Who doesn’t love turtle? And turtle cheesecake is a whole other level of delight. This grain-free, refined sugar-free ‘Turtle Cheesecake Squares‘ are absolutely decadent. There are three steps to making them, but all it requires is a food processor and you’re golden. No turning that oven on for these. If you have never enjoyed the absolute silkiness of cashews as a ‘cream cheese’, here is your chance to be blown away. This dessert will wow any guest you entertain, little and big mouths alike.
This complete recipe was shared on Primally Inspired.
Turtle Cheesecake Squares
- 1/2 C. dates
- 1/4 C. unsweetened coconut
- 2/3 C. pecans (or any combo almonds/pecan/walnut)
- 1 T. coconut oil
- pinch salt
- 1 3/4 C. raw cashews (soaked first in water for 4 hours, drained)
- 1/3 C. coconut oil
- 1/3 C. raw cacoa/cocoa
- 1/3 C. + 2 T. maple syrup/honey
- 1 T. vanilla extract
- 1/4 t. real salt
- 2 T. fresh lemon juice
- 1 T. butter/ghee
- 2 T. maple syrup/honey
- 1 C. chopped pecans
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- 1/4 t. real salt
- Combine all crust ingredient in food processor until fine crumbles.
- Brush tart pan (I used a 4x14 rectangle) with coconut oil and press crumble into pan evenly. Stick in freezer to harden.
- Put drained cashews with all other filling ingredients in food processor, mixing until very smooth.
- Heat topping ingredients on low on stovetop until bubbling and thickened (few minutes), stirring continually.
- Assemble by pouring filling into frozen crust and spreading caramel nuts over the top. Push nuts down gently into filling. Freeze for 3-4 hours until firm and ready. Enjoy! (Keep in freezer until serving)
Wow, do I ever love fall!! Living in South Carolina for the past 6 years, and now being in upstate NY, I can REALLY embrace the beautiful rolling hills bursting with vibrant fall colors! It truly just takes my breath away. I also LOVE pumpkin desserts! They are such an important part of fall really feeling like ‘fall’. This month marks 1 year that my family has been eating grain-free (GAPS diet), and I thought it was time for a new pumpkin dessert. Here is what my little dessert-obsessed mind came up with, and my family is very pleased with the result. It is a refined sugar-free, dairy free and grain free delicious dessert. This is GAPS-friendly, paleo/primal/vegan and just good old whole food-diet friendly! The maple syrup and spices really pair well with the pumpkin, and the added chocolate swirl tops it off to be one of this seasons favorite pumpkin desserts!
1 C. nuts, combo of 1/3 C almonds and 2/3 C pecans (or all of either)
1/2 C. raisins
1/2 C. shredded coconut
pinch of real salt
1 C. raw cashews– soaked for 3 hours and drained
1/3 C. pumpkin puree (homemade or canned)
1/2 C. coconut oil
1/3 C. coconut butter (OR 1/2 C. extra of cashews)
2 T. lemon juice
1 T. real vanilla extract
1/3 C. maple syrup + 2 T
2 t. cinnamon, 1/4 t. nutmeg, 1/4 t. ginger, 1/4 t. real salt
2 T. coconut oil
2 T. raw cacoa
1 T. maple syrup
pinch of real salt
- In your food processor, combine crust ingredients until fine and crumbly. Press into greased square pan to make about 1/4 inch thickness. Freeze to harden.
- Next, put all of the filling ingredients into food processor to make a very smooth creamy filling (let process for 5 minutes). Pour onto crust and spread out evenly.
- Mix topping ingredients together to form chocolate shell, melting together if coconut oil is solid. Gently pour liquid chocolate drizzle around bars in an uneven manner. Take a toothpick to spread chocolate around making swirly patterns as possible.
- Put in freezer for a couple of hours to harden throughout. Cut into bars and serve frozen.
*Honey can replace the maple syrup.