Cashew Fig Pie or “Cheesecake” sans Cheese


Having recently eaten at a raw food restaurant, I was fascinated by the creative dessert options.  It seemed impossible to me to eat anything other than fruit, vegetables, and nuts; which I believe would get boring after about two days, or for the less controlled, five hours.

I was awed and inspired by the creativity I discovered perusing the blogs and Pinterest boards.  A lot can be done with fruit and nuts!

Please note that I in no way endorse any kind of raw diet, and would caution against assuming a raw diet for health purposes.  Eating only raw foods can actually inhibit both digestion and nutrient absorption, so please check out some real science before giving up cooked food forever.

Cashews seem to be a raw food miracle and key ingredient in many vegan desserts.  I decided then to experiment, and what I emerged with was a kind of  “cheesecake” made with cashews and figs.

It’s no coincidence that I call this cheesecake, because this tastes almost exactly like cheesecake.  In fact, after tasting a bite of this I decided I might be  able to replace real cheesecake with this version occasionally, which is a big feat, as cheesecake has been my favorite dessert since I was six.



For the crust:

1/2 cup pistachios

2 tbs Raw cacao

1 tbs Flaxseed meal

5 tbs raisins

1 tbs coconut oil

2 tbs Oat Bran

For the Filling:

2 cups soaked Cashews

4 tbs coconut oil

Juice of 2 lemons

1/4 cup raw agave

10 raw figs


For the crust

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until mixture forms sticky chunks on the edge of the blender that can be worked into a ball.  Using your hands work the dough into a glass pie pan so that a layer of about 1/2 inch covers the pan. 




For the Filling

Starting with the soaked cashews, blend all ingredients in the food processor on high, until a smooth pinkish cream forms (5-10 min).  Spread cream over crust layer and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Serve topped with fresh figs.

2 thoughts on “Cashew Fig Pie or “Cheesecake” sans Cheese

  1. I’ve always loved cheesecake but gave it long ago up due to high fat content. But this “cheesecake” is healthy, low fat and delicious! Better than the original in my opinion. Now I can snack on my favorite desert once more but guilt free. Thanks!


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