Lemon Tofu Cheesecake

This is a creamy, dreamy vegan dessert. Our lemon and lime cheesecake has a punch of citrus and a subtle sweetness to every mouthful. You can create the cheesecake with either one or both of the layers, but we’ve found that combining the lemon and lime layers is a truly luscious experience. It tastes like a fresh summer’s day. This also works as a deceptively simple but stunning dessert to impress your friends at dinner parties, with not one but 2 different shades of green to knock them out with.

INGREDIENTS

Base

  • 1 cup, packed (180g) medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ½ cup porridge oats
  • 2 tbsps lemon zest
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 2 tbsps flaxseeds

Filling – lemon layer

  • 300g silken tofu, lightly pressed
  • Zest and juice of 3 lemons
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsps maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp cashew butter
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Filling – lime layer

  • 300g silken tofu, lightly pressed
  • Zest and juice of 3 limes
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsps maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp cashew butter
  • 2 tsps matcha powder
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Optional Berry Topping

  • 1 cup (150g) raspberries
  • 2 tsps ground chia seeds
  • 2 tbsps maple syrup
  • ¼ cup water

METHOD

Base

Whizz the base ingredients together, press into a 10” flan case and put into the fridge or freezer to set. If you need it to set in a hurry, the freezer is best. Or you can make mini, individual cheesecakes in 3” tins if you have them. It’s an idea to whizz the walnuts first, before adding the rest of the ingredients, to ensure they are finely ground. Don’t overdo it or you’ll have a paste.

Filling

Add the cornflour to the lemon juice and mix well. Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan and add the lemon and flour mix. Heat slowly, stirring all the time, you need to bring it gently to the boil in order to cook the flour. When the sauce has started to thicken, about 5 minutes, take off the heat and leave to cool for a few minutes before you add it to your blender with the rest of the filling ingredients.

Whizz together and pour over prepared cake base.

If you are making a double-layer, two-tone green cheesecake which is very tangy and looks pretty impressive, make the lime layer in the same way and pour it over the base first, place it in the fridge for 20 minutes to set and then pour over the lemon layer.

Chill for at least ½ hour to set before serving.

Optional Berry Topping

Whizz the topping ingredients together and set aside for the chia to absorb and thicken for at least 10 minutes before using.

Either swirl the fruity topping into the cheesecake before it sets if you’re feeling artistic or allow filling to set and smooth over the top.

Top with half-moon slices of lemons and limes, a few reserved raspberries and potentially a pomegranate seed or two for a bit of panache.