Raw Lemon 'Cheesecake' (Dairy-free)

By Olivia Wollenberg From the book Livia's Kitchen
Dairy-free Raw Lemon 'Cheesecake' from Livia's Kitchen.

Soaking cashews overnight and blending them with other ingredients creates a mix that can be left to set in the freezer to develop a thick, creamy texture. These raw ‘cheesecakes’ can be made with so many ingredients, and in my opinion lemons are one of the best to use, giving a refreshing and zesty flavour.

For how many? Makes a 24cm Cheesecake


  • To serve:
  • lemon zest, chopped pistachios and/or fresh berries (optional)
  • Base:
  • 60g soft pitted Medjool dates
  • 165g unsalted pistachio kernels
  • 90g blanched almonds
  • Lemon cheesecake layer:
  • 75g macadamia nuts
  • 85g cashews
  • 75g raw coconut oil
  • 90ml full-fat coconut milk (mix the tin well before using)
  • 90ml fresh lemon juice
  • 50ml maple syrup
  • 1 lemon, zest of


1. Soak the macadamia nuts and cashews overnight or for a minimum of 4–6 hours. Drain and rinse.

2. To make the base blend all the ingredients in a food processor until they start to come together and then pour into a 24cm pie tin and push down to cover the base.

3. To make the lemon cheesecake layer, add everything except the lemon zest to the food processor and blend until smooth.

4. Add the zest and pulse a couple of times.

5. Pour on top of the base and place in the freezer for a couple of hours to set.

6. Take out of the freezer at least 2 hours before serving and keep in the fridge.

7. Serve the cheesecake with a sprinkling of lemon zest, some chopped pistachios and fresh berries, if using.

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