The New Veganism: Raw Vegan Strawberry Vanilla Cheesecake


All photos courtesy of James Ransom for Food52

There’s no better way to fall in love with raw food than through the wonderful world of raw desserts. I never cease to be amazed at what can be done with cashews, coconut oil, nuts, and dates–desserts so decadent and delightful that one would never guess they’re free of dairy, eggs, or refined sugars. My own raw dessert repertoire is pretty simple and basic, but it grows each year. This year, I took a brave plunge and set about crafting my first raw berry cheesecake.

If you tend to peruse raw food blogs, then you’ve probably seen photos of raw berry cheesecake online. They’re beautiful, if a bit intimidating. I can’t pretend that there’s not a lot of blending and processing involved in the making of this sumptuous dessert, but I promise that any memory of hard work will fade away when you cut a perfect slice, and witness the lovely contrast of cream and berry colors.


You can head on over to the latest New Veganism column at Food52 today, for the recipe. Berries won’t be with us forever, so now’s the time to show them off. I hope you enjoy it.


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Categories: Raw Desserts
Ingredients: Cashew Nuts
Dietary Preferences: Gluten Free, Raw, Soy Free

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  1. I prepared this today and it tastes as good as it looks. Just a slight glitch, the strawberry layer did not set after sitting in the fridge for over 3 hours. I confess I did put more strawberries in than called for in the recipe. Would that have been the cause? Super delicious. A keeper

    • Stephanie,

      Yes, that could have been it! Strawberries add more water, which makes the layer mushier. So glad the flavors were good though 🙂


  2. Looks awesome! Will defiantly give it a try! Raw desserts are heavenly! I am so surprised you have not made one looks pretty fantastic:)

  3. I’m not that big on sweet things or cheesecake but this looks gorgeous! I have always wanted to try a raw cake! I your food52 articles!

    Also ‘Vegan For Life’ – wow it is so great! Every vegan and hopeful vegan really ought to read it!

  4. Raw vegan desserts were my entree to raw food and they won me over with no trouble at all 🙂 I’ve been particularly delighted to discover that I love raw cheesecakes as much as I hate traditional types – so this is very appealing!

  5. A summer time treat for all the family, this is a MUST since were having a heatwave over the weekend. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  6. Wow, this looks amazing! I have only tasted one raw dessert, and it was delicious. I am not vegan, but I love your blog, and have shared it with many friends. Thanks for all the great recipes & stories!

  7. This is such a great twist on the NY classic! Can’t wait to win over my non-veg friends ;P

  8. Looks heavenly and I’m game to make it! Sounds right up my alley. YUM! Thanks Gena.

  9. Wow! That looks gorgeous; I am very impressed, Gena. I’m not a big dessert eater (or maker), but I will definitely have to try this. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Gorgeous! I’m always impressed with raw desserts. There’s a company that makes raw vegan “milk” chocolate (I think they spell it “mylk”…haha), and I was eating it one night over at my neighbors’ place, who are three twenty-something dudes. I offered some to them but they turned their noses up at the words raw and vegan. What fools! My friend and I were happy to keep it all to ourselves, but at the same time it bothers me when people don’t realize how delicious raw and vegan food can be! I know that if they had tried it, they would have been blown away. Desserts like this cheesecake of yours are the perfect treats to make for people who have that unfair mindset about healthy food!

    • Yeah, sometimes it’s best not even to utter the words “raw” or “vegan” until after someone has experienced the deliciousness 🙂

  11. I’ve yet to meet someone who hasn’t liked raw desserts! I’m yet to make a 2 layered raw cheesecake but they look so impressive despite being incredibly simple to make.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