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Vanilla Cheesecake with Cherry Compote

Now that the weather is getting warmer I am in need of a refreshing dessert. The cheesecake with cherry compote definitely hits the spot. It is made with healthy ingredients such as coconut milk, chickpeas (yes... in a cheesecake.. you won't taste it!), maple syrup, dates and almonds. Can't get enough of it, so let's get into the recipe!

Recipe (serves 10-12) Prep time: 1.5 hours Base

  • 150 grams (1.5 cup+2 tablespoons) oatmeal

  • 150 grams (1 cup) almonds

  • 150 grams (2/3 cup) dates

  • 2 tablespoons almond butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1 can (400 ml) full fat coconut milk

  • 200 grams (1 1/3 cup) cashews (soaked +4 hours beforehand)

  • 200 grams (1 cup) chickpeas

  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) maple syrup

  • 3 tablespoons corn starch

  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cherry compote

  • 300 grams frozen cherries (defrost them)

  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) cherry juice (or water)

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius (320 Fahrenheit)

  2. In a blender or food processor, blend all the ingredients for the base until you have a sticky dough.

  3. Line a 20 cm pie dish with baking paper (or add some oil/butter) and press the dough into the pan. Place it into the fridge.

  4. In the meanwhile, blend the ingredients for the filling until you have a smooth batter. Pour the cheesecake filling into the pie pan.

  5. Bake the cheesecake for 50 minutes. Let it cool down completely and place it into the fridge to set for 4+ hours.

  6. While the cheesecake is baking you can make the cherry compote. Add the defrosted cherries, cherry juice or water and coconut sugar to a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and let it simmer. Mix the cornstarch with some water and add this to the cherry compote. Stir until the cherry mixture has thickened. Remove from heat.

  7. When the cheesecake has set, take it out of the fridge and add the cherry compote. Now it's ready to serve. Enjoy!

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