Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe! An authentic, raw, vegan, gluten-free cheesecake recipe made with soaked cashews plus other healthy ingredients. Hard to believe, I know. But trust me when I say it’s so simple and deliciously satisfying you’ll be making it over and over again.  

Why cashews? Let me explain. When soaked and blended, cashews create a creamy, neutral flavor base that works as a cheese alternative in popular dairy-free and vegan recipes. If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you’ve seen other recipes where I use cashews as an alternative to cheese:

Mexican Tostadas with Cashew Sour Cream

Half-Baked Key Lime “Cheesecake”

However, if you’re not into cashews or have an allergy, try searching for cashew-free (that’s a real term, btw) cheese alternatives in other popular food blogs like The Minimalist Baker which I’m a huge fan of, btw! I think Dana is a total genius when it comes to flipping recipes. I encourage you to check her out.  

Ok, back to cashews! These days, you can find cheese alternatives made with all kinds of ingredients but for me, the closest in flavor and consistency is definitely soaked cashews.  

This weekend I had a craving for cheesecake but zero intentions of going to the store or digging through old recipes. Lazy weekends are the best weekends, don’t you agree?

I decided to use what what in my fridge and pantry and came up with this easy no-bake cheesecake recipe made with fresh fruit, refined-free sugar, dairy-free milk and nuts. DAS it! 

The result, a better-for-you dessert recipe packed with healthy fat and protein that is also delicious and satisfying. Plus:

creamy 

refreshing 

and pretty darn close to the real thing without the unhealthy sugar high and yucky crash after.

Follow my recipe or make it your own by swapping raspberries for blueberries or strawberries, anything goes. 

If you try this recipe, let us know by leaving a comment below. Your comments are so helpful for us and other readers. Also, don’t forget to share your food pictures on INSTAGRAM and tagging us with hashtag #ourflipsidelife. We’d love to see it!

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Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe
An authentic, raw, vegan, gluten-free cheesecake recipe made with soaked cashews plus other healthy ingredients. Hard to believe, I know. But trust me when I say it's so simple and deliciously satisfying you'll be making it over and over again.
Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)
Servings
Ingredients
Crust Ingredients
  • 6 Medjool dates pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
Filling Ingredients
  • 2 cup raw cashews soaked overnight, rinsed, and drained
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Raspberries
Servings
Ingredients
Crust Ingredients
  • 6 Medjool dates pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
Filling Ingredients
  • 2 cup raw cashews soaked overnight, rinsed, and drained
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Raspberries
Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)
Instructions
Crust
  1. 1. In a food processor blend the almonds dates and coconut oil together until a sticky dough is formed. 2. Press the dough into the bottom of a cupcake mold and place in the freezer while you work on the cheesecake filling.
Filling
  1. 3. Blend the raw cashews, almond milk, coconut palm sugar, lemon juice, coconut oil, and vanilla together in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Distribute half of the mixture into the cupcake molds. Save the other half to combine with the raspberries.
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Gluten Free Side Dish: Plantain Fries

Gluten Free Side Dish: Plantain Fries

Gluten Free Side Dish: Plantain Fries!

A healthier version of an old guilty-pleasure. This gluten free side dish is great as a snack  or side dish as it pairs well with a variety of flavors. Plus it satisfies the craving for salty and crunchy without the guilt! Cooked in avocado oil, topped with fresh cilantro and served with a side of dairy-free dipping sauce, this healthy recipe still packs a punch.  

 

Plantains look like bananas but are a lot starchier; they’re also rich in vitamins (especially A and C), potassium, and fiber, and can be eaten either green, semi-ripe, or fully ripe. Green plantains are usually cooked and eaten like potatoes—as in these fries. They are mild in flavor, simple to prepare plus they are inexpensive and easy to find. #winwin

I grew up eating mofongo and tostones. Both are traditional Puertorrican dishes made with green plantain. Plantains reminds me of summer in Puerto Rico as a kid. My aunt would make tostones for us served with…wait for it… mayo AND ketchup (gasp!). I know, so so bad but so so good! I still enjoy tostones dipped in mayo-ketch when I visit the island because finding a healthy balance in life is important and good for the soul. Ya know! 

When I’m not enjoying tostones in Puerto Rico, I prefer to flip the traditionally unhealthy recipe for a healthier version. This time Joe and I cut the plantains into fries and cooked them in avocado oil. We served them with fresh cilantro and vegan chipotle mayo for dipping. So delicious!

 

Here’s the recipe, I hope you like it!

 

BTW here’s a quick PSA for ya!

I’m co-hosting a workshop on April 27th in NYC titled MIND+BODY and CAKE! A Women’s workshop on pleasure, digestion and healthy baking and would love to see you ladies there! For event details and to purchase tickets click here!

