Zingy Marbled Cheesecake – Vegan, Gluten-Free and Raw!

Zingy Marbled Cheesecake – Vegan, Gluten-Free and Raw!

How happy and excited am I!!! πŸ˜€ Several reasons! The sun has finally decided to come out of hiding! Hubby has (finally, thank you x) finished our patio and I wasΒ able to use it for the first time yesterdayΒ for our ladies that lunch (stuffed mushrooms, za’atar aubergine & minted bean salad). The garden is full of delightfully fragrant bluebells brightening up my borders before all the summer flowers burst into colour…

I finally sussed out instagram (I think?!) and have started putting food photos over there too! Oh and most importantly…

This weekend I get to co-host Fiesta Friday! πŸ˜€ What’s that I hear you ask? Fiesta Friday is an all weekend (Friday to Tuesday) blog hop party where you get to meet amazing people and try delicious food! (virtually of course)! Angie is the genius behind Fiesta Friday and I first discovered her when she produced these lovely looking pineapple flowers. πŸ™‚ The idea behind Fiesta Friday is that you post your recipe, then pop along to see what everyone else has, visitΒ different blogs, make new friends and strike up a few conversations along the way! This weekend I’m co-hosting with theΒ talentedΒ Kaila @GF life 24/7Β  and everyone (as always)Β is welcome! πŸ™‚ As co-host I’ll be officially visiting and commenting on the posts and selectingΒ my favourites which could become next weeks features! What are you waiting for! Come on over, link upΒ (read the guidelines first) and join the fun!!! πŸ™‚ Kaila and I will see you there!


What am I sharing at the Fiesta? I’ve created the most delicious tasting cheesecake that had everyone wanting seconds (or thirds)! AND it’s totally vegan, gluten-free and raw!!! None of my taste testers follow any such diet and they loved it! I hope you all agree! πŸ™‚

Zingy Marbled Cheesecake (Vegan & Free-From)

  • Servings: 8-12
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • 40g almonds
  • 40g walnuts
  • 200g soft dates (about 17 destoned)
  • 50g oats (gluten free if required or omit to make totally raw)
  • 250g soaked weight cashews (preferably soaked overnight)
  • 80g coconut cream (solid part)
  • 25ml maple syrup (or raw alternative)
  • 50ml fresh lime juice (approximately 2 limes)
  • lime zest (from 2 limes)
  • 2 medium strawberries (chopped) plus extra to garnish
  • Chocolate for decoration (optional)


  1. Put the almonds and walnuts in a food processor (or blender) and blitz until you have small pieces. Add the dates and process until chopped and the mixture naturally forms into a ball. If using oats add in and process until combined.
  2. Tip the mixture into a shallowΒ glass bowl or a spring-form tin with a removable base(line with greaseproof paper strips and base sheet if you don’t have a spring-form tin). Press the mixture firmly into the tin until you have a smooth level base. Refrigerate whilst you prepare the filling.
  3. Put the pre-soaked cashews in the blender with the coconut cream and maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener). Pour over half ofΒ the lime juice and process until smooth. Add the remaining lime juice and continue to process until the filling is completely smooth and creamy.
  4. Remove half of the filling mixture and stir in the zest of one lime.
  5. Add the strawberries to the blender and process until you have a uniform pink colour.
  6. Alternate spoonful’s of the two fillings onto the base, swirl together and level out.
  7. Refrigerate until firm (or freeze if you need it quicker!) then carefully remove from the tin (bowl) and decorate.
  8. Enjoy!

Serve & Store

  • Top your cheesecake with fresh strawberries, lime zest or chocolate drizzle (or all three!)
  • Dip strawberries in melted (raw) chocolate and sprinkle with lime zest.
  • Serve au naturel or add some cream on the side (we made coconut pouringΒ cream).
  • Keep refrigerated for up to a week.
  • Can be frozen for up to a month (can be eaten frozen or defrosted naturally).
  • Make miniature cheesecakes instead of one large one – mini lime and mini strawberry cheesecakes.

