Raw Food Recipe: Lemon Cherry Cheesecake

serves 8 – $1.50 per serving

 This cheesecake recipe is from my Spring Raw book, available over there on the side. It’s a refreshing dessert that tastes great anytime, but also goes over well at get togethers and holidays


  • 1 cup almonds ($2.00) 
  • 1 cup dates ($2.00)
  • pinch salt


  • 2 cups almonds, soaked and (optionally) blanched ($4.00)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice ($.40)
  • 1/2 cup agave ($1.60)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup water for blending


  • 1/2cup cherries ($.40)
  • 1/2 cup dates ($1.00)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice ($.40)
  • 1/4 cup whole cherries ($.20)

In a food processor fitted with an “S: blade, process the almonds until coarsely ground. Add the dates and process until the mixture sticks together. Press into the bottom and up the sides of an eight inch springform pan.

For the filling, in a food processor fitted with an “S: blade, process the soaked almonds until finely ground. Add the lemon juice, agave, vanilla, and salt and process, using additional water as necessary. Pour into the prepared crust and smooth. Cover and freeze until firm

In a bullet type blender, process the cherries, dates, and lemon juice until very smooth. Stir in the whole cherries and spread over the top of the frozen pie. Cover and freeze again until firm.

To serve, remove from freezer about twenty minutes beforehand and allow the pie to thaw slightly before cutting and serving.

nutritional information:       calories: 343       fat: 21 gr       carb: 30 gr       protein: 6 gr

31 Responses

  1. Rebecca Stucki says:

    Looks yummy!

  2. Rocki Adams says:

    This looks absolutely delicious!

  3. Unknown says:

    This looks so good and seems easy to make! I need to make it.

  4. This looks fab. Can I use macademia for the "cheese" instead of almonds? I am being lazy at the thought of skinning lots of almonds!

  5. Starr Violet says:

    How long do I soak the almonds for ?

  6. Could I use 2 cups almond flour in place of the 2 cups soaked/processed almonds? And I'm allergic to dates (but always see them in recipes!) what can I use instead?

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  8. What a beautiful cheesecake! Well done.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wow I just started blogging. I'm a veggie/ mostly vegan and I eat raw most of the time. Your blog is going to be such an inspiration and so helpful for me! Thank you!

  10. Anonymous says:

    All cheesecake recipes I have seen and tried so far, require freezing. Do you know by any chance how to make "warmer" cheesecake. I`m not a big fan of frozen food in the middle of the winter. Love your blog!

  11. HI! I really love your blog and all your recipes are just amazing! This cake looks very easy and delicious! I can't wait to try it. 🙂 I'll let you know how it turns out. =)

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  12. What fruit could I subsitute for cherries do you think? My youngest can't stand them. Do you think blueberries would work?

  13. Daryl from NZ says:

    Hi From our side of the world cherries are just coming into season so I want to try this. Do you use fresh dates or dried ones from a packet? If they are dried do you soak them first? The fresh ones are lovely but really expensive.

  14. woods says:

    How do i blanche almonds?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Not cheese cake its just a dessert. There's. No cream cheese or cheese there is non dairy cheese out there

  16. Shauna says:

    Oh, I'm SO excited for this! This looks fabulous! I can't wait to try this….once I can get my hands on some delicious cherries. 😀 I'm going to have to 'Pin' this lol. <3 !

  17. Shauna says:

    I just had to comment again…..the fact that I said the word 'this' four times in my previous comment made me lol. 😉 BUT seriously…….THIS recipe…..awesome! 😉

  18. MinahEsemka says:

    look very delicious

  19. Kompucer says:

    Very very delicious recipe

  20. Looks amazing! Thanks for the fantastic recipe. I featured it on today's roundup 🙂

  21. Kay says:

    Nice cool one for summer.