Caramel Apple Cheesecake (Dairy Free, Paleo)
This Caramel Apple Cheesecake is made with soaked cashews, keeping it dairy free and vegan friendly! The caramel apple topping gives a nice sweetness and makes this a perfect dessert for fall - or any time of year!
Every fall, I beg Kyle to go apple picking. I act like a 5 year old child, refusing to leave the store without a new toy and stomp around screaming until he agrees. Alright, it's not that extreme, but it is pretty close. We never went last year, so in preparation for Fall 2015, I began my requests last November. No one can say I don't think ahead.
11 months of work paid off! Getting a few of our friends on my side helped too. We hit the orchards hard, picked a peck of apples and then followed it up with a corn maze (also my demand). By the end of the day, it was insanely cold and I'm confident the maze was done only to appease me. This just confirms that my friends are some of the greatest human beings on the planet. I made sure to document the moment via selfie-stick (thanks, Ashley!) the greatest and worst invention known to mankind.
We left with a peck of apples to... peck... our way through. Do you see what I did there? I know, I'm so lame. Our finds were the perfect excuse for a new apple inspired dish!
Another inspiration for this new dessert was my friend Jeana. While we were on a beach in Mexico last week, she decided she was going to try a dairy free life upon return to the States. For the record, I don't recommend making a decision like this while on an all-inclusive vacation and drinks are flowing, but I fully supported her decision then and I do now. Now that we're back, she's making steps to cut out dairy, but there's one main pitfall. The girl loves cheese. Really, who doesn't? It's delicious, but it is avoidable in an equally delicious manner.
In closing (does that make me sound like an attorney?) this new treat is inspired by my super considerate, apple picking, motivated and #dairyfree friends!
- 3 cups raw cashews, soaked 12-24 hrs
- 1/4 cup pure lemon juice
- 1/2 cup coconut milk, full-fat
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbs raw honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups pecans
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2-3 lg Gala apples
- 2 tbs butter, ghee or oil
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- dash of vanilla
- 1/2 batch caramel drizzle