Check out the step-by-step pictures below to see how it’s done @LifeDietHealth…

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Don’t forget!!! Come and join me, Kaila and everyone else at the Fabulous Fiesta Friday πŸ™‚

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  • cookingwithauntjuju.com 6th May 2016 at 13:17

    Lovely flowers – I am enjoying my spring flowers as well. Cheesecake is probably my favorite dessert – I totally understand people wanting “seconds”. Thanks for co-hosting Fiesta Friday this week πŸ™‚

    • Life Diet Health 6th May 2016 at 13:40

      Thank you! I’m not a master gardener like you though (congratulations on your volunteer work)! I do love to see flowers everywhere though… even next to cheesecake! This was my first dairy free attempt though and it went down really well. What’s your favourite cheesecake?

      • cookingwithauntjuju.com 6th May 2016 at 13:44

        For years I made an Irish Cream version (Baileys) and last year tried something new; a Chocolate Orange variety. I love the texture of the dessert so would probably love any flavor πŸ™‚

        • Life Diet Health 6th May 2016 at 13:49

          Ooo chocolate orange I’m just playing with now! I’m finding it a bit difficult to balance the flavours with it being dairy free but it’s getting there. Baileys sounds dreamy and completely fitting for a cheesecake… yumyum πŸ™‚ How about a peach cheesecake? I’m looking at a small sack-ful which need a recipe!

  • Loretta 6th May 2016 at 19:34

    Laurena, thanks for co-hosting this week, you’re doing such a brilliant job welcoming everyone! I like how you’ve introduced Fiesta Friday too πŸ™‚ Ahh, I see your Virginia bluebells like you mentioned in my post, they are beautiful aren’t they, especially when they are all standing guard πŸ™‚ That cheesecake looks thoroughly amazing, and it has such fine ingredients too. It’s no wonder your guests went back for more and more πŸ™‚

    • Life Diet Health 6th May 2016 at 19:54

      Thank you Loretta πŸ™‚ I’m trying my best as it’s my first time co-hosting… I’ve been hungry all day looking at everyone’s posts! I’m still swanning around your garden in my head though – so perfectly manicured and executed πŸ™‚ Ah yes, the cheesecake – healthy, natural, dairy free, gluten free and utterly delicious! πŸ™‚ Shame you’re so far away, I’d offer you a slice… or two!

  • Elaine @ foodbod 6th May 2016 at 20:33

    Yay! Enjoy co hosting xx

    • Life Diet Health 6th May 2016 at 21:03

      Thank you Elaine for encouraging me to co-host! πŸ™‚ It’s certainly kept me busy today! Have a great (& sunny) weekend xxx

      • Elaine @ foodbod 7th May 2016 at 06:36

        There’s lots to read isn’t there? It’s great though, lots of fab bloggers x

        • Life Diet Health 7th May 2016 at 11:02

          There’s LOADS to read Elaine! I’m doing odds and Kaila is doing evens (means I’ve missed you at the minute) but if I get time I’ll start on the evens too πŸ™‚ I get distracted checking out ‘about me’ pages then spot something yummy and go off track! I’m meeting loads of lovely people though πŸ™‚ Hope you have a lovely weekend… in the sunshine! πŸ™‚ x

          • Elaine @ foodbod 7th May 2016 at 11:07

            Wonderful! It’s such a great way to discover new blogs & bloggers πŸ™‚
            Have good one in the sunshine xx

          • Life Diet Health 7th May 2016 at 12:14

            Yes… imagine if you could magic them all together somewhere though! With all their food!!! πŸ™‚ How amazing would that be!

          • Elaine @ foodbod 7th May 2016 at 13:17

            That’s what Fiesta Friday does, virtually, every week! That’s what makes it so cool πŸ™‚

          • Life Diet Health 7th May 2016 at 14:42

            Indeed πŸ™‚ Now to plan what delights from this weeks Fiesta Friday to have for dinner πŸ™‚ x

  • Suchitra 6th May 2016 at 20:39

    What a delicious looking, lovely vegan marble cheesecake Laurena! Love the fact that it is GF! I am saving the recipe to try! Happy FF!