 

Now back to this delicious recipe… as always, don’t forget to tag your food pictures and tag us using the hashtag #ourflipsidelife on INSTAGRAM. We’d love to see it!

Ingredients

2 green plantains

Avocado oil, for frying

Sea salt

Toppings (optional)

Fresh cilantro, chopped

Vegan Chipotle Mayo (for dipping)

 

Instructions

1. Cut the tops and bottoms of the plantain and score the skin lengthwise with a knife, and carefully remove the peels.

2. Cut the peeled plantains into the shape of fries.

3. Soak the cut plantains in a bowl of water and salt for 20min (this allows the plantain to absorb water and helps steam the inside as it fries).

4. Drain the salt water and blot the fries dry with paper towels.

5. Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat with 1-1/2 inch of avocado oil until hot enough that the oil sizzles when a plantain is added. Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.

6. Fry the plantain fries in small batches until tender and just golden, 2 to 3 minutes each side. Once ready, transfer fries onto the plate lined with paper towel to drain.

7. Season fries with salt and top with fresh cilantro (optional). Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

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Plantain Fries
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Ingredients
  • 2 green plantains
  • avocado oil for frying
  • sea salt
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 green plantains
  • avocado oil for frying
  • sea salt
Instructions
  1. Cut the tops and bottoms of the plantain and score the skin lengthwise with a knife, and carefully remove the peels.
  2. Cut the peeled plantains into the shape of fries.
  3. Soak the cut plantains in a bowl of water and salt for 20min (this allows the plantain to absorb water and helps steam the inside as it fries).
  4. Drain the salt water and blot the fries dry with paper towels
  5. Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat with 1-1/2 inch of avocado oil until hot enough that the oil sizzles when a plantain is added. Line a plate with paper towels and set aside
  6. Fry the plantain fries in small batches until tender and just golden, 2 to 3 minutes each side. Once ready, transfer fries onto the plate lined with paper towel to drain.
  7. Season fries with salt and top with fresh cilantro (optional). Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

Chickpea Salad Wraps

Chickpea Salad Wraps

Chickpea Salad Wraps!

Made with crunchy veggies and loaded with flavor, this easy lunch recipe, snack or dinner recipe can be ready in minutes. A perfect meatless substitute that is low-calorie, low-carb and packed with fiber and healthy plant-based protein.

Say hello to my new favorite recipe. Joe and I first tried Chickpea Salad (aka faux tuna or chicken salad) while at a vegan restaurant in Brooklyn. We were blown away by the mix of flavors, and the perfect combination of smooth with a refreshing crunchy.

You can enjoy this healthy salad on its own, on toasted gluten-free bread or wrapped in beautiful Swiss chard leaves. Really, anything goes. Bonus: chickpeas are packed with fiber and plant-based protein which help us stay full longer and energized throughout the day.

We encourage you to make a double batch of this yummy salad on meal prep days and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

 Don’t forget to tag your food pictures using the hashtag #ourflipsidelife on INSTAGRAM. We’d love to see it!

Ingredients.

1 (15 oz) can organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed 

¼ cup celery, chopped 

¼ cup carrots, chopped 

1/8 cup red onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

Juice from ½ a lemon

2 tbsp, vegan mayo (I like this brand)

1/8 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

For the wraps

2-3 large chard leaves, washed (fresh or blanched*)

Instructions

1. In a large mixing bowl, add the celery, carrots, red onion, garlic, lemon juice, mayo and cilantro and combine. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Scoop 2-3 tbsp of chickpea salad onto the chard leaves and tightly roll up, tucking the ends as you go. Secure with a toothpick if necessary.

3. Cut in half, plate and serve.

4. Leftover chickpea salad will stay good for 2-3 days in the fridge.

 

*Bring a large pot of water to a boil and blanch the chard leaves and stems for 20 to 30 seconds. Transfer to a bowl of cold water, then drain and cut away the stems at the base. Note: chard leaves are easier to work with when blanched but I also enjoy the crunchy-ness of fresh chard leaves.

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Chickpea Salad Wraps
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 (15oz) can organic chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup celery chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrots chopped
  • 1/8 cup red onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tbsp vegan mayo
  • 1/8 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 large chard leaves washed
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 (15oz) can organic chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup celery chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrots chopped
  • 1/8 cup red onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tbsp vegan mayo
  • 1/8 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 large chard leaves washed
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the celery, carrots, red onion, garlic, lemon juice, mayo and cilantro and combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Scoop 2-3 tbsp of chickpea salad onto the chard leaves and tightly roll up, tucking the ends as you go. Secure with a toothpick if necessary.
  3. Cut in half, plate and serve.
  4. Left over chickpea salad will stay good for 2-3 days in the fridge.
Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding (made with Aquafaba). A delicious low calorie, dairy-free dessert recipe made with melted dark chocolate and oat milk. Aquafaba is the water or brine found in canned chickpeas or white beans. It’s popular amongst vegan desserts due to its ability to mimic the function of egg whites in cooking. Aquafaba can also be used to make dairy-free meringue recipes, low-calorie macarons, delicious nougat, fluffy icing, dairy-free ice cream, low-fat fudge, and marshmallows.  

