Raw Cheesecake with Zesty Cashew Crust + Salted Cranberry Sauce | Raw cheesecake with a zesty cashew crust and salted cranberry sauce. A gluten-free, vegan raw cheesecake that is a crowd-pleasing dessert.

Raw Cheesecake with Zesty Cashew Crust + Salted Cranberry Sauce

Vegan, raw cheesecake made from soaked cashews is silky smooth and a total dream. It takes a little time to prep and freeze, but the best part is that it can be made ahead of time with ease. Keep the cheesecake in the freezer until you're ready to serve. Here it's paired with salted cranberry sauce but it's a classic cheesecake that can be topped with whatever you have on hand no matter what the season. 
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 6 hours
Servings 8 slices


  • 4 Pure Organic Pure Cashew Coconut bars
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut oil divided {see notes}
  • 3 medium lemons
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt divided
  • 2 1/2 cups soaked raw cashews {see notes}
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup divided
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup filtered water


  • To prepare the crust, combine the Pure Cashew Coconut bars, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, zest from 3 lemons, oats and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. 
  • Firmly press the crust mixture into the bottom of the pan until you have formed a crust and set aside. 
  • Next combine the remaining 1/2 cup coconut oil, juice from the lemons, 1/4 teaspoons salt, cashews, almond milk, 1/4 cup maple syrup in a high-speed blender and blend until silky smooth. This could take a few minutes. 
  • Pour the cheesecake filling into the crust, smooth with a spatula and put in the freezer for at least 4 hours or until frozen. 
  • Meanwhile, prepare the cranberry sauce in a small saucepan. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup maple syrup, cranberries and water over medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Taste and add more salt or maple syrup if desired. Keep cool and in an airtight container until you're ready to store. 
  • Remove from the freezer 20 minutes prior to serving and layer the cranberry sauce on top. Use a sharp smooth knife to cut into slices. 


You can use any coconut oil you'd like. But my favorite kind to use because it is tasteless is Trader Joe's Organic Triple Filtered Coconut Oil {the one with the green label}. For best results soak the cashews in hot water with a heavy pinch of sea salt for 2 hours. Drain and rinse prior to blending. You can use either a 7 or 8-inch springform pan or round cake pan lined with parchment paper.