also infused with a powerhouse of berry and baobab nutrients.

So, if you find yourself simply craving the creamy richness of cheesecake, or you are having guests that you want to impress beyond measure, then get in the kitchen and whip up this special occasion-worthy no-bake cheesecake, it will become a family favourite, I promise you!

Berry Baobab Cheesecake
Serves 8
A delicious and healthy version of a timeless treat
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Crust
  1. ½ cup organic dried figs – soaked in hot water for 30 mins
  2. 6 dates – soaked in hot water for 30 mins
  3. ½ cup raw almonds
  4. ¼ cup raw pistachio nuts
  5. ¼ cup raw pecan nuts
  6. 1 Tbsp coconut oil – melted
  7. 1 Tbsp Maple syrup / honey
  8. 1 Tbsp carob chips/dark chocolate chips
  9. 1 Tbsp shredded coconut
  10. ½ tsp salt
Filling
  1. 1 cup fresh berries (I used raspberries, blackberries and blueberries)
  2. ¾ cup raw cashew nuts (soaked for 3 hours)
  3. ¼ cup Baobab fruit powder
  4. Juice of ½ a lime
  5. ¼ cup Maple Syrup
  6. ½ cup coconut cream
  7. ½ cup coconut oil – melted
  8. 1 tsp vanilla essence
Directions for the Crust
  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor on high.
  2. Place in a parchment paper lined spring-form tin (I used a 7 inch).
  3. Press down and flatten the base, ensuring the crust is thicker on the edges, forming a lip for the filling.
For the filling
  1. Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender; blend on high until a smooth thick paste is formed.
  2. Add this slowly to the base and place in the freezer for 15 minutes to set the top slightly.
  3. Add your desired fresh berries/nuts as a decorative dressing on the top and re-freeze for 3 hours. Remove from the freezer at least ½ an hour before serving.
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13 Comments on A Berry Baobab Cheesecake sans ‘Cheese’

  1. OneDizzyBee
    December 11, 2015 at 1:19 am (2 years ago)

    This looks amazing. I have to try and make it. Read your baobab post too. I hope I can find some! Was especially interested in the potassium content as my husband and I are hypertensive and supposed to eat bananas to keep our potassium levels up. But only so many bananas can a person eat in a day!

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    • thibah1984
      January 25, 2016 at 2:04 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks OneDizzyBee, Baobab IS amazing! I purchase online from farafena.com … A natural unadulterated option for daily potassium intake that is NOT banana 😉

      Reply
  2. Elanor
    December 14, 2015 at 9:23 pm (2 years ago)

    This sounds delicious, definitely worth trying, especially as I will be going back on a diet soon 🙂

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    • thibah1984
      January 25, 2016 at 2:01 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Elanor. Ah, diets! Feels like I’m on a endless one of those…but recipes like this one still make me feel like I can treat myself as often as I like. 😉

      Reply
  3. Ika
    December 14, 2015 at 10:23 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m always on a look out for healthier dessert options. Your cheesecake looks delicious. I’ll definitely try it.

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    • thibah1984
      January 25, 2016 at 2:00 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much Ika. Would love your feedback when you have given it a go.

      Reply
  4. Sarah
    December 14, 2015 at 11:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Very interesting recipe. I am curious to try this and see how it stacks up against the real thing.

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    • thibah1984
      January 25, 2016 at 1:59 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Sarah. Well, it certainly tastes great, minus a little of the cheesy flavour that a real cheesecake would have, but delicious all the same. 😉

      Reply
  5. Yulie
    December 15, 2015 at 2:25 am (2 years ago)

    I love cheesecakes they are literally my favorite deserts! This one sounds really good even though I’ve never had a cheesecake without dairy in it lol. I would love to try this one day 🙂

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    • thibah1984
      January 25, 2016 at 1:58 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Yulie! Do let me know how you like it once you have given it a go. It has become a family favourite around here 😉

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  6. Jordyn
    January 13, 2016 at 12:13 am (2 years ago)

    Thibah – this looks amazing! I have an ultra sweet tooth, but always feel so quilty and crummy afterward. Can’t wait to try it.
    I would love to nominate you for the Liebster Award, if you’ll accept. You can find it on my blog here: http://wp.me/p602F4-3F, but no pressure if you aren’t interested. Just let me know and congratulations on a wonderful blog, I’m so happy I found it!

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    • thibah1984
      January 25, 2016 at 1:56 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much Jordyn! Do let me know what you think after you have tried it! I would love to be nominated for you Liebster award, and thanks so much for thinking of me. I’ll have a look at the link now. Keep in touch! Thibah

      Reply

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