Divine Raw Vegan Blueberry & Maqui Cheesecake with Pistachio Crust

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I think I'm a bit of a weirdo because at the end of the day, I love to go over in my mind all the colourful fruits and vegies I've eaten and think ... is there a rainbow in my tummy? Yup. Weirdo. But seriously, there's a science behind my little obsession with eating rainbows. Blue/purple plants, for example, derive their colour from anthocyanins, which act as powerful antioxidants protecting cells from damage. Generally speaking, the darker the blue/purple hue, the higher the phytochemical concentration.

In chakra healing, the colour indigo opens up a door to the divine. It is the colour of spiritual awakening and deep change. If you're really tuned in, eating blue foods can be deeply energising. What are you waiting for? Pick up a fork and dig in, goddess!

Ingredients

for the base
1 cup pistachio nuts
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
½ cup pitted dates
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp sea salt

for the filling
2 cups cashews, soaked overnight in 2 cups coconut cream
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup plant-based sweetener (maple syrup, coconut nectar or treacle are all good!)
¼ cup white chia seeds
2 tsp of maqui or acai berry powder
1 tsp lime zest
1 tsp vanilla bean extract
1 ½ cup frozen blueberries or blackberries

to decorate
crushed pistachios, frozen blueberries, blackberries, black grapes, chia jam, coconut flakes, pomegranate arils or granola (any or all of these will work, have fun with it!)

method

First, line the bottom of a 4 x 4 inch cake tin with baking paper (silicone or spring-form are even better!). In a food processor, combine all the ingredients for the base and whiz until breadcrumb sized and the mixture begins sticking together. Press into bottom of tin and place in freezer.

Next, place all the ingredients for the filling in the food processor and blend to a smooth texture. Pour this on top of the base and place back in freezer for at least three hours.

Remove from the freezer about 20 minutes before serving and decorate to you heart's content! I used everything I could get my hands on, but the granola, chia jam and blackberries were a real treat!

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