Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits
Cheesecake has always been one of my favorite desserts. When I went vegan I was pleasantly surprised that I could still make it. The best surprise was that I liked the vegan version even more than the baked dairy version. Replacing the dairy in cheesecake with nuts and coconut makes for a pretty delicious dessert. It can be made even simpler, if you make parfaits! You need not be an expert at decorating, baking, or piping frosting to make these Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits. Yet, they are elegant enough to serve to guests or even to your sweetheart on Valentine’s day!
Amy currently works in our deli contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan dessert and food blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She is also a cookbook author, of the books Just Vegan Cakes, Fragrant Vanilla Cake: Sweet and Savory and Rawlicious Desserts. She specializes in raw, vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local,fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.
To make the cheesecake mousse, combine all ingredients but the coconut oil in a food processor and process until smooth. With the motor running, add the coconut oil and process a minute more (so it does not clump). Pour into a bowl and let sit in the freezer for about half an hour to 45 minutes or so until the consistency of whipped cream then place in the fridge until ready to use.
To make the crust crumble, combine all ingredients in the food processor and process until starting to hold together when squeezed. To assemble, divide the crust crumble mixture between 3 parfait glasses, then spoon the mousse on top of that, then the sliced berries. Serve!
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