Best Cheesecake Ever?


If we throw everything else out the window I am, at heart, a fat kid who loves cake.  And pie. And pudding. And ice cream. Etc. Etc. Etc.

My mom always tells stories about how as an infant my head would shake in anticipation as the spoon neared my mouth. I was fiendin for that good grub from day one.

Growing up I’d always put away at least two plates of food for dinner and then pile on the dessert.My mom never let us drink soda or eat junk food and always cooked a homemade meal every night. I would chow my chubby ass down on whatever was in front of me then I’d sneak in a sleeve of cookies or a couple extra servings of whatever homemade dessert Betty (O’Donnell/Ferruggia, not Crocker) had whipped up.

That’s why I looked like a young Danny DeVito by the time 6th grade hit. My short pudgy years progressed into skinny fat guy years as I grew a foot and cleaned up my diet a bit when I started reading Flex Magazine and articles about Arnold.

I still kept my sweet tooth, however. That never went away.  Even nowadays on a cheat day I could easily put away a few pints of coconut milk ice cream and a tray of brownies.

But these days I always opt for much healthier dessert options. And luckily for me Jen is a great cook and always has something special prepared for our weekly Sunday cheat meals during football season. On top of that we almost always watch the games with my good friend, Michael DeSanti. Today I’m going to share an awesome cheesecake recipe Mike came up with that may just be one of my favorite desserts ever.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE cheesecake. But I hate dairy. And I like to try to eat as many raw foods as possible. I believe everyone could benefit from more raw foods in their diet as well. Just eating a steak or a chicken breast alone isn’t always the healthiest option. You should always be adding live salads, vegetables and fruits whenever possible.  And learning new ways to make raw foods more exciting. Eating live foods provides ample energy and helps you digest your cooked food more efficiently as well.

This cheesecake, from our soon to be released recipe guide,  has no dairy and it’s RAW! You won’t believe something this healthy can taste this good. There are literally no unhealthy ingredients included. You’ll believe it when you taste it.

Raw Pineapple Cheesecake

Crust
1.5 cups of raw unsalted almonds
6 dates, pitted
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt

Filling
1 cup raw unsalted cashews
2 cups fresh pineapple
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup of raw honey
1 lemon, freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt

Combine the crust ingredients in a food processor and blend with an S-blade until the crust clumps together on the sides.  Pour crust ingredients into a 9” pie plate and flatten out from the center to the sides.  Put aside.  Combine all the filling ingredients in a blender and blend until pourable.  Pour filling into pie plate over crust and let sit in the fridge for 1.5 hours – 2 hours or until filling hardens.  Serve cold.

Give it a try on your next cheat day or meal and let us know what you think.

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19 Responses to Best Cheesecake Ever?

  1. Tyler English October 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    Stealing this recipe BRO!!! F’ing Planet Raw in Venice was the SHIT! Not sure the bro liked it much! haha

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. ben October 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    Sounds wicked can’t wait to try it, and can’t wait for recipe book to come out.

  3. jmdelaroza October 27, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    hi, i’m also waiting for the recipe book.
    I hope it has meal plans (like the one’s on mgs)for vegans.

  4. Jason LaChance October 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    hmmm….this immediately has me thinking of how to modify for pumpkin. maybe fresh pumpkin butter or homemade pumpkin puree to replace the pineapple.

  5. ebala October 27, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    Not to be a hater, i think i have all the ingredients so i may try it out. but how is it a cheesecake without any dairy??? Being that it looks so healthy must i wait for a cheat day?

  6. Bryan Veil October 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    Yeah I agree, I don’t see how this is considered cheesecake. I guess it all depends on your definition of cheesecake.

  7. Raymond-ZenMyFitness October 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

    I love Cheesecake but how can you have Cheesecake without the cheese? but those ingredients sound unreal I will give it a try.
    Funny enough I’m hoildaying in China at the moment and my first desert was Green Tea Cheess Cake … they make everythig with Green Tea Here … and yeah it was yummy!
    Raymond

  8. john October 27, 2010 at 6:57 pm #

    where is the cheese?

  9. Jason - CoreRoutine Workouts October 27, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    Looks good I will have to give it a try. I am like you in the aspect that I could eat for days and love ice cream. Not a big fan of pie crust but like what comes in it. I must be a true hardgainer because I ate more food then any 2 people in my family and could do so form the age of 5 on, but I was a skinny kid. I was an active kid so I guess that is why i never got fat.

    Well I still like to eat and not as active so not as skinny so a few recipes like this is just waht i need thanks.

  10. Jason Ferruggia October 28, 2010 at 4:22 am #

    Where is the cheese?

    Strange comment. Surely you’ve been out in the world and heard of other things besides this cheesecake that had a somewhat ironic name. Or a play on words, if you will.

    Taste it and you’ll see why it’s called cheesecake.

    • Calico Beard October 28, 2010 at 9:47 am #

      @Jason Ferruggia: You could always call it uncheesecake.

      Also, Does Jen know of any vegan substitutions for honey that I could use? Agave nectar is a bit less viscous than honey, so I don’t know if it would hold up in this recipe or not. Just thought I’d ask, I definitely want to give this a try this weekend.

      Can’t wait for your recipe guide!

  11. john October 28, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

    no i actually just sit in front of my computer all day

  12. Ryan October 29, 2010 at 2:23 am #

    I’m going to have to try this recipe, jason…

    and i guess i wasn’t the only chubby cherub growing up…

    sweets were my weakness also. my head never shook, but apparently, my hands would shake uncontrollably whenever a just made dessert was put in front of me…

    oddly enough, my parents found *A LOT* of humor in me spazzing out ANYTIME dessert is put in my face (hands still shake to this day when a freshly made sweet potato pie, fruit crumble or pie is placed on my dinner table..yea, i’m a freak…and proud of it! :))

  13. Jason LaChance October 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    So i kind of sorta tried this out on wed night. I substituted 3 cups of steamed pumpkin(made from a pie pumpkin) for the pineapple and left the lemon out. Made for a great treat, and even a somewhat healthy breakfast in a pinch. Would have been even better with a little bit less honey.

    What it comes down to is that; no its not pumpkin cheesecake like i’ll have at thanksgiving, but its definitely something I will make again. Thanks Jason.

  14. Jose November 5, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    Aaaw man, that cake is delicious

    • Michael DeSanti November 15, 2010 at 11:18 am #

      glad you liked this Jose, more to come in the recipe guide, stay tuned

  15. Martin Roath November 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    This was a great treat…even my kids loved it! Quite ‘lemony’ and I wanted seconds…hard to believe that basically you were eating nuts and fruit in come kind of wild dessert format?! Awesome recipe! Easy easy easy to make…so will be doing this again!

  16. Michael DeSanti November 15, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    @ Martin, any healthy dish that your kids love is an automatic A+ and should definitely live to see another meal… glad you enjoyed it

  17. Raymond- ZenMyFitness February 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    Thought I’d let you know I made your cheese cake today .. it was amazingly good!
    I eat cheese cakes nearly every week and this was up there.. in fact I couldn’t even tell that it didn’t have cheese in it! Its my new favourite
    Thanks for the recipe
    Raymond