    • Life Diet Health 6th May 2016 at 21:10

      Ooo thank you very much Suchitra πŸ™‚ All of my recipes are gluten free and everyone said they’d love to eat the base on its own as well! I’m glad you’ve popped over here – I was trying to comment on your post earlier but I was unable to do so?

  • Linda 6th May 2016 at 20:47

    Lovely dessert!! Thanks for co-hosting Fiesta Friday this week! Looking forward to sharing some recipes and seeing others wonderful posts! πŸ™‚

    • Life Diet Health 6th May 2016 at 21:23

      Thank you Linda πŸ™‚ I’ll be over to your blog soon to check out that burger! Loads of yummy food being shared yet again! πŸ™‚

      • Linda 7th May 2016 at 03:32

        As always!! πŸ™‚

        • Life Diet Health 7th May 2016 at 10:46

          Indeed! My shopping list is growing each minute!!! πŸ˜€

  • Sarah 'n Spice 6th May 2016 at 22:40

    Beautiful flowers and gorgeous dessert! Happy FF πŸ™‚

    • Life Diet Health 6th May 2016 at 22:50

      Thank you very much Sarah πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  • apsara 7th May 2016 at 03:58

    I am a BIG fan of gluten free, vegan recipes. This one is a true treasure! Thanks for making this dessert so simple and easy to make. Trying it out this weekend.

    • Life Diet Health 7th May 2016 at 10:55

      Thank you Aspara. This is most definitely a keeper πŸ™‚ Let me know how you get on – I’d love to see your photos if you do make it πŸ™‚ Happy FF and have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  • Ai | Ai made it for you 7th May 2016 at 09:33

    Happy Fiesta Friday! This looks both beautiful and delicious! And your flowers are so pretty πŸ™‚

    • Life Diet Health 7th May 2016 at 11:04

      Thank you Ai πŸ™‚ I’m blessed to have the bluebells spring up each year with no help needed from me! The cheesecake is indeed very delicious! πŸ™‚ One question please – how do I pronounce your name? πŸ˜€

  • Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake 7th May 2016 at 17:37

    Your garden looks gorgeous, would love a slice of this amazing cheesecake out on your sunny patio right about now!
    And well done hubs for getting it finished just in time for the gorgeous weather!
    Thanks for co-hosting too – have fun!

    • Life Diet Health 11th May 2016 at 16:38

      Thank you so much Michelle πŸ™‚ The bluebells make the garden look colourful before all the other plants kick in! Sorry for the delayed response – my reply seemed to have got lost along the way! I had great fun co-hosting and met lots of lovely people πŸ™‚ You’re welcome anytime you’re near! So happy the patio is finished… it took T I M E… πŸ˜›

  • nancyc 7th May 2016 at 22:18

    What a pretty dessert! Looks yummy!

    • Life Diet Health 11th May 2016 at 16:39

      Thank you Nancy πŸ™‚ I’ve no idea why this comment made it into my spam folder so sorry for the delayed response! The cheesecake was very yummy indeed πŸ™‚

  • Kaila 8th May 2016 at 04:49

    Yum! This cheesecake looks amazing, and something I can try too. (I have quite a few dietary restrictions.) Thanks for being my co-host. I’m having loads of fun this weekend and hope you are too! πŸ˜€

    • Life Diet Health 8th May 2016 at 21:47

      Thank you Kaila πŸ™‚ You really should try it – it’s so good and great for meeting lots of different dietary needs all in one go! πŸ™‚ I’ve been having great fun sharing co-hosting with you so thank you πŸ™‚ Next we’ll both have the difficult task of selecting features – there’s so many lovely posts with gorgeous photos! πŸ™‚ Happy Partying! πŸ™‚

  • Arl's World 9th May 2016 at 00:48

    Beautiful flowers and a delicious looking cake!

    • Life Diet Health 9th May 2016 at 20:55

      Thank you very much πŸ™‚ Hope you’re enjoying Fiesta Friday as much as me! πŸ™‚ and hope you had a Fab Mothers Day!

  • Zeba@Food For The Soul 9th May 2016 at 01:39

    I loved exploring your blog and the picture of the flower are beautiful. Today was the first day of sunshine after 10 days of rain and I am hoping to spend more time on the patio, The cheesecake really take the cake:) I look forward to making it. I think I pretty much have all the ingredients! Oh …and thank you for co-hosting, hope you are enjoying it.

