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!)
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?) 🙂 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 🙂
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.
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.
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 cheesecake, chocolate 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!!
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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