What is Aquafaba?

Aquafaba is composed of carbohydrates, proteins, and other soluble plant solids which have migrated from the seeds to the water during the cooking process. The combination of ingredients gives it a variety of blendingfrothingbinding, gelatinizing and thickening properties.

It is recommended to use 2 tablespoons of aquafaba to replace one medium egg white in a recipe, or 3 tablespoons for one medium whole egg.

Where to use it

Aquafaba works well in recipes where a direct substitution for egg whites is required for example; desserts as mentioned above or savory recipes like mayonnaisecheese substitutesbatters and cocktails cocktails.

In my opinion, the best aquafaba comes from chickpeas and white beans. You are able to use other legumes (peas, soy beans, lentils, kidney, and black beans) but they have slightly different compositions than chickpea and white bean aquafaba and may require you to play with the concentration to work well. 

I’ve been fascinated with the concept since learning about it. It’s interesting to learn ways to substitute traditional recipes for a healthier alternatives – it’s like a fun science experiment you get to eat afterwards. I truly love “geeking out” on these things and will continue to share more with you as I learn.

Here’s an easy, fun and delicious way to try cooking with aquafaba. But before I leave you with the recipe I have some fun announcements to share with you:

1. We added a 2 new section to the blog: “My Favorite Things” and “Events”

My Favorite Things: here you can shop some of our favorites from kitchen staples, to supplements and healthy ingredients.

Events: here you can find information on upcoming events like the Woman’s Summit (more on this below) and FlipBox Pop-Up Classes we are hosting throughout NYC and the Hamptons.

You can find both sections on the upper right-hand side of this page next to “recipes”.

 

2. If you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook you know I’m co-hosting a Woman’s Summit tomorrow (March 9th) at Hub Seventeen in NYC. It’s going to be an amazing event and I invite all you kick a** ladies to join us. We have experiences (essential oil consultations, chair massages, a braid bar, etc) guest speakers, healthy food, music, and other fun surprises. To learn more and to purchase tickets click here.

Ingredients

 

1 cup chickpea water

¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips, melted (I like this brand)

1/3 cup oat milk

Instructions

1. Add the chickpea water, cream of tartar and salt to a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer, 5-7min or until desired thickness is reached (take your time and don’t be discouraged if it takes a little longer to reach stiff peaks).

2. Once ready set aside.

3. Using a double boiler melt the chocolate and milk.

4. Once melted remove from heat and set aside to cool, 2-3min.

5. Fold the whipped aquafaba into the cooled chocolate mixture and distribute evenly into small ramekins.

6. Cover and place in the fridge to set for 2hrs or overnight. Serve and enjoy!

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding
Vegan Aquafaba Chocolate Pudding
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chickpea water
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips melted
  • 1/3 cup oat milk
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chickpea water
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips melted
  • 1/3 cup oat milk
Vegan Aquafaba Chocolate Pudding
Instructions
  1. Add the chickpea water, cream of tartar and salt to a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer, 5-7min or until desired thickness is reached (take your time and don’t be discouraged if it takes a little longer to reach stiff peaks).
  2. Once ready set aside.
  3. Using a double boiler melt the chocolate and milk.
  4. Once melted remove from heat and set aside to cool, 2-3min.
  5. Fold the whipped aquafaba into the cooled chocolate mixture and distribute evenly into small ramekins.
  6. Cover and place in the fridge to set for 2hrs or overnight. Serve and enjoy!

Healthier Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche)

Healthier Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche)

Healthier Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche).  A dairy-free spin on a popular Latin dessert recipe. Made with simple and natural ingredients, this easy dessert recipe is guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth. 

I grew up enjoying Rice Pudding as a kid. I remember scraping the sides of the pan after my mom was done making it and not waiting for it to cool before I enjoyed it.

Traditionally, Arroz con Leche is a mixture of white rice, sugar, cinnamon, evaporated milk, condensed milk and whole milk that as you can imagine, it’s very healthy. While I still love the traditional recipe and allow myself to enjoy it from time to time, I prefer making it with healthier ingredients for my family to enjoy – especially Carolina. For example, I use brown rice instead of white rice, unsweetened almond milk instead of cow milk and coconut sugar instead of refined sugar. This version has the same great taste and better ingredients.

