Orange Spice Cheesecake (Dairy/Gluten/Sugar-Free)

Perfect for the holidays: Sweet citrus coupled with warm cinnamon in a luscious no-bake “cheesecake!” You won’t believe it’s gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free (Low-Carb/Keto, Paleo and Vegan) Orange Spice Cheesecake (Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan) PrettyPies.com

MIND-BLOWING healthy desserts. That’s what I’m after. And by golly, THIS IS IT.

Your brain is not going to be able to FATHOM how these ingredients turn into this crazy good Orange Spice Cheesecake, without using ANY flour, cream cheese, eggs, or SUGAR of any kind.

This rich and creamy “cheesecake” is made with 100% plant-based cream and naturally sweetened with fruit. WITHOUT all the carbs/sugar/junk. Mind-blowing taste using wholesome ingredients!! UNBELIEVABLE.

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FOREVER FAVORITE

CHEESECAKE, it’s been MONTHS and months, and I have missed you so! I didn’t even realize it until I TASTED this one. These raw cakes are MY FAVORITE DESSERT ever. So LUSCIOUS. So smooth and creamy.

My whole family went NUTS over this one (ha, unintentional pun), saying this one’s a KEEPER, a good one, with exclamations of MMmmm and, “Can I have another slice?” It’s definitely one of my BEST cheesecake recipes YET. I’m not even exaggerating.

TRIPLE THREAT

Usually, I use soaked cashews to make the “cream” but this time, I used a combo of soaked almonds + cashews (to reduce both the carbs AND the cost, since cashews can be pricey) And I also added in some coconut cream to make it super silky. And this triple cream combination did not disappoint!

How do you soak nuts? It’s simple, get a large glass bowl and put the nuts inside. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Remove it from the heat and pour it over the nuts. Let them sit for a minimum of 2 hours to soften and absorb some of the water. Drain, rinse and shake them dry and they’re ready to be blended into CREAM!

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IS THIS REALLY SUGAR-FREE/Keto??

That’s the golden question! I know you’re thinking, “how can this even taste good without sugar?” And, “If it has ORANGE JUICE, isn’t that a lot of CARBS? That’s not KETO.”

Let’s just clear up any confusion: it tastes AMAZING thanks to a magical fruit (no not that one). It’s MONKFRUIT. Yes, it’s a real fruit. And the magical people at Lakanto transformed it into a granulated sugar replacement and a maple syrup replacement. And they both taste like the REAL DEAL. No weird aftertaste, no “cooling” effect. Just pure sweetness.

And, YES, there is orange juice. ONE QUARTER of a cup, which only adds 6 carbs to the ENTIRE cake (less than 1 carb per serving). It’s TOTALLY FINE. 🙂

The NET carbs for each slice is just 3.2! Woohoo!! That is another MIND-BLOWING characteristic of this recipe. Seriously. I’m shocked.

“But I’m not keto or low-carb!” No worries, just use coconut sugar and pure maple syrup (just not Aunt Jemima!)  If you have a question about swapping out the sweetener, just leave a comment here on the blog, or message me on Facebook. I’m always happy to help!Orange Spice Cheesecake (Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan) PrettyPies.com

NO GRIT

I sometimes get questions about the texture of cashew cheesecakes. Some people comment that theirs did not turn out silky smooth. Well here’s my answer: you didn’t blend it long enough. Plain and simple.

If you’ve got a decent food processor (I love this one) and you properly soaked your nuts (YES it’s an absolute REQUIREMENT. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can skip it) then all you have to do is let the machine do it’s work.

If you watch some of those videos on Facebook (like my viral video) they make it look like you only have to blend the cashews for like 2 seconds. WELL THAT IS FALSE lol. It’s more like 5-10 full minutes. When it’s blended enough it’s completely SMOOTH and creamy with no grittiness AT ALL.

TIP: stop and scrape down the sides a couple of times during this step so all of it gets super smooth.

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IF YOU WANT PRETTY

To make your cheesecake nice and TALL, you need a small springform pan. (I use this 7″ pan from Amazon.)

Otherwise, you’re going to have a FLAT/thin cheesecake.

And don’t forget to add a little garnish. Not only does it look appealing, but it enhances the flavors! More orange zest, which is So aromatic, and another dash of cinnamon for extra warmth. A dollop of cream for extra silky texture, a little wedge of orange for a pop of color!

In my opinion, food tastes better when it’s pretty 😉 And a tall, statuesque slice properly garnished is so much more enjoyable. Orange Spice Cheesecake (Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan) PrettyPies.com

This delectable cheesecake has bright citrus flavor with hints of warm spices, making it the perfect dessert for a winter holiday celebration. Christmas party anyone?

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Orange Spice Cheesecake (Dairy/Gluten/Sugar-Free)

Citrus and spice make everything nice! You won't believe this luscious cheesecake is Low-Carb/Keto, Paleo & Vegan!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 10 slices

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup roasted almonds
  • 1/2 cup roasted pepitas (green pumpkin seeds) or other nut/seed
  • 2 Tbs coconut oil
  • 1 Tbs granulated monkfruit or coconut sugar for non low-carb
  • Pinch of pink salt
  • 1-2 Tbs water

Cheesecake

  • 1 cups blanched (skinless) almonds soaked
  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked
  • 1/2 cup Lakanto maple syrup or pure maple syrup for non low-carb
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
  • Zest juice of 1 large orange 1/4 cup juice & + 1 Tbs zest
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon to taste
  • dash of nutmeg, ginger or cloves optional
  • Pinch of pink salt

Garnish

  • Coconut whipped cream, orange slices, orange zest and cinnamon

Instructions

To make the crust:

  • Pulse together almonds and pepitas a few times in a food processor to break down. Add in coconut oil, monkfruit and salt and blend again until a sticky dough forms, adding water at the end to help stick together.
  • Press into a 7" springform pan lined with parchment. Freeze while you prepare the filling.

To make the filling:

  • (Use nuts that have been soaked in hot water for 2 hours minimum) Drain, rinse and shake dry, then blend almonds and cashews in a food processor for at least 5 minutes, until completely broken down into a thick paste.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend smooth.
  • Taste and adjust for flavor (more sweetener, zest, spice). Pour over crust.
  • Wrap with foil and freeze about 2 hours or until firm. Remove from springform and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Garnish with whipped coconut cream (recipe in notes) an orange slice and a dusting of cinnamon. ENJOY 🙂

Notes

Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate and Lakanto affiliate I may earn a small commission from qualifying purchases made through referral links in this post (at no additional cost to you) to help cover the costs of running this site.
Lakanto Monkfruit Granulated Sweetener
 
 
 
thrive market coconut cream
To make coconut whipped cream: scoop out the solid white cream from a can of coconut milk or coconut cream into a mixing bowl. *if using coconut milk, refrigerate can for 48 hours first and be careful not to get any water in the cream)
Sweeten with 5 drops of vanilla monkfruit or 8 drops of vanilla stevia, or 2-3 tsp powdered monkfruit or a dash of pure monkfruit or pure stevia powder.
For non low-carb, use 2-3 tsp powdered coconut sugar. Add 2 tsp vanilla extract if your sweetener is not vanilla. Whip with a hand mixer about 15 seconds until fluffy & smooth.
Storage: Refrigerate for about 10 days or freeze for about 2 months in an airtight container.
Macros (without whip): 
  • Calories 411
  • Fat 37  
  • Carbohydrate 15 g
  • Sugar Alcohol 4.8 g
  • Fiber 7 g
  • Net Carbs 3.2 g 
  • Protein 10 g

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