Guilt-Free Paleo Blackberry and Lemon Zest Cheesecake

• Paleo Blackberry & Lemon Zest Cheesecake •

I bet looking at these ingredients there is no way in this world that you could make Cheesecake. Cashews, almonds, dates, coconut milk and oil, lemon and honey. Quite the combination of ingredients if I do say so myself. Little do you know that YES! Yes you can make  cheesecake. A Paleo cheesecake that is. The most delicious guilt-free smooth Cheesecake that you might ever taste! Not a single processed ingredient. Only the best! 

Paleo Cheesecake

My sweet husband loves cheesecake. It is one his favorites. With Fathers Day I knew that I needed to make something special but I couldn't decide on what it was that could make this Fathers Day a hit. I thought about how any time I had made an actual cheesecake never once did it turn out. I need something new, something that would  make our tastebuds dance but at the same time something healthy that wouldn't leave me regretting that second slice because lets get real people! Who only eats one slice of cheesecake!? 

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I scoured through online archives of something that could surpass my expectations of taste and quality ingredients but also had to look amazing! I found a few things here and there but nothing that sparked my interest. I took a chance and threw together ingredients that I hoped would taste not only great but would also mimic a real Cheesecake.

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The crust though... I am a sucker for a good crust so when I thought about the combination of almonds, date and coconut oil for a crust I was already practically drooling! I have to admit I totally snuck a taste. OMGOODNESS! Heavenly!!! If you've ever had Natural Delight Dates their coconut flavor rocks my world and this comes pretty darn close! 

I probably caught my almost 5 year old licking the rubber spatula several times because the cashew cheesecake is seriously that delicious! I love that there isn't any eggs in it because lets be honest... Who doesn't like to lick the batter of any kind of cake?! I totally hope you didn't just raise your hand ;) 

Lets talk blackberries! I could have eaten this plain. Dead serious! It took some serious willpower to drizzle this over the top of the cashew cheesecake but I would be lying if I said that I didnt leave leftovers so I could eat straight from the jar! I can't help it! I love blackberries!   Especially Lemon! The combination of blackberries, lemon and honey made want a blackberry lemonade. So amazing! 

And well it just so ends up that not only did we mimic a real Cheesecake. I feel like this recipe mastered Paleo Cheesecakes altogether. In fact I won't ever need to look for another recipe again. This became my Go To Paleo Cheesecake! Now if you dont like Blackberries or Lemon Zest the ingredients are interchangeable which is one of my favorite things about Cheesecake. It goes so well with a mass variety amounts of toppings! 

I hope you love it as much as we did if so there won't be any left over! Which is why next time I am doubling up and making T W O.  My family to yours!


Paleo blackberry lemon zest cheesecake

Crust: 
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 almonds
1 tbs coconut oil
Parchment paper
Springform pan
• Line pan with parchment paper  
• Place pitted dates and almonds In food processor and pulse till you have a sticky mixture. 
• In a small bowl fold in coconut oil
• Take parchment paper and press crust into pan then refrigerate. 

Filling:
2 1/4 cup cashews soaked over night
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup organic coconut oil (room temp)
Juice of 1 lemon( keep lemon to zest) 
1 cup blackberries
3 Tbs raw honey (maple syrup or agave nectar will do.)
 

• Soak cashews overnight (or you can do my quick soak if needed sooner)
 

• Place soaked cashews, coconut milk, coconut oil, lemon juice, 2 TBS honey in food processor and pulse till smooth. 
 

• Poor mixture into springform pan over crust then refrigerate. (8 hours or overnight)
 

• Place blackberries and 1 TBS honey in food processor pulse till you have purée. 
 

• Pour blackberry and honey mixture over the cashew cheesecake when you have a 2-3 hours left of the 8 hours of refrigeration total. 
 

• Zest your lemon and sprinkle over blackberry mixture. 
 

• Serve and enjoy!