Cherries are a fantastic seasonal summer treat! They are packed with antioxidants and immune boosting nutrients such as Vitamin C! They also contain vitamin A (an important vitamin for eye health!), potassium, calcium and iron! They are delicious just as they are however I have to say that cherry cheesecake is one of my favorite ways to enjoy them!
This recipe is gluten-free and vegan and made with a variety of nutrient dense real, whole food ingredients. The crust is made with a mixture of oats, nuts, dates & seasonings. The nuts add protein, fiber & nourishing fats!
The cheesecake layers are made with cashews, coconut milk, coconut butter and cherries. Some may be concerned about the saturated fat level in coconut milk however did you know that there are different types of saturated fat and that they affect our body differently? Coconut contains a type of fat known as Medium Chain Triglycerides which are generally easier for the body to digest and use as a source of energy.
Fat is an important macronutrients for total body wellness and plant-based sources of fats, such as those found in nuts and coconuts, are a wonderful choice! Not only do they provide our body with fat (helping out hormones and cells function optimally) they also contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and more! Fat also helps the body manage blood sugar levels and appetite!
A well balanced diet packed with real, whole foods is key for overall health. Of course, life is more fun with treats and we love that this treat definitely satisfies our sweet tooth while nourishing our body with wholesome ingredients!
Just a tip, this recipe does require some prep the day before and then you will also need to freeze the cheesecake overnight before enjoying!