Lemon ‘Cheesecake’ With Blueberry Sauce – dairy and egg-free

You wont believe this dessert is dairy-free – in fact it is not really a cheesecake at all! Made from dairy-free coconut yogurt and fresh lemons, it has a very light texture with a fresh lemony flavour with just the tiniest hint of coconut. It is so simple to make, you’ll wonder why you’ve never made it before!

You can vary the fruit sauce depending on what fruits are available. Raspberries would make a delicious alternative or you could try replacing the lemon in the cheesecake with orange and accompany with a rhubarb sauce.

Serves 6 – 8

Ingredients

250g ginger nut biscuits

75g coconut oil, melted

3 tbsp clear honey

6 sheets leaf gelatine

2 x 350g tubs dairy-free coconut yogurt

Zest of 2 lemons

It has a very light texture with a lemony flavour and just the tiniest hint of coconut.

Juice of 1 lemon

Blueberry Sauce

225g blueberries

3 tbsp clear honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp water

Method

  1. Line a 20cm square cake tin with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Put the ginger nut biscuits in a food processer and whizz up into fine crumbs. Add the melted coconut oil and process until well combined.
  3. Tip into the prepared tin, level out and lightly press with the back of a spoon.
  4. Place in the fridge for ½ hour to chill.
  5. Immerse the sheets of gelatine in cold water for 5 minutes to soften.
  6. Put the honey in a small pan and warm over a low heat until hot but not bubbling. Take the pan off the heat.
  7. Drain the gelatine and squeeze out any excess water. Drop the gelatine into the warmed honey to melt and lightly whisk. Leave to cool slightly.
  8. Put the yogurt into a large bowl with the lemon zest and juice. Whisk to combine and pour in the honey and gelatine mixture, whisking well.
  9. Pour onto the biscuit base and return to the fridge to set, ideally overnight.
  10. To make the sauce, put the blueberries, honey, vanilla extract and water into a small pan. Warm over a low heat until the blueberries start to pop and release their juices. Pour into a serving bowl and leave to cool.
  11. Remove the cheesecake from the tin, peel off the paper and cut into squares. Serve with the blueberry sauce.
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