At what point do you break and turn on the heat in your house once fall has arrived? For us, the breaking point came this week and we’ve turned on the heat in our room at night so our bed is warm as toast when we’re ready to go to sleep.
We don’t have central heat, so we only turn it on in the rooms we’re in. This means that our downstairs is usually freezing during the winter, the second floor is somewhat warm, and the only room upstairs that is warmed up is our bedroom. The worst feeling is stepping out of a warm shower, onto the cold tile. So far we have been lucky, with an usually warm fall, however this week there was most certainly a cold snap that came in.
I’m also always, always cold. I’m the person who can be cold in the shade on a hot day. Of course, Adam says it’s my fault since I never wear socks, and most of my leggings are capri’s and only cover until my knee. His solution for the cold is longer pants and a pair of fuzzy socks. However, I’ll still layer three blankets on top while I watch TV.
I made this pumpkin cheesecake while it was still fairly warm, for our Canadian Thanksgiving in early October. While a raw, vegan cheesecake is great for when you don’t want to turn on the oven, I can’t bake fast enough to feel the warmth radiating out of the oven now.
With the American Thanksgiving on the horizon, I thought I’d share this easy seasonal pumpkin cheesecake, that’s both raw and vegan. Much like my Chocolate Raw Cheesecake earlier this year, this recipe is easy and delicious, yummy enough to fool any cheesecake loving person.
- 1 cup packed medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup oats
- 3 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight or in hot water
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 6 Tbs. coconut oil
- 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- pumpkin pie spice to taste
- Caramel Topping: (optional)
- 1/2 cup dates
- 4 Tbs. Coconut Sugar
- 2-3 Tbs. Water
- In food processor add dates, plus a dash of water.
- Add oats and pumpkin seeds.
- Push crust into 8"-9" springform pan, and slightly up the sides.
- Once cashews are soaked and drained, add to blender with remaining filling ingredients and puree until very smooth - 3-5 minutes. If it is too thick, add more coconut milk. Or work in batches if it is too hard on your blender.
- Pour filling into crust, and smooth out if necessary. Chill in Refrigerator overnight.
- Once set, run a butter knife along the edges, and release the springform pan.
- In small saucepan, heat water, dates and coconut sugar on medium heat until simmers. Set aside to cool slightly, then puree in blender or food processor until smooth, liquid caramel sauce texture. Pour over chilled cheesecake, let set over night.
- I like to place the cheesecake in the freezer for about 20 minutes before serving, it firms it up completely, and I find the colder it is, the more cheesecake like it tastes!