One of my favorite things about raw vegan desserts is the outstanding color. I could literally spend hours going through Instagram gawking at the magenta, violet and fuchsia layered cheesecakes these people in Australia always seem to come up with (seriously, I need to make a trip out to Byron Bay.) In fact, the colorful raw vegan desserts are really what turned me on to the whole raw lifestyle about seven years ago when I first started Eat Feel Fresh. (I think it’s many of our entry-drugs into this world.)
However, as a no-longer 20-year-old, I can’t do all the sugar in these delicious-looking rainbow bites. The agave, maple syrup, brown rice syrups and other sweeteners really add up, even if they’re raw or natural. Yes they’re preferable to regular sugar but they’re still sugar at the end of the day and can contribute to weight-gain, candida yeast overgrowth, unstable blood sugar levels and other issues many of us suffer with. When I was living in Bali writing my first book, I ate a slice of raw-vegan mixed-berry cheesecake every single day after yoga thinking it was “healthy” because it was raw. I don’t regret it but wish I had this healthier, sugar-free version in my life to replace it with instead.
My Strawberry Coconut Cheesecake is just as colorfully delicious as the one’s from Bali and Aussie, but the only difference is it’s Ketogenic, meaning it helps your body burn fat for fuel. The Ketogenic Diet is extremely good for your brain, as well as shedding body-fat and has been linked to reduced risks of Alzheimer’s and other diseases. I write more about my experience on a plant-based ketogenic diet here.
I used Lakanto as my sweetener of choice. It’s comprised of monk-fruit, an ancient Chinese fruit that has no impact on your blood sugar levels, meaning it doesn’t contribute to weight-gain, Candida, diabetes, Autism and other diseases. I make all of my recipes with their products and love that it has no bitter aftertaste, unlike stevia.
As a gift, I am offering all of my Freshies 40% off ANY Lakanto product using my code SAHARA (get the maple, matcha, chocolates, golden and classic!)
The only fruit I use in this recipe are strawberries, which are the lowest in sugar fruit out there (after rhubab) and extremely high in antioxidants. I love the subtle summer sweetness of strawberries and they also make for a beautiful natural food color. They’re also amazing to put on your skin topically– whenever I have extra, I rub them into my skin as a natural face mask.
I made this recipe as a fun birthday gift for my friend and think it just screams celebration. Next time it’s your healthy friends special day, whip her out one of these (with a pair of lipstick to match!)