Gluten-free raw lemon cheesecake


How do you like the sound of a dessert that’s not only raw, but also free from gluten, grains, dairy, eggs and sugar? This vegan and paleo-friendly lemon cheesecake from The Real Foodies ticks all the boxes and is also big enough to share around for a special occasion. The recipe serves 12–16, but you can halve the filling ingredients for a more modest size. Find this recipe among many other allergy-friendly dishes in The Real Foodies Cookbook: Real Food for Real People.


2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
20 dates
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon
rind from 2-3 lemons

4 cups cashews, soaked and drained
1 cup coconut oil
juice of 4 lemons, approx. 1/2 cup
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4–1/2 cup maple syrup
pinch of salt

To decorate
lemon slices and rind
nuts (optional)


  1. Place 4 cups of cashews in container and cover with warm water. Sit in fridge for 4 hours or overnight.
  2. To make the crust, combine almond meal, coconut, dates, coconut oil, cinnamon and lemon rind in a processor and process until mix sticks when squeezed together.
  3. Pour mix into a spring-form tin and press down using the back of a spoon to create a firm base. Sit aside while you make the filling.
  4. For the filling, drain and rinse soaked cashews and place in processor, mixing on high until a butter forms.
  5. Add in 1 cup of coconut oil and blend again until you have a consistent smooth mix. Add the lemon juice, coconut milk, maple syrup and salt and blend on high until well combined.
  6. Pour filling mix onto the base and compact gently but firmly using a spoon or spatula. Be careful not to leave air bubbles, which will make gaps in the sides of your cake. Flatten the top of the cake using a baker’s scraper or spoon.
  7. Decorate with lemon rind, slices of lemon or your favourite nuts.

Photography by Justin Smith, MLDMedia. All works remain the legal and intellectual property of The Real Foodies™ – REAL FOOD AUSTRALIA and MLDMedia.

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