Sometimes I take recipe requests. 😉 When a friend of mine asked me to create a grain-free version of some key lime white chocolate cookies, I couldn’t resist! But I decided to go in a very different direction to make them mini “cheesecakes” of puréed cashews.
They’re a no-bake treat in addition to being dead simple and grain-free, because who wants to turn the oven on in the summer? Or wait and watch to make sure your baked dessert doesn’t burn? Not me. I love the spoon-it-out-and-freeze strategy when making treats, maybe you do too.
These mini key lime pie cheesecakes balance the creaminess of coconut milk with the natural sweetness of cashews, finished with the faintest tart flavor of lime. One note about key limes, while we’re on the topic: they have a slightly different flavor, leaning just a bit toward that of an orange, and are considered less sour than the more commonly available Mexican limes. However, with the addition of the other ingredients in this recipe, regular lime juice and zest will work just as well and be just as delicious. These mini key lime pie cheesecakes look fancy, taste fancy but are so simple to whip up. They’re a healthy dessert choice and take less than 10 minutes to make once the cashews have been soaked. When they’re finished and frozen, I let them soften for about 10 minutes on a plate at room temperature before serving.
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And now, mini key lime pie cheesecakes!
- 2 cups cashews, divided
- 1 cup dates
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- To make the crust: pulse 1 cup of the cashews with the dates and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil into a coarse paste. Divide between 9 cups in a muffin tin, pressing crust firm and flat with your fingers. To make the filling: soak 1 cup of the cashews for 4-6 hours, drain, then purée until smooth with the coconut milk, 1/3 cup of coconut oil, the maple syrup and lime juice. Divide evenly over the crusts. Top with cashews and lime zest if desired, freeze until firm (minimum 1 hour).
- To serve, let the cheesecakes stand at room temperature for five minutes, then work a knife around the perimeter until the cheesecakes loosen. Enjoy chilled.