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Caramel Cheesecake with a nutty pecan crust topped with a creamy cheesecake layer and mousse like chocolate date caramel is the perfect guilt free fall dessert. Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Raw and Refined Sugar Free. Dessert doesn’t get any better than this!Caramel cheesecake might just be my new favorite dessert. If you know me at all you know I’m all about the savory flavors. Desserts don’t usually tempt me (unless we’re talking about my vegan paleo caramel turtles) and now this caramel cheesecake.
I used to love a good cheesecake (it might be because the main component is savory cream cheese), but since switching to a dairy free diet, I’m all about the vegan cheesecakes (think vegan pumpkin cheesecake or vegan NY cheesecake) nowadays.
There’s one problem with making a vegan cheesecake though –> properly processing the raw cashews to make the filling super uber creamy and dreamy. Food processor = slightly somewhat gritty texture.
And that’s where my new favorite blender – the Wolf Gourmet Blender, comes in. The team over at Wolf Gourmet were kind enough to send me a blender to test out, as well as to host a giveaway for one free blender for a lucky reader.
Now I’ve been through all sorts of blenders over the years, but I have always dreamed of a more official, legitimate and high powered commercial style blender.
A powerful machine is what I’ve always wanted. After 5 years of almost non stop travel, D and I have made the decision to finally settle down in Philadelphia next year, so I’ve had my eye on some new kitchen equipment for a while now.
No regular blender will do. I need something magnificent, something that can easily make super creamy vegan cheesecakes, something just like the Wolf Gourmet Blender.
I was super excited to test out this blender and knew right away that a vegan caramel cheesecake would really put this blender to the test.
The crust can be easily pulsed in the food processor – we’re just talking pecans and dates here, and you want it in a crumb like sticky texture – see picture below.
In order for the blender to pass my test with flying colors the cheesecake would have to be super smooth. You should not even be able to guess that a caramel cheesecake has a nut base. It should just melt in your mouth.
And how did the Wolf Gourmet Blender do?
Amazingly well, I must say. The raw soaked and drained cashews were added to the blender along with maple syrup, coconut milk, coconut oil, and almond butter.
Then the mixture was pureed on manual, first on low then on high speed. I kept the blender going for a few minutes, 3-5 just to see how creamy the nuts would get.
It’s safe to say the pictures speak for themselves. No whole nuts or nut bits in sight.
I put the blender to the test a second time, by making a date caramel, made with only dates and coconut milk. Could the Wolf Gourmet turn these two ingredients into a velvetty caramel like sauce?
Just look at that consistency.
So beautiful, right?
Now I have made vegan cheesecakes in the food processor for years, and while it can be done, the consistency is never quite right. The truth is you need a full on powerful blender for that perfect dreamy creamy consistency.
Luckily the Wolf Gourmet blender happens to also be perfect for making dips, sauces, nut milks, creamy soups, etc, so it’s not just a cheesecake making machine.
Overall I have nothing but positive things to say about the Wolf Gourmet Blender. The stainless steel base has a gorgeous design, it fits right in on the kitchen counter and it can make the toughest ingredients super creamy. I’ve got no complaints. Yes the blender does have a hefty price tag (retailing at $599.95) but as I’ve learned over the years, it always worth it to invest in a high quality product that lasts for years and does the job. This is not a substitute for a $50 blender, this is the blender of your dreams that can blend just about anything, so if that’s what you’re looking for this is it right here.
And with this blender you can make this super creamy vegan caramel cheesecake topped with a layer of date caramel and then chocolate date caramel.
My mom pretty much told me this was the best dessert she’s ever had. And I agree. It’s nothing short of magical. I hate to brag but this caramel cheesecake is pretty much the bomb. If you’re obsessed with salt as I am, you’ll want to sprinkle it with some coarse sea salt – entirely optional (but actually just plain mandatory).
