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Caramel-Apple Cheesecake with Date-Caramel Drizzle [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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This cheesecake is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, uncooked (raw) and so, so tasty. Best of all, it’s not that complicated to make. All you need to do is plan ahead (and prepare to spend some time in the kitchen). Enjoy this sweet, caramel treat guilt-free!

Caramel-Apple Cheesecake with Date-Caramel Drizzle [Vegan, Gluten-Free]



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To Make the Crust:

  • 2/3 cup almonds (preferred: soaked 8 hours, drained, then dehydrated)
  • 1/4 cup dates, pitted
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped, dried apples
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut

To Make the Filling:

  • 2 cups peeled apples, diced
  • 3/4 cup cashews, soaked 2-3 hours
  • 3 tablespoons agave syrup, maple syrup, or raw sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

To Make the Caramel Apple Topping: 

  • 2 large apples, peeled and diced small
  • 1/2 cup date-caramel syrup (recipe below)

To Make the Date-Caramel Sauce:

  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or coconut nectar
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt


To Make the Cheesecake:

  1. In a food processor, grind almonds into a flour. Add the dates and process until a dough is formed.
  2. Pulse in the dried apples, cinnamon and enough water to create a dough that will hold together when pressed into a cheesecake pan.
  3. Sprinkle shredded coconut into the bottom of a medium-sized cheesecake pan. Then, sprinkle the “crust” mixture on top, and press until the entire bottom layer is uniform. Set the crust in the freezer as you prepare the filling.
  4. Blend the “filling” ingredients until completely smooth. Take the cheesecake pan from the freezer, and pour the filling ingredients on top. Slide the tin back and forth to level out the filling. Chill the cheesecake in the freezer for 5-6 hours or overnight.
  5. Two to three hours before serving the cheesecake, make the caramel apple topping (recipe below). When you are ready to dish the dessert, allow the cheesecake to thaw for at least 20 minutes. Then, add the date-caramel syrup (recipe below) on top. Garnish the entire dessert with the caramel apple topping. Then, slice into 8-10 pieces depending on your preference.
  6. Store the cheesecake in an air-tight container in the freezer for up to 3 weeks. Enjoy!

To Make the Caramel Apple Topping: 

  1. 2-3 hours before you serve the cheesecake, prepare the caramel apple topping.
  2. Mix diced apples with 1/2-1 cup of the date-caramel sauce (recipe below).
  3. Dehydrate the mixture for 2 hours.

To Make the Date-Caramel Sauce:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
  2. Drizzle over the top of the cheesecake, after it has thawed at least 20 minutes.
  3. Store in an air-tight jar up to 2 weeks.





Healthy recipes from a plant-based chef. Amanda Froelich is an RHN, plant-based chef, certified Reiki master therapist, freelance writer, world traveler, and activist. Her passions include writing, advocating for animals and the environment, and teaching people about the benefits of conscious eating. She shares healthy recipes at Bloom for Life.



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