Low-Carb Strawberry Lime ‘Cheesecake’ (Vegan, Paleo)

Soft and creamy Strawberry Lime ‘Cheesecake’ — without the dairy, gluten, eggs or any added sugar! (You’d never guess this is made with healthy ingredients and secretly nutrient-packed!)

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Happy Place

Take me back to my happy place! Yesterday was a bad day. You know those kind of days where everything just seems to go wrong?!

The only bright spot of the day: this cheesecake.

Do you have a happy place? I actually got to visit mine last week. It’s my grandmother’s farm in Kentucky. I can’t get over how beautiful that place is. It’s calm, and peaceful. There’s nothing I’d rather do that sit on her back porch and sip coffee, watching the sunrise. That view of the rolling hills covered with green grass, ..the decades old red barn. The fields of crops in the distance. Birds literally singing lol. Beauty all around. It’s GLORIOUS and serene.

My hubby and 2 kids loaded up for a road trip to Kentucky during spring break. We originally had plans to send the kids to my parents’ house for the week while we had a nice staycation (sans-kids!), but instead we went to my Grandmama’s funeral. Even though it was a very sad time, we ended up having a wonderful trip.

Family time is good for the soul. Nature is healing. Getting away from the day to day stresses is just what I needed.

And my kids got to visit my HAPPY PLACE for the first time. I hadn’t been there in years! But I’ve got the memories (and a video of that porch! Did you catch it on my Insta stories?) ๐Ÿ™‚ Any time I’m having a bad day (*YESTERDAY!! lol), I think about that porch.

And any time I need some extra happy, I make cheesecake. Just looking at those pastel layers brings me the same kind of joy as looking at the Kentucky sunrise down on the farm. Not to mention TASTING it ๐Ÿ™‚

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Layers of deliciousness!

I’m in LOVE with this cheesecake. So yummy! Aren’t the layers pretty?? Don’t get scared by the layers. It’s not hard to do. For real. 

Layer 1: The CRUST. A no-bake crisp crumb that tastes like shortbread. It’s made in just 2 minutes using a food processor. Press a button. Press crumbs into pan. It’s that easy!

Layer 2: LIME. The cheesecake is base is also just blended in a food processor! Save half for the top layer. Add in some extra ingredients to make it GREEN and full of yummy lime flavor.

Here comes a secret ingredient. You’d NEVER guess it’s filled with spinach!! Hahaha! You cannot taste vegetables. Just tangy lime deliciousness.Low-Carb Strawberry Lime Cheesecake (Vegan, Paleo) PrettyPies.com

So Berry Pretty

Layer 3: STRAWBERRY. Put the remaining half of the filling back into the food processor and add in the magical strawberries!! Magical?? Yes! I used *freeze dried* strawberries in this recipe to maximize the flavor and color–without adding too much liquid (since strawberries are quite juicy!)

Freeze dried strawberries can be found at most grocery stores these days. I get them at ALDI (my favorite store).

Simply put the freeze dried berries into a small blender and pulverize into a powder. It only takes 5-10 seconds. So easy and makes it so PRETTY. Strawberry Lime Cheesecake (Vegan, Paleo) PrettyPies.com

More Secrets…

Ok, if you must know… this cheesecake is also filled with zucchini!!! And I PROMISE it’s delicious.

You’ve gotta trust me. It totally adds a lightness and creaminess. More fluffy. It’s not as heavy and dense as some cashew cakes can be. So perfect for spring and summer, or for when you want it to *feel* like spring anyway. (as I type this bundled up in my giant sweater dreaming of warmer weather! ha. SO ready for nice sunny days to return)

If you’re new, you may not know I’ve got a whole section of hidden zucchini desserts, like this white chocolate raspberry cheesecakechocolate pie, and this lemon icebox pie. It’s virtually undetectable. And one of my go-to schemes to get my kids to eat veggies. Because #momlife

Spinach AND zucchini?! Bwahahaha. They’ll never know!!Low-Carb Strawberry Lime Cheesecake (Vegan, Paleo) PrettyPies.com

Be Happy

I’ll be sharing this cheesecake of happiness with my fam for our big Easter dinner at my parents’ house. Can’t wait to see their faces light up when they see how pretty the colors are. (Should I tell them it’s full of veggies?? lol. Hmmm….)

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If you make this, be sure to tag me on Instagram @emily.likes.food #prettypies! I LOVE hearing from you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Low-Carb Strawberry Lime Cheesecake (Vegan, Paleo)

Light and creamy lime and strawberry "cheesecake"! You'd never know it's secretly healthy and has no sugar!!
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 12 slices

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups nuts walnuts & almonds
  • 2 Tbs coconut oil
  • Pinch of pink salt

Filling

  • 2 1/4 cups raw cashews soaked
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used canned coconut milk)
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
  • heaping 1/8 tsp pure stevia powder (or 1/2 cup maple syrup instead of milk & stevia)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Dash of pink salt

Additional Ingredients for Lime Layer

  • 1 handful spinach
  • 2 Tbs lime zest

Additional Ingredients for Strawberry Layer

  • 5 Tbs freeze dried strawberry powder

Instructions

To make the crust:

  • Pulse together all ingredients in a food processor.
  • Press into a small (7") springform pan lined with parchment.

To make the filling:

  • (Use cashews that have been soaked overnight in a bowl of water, or boil a pot of water and pour over and soak 2 hours) Drain, rinse and shake dry. Put cashews in food processor.
  • Peel and shred zucchini. Place shreds in a clean towel and squeeze out all the excess moisture. Blend cashews & zucchini until smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients, streaming in the oil last. Taste and adjust for sweetness.

To make the lime layer:

  • Remove half of the filling (about 1 1/3 cups) and set aside. Add zest and spinach to the filling and blend smooth.
  • Pour lime layer over crust and smooth with a spatula. Cover with foil and freeze for 1-2 hours until firm.

To make the strawberry layer:

  • Blend freeze dried strawberries into a powder using a small blender. Add powder to the leftover filling and blend again.
  • Spread strawberry layer on top of lime layer. Cover with foil and freeze again to set.
  • When cake is set, remove from springform, decorate with strawberries & more zest and refrigerate until ready to eat. ENJOY!

Notes

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Sincerely Nuts Raw Cashews (Buy here: https://amzn.to/2IdJYgl)
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Freeze Dried Strawberries from ALDI (similar on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2Ifi5F1) or Target, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Sprouts and other stores.
Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Buy here:ย https://amzn.to/2Gko8ra)
To store: Keep covered and refrigerated for about 1 week, or frozen for about 1 month.

7 comments

  1. Lyn says:

    I love your recipes….I made the chocolate cheese cake and it was delicious….I was wondering what I could use instead of nuts…I have two sons allergic to them. Thanks in advance.

    • Emily says:

      Thank you Lyn! Glad you liked that cheesecake ๐Ÿ™‚

      Are you looking to change the nuts in crust, or the filling too? If it’s just the crust, you can use seeds instead of nuts, like pepitas or sunflower seeds. Coconut shreds or oats could also work (or a combo of seeds and grains)
      The filling does not have an easy sub since cashews make up the key component.
      Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions

      • Lyn says:

        I was thinking of sunflower seeds for the crust but I would also need it for the filling as well…Thank you so much for responding.

  2. PegP says:

    First time making it took longer than 30 min ( for me) to prep! But I think Iโ€™ll get better and more efficient at it. And it is delish! Canโ€™t wait to see what the family thinks!

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