Lemon Disguised Mango Cheesecake

Shrouded in mystery, pretending to be someone else… But your true intentions stay hidden, your image blurred…

Isn’t it lovely when you make a dessert and have some leftover filling to sample and lick the blender clean (watch for the knives!)? We had such luck with this pie! I made more cream than I could fit on the crust, so what could we do? Some sacrifices had to be made.

Don’t be confused with the title of this post/recipe. This indeed is a mango pie. It just looks like a fuzzy lemon. When I choose the dish for it, I didn’t think about it. But when I spread the yellow cream over, it definitely showed its’ lemony nature 🙂

The crust was super simple: only soaked and drained walnuts and dates, mixed in a food processor and pressed into a pie dish.

The filling was made of mango, soaked and drained cashews, dates, melted coconut oil and melted cacao butter. The original recipe called for some lemon juice, but I didn’t have lemons at the time. If you would like your filling to taste a bit tangy, include lemon juice. Otherwise, you will get a cream that tastes almost as white chocolate. Yum!

Before pouring the filling, I placed mixed berries over the crust and pushed them down it a little.

When it came to decorating, I was baffled what to do. I still have to figure out how to spread the filling evenly, so you don’t see every single stroke. Some cover up had to be done. The decision fell on coconut flakes. I had to crush them with the mortar and pestle, because I cannot find organic shredded coconut. Something still didn’t feel quite right. It needed more color! So, I took about half a teaspoon of turmeric powder and mixed it with crushed coconut flakes and sprinkled them over the pie.

As you can see in the photos, I played around with decorating some more. And some more. At one point, I decided to stop myself or Mladen would eat my photography subject! 🙂

P.S. The recipe is from… drumroll, please…. Sweetly Raw! She has recently done a makeover of her site, so you should definitely go and check it out. I tried to find this recipe on her new site, but I couldn’t, so here’s a link to this awesome cheesecake on Raw Food Recipes. Enjoy!

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