Pina Colada ‘Cheesecake’ (Dairy-free / Gluten-free / Vegan)

We’ve had a glorious summer here in the UK

This week, there’s been a change in the air. It’s cooling off, the rain’s returned and the evenings are drawing in.

But before we officially say goodbye to summer, I’m going to enjoy one last weekend of summer dishes, rounded off with a slice or two of this sunshine-filled Pina Colada ‘Cheesecake’. Cheesecake was my favourite childhood dessert, but I love this dairy-free version even more!

Pina Colada Dairy Free Cheese Cake #Vegan #Glutenfree

In this version, the dairy’s been replaced with delicious pineapple and coconut-flavoured cashew cream, gently sweetened with maple syrup. Instead of a biscuit base, we use crushed almonds and pecans for crunch, and dates for sweetness. The cake is then dressed with a layer of crushed pineapple and finished with a sprinkling of coconut flakes.

Pina Colada 'Cheese' Cake #Dairyfree #Glutenfree #Vegan

While cheesecakes aren’t usually considered to be a healthy option, this version is packed with goodness, including lots of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and heart-healthy fats. Like regular cheesecake, it is pretty calorie-intensive, but you’ll find that even the thinnest of slices will leave you feel satiated. Once the cake has firmed up, I slice it then pop it back in the freezer. That way, we can pull out a slice whenever we fancy one.

Pina Colada 'Cheese' Cake #Dairyfree #Glutenfree #Vegan

This recipe first appeared in Issue 3 of the fab e-magazine Fresh Vegan. One of my lovely readers has already made the cheesecake and I was thrilled to hear how much her family enjoyed it. It’s one of my family’s all-time favourite desserts and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do

Products used in this recipe
Aasani cashews and almonds, found on the world food aisle in Tesco (best value nuts I’ve found so far – £6.50 for 750g)
Clarks Original Maple Syrup
Optima Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil
Magimix 3200 Food Processor

Pina Colada 'Cheese' cake #Dairyfree #Glutenfree #Vegan

Do you have anything special planned for this last weekend of August? I’ve got lots of jobs to tackle this weekend… like my jungle of a garden & school uniform buying (as usual I’ve left the latter to the last minute!) Once the jobs are out the way, I’m looking forward to heading out on my bike in the beautiful English countryside.

Whatever you’re up to, have a great weekend everyone! xx

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16 Responses to Pina Colada ‘Cheesecake’ (Dairy-free / Gluten-free / Vegan)

  1. This is SO stunning. I looooove raw cheesecakes and pineapple and coconut are two of my favourite flavours. Your pictures look so lovely!! I will have to try this!

    I had a busy weekend with recipe-making/photographing/editing and two birthdays to attend…and it was a yucky, rainy weekend! I’m sure Spring will be here soon enough though….can’t wait for the New Zealand Summer again!

    Koko xoxo
    Koko recently posted..Sweet Potato Brownies (Gluten-Free, Vegan) + NEW LOOK!My Profile

    • Thank you Koko for your sweet words ♥ Coconut & pineapple are one of my favourite combos too… though as we’re now entering Autumn/Fall here, I’ve moved onto another awesome combo – apple & cinnamon. I’m obsessed with that combo at the mo… I’ve been making apple & cinnamon pancakes, smoothies, raw cakes… It’s such a warm, comforting flavour!

  2. This looks delicious Sharon…thank you for posting the recipe here.
    Vicky recently posted..My August TVK BoxMy Profile

  3. This cheesecake looks so yummy – could tinned pineapple be used?? then it could be made all year round. This is going to have to go on my “to bake list” Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog today.
    Handmade by Lorna recently posted..Hoobie Buns – a family favouriteMy Profile

    • Hi Lorna! Yes, I’m sure tinned pineapple could be used instead. I think Del Monte sell crushed pineapple in cans, which would be perfect for the topping & could just be stirred through the ‘cheesecake’ instead of blending. You’d just need to drain off the excess juice first.

      You’ll have to start a new “‘No bake’ list” for all these raw / no bake goodies that keep popping up on blogs 😀

  4. This looks like a perfect way to farewell summer (and keep it alive a little longer too!). I have been enjoying the most incredibly sweet fresh pineapple lately – I’m very happy to buy some more to make this 😉

    Also, thank you so much for your tahini advice! It seems I just need to look a bit harder and perhaps look beyond my local stores, which may be exceptions in not stocking it 🙂
    Kari @ bite-sized thoughts recently posted..Vegan MoFo 2014: Kicking things offMy Profile

    • Hi Kari! Yes, it was the perfect way to say farewell to summer. As soon as the last piece was gone, I swiftly moved onto my favourite Autumnal combos, like apple & cinnamon, plum & orange. Autumn is an amazing season for food isn’t it? I can’t wait to see what you’re cooking up. I’ll be hopping over very soon xx

  5. Do you reckon this would set without the coconut oil in the centre? I guess I could always just freeze it to start with hmmmmmm
    Sandy recently posted..Bit-like Coconut CurryMy Profile

    • Hi Sandy! I really don’t know whether it would set without the coconut oil. It might be worth testing a small amount of cashews first.
      Coconut oil is really dividing people in the health community isn’t it? Some are raving about its health properties and see it as a ‘wonder food’, then others say it’s bad. It’s so confusing! I just use it occasionally in food preparation (mainly for these dessert treats), and the rest of the time I use it as face moisturiser 😀

  6. This sounds and looks amazing, I love pineapple.
    Lauren (@PoweredbyPB) recently posted..Berlin Marathon Training Week 12My Profile

    • Hi Lauren! So glad you like the look of it! As well as this cheesecake, I love making pina colada smoothies. Pineapple & coconut is such a gorgeous flavour combo ♥

  7. Wow, that looks good! I love pina coladas, and I love vegan cheesecake (weirdly, in my pre-vegan days, I always hated cheesecake!), so it sounds like a perfect combination.
    Caitlin recently posted..Is This the Easiest Place to Travel as a Vegan?My Profile

    • Hey Caitlin, so lovely to hear from you ♥ Dairy and non dairy cheesecakes are pretty different (especially in texture) so I can totally understand why you might hate one & love the other!
      BTW, thank you so much for the tip you left me on Vegan Miam about making vegan feta. I found your recipe and I can’t wait to give it a try. Just need to buy some white miso x

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