Additional sprinkling of pecans needed only for decoration. Let this caramel cheesecake set (and live) in the freezer and freeze individual portions for a quick sweet treat that is easily accessible. The various multiple layers from nutty pecans goodness, to super creamy cheesecake layer on to the lighter mousse like date caramel and with the finishing touch of chocolate – everything here is simply divine.
Best part of all ? This caramel cheesecake is sweetened only with maple syrup and dates – no white sugar needed. A dessert that will fit everyone’s tastes!
To make this at home yourself with your very own Wolf Gourmet Blender please enter the giveaway below (or if you can’t wait that long look for it in at a Sur La Table retailer near you)
- 1.5 cup pecans
- 12 dates
- 2 cups raw cashews soaked in boiling water for 2 hours, rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup melted coccnut oil
- 1 cup pitted dates about 20
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon cacao powder
In a food processor pulse the pecans and 12 dates until crumb like sticky texture forms.
Pat the mixture into the bottom of a spring form pan.
In a high powered blender combine cashews, maple syrup, coconut milk, coconut oil and almond butter until smooth (3-5 minutes).
Top the pecan crust with the cheesecake mixture.
In the blender combine 1 cup dates and 1/2-3/4 cup coconut milk. Blend until completely creamy and smooth adding more coconut milk as needed.
Top the cheesecake with half of the date caramel, using a spoon to swirl it on top.
Mix a bit of the remaining date caramel with cacao powder for a more chocolate like caramel topping. Dilute with a bit of coconut milk as needed to thin it out. Swirl on top of cheesecake.
Reserve remaining date caramel for eating with the cheesecake.
Freeze for 2-4 hours, and serve with a sprinkling of coarse sea salt (optional).
**Wolf Gourmet provided me with the blender to review but as always all opinions express here are my own**
I like chocolate cheesecake. Thank you for the giveaway!
Natalia M says
Definitely a tough question.. but traditional, snickers, or pumpkin are all up there. Yes I’m one of those people that can only have one option, otherwise I can’t pick! Can’t wait to try this one, I’m sure your mom is right too! I love caramel and pecans on cheese cake too.
Holly m says
My favorite flavor cheesecake is vegan salted caramel. cheesecake!
Wendy Forbes says
New York style cheesecake is my favorite, but I also love chocolate cheesecake as well.
Jennifer Essad says
I have more than one favorite as Cheesecake is my ultimate dessert. this time of year I go for pumpkin or praline
yumm! You got me at caramel! Caramel cheesecake looks really good..
Joan Kubes says
You really can’t go wrong with any cheesecake flavor, but my favorite has got to be salted caramel.
Raspberry used to be my favorite but this caramel sounds delicious enough to change my mind.
Brianna Mace says
Strawberry cheesecake is the best!
kelly light says
I love a lemon cheesecake with blueberry topping
Linda Szymoniak says
Give me strawberry cheesecake any day! After that I like key lime the best.
casey t says
Rasberry or another berry is always so refreshing!
Lorraine F says
My favorite cheesecake flavor is coffee!
Melissa Storms says
I love fresh strawberry topped cheesecake.
Noor Fatima says
Ah, woah Vicky! This cake not only sounds amazing but it looks like perfection!
christina purvis says
I love cherry cheesecake! I would love to try this caramel cheesecake too!
Amber G says
My all time favortiei is just orginal to be honest., but my other favorites are strawberry and turtle cheesecake.
I like a traditional cheesecake flavor .
Aimee Brimmer says
I love any kind of cheesecake, but seasonally, I love lemon in the spring and summer and maybe pumpkin for the fall. 🙂
The plain cheesecake is so good but i also love pumpkin and mango cheesecake.
Holy moly this looks incredible !!!!! <3 I am literally salivating reading this!
My favourite cheesecake is caramel and fleur de sel <3
I love cheesecake and this being vegan makes me feel better as I would stuff my face.
Helen of Fuss Free Flavours says
Caramel cheesecake has to be one of those perfect desserts. Sweetening with dates is such a good idea.
kelly tupick says
My favorite is strawberry cheesecake.