It’s also a fun recipe to make with the kids. Caro loves to pour the ingredients into the pan and as she says “mix it, Mama”. I love including her in the process and let her scarp the sides for a taste like I did as a kid.

FlipTip: Adding lime peel to the hot mixture as it cooks it gives this recipe a zing and enhances the flavors. I encourage you to try it.

I shared this recipe with our friends at The Mpire.co – a wonderful community of women based in Miami, FL that I love to support and partnered with as food and nutrition blog contributor! Make sure to check them out and show them some love! 

Don’t forget to tag your food pictures and tag us using the hashtag #ourflipsidelife on INSTAGRAM. We’d love to see it!

 

Ingredients

 

3 cups long grain brown rice, cooked

1/8 tsp sea salt

4 cups unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage

½ cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Lime peel, about 2 inches long

¼ cup raisins (optional)

 

Instructions

 

1. In a saucepan over medium heat stir in the cooked rice, unsweetened dairy-free milk, maple syrup, lime peel, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.

2. Cook uncovered, stirring often until the rice mixture starts to resemble oatmeal, approximately 20 to 35 minutes.

3. Remove from the heat and add in the raisins (optional) let cool before serving and enjoy!

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Healthier Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche)
Servings
Ingredients
  • 3 cups long grain brown rice cooked
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 4 cups unsweetened dairy-free milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • lime peel approx 2 inches long
  • 1/4 cup raisins optional
Servings
Ingredients
  • 3 cups long grain brown rice cooked
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 4 cups unsweetened dairy-free milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • lime peel approx 2 inches long
  • 1/4 cup raisins optional
Instructions
  1. In a sauce pan over medium-heat stir in the cooked rice, unsweetened dairy-free milk, maple syrup, lime peel, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Cook uncovered, stirring often, until the rice mixture starts to resemble oatmeal, approximately 20 to 35 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and add in the raisins (optional) let cool before serving and enjoy!

Zoodle Egg Nests

Zoodle Egg Nests

Zoodle Egg Nests!

A breakfast or brunch recipe that is healthy, easy to prepare and ready in minutes. Healthy zucchini noodles (or zoodles) are naturally gluten-free and offer a low carb and low-calorie alternative to bread or pasta. Zoodle Egg Nests are perfect on busy mornings or as part of your Sunday meal prep plan.

Zoodles are long strips of zucchini that resemble pasta. They are fresh, healthy and delicious and a fun way to get picky eaters to eat more veggies. Joe and I are zoodle fans – we order them precut from Fresh Direct to save on cooking time. Zoodles are great with a simple marinara sauce, topped with sautéed veggies or as egg nests. Fun fact: I had no idea what Egg-In-A-Nest was before I met Joe. He introduced me to this clever way of eating eggs and toast. Now that we avoid bread as much as we can Zoodle Egg Nests are the next best thing. Plus it’s so simple to make!

We hope you enjoy the recipe! As always, don’t forget to tag us in your food pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #ourflipsidelife

Happy, healthy eating! Until next week. 😀

Ingredients

2 medium zucchini, spiralized

3 eggs

1 large garlic clove, minced

1 tbsp olive oil

Cooking spray 

Fresh cilantro, chopped

Red pepper flakes

Salt

Instructions

1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.

2. Place a skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the garlic and sauté 30-45 seconds.

3. Add the zoodles and toss to combine. Let cook, 2-3min or until they begin to soften a bit. Remove from heat and set aside.

4. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray

5. Transfer the cooked zoodles to the baking sheet and make 3 nests creating 2-3 inch wells in the center of each one for the egg.

6. Crack 3 eggs and add one to each noodle nest.

7. Place the nests in the oven to bake, 8-10min.

8. Once ready, remove the nests from the oven and garnish with chopped cilantro, salt and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

Serve hot and enjoy!

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Zoodle Egg Nests
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Ingredients
  • 2 medium zucchini spiralized
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • cooking spray
  • fresh cilantro chopped
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 medium zucchini spiralized
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • cooking spray
  • fresh cilantro chopped
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place a skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the garlic and sauté, 30-45 seconds.
  3. Add the zoodles and toss to combine. Let cook, 2-3min or until they begin to soften a bit. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray
  5. Transfer the cooked zoodles to the baking sheet and make 3 nests creating 2-3 inch wells in the center of each one for the egg.
  6. Crack 3 eggs and add one to each noodle nest.
  7. Place the nests in the oven to bake, 8-10min.
  8. Once ready, remove the nests from the oven and garnish with chopped cilantro, salt and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
  9. Serve hot and enjoy!

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