Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake RECIPE (Vegan, Gluten-Free, No-Bake)

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Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake RECIPE

Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake


Today I am sharing with you a recipe that I recently came up with for a paleo, vegan, no-bake cranberry cheesecake. This gluten-free (and no refined sugars) recipe features my homemade cranberry sauce as the star of the show. I just recently posted the recipe for my paleo cranberry sauce on my blog and I used those cranberries to come up with this holiday dessert. This faux cheesecake is not only scrumptious and delicious but you can enjoy this cheesecake without all of the guilt! If you like a dessert that is a bit on the tart side then this cheesecake might just be for you.

How I created this wonderful Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake

Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake

Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake

The Paleo Cranberry Sauce

First things first! You will need a total of 2 1/2 cups of some fresh Paleo Cranberry Sauce for this cheesecake. I posted the recipe for this cranberry sauce on my blog and it is so simple and easy to create. This paleo cranberry sauce is free of refined sugars and is sweetened with pure maple syrup. You can make it with or without the apples. I did not use apples in the batch of cranberry sauce that I created for this cheesecake.

You may use the cranberry sauce of your liking but fresh is going to be best with this recipe. I have not tested it with a cranberry sauce from a can so I don’t know how it will turn out if you go with canned cranberry sauce. Fresh is also best because you can control the flavor profile of it. You can get creative with the cranberry sauce spices and you can also control the ingredients (you may or may not want apples and nuts in your sauce).


This video below shows off one of my homemade, fresh, paleo cranberry sauces that I created in my slow-cooker. Too bad we do not have Smell-O-Vision! This cranberry sauce infuses your home with the most amazing aroma while it is simmering in the slow-cooker.

Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake Crust

For the crust of this paleo cranberry cheesecake, you will need some pitted Medjool dates, pecans, almond flour, finely shredded coconut, coconut oil, maple syrup and your spices (cinnamon, ground cloves, and cardamom). This crust will sort of ball up in the food processor and become a thick, sort of sticky mixture. To create the crust you simply just take the crust mixture and press it firmly and evenly into a springform pan.

Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake

Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake

This crust made with all-natural ingredients gives your paleo cranberry cheesecake a delightful flavor and texture. The crust gets its sweetness from the pitted Medjool dates and the little bit of pure maple syrup that goes into making it.

Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake Filling

The filling of this cheesecake uses raw cashews as the base of the filling. These paleo cheesecakes can be quite versatile with the formula that I came up with for them (I have a few recipes on my blog). I think of the cashews as a blank canvas. I also used a cup-and-a-half of my homemade Paleo Cranberry Sauce, some coconut oil, some vanilla extract, the spices, and also reserved one cup of the cranberry sauce for stirring into the filling after it has been processed.

This paleo cranberry sauce is a bit on the tart side. If you want this to be on the sweeter side you can add more maple syrup or some coconut sugar to the sauce. Adding more syrup or sugar for added sweetness is entirely up to you. For me, personally, I like my cranberries on the tart side and I do prefer to keep my sugar intake on the lower side of the spectrum.


Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake Topping

I created a bullseye design on my Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake with a cup of my homemade Paleo Cranberry Sauce and some pecan pieces. This topping lends an awesome texture to this cheesecake. This is an interchangeable ingredient and you can use the nut of your choice here. Chopped walnuts are another great nut that can be used to top your paleo cranberry cheesecake. Or you can do a mixture of pecan pieces AND chopped walnuts!

Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake

Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake

Essential equipment needed for Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake

There are a few necessities that you are going to need to have on-hand to create this paleo cranberry cheesecake.

Food processor

There is no way around this tool. You are most definitely going to have to have a decent food processor on-hand that is capable of processing these ingredients for your cheesecake. I love my KitchenAid food processor. The food processor will need to have a good cup size that can accomodate the ingredients. The filling of this paleo cranberry cheesecake has an entire pound of cashews and other ingredients that will need to go into the food processor so make sure yours is of good size.

Springform pan

You don’t need anything too fancy here but you will want to make sure that the pan has a tight grip on your ingredients. The filling is the part that needs a good amount of time to set. You don’t want your ingredients leaking out of the sides. I really love the Nordic Ware brand, they are a brand that I love and trust. You will also need some parchment paper to line the bottom of your springform pan.

Final Thoughts

I really truly hope that you enjoy this healthy cheesecake recipe. This Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake will be a hit at your Thanksgiving feast or holiday dinner party. It has an amazingly sweet and tart flavor and the texture will please your palate. This paleo cranberry cheesecake is a standout dessert. I have never in my life had anything quite like it. It has a very unique flavor and the texture is pretty similar to a traditional cheesecake (without all of the dairy!).

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Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake (Vegan, Gluten-Free, No-Bake)
Today I am sharing with you a recipe that I recently came up with for a paleo, vegan, no-bake cranberry cheesecake. This gluten-free (and no refined sugars) recipe features my homemade cranberry sauce as the star of the show. This recipe will be a hit at your next holiday gathering or party. If you love cranberries you will love this paleo cranberry cheescake!
Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake RECIPE
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 0
Passive Time 6 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake Crust
Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake Filling
Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake Topping
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 0
Passive Time 6 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake Crust
Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake Filling
Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake Topping
Paleo Cranberry Cheesecake RECIPE
Instructions
Crust
  1. For the crust, you are going to use a food processor and place all CRUST ingredients in the food processor and blend them on high until all ingredients are incorporated. This will be thick and it needs to be spread out evenly on a parchment paper lined 9" springform pan.
Filling
  1. Place all of the filling ingredients (except for the one cup of sauce, reserve that for a bit later) into the food processor. Blend up these filling ingredients until smooth. You may need to stop the food processor and stir the ingredients with a soft spatula.
  2. Once the filling is smooth, place the filling into a medium sized bowl. Stir in one cup of fresh paleo cranberry sauce.
  3. Smooth the filling out evenly on the crust. I use a soft spatula to smooth out the filling.
  4. Refrigerate the filling and crust for 6 hours.
Topping
  1. Remove the cheesecake from the refrigerator and place the cranberry sauce and the pecans on top with whatever design you would like. I did a bullseye design with my sauce and my nuts.
  2. Slice, serve, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Please keep refrigerated to maintain freshness.

Pumpkin pie spice can be subbed in for the seasonings if you do not have them.

Items you will need to create this recipe:

 


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