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Cheesecake.

If I had to choose my favorite dessert, it would be a tie between cheesecake and ice cream.

Heck. Why not just have both?!

Sadly, when I said bye-bye to dairy several years ago, I also said bye-bye to cheesecake.

What a sad, sad day. 🙁

Now, don’t get me wrong.

There are TONS of dairy-free cheesecake recipes out there. A simple Google search will give you thousands of suggestions.

Vanilla Bean Faux Cheesecake (gluten, grain, dairy, egg, and nut free) // deliciousobsessions.com

But the one thing that drove me crazy about all of those recipes is that they are all made using a nut base for the “cheese” part.

I like nuts, but that is just too dang much, especially if you are following any sort of gut-healing diet or the autoimmune protocol.

While I have successfully reintroduced nuts and seeds into my diet, I still keep my consumption to a minimum, just because it’s easy for me to get carried away and eat far too many. A few here and there is fine, but a slice of cheesecake made with macadamia nuts or cashews is just too much for me to handle.

So, that is how this recipe came about.

I knew there had to be  away to get a cheesecakey dessert without having to use nuts in my crust or as the base for the filling.

And so my vanilla bean faux cheesecake was born.

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100% gluten, grain, dairy, egg, and nut free.

The splash of fresh lemon juice and zest gives it that slight tang of cream cheese. While it’s not going to taste exactly like your favorite cheesecake, it’s a pretty darn good substitute!

If you’re on a restricted diet, enjoy!

I used Norm’s Farms Elderberry Jam as the topping on this, but you could use any other jam or jelly of your choice. Fresh fruit would also be amazing, as would a fruit puree or sauce. Feel free to experiment with what you have on hand.

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Vanilla Bean Faux Cheesecake (gluten, grain, dairy, egg, and nut free) // deliciousobsessions.com
Vanilla Bean Faux Cheesecake (gluten, grain, dairy, egg, and nut free)
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: gluten, grain, dairy, egg, and nut free
Serves: 10
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  1. CRUST
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  3. Warm your coconut butter over low heat until smooth and liquidy.
  4. Place in a small mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Mix all the ingredients together until combined.
  6. Press dough into your springform pan, pie pan, or other baking dish until it covers the bottom.
  7. Bake for 10-15 min or until lightly browned.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool to room temp while you make the filling.
  9. FILLING
  10. Combine all ingredients except gelatin in a sauce pan.
  11. Heat over low heat until slightly warm.
  12. Slowly sprinkle the gelatin in while whisking vigorously.
  13. Remove from heat and pour mixture into a bowl.
  14. Place in fridge to chill for one hour.
  15. Once chilled, pour mixture into room temperature crust and chill completely. You can also freeze this if you're making it ahead of time.
  16. Top with your favorite jam or fresh fruit.
  17. Note: I made this with a 9" springform pan with a VERY tight seal. If you question whether your pan will seal enough to prevent the mixture from leaking, I recommend making this in a normal pie pan (maybe reduce the recipe by ¼ - ⅓ depending on the size of your pie pan). You could also use any type of glass baking dish and make cheesecake bars.

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