Mini Raw Cherry Lime Cheesecakes

I was quite excited when I got my hands on a bag of fresh organic cherries last weekend.  I love eating them just plain, even if I have to spit out the pits.  But it wasn't always this way.  I used to dislike cherries, because I thought they were all like the overly sweetened canned pie filling.  It always tasted tinny to me for some reason.  So, when I tasted a real fresh cherry as an adult, my eyes were opened.  

Now, whenever cherry season hits, I get excited!  I don't mind sitting and pitting them by hand for their use in pies, tarts, or crumbles...even if I don't have a cherry pitter.  It gives me time to sit and do something relaxing, and even enjoy a few in the process.  

I love the combination of cherry and lime, but I have never combined the two in a dessert, just a drink.  So, I decided that it was about time, and I married them in a scrumptious cheesecake!  


I wanted layers of flavor so on top of a pecan crust, I poured the tart lime filling, then a layer of sweet cherry puree, then a beautiful pink cherry vanilla cream layer.  It was quite lovely, but not too lovely to dive into.  

I have a feeling if there were cherry desserts like this around when I was a kid, I would have fallen in love with cherries the first time I tried them!  

Mini Raw Cherry Lime Cheesecakes
Makes four 4 inch cheesecakes

Crust:
3/4 cup pecans

1/8 teaspoon sea salt
3 soft medjool dates, pitted and chopped


Filling:
2 3/4 cups raw cashews (preferably soaked overnight)
1/4 cup coconut water (or filtered water)
1 Tbsp organic lime zest
1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp Lime juice
1/3 cup plus 3 Tbsp agave nectar
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp coconut oil (warmed to liquid)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract and seeds from half a vanilla bean (other half reserved for topping)
1 cup fresh organic cherries, pitted

Cherry Puree:
1/2 cup organic cherries
1 Tbsp agave nectar
8 whole cherries

Cream Topping:
3/4 cup raw cashew pieces (preferably soaked overnight)
1/2 cup coconut water
3/4 cup fresh young coconut meat* (or additional soaked cashews if not available)
2 tablespoons agave syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and seeds of half a vanilla bean (reserved from filling)
1/4 cup coconut oil (warmed to liquid)

Lightly coat four 4 inch spring form removable bottom pans with coconut oil. To prepare the crust, process pecans and sea salt in a food processor until the pecans are fine crumbs, then add the dates and process until the mixture holds together when squeezed between your fingers. Firmly press crust into the bottoms
 of the prepared pans, and set aside.

To make the filling, drain the cashews and combine them with coconut water, lime juice, and zest, agave nectar, coconut oil, sea salt and vanilla in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Remove the filling from the food processor, and divide evenly between 2 bowls. Place half back into the food processor and add one cup of  cherries. Puree until smooth and scrape back in the bowl.
For the cherry puree, using an immersion blender (or you can rinse out the food processor) combine the cherries and 1 Tbsp agave nectar and puree until smooth. Set aside.

To assemble the cheesecake, pour the lime vanilla filling over the crusts, then a little of the cherry puree, then the cherry filling.  Place in the freezer until it is set, 4 to 6 hours, then once set store in the fridge.

To make topping, drain cashews and blend all ingredients until smooth in a food processor, and set in the freezer about 30 minutes until a frosting consistency. Place in a pastry bag and pipe decoratively around the top of the cheesecake. Spread some of the cherry puree over the top of the cake.  Top with a couple cherries. Store leftover cake in the fridge.


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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

38 Comments
  1. July 12, 2012 at 12:56
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    The cake presents so well. I love the tri-colour. I also love cherries and don't mind spitting out the pits. The flavour speaks for itself.

    • July 14, 2012 at 02:05
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      Thank you :)! Glad to hear you are a cherry lover as well, I feel that many people miss out ;)!

  2. July 12, 2012 at 13:25
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    Just absolutely pure yumminess...again!! Love cherries(we went thru 6 bags in the last week and half). I never liked any of those canned cherry/apple ect tins either,,it's like it's not even a real apple or cherry! Well again another to save to faves and make and eat and enjoy :)

    • July 14, 2012 at 02:07
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      Thank you :)! I appriciate that there are other people out there that appriciate real fruit as opposed to overly sweetened! You sound like me in reguards to the cherry consumption ;)!

