Caramel Apple Cheesecake Parfaits
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Raw
Serves: 6
 
Soak your cashews overnight first, then you'll be ready to roll with assembling this easy and fun raw dessert.
Ingredients
  • CRUST/STREUSEL:
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • ½ cup Medjool dates, pitted (you're using more dates below, so add them all up when planning)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 apple, diced (honeycrisp are my current faves)
  • CHEESECAKE:
  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight (use about 4 cups water)
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup melted virgin coconut oil (more coconut oil in sauce below; add to your total)
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (again, you're using more below)
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • CARAMEL SAUCE:
  • 10 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • about ½ cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Let's make the crust and streusel! Combine the pecans, the first batch of dates, the cinnamon and the sea salt in your food processor. Pulse until the mixture takes on a dense sandy texture. Press about 1½ to 2 tablespoons (depending on the size of your containers) firmly into the bottom of your 6 containers (small mason jars, parfait dishes, whatever you like). Toss the rest of the pecan/date mixture together with the diced apple and set aside.
  2. On to the cheesecake! It's as straightforward as can be. Drain those cashews and rinse 'em. Place them and all the ingredients under "Cheesecake" above (the coconut oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, salt) into a high speed blender and blend until very, very smooth. Spoon into your parfait dishes, dividing it evenly, and set aside.
  3. Speaking of: Blend all the remaining ingredients for the caramel sauce, until (again) very smooth.
  4. Now all we do is layer the remaining components! Spoon or pour some of the caramel sauce over the cheesecake layers. Loosely crumble the pecan/apple streusel over than, and then top with more caramel sauce - I put it in a ziploc bag and piped it out.
  5. Chill for an hour or so and serve.
Recipe by Healthy Family Recipes at http://www.apronstringsblog.com/raw-caramel-apple-cheesecake/