Overview

This surprisingly green cheesecake uses kale's vibrant color to make a raw sweet kale cheesecake! Perfect for St. Patrick's Day dessert.
  • Prep Time

    5 min
  • Total Time

    5 hours 5 min
  • Suggested Servings

    6 servings
  • Shelf Life

    1 week in freezer
  • Equipment

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Place all ingredients into blender. Blend until extremely smooth! Keep blending until you can't see any bits of cashews or kale. This should be like a nice creamy thick smoothie.
  • 2. Pour into a glass dish (or molds). Smooth out with the back of a spoon.
  • 3. Freeze for at least 5 hours (or ideally overnight).
  • 4. This recipe should always be kept in the freezer. (It will melt otherwise.)

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

I recently received a request from J. Coleman to make a raw dessert for St. Patrick's Day, and I couldn't resist making a noteworthy cheesecake by using kale's vibrant green color to make a raw sweet kale cheesecake! It sounds freaky, but that's part of the fun. A definitely showstopper for a work function for sure :)

Also, flavor and color are both very important to this recipe, so if your recipe isn't turning out quite green, do a little taste-test before pouring out of the blender. Feel free to add a few more sprigs of kale (or spinach) and blend again to get the right shade of green. But keep taste-testing to make sure you don't make it taste too green :) As written though, this sweet kale cheesecake recipe is lovely and sweet, with absolutely no green flavor at all.

If you have a crappy blender that doesn't blend very well, you should soak your cashews in warm water first for a few hours (to soften them), then rinse and pat dry. But if your blender is good and strong, then you don't need to soak them.

Also, if using kale, be sure to use only the leafy bits -- don't add the spines of the kale. In other words, carefully rip the lettucy-bits off the kale stalk and use those, but throw out the hard spines. 

Re: the dish, as you can see I've used a bunch of different molds and a small pie pan, but if you don't have fancy kitchen equipment you can simply pour into any glass-bottomed dish (even a pie plate) and then just throw the whole thing in the freezer, then cut pieces out once frozen.

If you can't eat bananas, you can use another cup of cashews instead.

If you don't have kale, you can easily substitute the kale for green spinach. (For example, use 1 cup spinach instead of the 3/4 cup kale.)

Note: this recipe will melt if not in the freezer! Keep that in mind, and leave in freezer for as long as possible before serving.

Nutrition Overview

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  • This recipe is very low in Carbohydrates, and Sodium.
  • This recipe is low in Calories.
  • This recipe is an excellent source of Vitamin K.
  • This recipe is a good source of Riboflavin, and Vitamin B6.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Protein, Iron, and Vitamin C.

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Love this! I was just thinking this morning about making a fun St. Patty's day recipe and this will be perfect!! I'm seriously so mesmerized by the color; it's wonderful!

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Great idea Laura

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Hi I haven't tried your recipe yet but will definitely give it a go. I wanted to offer another suggestion in case it helps. I use parsley in my recipes to get that beautiful green color - lime cheesecake, my dips etc. I never get a bitter greens taste.
Love sharing and seeing how creative everybody is getting. Portia

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As I just made cashew Milk decided to use the pulp instead the cashews. I hope it comes out good! The "batter" tastes delicious! Thank you you're genius!

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Thanks, Ana! Don't you just love sneaking the batter first? :)

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My family LOVES this recipe! My son asks for it every time he comes to visit.

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Thanks, Sue! That's really sweet to hear! :)

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Your recipes look delicious. I am intolerant to cashew and I was wondering what I could use instead please?

Thank you!

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Hi Nadine!

No sorry, the cashews are integral to this recipe since they are such a creamy nut.. Best to look for a different recipe :)

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This cheesecake is really nice. make another one and taking it in to work for my colleagues :) Will tell you what they will say ;)

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Hi Pavla! I'm sure it was a big hit!

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My sweet tooth is pleased. Thank you

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You are very welcome! :) Got to please that sweet tooth!

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I absolutely love this recipe and have made it for the third time and will keep making it. What a great summer treat. This time I added some fresh mint to the mix, very nice as well.

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That's awesome, Anne. I'm glad to hear it! :)

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This was SO good! I made it for my mom's birthday, even the non-raw people liked it! Thanks for the recipe!

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I'm so happy, Theresa! Thank you! :)

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Wow, Laura-Jane, you're so creative! I can learn a lot from you!

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Why, thank you! :)

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Love it!

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So glad you liked the kale cheesecake, Alena :)

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I added a bit of spirulina to up the colour, it worked really well. Fun recipe, thank you!

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Hi Jane,

so glad it turned out well for you :)

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I licked the spoon! Crazy good! Just put it in the freezer 2 hours will have to do! Next time I'll plan ahead. Happy St. Patricks day!

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Glad it turned out well for you, MW :)

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Just mixed this up and put it in the freezer. Can't wait to have it for dessert tonight, St Patrick's Day! From licking the bowl I know it is going to be good!

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Hi Heidi,

Hope it turned out well for you and your peeps :)

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We loved it! Thank you all of the great recipes. :-)

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My pleasure Heidi :) Glad to have you here with me.

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I just made it. I love it. You are so creative! Thanks!

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So glad it turned out well for you, Debbie :)

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While this recipe sounded a bit strange at first, it was intriguing, so I made it this afternoon. So simple to put together, and so good! Be sure to lick the spoon and eat whatever's left in your blender -- it's wonderful! I couldn't wait until it had been in the freezer the full 5 hours, so I just had a sliver that was excellent. Undoubtedly I'll end up "testing" it periodically today until it's done -- kind of like dehydrating something new -- just have to do periodic taste tests.

You're recipes are so creative, tasty and easy to fix -- thank you! Last night I purchased your app and am now looking forward to even more wonderful recipes.

Happy day!

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You are not alone in the taste-testing sin box lol

So glad you enjoyed! It is a bit of a crazy recipe, but it works taste-wise :)

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Hi I haven't tried your recipe yet but will definitely give it a go. I wanted to offer another suggestion in case it helps. I use parsley in my recipes to get that beautiful green color - lime cheesecake, my dips etc. I never get a bitter greens taste.
Love sharing and seeing how creative everybody is getting. Portia

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Hi Portia,

Great tip! Lovely cake too!

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What could be used to replace the banana please?

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Under The Rawtarian's Thoughts it says you can use more cashews.

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+1 Heidi! <3

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That is a lot of green.

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You betcha! lol

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Love this! I was just thinking this morning about making a fun St. Patty's day recipe and this will be perfect!! I'm seriously so mesmerized by the color; it's wonderful!

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Kale cheesecake is very mesmerizing haha - in fact, it mesmerized me into eating way too many pieces lol

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Great idea Laura

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Thanks Suzanne!

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Weird and fun. I cannot wait to try this one

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Hi Katie,

If you try it, I can't wait to know what you think :)

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