Jeanne Coulombe says
My favorite cheescake is NY style with raseberry sauce
I love cheesecake period! Lemon or Strawberry cheesecake can’t be beat with me!
JUDY NIEMAN says
I love plain cheesecake with a topping like strawberries or cherries.
That’s a hard one. I enjoy almost all cheesecakes. But I’d have to pick. Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake.
I like pumpkin cheesecake.
elizabeth miller says
I actually have 2 favorite cheesecake flavors. The first favorite is salted caramel. My second flavor is banana cheesecake.
Mary W says
I like traditional New York style cheesecake but Key Lime might be a very close contender.
Dee Johnson says
I love peanut butter flavored cheese cake.
I can’t pin the image on Pinterest if you don’t provide an image…
My favorite cheesecake is pumpkin .
cyndi br says
I like the brownie cheesecake flavor
Sandra Watts says
I love plain with fresh strawberries.
I haven’t had cheesecake since I went gf df. Chocolate chip cheesecake used to be my favorite. For want of a decent blender I have yet to try any of the alternate recipes using soaked cashews. This caramel cheesecake sounds amazing! Thanks for holding a blender raffle! That is definitely key to a creamy texture!
My favorite is turtle cheesecake. The calories and everything seem a bit high here. Are they correct?
Susan P. says
I like Cherry, Strawberry or Raspberry Cheesecake but after hearing that your mom says it’s the best dessert she’s tasted, I may have to go with your Caramel Cheesecake!
Sara Zielinski says
My favorite cheesecake flavor is probably peanut butter or salted caramel if it is available.
Pam Halligan says
Blueberry cheesecake is my favorite
Gunner Miller says
I might seem a grump, but for most foods, the basics stand above the crowds. I like plain cheesecake with a light crust. No odd topping or anything. Just the basics.
Jean F says
If I have to choose, give me chocolate cheesecake.
Kathleen Tracey says
I like strawberry cheesecake. Yum.
Betsy Pauzauskie says
Strawberry is definitely my favorite!
Plain and chocolate are my favorites
I usually love plain cheesecake, but the caramel cheesecake sounds good, too!
Dina L says
I love fresh strawberry cheesecake!
I’ve never tried a vegan cheesecake
Gina Ferrell says
My favorite cheesecake flavor is caramel with pralines.
Maria Gordon says
New York Cheese cake White Chocolate Raspberry YUMMY!!!!
Tara Smith says
I love cheesecake, raspberry swirl, cherry & Pumpkin are among my favorites.
Ann Fantom says
I like plain cheesecake with a raspberry topping
Kimmy Ripley says
Mmmm I love love love white chocolate raspberry cheesecake.
I would be over the moon thrilled to win this. I just got into making smoothies and smoothie bowls and I’m having the time of my life making them and creating them.
I love pumpkin cheesecake!
Jenny Ham says
I love Cherry cheesecake
KellieRose Wilson says
I love salted caramel cheesecake!
Cookies and cream/Oreo bases deserts are always the top of my favorites list, cheesecake included!
Lisa Bourlier says
My favorite cheesecake is Strawberry!!
Kayte CookWatts says
I love simply NY style, without topping. If it’s made well, it doesn’t need it.
My favorite is strawberry cheesecake.
pumpkin cheesecake always!s
bernardina sims says
Red velvet cheesecake is my favorite!
Kari Wilson says
This looks amazing!!!! I am definitely going to make this!!! Caramel Cheesecake was one of my favorite desserts before going vegan. I have been searching for the perfect replacement. Plus winning the blender would help too
Chocolate Peanut butter Cheesecake:)
Preferred flavor changes with seasons, not unlike ice cream. Last one I made 2 weeks ago was Pumpkin W/ Cinnamon Chips and Apple Cinnamon Goat Cheese..
Sandra McFadden says
I love the Turtle Cheesecake the best so goey and yummy!
Sandra Beeman says
Chocolate CheeseCake is my preference!
