No-Bake Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

This No-Bake Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache is a gluten-free, Paleo and vegan cheesecake made with a walnut crust, a creamy cashew cheesecake filling, topped with a luscious chocolate ganache. This healthier cheesecake alternative will satisfy your cheesecake cravings!

This No-Bake Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache is a gluten-free, Paleo and vegan cheesecake made with a walnut crust, a creamy cashew cheesecake filling, topped with a luscious chocolate ganache. This healthier cheesecake alternative will satisfy your cheesecake cravings!

I’ve been on a cashew cheesecake kick lately – I can’t seem to get enough of them, and I’m constantly impressed by the lusciously smooth and creamy filling that results after a few minutes whizzing in the blender.

It’s kind of amazing, isn’t it? Cashews, after being soaked in cold water overnight, transform into the most magically smooth and creamy paste, ready to take on any flavors you’re adding to it. [Read more…]

No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake Bars (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake Bars are incredibly creamy from the cashew base and taste just like strawberry shortcake! No baking necessary to make these gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan bars.

No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake Bars are incredibly creamy from the cashew base and taste just like strawberry shortcake! No baking necessary to make these gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan bars.

Raise your hand if you love strawberry shortcake!!

Is your hand up?! If it is, you’re probably going to be very, very excited about the contents of this post, because this is some insanely good strawberry shortcake goodness! Get your berries ready

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No-Bake Layered Blueberry Cheesecake (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

This No-Bake Layered Blueberry Cheesecake is a beautiful and easy-to-make Paleo-friendly + vegan cheesecake made with soaked cashews! The cheesecake layers are lusciously smooth and creamy with a tart, fruity topping.

This No-Bake Layered Blueberry Cheesecake is a beautiful and easy-to-make Paleo-friendly + vegan cheesecake made with soaked cashews! The cheesecake layers are lusciously smooth and creamy with a tart, fruity topping.

Looking at the pictures of this no-bake layered blueberry cheesecake makes me seriously giddy inside! Isn’t she a beauty?!

I’m pretty sure no-bake, raw vegan cheesecakes are my new favorite thing. The love affair began when I realized how beautiful and photogenic they can be after photographing this raspberry one for my friend Monica over at The Movement Menu, and then this citrus-topped lemon cheesecake stunner.

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Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt Cheesecakes with Blueberry Compote (Gluten Free + Refined Sugar Free)

These Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt Cheesecakes with Blueberry Compote are lightened up, but they’re just as creamy and flavorful as traditional full-fat cheesecake. The easy blueberry compote takes this gluten free and refined sugar free dessert over the top!

These Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt Cheesecakes with Blueberry Compote are lightened up, but they're just as creamy and flavorful as traditional full-fat cheesecake. The easy blueberry compote takes this gluten free and refined sugar free dessert over the top!

I could do happy dances in the sunshine about how excited I am for Spring, and soon enough, summer! Not that we’ve had much of a brutal winter here in San Diego, but it has been abnormally rainy.

I’m definitely ready for the sunshine to come back…that’s one of the reasons I moved back to California, after all. We had some nice 78°F weather the other day, so I think it’s fair to say that the sunshine is returning. [Read more…]

No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake with Citrus Topping (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

This No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake is a cashew-based raw, vegan, and Paleo cheesecake adorned with slices of juicy citrus. It’s incredibly creamy, a little tangy, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup.

This No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake is a cashew-based raw, vegan, and Paleo cheesecake adorned with slices of juicy citrus. It's incredibly creamy, a little tangy, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup.

Based on the number of citrus recipes I’ve posted over the many years I’ve been creating recipes, you would think I really didn’t like citrus. I really haven’t posted a recipe starring citrus in looooong time. 

You’d think I wouldn’t like citrus, based on that – right? Well, nothing could be further from the truth. I buy bags of citrus during the winter, and stock up on allll the different kinds every week at the farmer’s market. I marvel in their bright flavors, and the flavor nuances between a Cara Cara orange and a Navel, a tangerine and a clementine.  [Read more…]

Gluten Free Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars

These Gluten Free Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars will be your new favorite dessert! The super creamy cheesecake filling has a sweet + crunchy pecan praline topping.

These Gluten Free Pecan Praline Cheesecake Bars will be your new favorite dessert! The super creamy cheesecake filling has a sweet + crunchy pecan praline topping.Ah, the holidays. They turn December into a rowdy, festive, fast-paced swirl of a month, don’t they? It’ll be past in a blink. Before you know it, we’ll be entering 2017, and with the start of the new year, embarking on quests to fulfill our New Years Resolutions.

That may mean a few less desserts in our futures, so we better get in our fill while the holidays are still here, right?! Let’s talk candy and all things sweet. [Read more…]

Gluten Free Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Pretzel Crust

These Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes have a crunchy, salty pretzel crust that pairs irresistibly well with the spiced pumpkin cheesecake filling! Topped with a swirl of whipped cream, this is a gluten-free dessert everyone will go nuts for – it’s perfect for the holidays.

These Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes have a crunchy, salty pretzel crust that pairs irresistibly well with the spiced pumpkin cheesecake filling! Topped with a swirl of whipped cream, this is a gluten-free dessert everyone will go nuts for - it's perfect for the holidays.I’m drowning in pumpkin goodies! And really, I couldn’t be more excited about it. Fall is always interesting to me in the food world, because it seems like one of the only times that seemingly EVERYONE bands together to use the same ingredient over and over for a few months: pumpkin!

Walking into the grocery store is a mind-boggle of pumpkin spice everything in your face – I had to laugh when I walked into Trader Joe’s and was surrounded with pumpkin spice almond milk, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin spice tea (<— actually a major win, though), pumpkin pasta, and even pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds (seems like pumpkin inception right there). [Read more…]

Chai Cheesecake Bars (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

These Chai Cheesecake Bars are tangy and full of spicy chai flavor – they have a vegan cashew cheesecake filling and a pecan date crust. These creamy cheesecake bars are gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and there’s no baking required!

These Chai Cheesecake Bars are tangy and full of spicy chai flavor - they have a vegan cashew cheesecake filling and a pecan date crust. These creamy cheesecake bars are gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and there's no baking required!So as I’m writing this, it’s Sunday night and I’m lounging on my bed in my new apartment, about to spend my first night here. Bear, my big black Newfoundland/Chow, is sleeping, curled by the front door. I keep looking around and sort of giggling to myself, wondering how in the world I found exactly the kind of place I wanted.

I mentioned it in my last post, but I dreamed of a loft-style apartment, with high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. Guess what? I ended up in exactly that. It’s perfect for me – I’m turning it into half living space/half Bakerita studio, with a big kitchen island and a GINORMOUS shelving unit to store my photography props, pantry items, cookbooks, and whatever else ends up on there. [Read more…]