Orange Goji Berry Cheesecake for Easter and What I’ve Been Up To!

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Hi guys! Its been foreeeever since I've blogged - October 8, 2015 to be exact. I'm still alive lol. Life has been busy for me in the last year and even more so in the past five months. I went from making raw desserts at an organic, vegetarian cafe here in Victoria to being hired to do recipe development and food production for an organic juice/smoothie bar that wanted to launch a raw food menu. I had a blast creating all the recipes and have been working hard to make all the food on a daily basis. I've also moved twice in the past 7 months, the second time being just a month ago. I absolutely love my new place which has a beautiful view of the mountains and ocean. If you've never been to Victoria, BC before you must come and check it out one day. It's a small island city that is bustling but laid back at the same time. It's health conscious and full of organic, raw, vegan, and vegetarian cafes, health food stores, and even an gluten free bakery. People like to support the local food movement too. Its been exactly a year since I moved and I see myself living here a long time.

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While Sweetly Raw has been put on the back burner for a while, I'm excited to let you know that I'm getting things up and running again. I miss creating, photographing, and sharing recipes with you. So here I am on the 'ol blog. Today's recipe is a taste of Spring that is the perfect dessert to make for your Easter celebration. And if you don't celebrate Easter, thats cool too. This cheesecake could be enjoyed any time.

Orange - goji berry - coconut = the best combination ever! I promise that you'll love this cake.

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Orange Goji Berry Coconut Cheesecake

Makes 1, 6" cake.

Crust 

1/3 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup walnuts

1/4 cup almond pulp*

2 medjool dates, chopped

Grind the coconut and walnuts to crumbs in a food processor. Add the dates and almond pulp. Process until the dates are broken down and the mixture moistens. Press into the bottom of a 6" spring form pan. Set aside.

*Leftover from making almond milk

Filling

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

3/4 cup cashews

1/3 cup young coconut meat

2 tablespoons coconut nectar

1/2 teaspoon orange zest

4 drops stevia

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1 tablespoon melted cacao butter

1/2 tablespoon melted coconut butter

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3- 4 tablespoons goji berries

Blend the orange juice, cashews, coconut meat, and nectar in a high speed blender until smooth. Add the zest, stevia, vanilla, coconut oil, cacao butter, and coconut butter. Blend again until smooth. Add the goji berries and blend briefly, keeping texture and bits of colour. Pour the mixture over the crust. Tap the pan on the counter to even the filling and release air bubbles. PLace in the freezer for 4-5 hours and then in the fridge for 12 hours. Use a knife to release the ring. Garnish and slice.

Garnish

Coconut flakes, goji berries, orange slices

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23 Comments
  1. March 21, 2016 at 05:46
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    Dear sweet heather hi this is epy Philip mom I have shared your site with so many people for you are thr star of raw deserts.sad news from me here I have out of nowhere been Dx with two inoperable cancer brain tumors. The good new is I have decided to go holistic natural remedies guided by Anthony William and Philip and Casey I wish you all the best in your life for you so deserve it I always loved you and your sweet heart love and hugs epy and Tim lawson

    • sweet_raw
      September 20, 2016 at 02:36
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      Hi Epy! Thank you so much for your note. Sorry for my late reply, all the comments were hidden so Im only finding them now. Im so terribly sorry to hear about your brain tumours. How are you feeling now? This is months later so I hope you've healed and are feeling great! You deserve the best too. Please let me know that you're doing well. Lots of love xo

  2. Suzanne
    March 21, 2016 at 14:56
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    Welcome back! I can't wait to try this recipe.

    • sweet_raw
      September 20, 2016 at 02:34
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      Thanks Suzanne! All the comments were hidden so Im only seeing them now. I hope you got a chance to try the cake recipe :)

  3. March 21, 2016 at 15:09
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    Hi Heather, Welcome back! Glad to hear that you are well... Oooh, my gosh, this cheesecake looks truly amazing! I'll definitely share this recipe with my clients, I'm sure they'll love it too :) Biggest hugs Love Katrina xo

    • sweet_raw
      September 20, 2016 at 02:33
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      Hi Katrina! Sorry for my super late reply, all the comments were hidden and Im only finding them now! THank you for your lovely comment :))) Big hugs back to you!

