Friday, May 10, 2013

Mini Strawberry "Cheesecakes"

Last week on Facebook I shared a recipe by Chef Amber Shea: Cinnamon Swirl Caramel Cheesecake Bars.  These totally blew my mind.  I kid you not, these babies taste like REAL cheesecake...and the texture is spot on.  Needless to say, I have been obsessed with the recipe. So for a family gathering over the weekend, I turned the bars into little mini strawberry "cheesecakes." I kept most all ingredients the same with the addition of strawberries to the topping (instead of maple syrup and cinnamon).  Amber's recipe is so very versatile.  You can have fun with it and add in your favorite flavors.  The possibilities are endless.  I urge you to try Amber's version first, as it's just delicious!  Thank you Amber for such an amazing, healthy recipe.  
Mini Strawberry "Cheesecakes"
Inspired by and based on: 
Cinnamon Swirl Caramel Cheesecake Bars 
(By Chef Amber Shea)


For the crust
-1 1/2 cups almond flour or sunflower seed flour* 
-1/4 teaspoon sea salt
-3 tablespoons honey*
-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

For the filling:
-1 cup raw cashews soaked for 2 - 3 hours, drained & rinsed
-8 ounces homemade yogurt 
-1/4 cup honey*
-2 tablespoons lemon juice
-1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
-1/2 cup melted coconut oil
-4 large ripe strawberries 
-1 tablespoon honey 

1.  Fill a regular sized muffin tin with muffin cups.  
2.  To make the crust, combine the almond flour and salt in a large bowl.  Add in the maple syrup and coconut oil. Using a pastry cutter or large fork, cut/stir the mixture together until it is crumble but just starting to clump together. 
3.  Press down the mixture in the muffin cups, make the crust as thick as you want.  Just make sure there is an equal amount in each cup.  
4.  To make the filling, in a high speed blender (I used a Vitamix, or you can use a food processor as Amber suggests), combine the soaked and drained cashews, yogurt, honey, lemon juice, and salt.  Blend to combine.  With the blender running on low speed, pour in the coconut oil in a thin stream, then blend on high until the mixture is completely smooth.  
5. Pour the mixture into the muffin cups all in equal amounts, leaving about 1/2 cup of the mixture in the blender.
6.  To the blender add in 4 large ripe strawberries and blend together with the mixture until smooth.  Top off the muffin cups with this strawberry mixture.  
7.  Place the muffin tin in the dehydrator or 4 hours at 105 degrees.  OR as Amber suggests (and what I do) is leave out on the countertop for 5 to 8 hours.  Then transfer to fridge for at least 4 hours before serving.  I like to leave out at room temp for about 10 minutes before serving. 

*To make sunflower seed flour, simply add about 2 cups raw sunflower seeds to a food processor and blend until well ground and BEFORE it turns into sunflower seed butter.  I used sunflower seed flour as the base, as almond flour is difficult for me to digest.  But I've made this recipe with almond flour too, and I actually prefer the taste of the almond flour.  So I would go with the almond flour if you can digest it.  
*Vegans use maple syrup or coconut nectar 
This is how I served the little cheesecakes!  I blended up about 8 strawberries with 1 tablespoon of honey and drizzled over the top.  I finished with fresh blueberries.  EVERYONE was raving about these puppies.  I hope you try them soon.  
Shared on: Shared on: Melt in your Mouth Mondays, Motivate Me Mondays, My Meatless Monday, On The Menu Monday, Mealtime Monday, Fat Tuesdays, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Pure Ella Potluck Party Friday


  1. gfe--gluten free easilyMay 11, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Those are gorgeous, Amber!! I'd say that's a wonderful Amber-Amber collaboration! ;-)

    Happy Mother's Day! xoxoxo,

  2. These look delicious and they're presented so beautifully!

  3. Beautiful Amber! :-D I have a kind of love/hate relationship with cashews (or at least my stomach does), but I would totally risk it for these!

  4. Happy Mother's Day Amber! This looks like the perfect treat for the day!

  5. Tessa Domestic DivaMay 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Mmmm, these look to die for...just love the culturing effect!, wonder if it helps make the cashews easier to digest?! Regardless, this is a must try for me! Wish I could make almond flour more digest able too!

  6. I have been eyeing that recipe since she posted it and this is just another confirmation that I need to try it! Love your variation :)

  7. Mmm...these cheesecakes look absolutely delicious, I really like the look of the dripping strawberry honey sauce, it makes the cakes even more irresistible

  8. France@beyondthepeelMay 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Those look wonderful. I'm looking forward to trying it. I don't have any "yogurt", what do you suggest instead? Extra soaked cashews?

  9. Chef Amber SheaMay 14, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Ahh, your little cheesecakelets are just BEAUTIFUL! Sorry I'm so behind on my feed reader, or I would've commented days ago. I LOVE your strawberry variation - I am going to have to try it myself as soon as I get my hands on some seasonal local strawbs!
    I agree with GFE - excellent Amber-Amber collaboration here ;)
    Happy belated Mothers Day, Amber!

  10. Oh my goodness these look absolutely glorious Amber and perfect for Spring!

  11. momphotographerMay 20, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    they look so cute. the recipe sounds fantastic. I especially love ingredients for the crust!!!

  12. Tessa Domestic DivaMay 20, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    featuring you this week!

  13. These sound wonderful and easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Heather @Gluten-Free CatMay 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    These little babies are just gorgeous! Perfect for a brunch, a birthday party, or heck...right now!



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