Natalie Seldon’s peach melba cheesecake recipe

Check out this delicious vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free cheesecake, taken from Natalie Seldon’s book

 The Goodness of Nuts & Seeds

This make-ahead frozen raw cheesecake is my interpretation of the much-celebrated dessert Peach Melba, combining peaches and raspberries with a delicious nutty crust base. This healthy take on the traditional cheesecake is the ultimate showstopper.

Serves 10–12

 

For the nut crust base

125g each pecans, cashews and desiccated coconut

125g soft Medjool dates, stones removed

1/4 teaspoon salt

Zest of 1 lime

2 tablespoons milled flaxseed (optional)

For the peach layer

500g cashews, soaked for 2–3 hours (or preferably overnight)

5 fresh peaches, stones removed (or two 400g cans sliced peaches, drained)

1 frozen banana

100ml coconut cream

125ml maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract

1 tablespoon tahini

For the raspberry layer

125g frozen raspberries

1–2 tablespoons maple syrup, to taste

 

  1. Grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin. Grind the pecans, cashews, coconut and dates in a food-processor or high-speed blender. Stir in the salt, lime zest and flaxseed (if using) to form a sticky dough and press firmly into the bottom of the tin. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes, until hardened.

 

  1. For the peach layer, drain and rinse the cashews. Place all the ingredients into a food-processor or high-speed blender and process until smooth. Pour about two thirds of the mixture over the top of the base. Place in the freezer for about 45 minutes, or until the layer is firm.

 

  1. Meanwhile, make the raspberry layer by adding the raspberries and maple syrup to the remaining peach mixture and blend again. Spoon the raspberry layer on top of the frozen peach layer and leave to freeze for 2–3 hours, or preferably overnight.

 

  1. Remove the cheesecake from the freezer about 30 minutes before serving and decorate with frozen peach slices, raspberries, desiccated coconut and some chia/hemp seeds, if you wish.

The Goodness of Nuts & Seeds is published by Kyle Books. Photography by Faith Mason, food and prop styling: Natalie Seldon