  4. March 21, 2016 at 16:07
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    Hi Heather! This looks amazing. I'm trying to do less sugar in general & really do not like the taste of stevia. Do you have any alternatives I can try? Thanks! Adrienne

    • sweet_raw
      September 20, 2016 at 02:32
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      Hi Adrienne! Sorry for my late reply, all the comments were hidden and Im just finding them now. The cake is mostly sweetened with the coconut nectar. I just use the stevia to boost the sweetness a touch, allowing less coconut nectar. You really don't taste the stevia at all. I hope that helps :))

  5. Deborah Young
    March 21, 2016 at 20:37
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    Looks awesome I have been looking for something for Easter and this will be perfect Thanks for sharing

    • sweet_raw
      September 20, 2016 at 02:31
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      Thank you! Sorry for my late reply, all the comments were hidden. I hope you got to try the cake :)))

  6. Paige
    March 22, 2016 at 16:20
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    Glad your back! We love your recipes :)

    • sweet_raw
      September 20, 2016 at 02:30
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      Aw thank you so much!!! Sorry for my late reply, all the comments were hidden.

  7. Ann
    March 26, 2016 at 20:15
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    welcome back Heather.... i have been checking to see when you would be starting up again. we need your recipes. this looks wonderful can't wait to try it. and yes Victoria is lovely.... use to live in Vancouver and miss it terribly. thanks for coming back to the blog.

    • sweet_raw
      September 20, 2016 at 02:29
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      Hi Ann! Thanks for your lovely comment! I'm back and it feels good :) Where do you live now? I moved from Vancouver to here and both are such great cities. I definitely jive more with the small town feel of Victoria.

  8. Bárbara Mäkel
    March 28, 2016 at 10:16
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    OMG, I missed your postings! But I'm happy you're well and happy with your new things ;) I was in Victoria B.C. a few years ago and I totally want to go back there one day... I loved my time in Vancouver also, I actually never got over it :P I wish you all the best and will stay tuned!

    • sweet_raw
      September 20, 2016 at 02:28
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      Hi Barbara, Thank you for your lovely comment! My apologies for my late reply, Im only seeing all the comments now as they were poked away in the back end of the blog. Im glad you were able to visit Victoria and yes you must come and visit again! I love it here. All the best to you too :D <3

  9. hannah-phoebe
    April 13, 2016 at 20:53
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    hey Heather! so excited to have you back :) and to try this recipe. Quick question with how to measure almond pulp in a cup..... would you be able to give the weight in grams? because it comes out the nut milk bag in such irregular clumps i'm not sure whether to press it solid into the cup measure or to just let it fall in clumps? thanks! hannah-phoebe xx

    • sweet_raw
      September 20, 2016 at 02:27
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      Hi Hannah-Phoebe, Im so sorry for my late reply! All the comments were poked away in the back end and Im only seeing them now. As for the almond pulp, it should be packed into the measuring cup so no need to worry about the weight, just pack it in :))) Take care!

  10. August 2, 2016 at 07:20
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    Looks irresistible =) Looking forward to making this. Thanks for sharing.

    • sweet_raw
      September 20, 2016 at 02:25
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      Thank you! :)) Sorry for the super late reply.

  11. QueenJellyBean
    August 11, 2016 at 22:48
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    Hooray! thanks for getting this beautiful site back to regular posts. I just found you and couldn't be happier. I eat raw, but I eat raw the -tastes great-. Loving your archives and looking forward to future recipes :-]

    • sweet_raw
      September 20, 2016 at 02:24
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      Thank you! Sorry for my late reply, I've had all these comments sitting in the back end that I didn't know about. I hope you enjoy all the recipes :)))

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