  3. July 12, 2012 at 13:26
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    I can't wait for cherry season to arrive....I have a cherry orchard in my backyard so right now I am in heaven....these little cherry cheesecakes look fantastic.

    • July 14, 2012 at 02:14
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      You are so lucky to have that kind of access to cherries! I bet you have lots of wonderful ways to use them as well ;)!

  4. July 12, 2012 at 14:55
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    These look and sound fabulous! I love the idea of cherry and lime together in a cheescake. Brilliant! Buzzed ya!

    • July 14, 2012 at 02:14
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      Thank you, and thanks so much for the buzz love :)!

    • July 14, 2012 at 02:14
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      Thanks so much :)!

  5. July 12, 2012 at 16:05
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    Those layers are just gorgeous!!! I am so curious about the taste of your raw cheesecakes...I'm dying for a sample :)

    • July 14, 2012 at 02:15
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      Thanks Liz! I wish I could send you some through the computer ;)!

  6. July 13, 2012 at 10:05
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    I'm sure everyone will agree with me when I say you have the prettiest looking cheesecakes in town! :)

    • July 14, 2012 at 02:15
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      Thank you so much :)!

  7. July 13, 2012 at 20:23
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    this looks absolutely wonderful.. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday... marlys-thisandthat.blogspot.com

    • July 14, 2012 at 02:16
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      Thank you, and thanks for visiting :)!

  8. July 13, 2012 at 20:31
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    Beautiful little works of art. Fabulous! Nana Clare's Kitchen

    • July 14, 2012 at 02:16
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      Thank you :)!

    • July 14, 2012 at 02:17
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      Thanks so much Vicky, you are too sweet :)!

    • July 14, 2012 at 02:17
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      Thank you :)!

  9. July 15, 2012 at 00:06
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    These look beautiful! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back next week with another GREAT recipe!

    • July 15, 2012 at 00:33
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      Thank you :)! Happy to share!

  10. July 15, 2012 at 13:50
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    This is beautiful, sounds delicious and is healthy! Love your blog too. I am your latest follower Thanks for linking up on Foodie Friends Friday!

    • July 16, 2012 at 22:48
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      Thank you :)! I am happy to share!

  11. July 15, 2012 at 19:54
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    This recipe looks great and the photos are lovely! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

    • July 16, 2012 at 22:48
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      Thank you :)! I am happy to share!

  12. July 15, 2012 at 20:19
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    Another beauty Amy. I am in awe over these mini cheesecakes, they are just perfect. Do you work in a vegan restaurant? Have your tried using raw macadamia nuts. I just posted a macadamia cheese, vegan. It tastes fanatstic, not quite as sublte as the cashews though. OXO sent me a cherry pitter, LOL, it works great.

    • July 16, 2012 at 22:50
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      Thank you :)! There is just something I enjoy about little desserts ;). I wish I worked in a vegan restaurant! But I work in a deli at a health food store, and the funny thing is I don't even make the desserts there! Your cheese sounds yummy, and lucky you getting a cherry pitter :)!

  13. July 16, 2012 at 20:07
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    Looks amazing, have you ever made a carrot cake?

    • July 16, 2012 at 22:51
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      Thank you :)! I have not made a raw carrot cake yet, but it is on my list of things I want to make! So far I have just made a vegan one which was delicious.

  14. July 17, 2012 at 00:05
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    I love your website. I just recently started eating a plant based diet with whole grains. I`m an avid baker and have been finding it hard to find Vegan recipes that don`t use special ingredients that I don`t have in my pantry. Your recipes are exactly what I needed! Oh, and your pictures are beautiful.

    • July 18, 2012 at 01:41
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      Thank you :)! I try to use recipes with ingredients that are easily found in health food stores.

  15. July 17, 2012 at 17:53
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    These are such beautiful cheesecakes! I just love the cherry and lime combo =)

    • July 18, 2012 at 01:43
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      Thanks :)! I thought it was a good combo!

    • July 28, 2012 at 00:55
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      Thank you :)! They are much tastier than regular cheesecake, so you might enjoy them ;)!

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