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I made a go to to an area apple orchard a number of weekends again, and I nonetheless had some apples available, so I made a decision that I needed to make one thing actually scrumptious with them.  Pie sounded good, however you realize what sounded even higher?  A cheesecake with the weather of apple pie included.  A caramel apple cheesecake!  I had made one years in the past, again after I was utterly uncooked vegan, and it was actually good, however I’ve been desirous to make a non-raw model for some time now.  Not that it wasn’t scrumptious, however I do know not everybody needs to crack open Thai coconuts to make a cheesecake, and I felt that having cooked apples included in it and a crunchy streusel on high would make it even higher.

For my cheesecakes I normally make a crust involving oats and dates, and though it tastes good, I simply need it a bit extra crispy typically so I made a decision to attempt one thing new with this one. Plus, I figured the topping may double as a crust, as a result of they might each have oats and I wished them each crunchy.  So I made type of a granola to unravel the non-crunchy crust downside and it labored excellent!  I simply used a combination much like what I exploit in my oil free granola recipe and it was tremendous scrumptious even earlier than it was changed into crust and topping.

For the filling, I used my basic vanilla cheesecake filling, together with an ingredient some could discover odd, however it actually works right here.  Chickpeas!  I exploit them instead of uncooked cashews in my cheesecakes as a result of then the cheesecake is not as heavy (however nonetheless wealthy tasting), and they’re lots cheaper.  Don’t be concerned you can’t style them in any respect, since they’re a reasonably impartial taste they mix proper in with all the things else.  My style testers have been shocked to seek out out that they have been in there because it tasted identical to conventional cheesecake filling. I cooked the apples on the range with a little bit of maple sugar and spices they usually have been flavorful and scrumptious even earlier than I assembled the cake.

Lets not neglect the caramel although. I made a gooey date caramel to swirl into the cake and drizzle on high and it was arduous to cease tasting.  I couldn’t wait to attempt the completed cake!  Sadly I needed to wait till the subsequent day to attempt it since I used to be making it after work at night time.  Nevertheless it was properly definitely worth the wait!  It was wealthy and creamy, the mellow vanilla cheesecake excellent with the candy tart apples and crunchy cinnamony crust and crumble on high!  Plus the gooey date caramel after all!   Soooo good! When you’ve got apples available, you realize what to make!

Vegan Caramel Apple Cheesecake
Makes one 6 inch cake

Crust and topping:

  • 1 half of cups natural rolled oats
  • 1/four cup almond butter, divided
  • Three Tbsp maple syrup
  • half of tsp cinnamon
  • 1/four tsp nutmeg
  • 1/eight tsp sea salt
  • 1/four cup gentle, pitted medjool dates (if they don’t seem to be gentle, soak them in filtered water first, then drain very properly earlier than utilizing.)

 

Apples:

  • four medium tart candy natural apples (comparable to honeycrisp), diced into half of inch items
  • Three Tbsp maple syrup
  • half of tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch

 

Caramel:

  • 1 1/four cups gentle, pitted medjool dates (of not gentle, soak in filtered water 30 minutes and drain earlier than utilizing)
  • 1/four cup almond butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • half of cup filtered water (or as wanted
  • 1/four tsp sea salt

 

Filling:

  • 1 cup full fats coconut cream (I used the thick a part of a can of Thai Kitchen natural full fats coconut milk*)
  • 3/four cup cooked chickpeas*
  • 1/four cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/eight tsp sea salt
  • half of cup plus 2 Tbsp coconut butter (NOT OIL), warmed to liquid

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F levels, and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, mix the oats, Three Tbsp almond butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt, and scrunch collectively together with your arms till it’s all coated. Unfold out on the ready pan, and bake for about 20-25 minutes till it’s beginning to brown and crunchy.  Take away from the oven and let cool utterly.
  3. Line the underside of a 6 inch spring type pan with parchment paper.
  4. To make the crust, place 1 cup of the oats, the dates and 1 Tbsp almond butter in a meals processor, and course of till crumbs and beginning to maintain collectively. Press into the underside of the ready pan and put aside within the freezer.
  5. To make the apples, mix the apples, maple syrup, and cinnamon in a pot and cook dinner over medium warmth till the apples have softened, about 15 minutes.  Combine collectively the lemon juice and cornstarch and cook dinner till the sauce across the apples thickens.  Let cool.
  6. To make the caramel, mix all substances in a excessive pace blender till easy (including a bit extra water a really small quantity at a time if wanted to create a thick however pour-able consistency.
  7. To make the filling, mix all substances in a excessive pace blender or meals processor and mix till easy.
  8. To assemble the cheesecake, pour half the filling over the crust, then drop a number of the caramel by the Tbsp over it, and swirl with a knife.  Scatter half the apple combination over that, then pour the remaining filling over them.  Drop some extra of the caramel on high of the cake and swirl with a knife (being cautious to not go too deep so you do not disturb the apple layer within the center).
  9. Place cheesecake within the freezer till it’s set for about four hours (or in a single day within the fridge if you’re not in a rush).
  10. Take away from the freezer and un-mold.
  11. Scatter the remaining apples excessive, then high off with much more of the oat combination.  Drizzle extra caramel excessive and serve!

This cake retains for 1 week in a container within the fridge.

*I exploit chickpeas on this, and no you can’t style them, they merely give it a pleasant easy texture.  In case you desire cashews although, soaked cashews will work instead of them if you don’t look after the chickpeas.

*I exploit Thai Kitchen full fats coconut milk.  In case you are utilizing a special model, simply make sure that it’s the thick kind, 2/Three of the can at the least ought to be very thick.

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