Pumpkin Lucuma Cheesecake

I feel like the energizer bunny with these pumpkin desserts. I was going to post the Lime Berry Parfaits I made last weekend for dinner guests but wanted to keep going with the pumpkin flow.

Pumpkin Lucuma Cheesecake with Coconut Whipped Cream

I reeeeally love this recipe. I based it on my Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake and I think I prefer this one better. It's soft in flavor with a luscious, moussey texture. I can tell that the lucuma is there but it's light, as is the pumpkin taste, and the cinnamon. Add more cinnamon if you really want it to come through. I just wanted it as an undertone. I went with individual cakes but you can make it into an 8" cake. I topped them with coconut whipped cream, sprinkled cinnamon and maple flakes on top, and swirled a yacon syrup drizzle around the plate.

Crust

3/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup dates

Grind the almonds to flour in a food processor.
Add the pitted dates and process into a dough.
Add 1 teaspoon water if needed to hold the mixture together.

Filling

1 cup cooked pumpkin puree
1 cup cashews
1/2 cup water
6 tablespoons maple syrup
4 tablespoons lucuma powder
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4-8 drops stevia
1 teaspoon psyllium
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
5 teaspoons melted cacao butter

Blend all but the psyllium, oil, and butter in a high speed blender until smooth.
Add these last three ingredients. Blend to combine.
Pour the mixture over the crusts.
Chill in the fridge or freezer until firm (at least 8 hours in the fridge).

The lake is starting to freeze... bye bye water! Here was the beach yesterday. The pic doesn't do it justice. The ice was breaking and washing up to the shore - as the sun shone down on it, the ice looked silvery and gold.

The beach today was calm and without the waves, the ice still start to set quickly on the lake.

And I couldn't resist a few yoga poses with this stunning background!

With one of my best friends - my mom! And doggie Ally.
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20 Comments
  1. December 1, 2011 at 00:20
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    I love lucuma! I think it's way underused. These cheesecakes look melt-in-your-mouth heavenly!

  2. Anonymous
    December 1, 2011 at 00:34
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    Yay! for pumpkin! love it!

  3. December 1, 2011 at 00:44
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    Pumpkin and Cheesecake = two of my favourite things :) YUMMY!!! Thank you so much for the recipe.

  4. December 1, 2011 at 01:45
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    Love your yoga pose photos. You look strong and beautiful... and that backdrop is gorgeous.

  5. December 1, 2011 at 02:03
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    Beautiful photos!<br /><br />Brooke<br />www.TheAnnessaFamily.blogspot.com

  6. December 1, 2011 at 02:51
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    love the yoga pics! and love the outfit too cute :) <br />and love love love lucuma!!! YUM

  7. December 1, 2011 at 03:41
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    Oh, I am sooo making this recipe for my class! YUM!!

  8. December 1, 2011 at 03:49
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    Oh my, that looks delish. I'm loving pumpkin right now. And I love your yoga pics ... you actually make snow look fun! (can't believe I just said that! brr!)

  9. December 1, 2011 at 13:36
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    Beautiful pics! That cheesecake has me drooling!

  10. December 1, 2011 at 14:56
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    Thank you all!<br /><br />Lisa, your comment made me laugh, hehe :)

  11. December 1, 2011 at 15:20
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    Love the picture of the yoga poses!! As always the deserts look decadent!!

  12. December 1, 2011 at 19:49
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    Awesome yoga pics!<br />And I'm amazed--we have the same thoughts exactly. I made a pumpkin pudding yesterday, which was delicious and enjoyed by sad-eaters, but was immediately scheming/craving to make a lucuma/maple version--and here you are with the same thought!<br />I'm wondering how much that teaspoon of psyllium does--it seems very little to actually be effective. <br />It's been frozen here for almost a month, but we're just having a thaw right now.

  13. December 2, 2011 at 00:36
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    Beautiful presentation! I bet they taste as good as they look.

  14. December 2, 2011 at 07:15
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    Fantastic Recipe! I do a column every Friday on my blog called "sweet tooth Fridays" and I posted your recipe and link to your page. I look forward to reading more of your recipes! Thank you <br /><br />Peace, love and blogging!<br />Mommy Lyon

  15. December 2, 2011 at 11:15
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    wow that's some siiick yoga poses! isnt it freezing without shoes though?<br /><br />ps I love your blog and have been reading for a while. keep up the awesome work pretty please :)

  16. December 3, 2011 at 13:00
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    this looks incredible! i love your recipes and am totally jealous of your yoga poses:)

  17. December 9, 2011 at 14:29
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    Sounds (and looks) yummy. I love lucuma, but haven't thought about combining it with pumpkin. I just made a raw blueberry "cheesecake", great flavour and what an amazing color!

  18. December 16, 2011 at 00:25
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    Gee, thanks for posting these pumpkin desserts. I am nearly obsessed with pumpkin flavored fare. I just drooled all over my keyboard.

  19. December 21, 2011 at 17:52
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    I love the frozen ocean pictures! I showed them to my kids and they thought it was so cool, because they've only seen a warm ocean! Thanks for including them! <br /><br />Also, so glad to know you're doing yoga and thriving! You've been amazingly inspirational, sharing your journey through raw and beyond! So many people aren't brave enough to face a change.

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