I love gorgeous, sweet, decadent persimmons. They are perfect eaten alone, mixed up in smoothies, on top of porridge, chopped through salad, or spread with tahini! I had a few that were very ripe so I decided to make a cheesecake with them. To make the color stand out, I also decided to add some fresh turmeric. Turmeric really is one of nature's greatest super foods— it is a wonderful anti inflammatory, boosts your immunity, and assists with a variety of ailments from Alzheimer’s to arthritis to cancer and more. I love making desserts that are beneficial for your health and delicious at the same time.

Persimmon and Turmeric Cheesecake Slice [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Ingredients

For the Base:
  •  1 cup of desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup of pecans
  • 3/4 cup of soft dates
  • 1/4 cup of soft dried apricots
  • A small pinch of salt
For the Filling:
  •  1 1/2 cups of cashews soaked for 2-4 hours
  • 3 ripe soft persimmons, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup of coconut nectar
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • A good pinch of fresh yellow turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of orange zest
  • A small pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
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Preparation

To Make the Base:

  1. You can soak the dates and apricots in warm water for 20 minutes or so, to soften them and then strain well.
  2. Add all of the base ingredients to your food processor and process until the mixture comes together. It should stick together but still retain some texture.
  3. Press the base into a large square spring form tin and place in the refrigerator while you make the filling.

To Make the Filling:

  1. Place the persimmons in the bottom of your blender, then the coconut yogurt, lemon juice, coconut nectar, salt, orange zest, turmeric powder, and then the cashews on top- this will help make blending easier.
  2. Blend on high speed until very smooth and creamy, the liquid from the persimmons should be enough to get everything moving easily.
  3. Lastly, add the coconut oil and blend until mixed through.
  4. Pour the filling over the base and smooth out so it is completely even.
  5. Place the slice back in the refrigerator to set for 3-4 hours.
  6. You can top this with fresh slices of persimmon, chopped pecans, and serve with coconut yogurt and mint.
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