    • Life Diet Health 9th May 2016 at 21:44

      Hello Zeba and welcome to Life Diet Health! πŸ™‚ Lovely to see you over here and yes I am enjoying co-hosting and meeting all these lovely new people πŸ™‚ Ten days of rain – that sounds like UK weather – except we usually have intermittent rain most days so we do get a bit of sunshine in-between before it rains again! Let me know how you get on if you make the cheesecake – isn’t it great when you have all the ingredients you need for a new recipe πŸ™‚ Enjoy the last day of this weeks Fiesta Friday – speak again soon πŸ™‚

  • Julie is Hostess At Heart 9th May 2016 at 03:55

    Thank you for the wonderful job you’ve done co-hosting this weekend! Your flowers are gorgeous and your cheesecake looks delicious!

    • Life Diet Health 11th May 2016 at 16:44

      Thank you Julie πŸ™‚ Sorry for the delay – I’ve no idea where your first reply went and why it didn’t post but I’ve found you again now! Co-hosting was great fun but kept me much busier than usual! Excited for M&Ms Cookie time at the weekend πŸ™‚

  • Jhuls 9th May 2016 at 10:05

    What a creative dessert to enjoy! Thanks for co-hosting this week’s FF. I hope you are having fun! πŸ™‚

    • Life Diet Health 9th May 2016 at 22:45

      Thank you very much Jhuls πŸ˜€ My pleasure to co-host – I’m having great fun meeting everybody and finding delicious new dishes to make! Your chickpeas (& the chicken!) will be made this week I hope – yumyum! πŸ™‚

  • Sophie33 10th May 2016 at 09:27

    Your flowers are thriving & looking very cool!!! You know that I love my raw cheesecakae’s a lot & yours is a true winner!

    • Life Diet Health 10th May 2016 at 17:21

      Thank you Sophie πŸ™‚ Aren’t the flowers gorgeous! Yes raw cheesecake is so delicious and this one is fantastic! πŸ™‚ I hope you get a chance to try it soon πŸ™‚

      • Sophie33 10th May 2016 at 17:22

        I surely will, this week! xxx

        • Life Diet Health 10th May 2016 at 18:01

          πŸ˜€ xxx That’s almost reason enough for me to get on a ferry! πŸ˜› πŸ˜€ x

          • Sophie33 10th May 2016 at 18:06

            hahahahahahahah! x

          • Life Diet Health 10th May 2016 at 18:14

            πŸ˜› x

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  • carolinescookingblog 12th May 2016 at 16:31

    I’ve made something along these lines before and it was delicious so sure your is too. Always nice being that bit healthier too!

    • Life Diet Health 12th May 2016 at 17:52

      Thank you Caroline πŸ™‚ What flavour did you make? I think I’m going to try peach & raspberry soon πŸ™‚

  • Angie | Fiesta Friday 13th May 2016 at 02:49

    Hi, cohort! I mean, cohost!? You did an amazing job cohosting I have to say, thanks so much! And this zingy cheesecake you brought?! All I can say is that I wish I had a teleporter. I do love anything zingy! And what pretty flowers! ?

    • Life Diet Health 13th May 2016 at 22:25

      Awww thanks Angie πŸ™‚ I had great fun and got some amazing ideas & met some wonderful people (thanks again Elaine for encouraging me to co-host)! .Zingy is great – especially when the weather is heating up, and cheesecake is always good particularly when it’s healthy too! πŸ™‚ If I had a teleporter I’d go and round everyone up and bring them to you in person with all their goodies! Oh.. or maybe I’d take everyone to Loretta’s as I’d love to see her colourful garden for real! πŸ˜› πŸ˜€

  • Zeba@Food For The Soul 30th May 2016 at 21:17

    I am making a version this today for tea with friends…if I can manage some pictures it will get posted soon. Thanks so much for the inspiration:)

    • Life Diet Health 30th May 2016 at 22:22

      Ooo wonderful πŸ™‚ Let me know how you got on. Enjoy!


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