raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake squares

raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake

so here we are! the final post that will bring it all together. i thought about spitting it up a little more but that just seemed mean ;). if you missed the first two components, check them out here and here.

before i get into that though i just have a couple things to say. recently davida wrote a post about the things a year of blogging has taught her and it got me thinking about the last two years. i started this blog because i needed an outlet. and what was the biggest thing i gained?

i could say that i gained numerous professional connections and skills in the areas of recipe development and food photography that before blogging were almost non-existent. i made deep and lasting friendships even though i haven never really “met” most of you.  i receive inspiration abound from readers and other bloggers and support through difficult and trying times. i could say all of these these because they are all true, valuable and irreplacable gifts blogging has given me.

but what is the absolute most important thing blogging and connecting with all of you, bloggers and readers, has given me?

i have learned that i have a voice. i have something worth saying, something that people want to hear. i never truly be​lieved that before. 

this is a priceless gift you have all given me and i cannot thank you enough.


gah, i got teary eyed there. let’s get back to these raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake squares shall we?

raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake

it all starts with an almond crust. then a luscious raw cashew cheesecake flavoured with almond butter and with a sneaky vegetable addition- zucchini! i love sneaking zucchini into my raw desserts as i did here. next we’ll put our raw apple sauce, followed by thinly sliced apples, then finally we’ll pipe on our raw caramel sauce. it’s truly a dessert to impress!

i won’t go through the nutritional benefits beyond this, because, let’s be honest. we are eating this because it tastes good, not because it’s good for us. am i right? but let’s just say it’s packed with healthy fats, protein, low glycemic carbs and even it’s sweeteners are healthy. there are 3 apples and 1 zucchini- almost like a salad in a cake pan ;)

raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake

so once again, thanks for the last 2 years my dear readers! i love and appreciate you all more than you know!

Raw Vegan Almond Butter and Caramel Apple Cheesecake Squares
Dessert doesn't get more decadent and amazing than this.
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Raw Vegan Almond Butter and Caramel Apple Cheesecake Squares
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Instructions
  1. Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper for easy removal.
  2. Process crust ingredients in a food processor until crumbly and they stick together. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan and place in the refrigerator.
  3. Add all filling ingredients except coconut oil to a blender and blend until smooth. With the blender running add the coconut oil and blend until incorporated. Pour on top of the crust and smooth. Place in the fridge.
  4. Prepare the raw apple butter. Spread on top of cheesecake filling and place in fridge.
  5. Toss sliced apple with lemon juice. Arrange the sliced apples on top of the apple butter.
  6. Prepare the raw vegan caramel. Pipe in a criss-cross pattern on top of the apple. I just use a ziplock bag with a small hole cut in the corner.
  7. Chill in the fridge for at least 5 hours. Once firm, lift out of the pan using the parchment paper and cut into 16 squares on a cutting board. Serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready to serve.
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27 thoughts on “raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake squares

  1. I don’t know how I end up in your website, but I can tell you one thing, you are amazing. I am a chef for many years, follow up a gluten free diet as I found for the last 3 years that I am gluten intolerance.
    I made your cheese cake, and let me tell you it was BIG. I love your simplicity . Do you have any bread recepices ? Love to hear from you.
    Keep up with this website please.
    Yael

  2. Happy Blogiversary my dear. This dessert looks absolutely amazing =) It’s very unique too! I haven’t really come across anything like this.
    You were one of the first people that started following my blog and have continued all this time – I really appreciate that.
    And I LOVE your blog and am so very happy our paths have crossed. I consider you a blog mentor & friend (even though we haven’t met in person).
    kimmythevegan recently posted..Happy Anniversary!My Profile

  3. Wow, you weren’t kidding- That is one incredible grand finale! It’s both beautiful and incredibly tempting. It’s the kind of dessert that really takes a lot of dedication and patience to complete, but it sounds like it would be worth all the work.
    Hannah recently posted..Healthy DecadenceMy Profile

    • Thanks hannah! There’s a lot of steps but it all comes together fairly easily! Patience is certainly a virtue with these though- when you taste test the various components, you just want to dive into the final product right away!

  4. Hi Gabby,
    What a pleasure it is to discover your delightful recipe for raw almond butter caramel apple cheesecake squares. I love to make healthy, vegan desserts and your yummy dessert is so cute, creative and amazing! I definitely think these would be a hit at any party! I am so glad to discover your recipe as well as your wonderful blog at Healthy Vegan Fridays. I have subscribed and am following your blog on social media so I can enjoy your recipes and posts regularly. All the best, Deborah
    Deborah Davis recently posted..Share the Food & Fun at the Plant Based Potluck Party Link Up!My Profile

  5. What a spectacular dessert Gabby- definitely a perfect celebration of 2 years blogging.
    I’m so happy that you’ve gained some self-confidence. You DO have a voice, a very wise one at that. I always enjoy reading what you have to say and look forward to your posts :)
    Emma recently posted..Chickpea, Goji & Wild Rice SaladMy Profile

  6. What a beautiful sentiment and post Gabby. It is truly inspiring for me to read your statement and it makes me so incredibly proud and happy for you that you have reached this realization. You inspire a lot of people and what you have to say is so important and is a gift to all of us so thank YOU! I’ve been blogging for about 3 and a half years now and I haven’t reached this point yet but hopefully one day I will and this post has inspired me to keep going :)

    This recipe is also a gift! This looks really incredible, I definitely have to try it. Such a beautiful treat, thanks for sharing it with us!

    Congrats again on your two years! I’m looking forward to many more!
    Sarah @ Long Island Nerd recently posted..Throwback Thursday: Veggie BenedictMy Profile

  7. I think your comment on my post was the most profound and honest. I still struggle with feeling like I have a voice or something worthy of sharing but objectively it turns out I do. Maybe a year from now I’ll feel more like you. In the meantime I’ll just keep on keeping on.

    Congrats on 2 years, love! You’re definitely one of my blogging inspirations!
    Davida @ The Healthy Maven recently posted..Best of February 2014My Profile

    • I found after my first year my confidence was boosted but it took the next year for that confidence to translate into something more real. I for one adore you blog and find you completely inspiring each and every time you post <3

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