Raw Paleo Banana Cream Cheesecake @ meritandfork.com

Paleo Banana Cream Cheesecake {PaleoParents Cheesecake Factory Recipe Roundup!}

Raw Paleo Banana Cream Cheesecake @ meritandfork.com

 

No, that is not a freezer-burned pie. I was actually photographing this cheesecake out on our screened-in back porch while it was snowing! The devilish, powdery snow kept flying through the screen, into the shot, and onto my pie + plates!

So, why the heck was I making a raw, frozen cheesecake in the middle of this dead, frozen, metropolitan-area/DC winter?!

FOR THE PALEO PARENTS CHEESECAKE FACTORY RECIPE RECREATION ROUNDUP, OF COURSE!

If you’ve ever been to a Cheesecake Factory restaurant, you know that their menu is chock-full of delicious stoner food. Yes, Stoner Food. Think fried macaroni and cheese balls, mini corn-dog-pops, chocolate-covered bacon, chicken n’ biscuits, and mouth-watering gluten-filled pastas galore.

Cheesecake Factory may be an unhealthy-foodie’s paradise (aka me & mine), but, if you’re going to a place called “The Cheesecake Factory”, you probably shouldn’t go into the experience trying to ‘eat healthy’. [Sorry!]

Raw Paleo Banana Cream Cheesecake @ meritandfork.com

 {fresh snow & fresh nutmeg-topped Banana Cream Cheesecake slice.}

My absolute favorite dish at The Cheesecake Factory is none other than ONE OF THEIR CHEESECAKES! DUH! It would be blasphemous to call myself a Certified Sweet Tooth-er and to not name one of their cheesecakes when asked which dish is my fav.

It’s: THE BANANA CREAM CHEESECAKE HANDSDOWNEVERYDAYALLDAYFOREVERMORE. ANDDONTASKMEEVERAGAINCAUSEIT’LLNEVERCHANGE.

Raw Paleo Banana Cream Cheesecake @ meritandfork.com

 My brother & I grew up obsessed with all things banana – Bananas Foster and banana splits were easily our favorite desserts, yet, for some reason, I very rarely create recipes using bananas. I think my mind just automatically crosses them off the list of “exotic & exciting ingredients” and views them akin to peasant food. (Looks like Snooty-Two-Shoes over here is #toogoodforbananas!) I’ve had that banana cream cheesecake on so many occasions, but, never even thought about attempting it at home… until now, for The Cheesecake Factory Recipe Recreation Roundup! I’m not sure why I’ve neglected them, but, this has sparked a newfound banana-recipe love in me!

As soon as the announcement was made for this roundup, we were told to “let them know” which recipe we’d be recreating. I IMMEDIATELY called dibs on this cheesecake as I was extremely worried someone might have the same banana-obsessed thoughts as me.

I imagine my delivery may have sounded something like: “I’M MAKING THE BANANA CREAM CHEESECAKE SO DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT BITCHES KTHXBAI.” Whoops. (50% chance I used a slightly-more-civil, politically-correct version of that statement.)

Raw Paleo Banana Cream Cheesecake @ meritandfork.com

 I even toyed with the idea of using real cream cheese/non-dairy cream cheese, but, I already had all these items on hand and I assumed most other paleo eaters would have them, too. Plus, non-dairy, paleo-friendly cheese is expensive as shit. I just couldn’t do that to you guys – force you to spend your entire paycheck on two $12 blocks of non-dairy cream cheese for one friggin pie… Also, I’m cheap as FUHHH, so there’s that, too…

I’ve heard a few complaints about paleo desserts being chock full of nuts, but, I really don’t think it should be a concern for most. Just like their non-paleo counterparts, paleo desserts should be consumed just the same – IN EXTREME MODERATION – and just like one slice of chemical-preservative-and-sugar-filled dairy-cheesecake won’t kill you, one slice of nut-based, raw, paleo, dairy-free cheesecake won’t kill you, either. With that being said, they’re both still desserts. They’re both still cheesecakes. BE smart by EATING smart.

Naturally-Sweetened Raw Paleo Banana Cream Cheesecake vs. Refined Sugar, Gluten, & Dairy-filled Banana Cream Cheesecake. I think we both know who the clear winner is, here. ;)

Raw Paleo Banana Cream Cheesecake
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Serves: 1 - 9 in pie
 
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ to 1 cup medjool dates, pitted (Depends how dry your dates are - I used 1 cup/about 10 medjool dates)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Filling:
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1-1/4 cup raw cashews/cashew pieces
  • 5 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp ghee (or butter), melted
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ a lemon, juiced (2 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract (I also used 2 inches of scraped vanilla bean - optional)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • Whipped Topping:
  • 1-1/2 cups coconut cream, chilled (I used 1 - 14oz. can of coconut cream)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 inch vanilla bean, scraped (opt)
  • 1 packet stevia
  • pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Pulse crust ingredients together in food processor until evenly combined. Use fingers to pinch mixture together - if it sticks together, it's ready. If not, add more dates until crust comes together.
  2. Once ready, FIRMLY press crust mixture into a parchment-lined-bottom springform pan. Set aside.
  3. Place all filling ingredients in high speed blender (or clean food processor), blend until smooth, and pour filling over crust.
  4. Cover & freeze pie for at least 4-8 hours - preferably overnight. Remove from freezer and let thaw at room temp for 10 mins before slicing.
  5. Prepare whipped cream topping while thawing pie by whisking all topping ingredients together. Use a piping bag and pipe onto pie OR simply dollop onto single slices.
  6. Slice with a warm knife & serve with whipped cream & freshly grated nutmeg. Cover & freeze any remaining pie.

Raw Paleo Banana Cream Cheesecake @ meritandfork.com

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Chef de Cuisine of Merit + Fork, Nicole's posts are primarily food driven, with a dash of natural health and beauty tips for good measure.

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