Avocado lime cheesecake recipe Sugar-, flour- and dairy-free, this lime-flavoured cheesecake (made with avocado flesh and coconut oil) is delicious straight from the fridge. For a raw cake leave out the toasting process when making the base, and if you have a nut allergy swap the pecans for more cacao nibs and coconut or add oats Serves 12 For the base: 125g (4½oz) pecans, soaked and dried as above 45g (1½oz) desiccated coconut 70g (2½oz) cacao nibs 185g (6½oz) pitted dates (approx 32) 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted and at room temperature For the filling: 560g (1lb 2½oz) avocado flesh (from approx 5 medium-large avocados) 200ml (7fl oz) lime juice (roughly 8 to 10 limes) 175ml (6fl oz) coconut oil, melted and at room temperature 1 tsp lime zest 190g (6¾oz) honey
Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/gas mark 2. Place the pecans and desiccated coconut on a lined baking-tray lined. Place in the oven for seven to eight minutes, until toasted. Transfer the pecans to a food processor and add the rest of the base ingredients. Blend until the mixture is crumbly (don't let it go completely smooth) and holds together when pinched. Line the base and sides of an 18cm (7in) round cake tin with baking-paper and tip in the base mixture. Press this down firmly and evenly with the back of a spoon, ensuring it is neat and flat where it meets the tin. Transfer the tin to the fridge while you prepare the filling. Place all of the ingredients for the filling into the food processor and blend until the mixture is completely smooth and silky. Check for taste – add more lime juice, zest or honey according to preference, but it's best to keep this deliciously tangy. Remove the cake tin from the fridge and pour the filling over the base. Cover the tin, using a plate or clingfilm, and return it to the fridge for a few hours or overnight. To serve, run a knife between the tin and the cake and carefully push the base up from the bottom. Transfer to a plate and serve immediately.