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Raw Lemon Cheesecake Gluten and Dairy free – with Xylitol and Buckwheat

raw vegan sugar free gluten free cheesecake

Zesty lemon cheesecake with two types of nuts (cashew and pecan) and two types of seeds (buckwheat and coconut). Unlike many other raw vegan cheesecakes that are made purely with cashew nuts the recipe here has buckwheat added. This makes it less heavy, dense and much more enjoyable. Cashews are very easy to overeat and the buckwheat acts as a very nutritious padding.  It’s sweetened with dates and xylitol but you can substitute the xylitol for a sweetener of your choice such as maple syrup or honey.


  • 100g / 1 cup pecans (sub for walnuts or similar)
  • 100g / ⅔ cup dates
  • 50g / ½ cup dessicated coconut
  • 100g / ⅔ cup cashew nuts
  • 50g / ½ cup buckwheat (soaked for 10 minutes or more)
  • vanilla (either half a pod scraped or a teaspoon of extract)
  • 3 lemons – juice and zest of
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

How to make

  1. Using a food processor blend the pecans, dates and coconut together.
  2. Spread out this mixture on a tray to make the base.
  3. Blend together the cashew nuts, vanilla, lemon juice and coconut oil. Add enough water to make a smooth consistency.
  4. Add the buckwheat to the lemon cashew mixture and blend until all broken up. You may need to add more water.
  5. Spread out this mixture on top of the base and sprinkle with the lemon rind.
  6. Refrigerate for half an hour or so and it is ready to eat. Will keep for 4-5 days in the fridge.
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I'm a former GP that left medicine to become a nutritionist and yoga teacher. I enjoy helping clients change their life through diet and exercise. I'm interested in the prevention of illness using natural methods.


    • Looking in my dictionary;

      Botanically speaking, a coconut is a fibrous one-seeded drupe, also known as a dry drupe. However, when using loose definitions, the coconut can be all three: a fruit, a nut, and a seed. Botanists love classification.

      I call it a seed as I think that’s the most accurate, but seed, nut and fruit are also right!

  • […] Next to compare the organic expensive foods from an expensive shop the presenter went to Tesco (a low price supermarket) and exclaimed how all the unbranded and non organic foods were significantly cheaper. She compared virgin organic cold pressed raw coconut oil to unbranded generic vegetable oil. Repeat this several times showing that unbranded foods, that aren’t organic and produced on a mass scale are cheaper. Generic vegetable oil could not be used to make our Zesty Raw Lemon Cheesecake! […]

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