Tanya British Prof. Organizer Las Vegas says
love cheesecake, especially chocolate !
My favorite cheesecake flavor is the classic plain cheesecake.
Tina M. Counterman says
love almost all cheesecake but my favorite is chocolate cheesecake
misty rummell says
i lovcherry cheesecake is my favorite
Irene Lirette says
Turtle..no wait strawberry, no…pineapple upside down…well, I love them all 🙂
I like chocolate cheesecake
My fav is Strawberry Cheesecake. But I love a good pumpkin cheesecake in the fall.
I like the plain flavor with no toppings
Fave flavor is cherry then pumpkin! Yummy!
Johnnie McKenzie says
patricia caradonna says
Blueberry cheesecake is my favorite.
I made a turtle cheesecake for my wife’s birthday this year and it was very good. I also like chocolate peanut butter!
Jill Hanson says
I like just about any cheesecake, but this recipe sounds amazing, but also very expensive for the ingredients!
Austin H. says
Cherry cheesecake is my favorite, but I love them all. I have never had a caramel one, this recipe sounds excellent.
Karley Moore says
I love Raspberry cheesecake. I could eat it every day. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
Plain with nothing on top, but really thick graham cracker crust, please!
Leland Williams says
doug g. says
your pin an image entry is blank…nothing there to pin 🙁
Thanks for letting me know! I’ll fix that now!
Meghan Malicoat says
Red Velvet cheesecake is my absolute favorite but there are so many amazing ones to choose from. I did recently try a Nutella flavored cheesecake that was ridiculously good.
My favorite cheesecake flavor is pumpkin and chocolate. YUM!
Annmarie W. says
I have to admit that I don’t really like cheesecake. But my hubby does! His favorite is just plain ‘ole New York cheesecake!
My favorite cheesecake flavor is chocolate/peanut butter!
Colleen Boudreau says
I like plain cheesecake best.
cheryl larimer says
I love traditional cheesecake with homemade blueberry sauce. I am frequently cooking for our large extended family; one gluten free and one vegan. Finding great tasting recipes that everyone will enjoy can be a challenge. This looks like one that might just be a hit for everyone.
Carly S says
I like blueberry cheesecake a lot.
Chocolate is my go to with everything, so chocolate!
Lydia Claire says
I remember The Cheesecake Factory has this caramel cheesecake that was to die for. It’s been so long since I’ve had it because I’m vegan. But peanut butter & chocolate, tiramisu and strawberry are all winners!
Kimberly Harrison says
favorite cheesecake flavor is red velvet
rhonda miotke says
I love the traditional cheesecake and in the fall I like to have pumpkin.
carol clark says
i like caramel cheescake but honey i wont turn any flavor down i love them all
Shawna O. says
I Love Cheesecake! My favorite Cheesecake is White Chocolate Raspberry! Thank you for this Amazing giveaway! I Love making and eating Cheesecake!
Intending to use the recipe on this page as soon as I win my new Wolf blender.
Tammy Catterton says
I have say classical new york cheesecake here with different toppings on it
Eileen Boyce says
Strawberry or caramel is my favorite!
Emma lewis says
I love whipped cherry cheesecake the best, it’s light and so yummy
Mya Murphy says
This may just become my favorite!!! Normally, I am a strawberry girl..
Pumpkin cheesecake is my favorite!
stella methvin says
I love it plain and chocolate but varied toppings depending on what my taste buds want.
Cherry cheesecake is my favorite! I love lots of cherries on top!
Stacey Roberson says
Peanut butter and dark chocolate. My husband makes this with an Oreo crust and it’s delicious!
Carole Mather says
This looks and sounds absolutely to die for.Any type of cheese cake is to die for.I would be walking and swimming extra for a week straight
Lisa Walker says
My favorite cheesecake is Oreo cheesecake.
Allie Futterer says
I love chocolate cheesecake!
Cristy Ridey says
My favorite cheese cake flavor is turtle.
I like raspberry cheesecake.
sarah s says
I would say that traditional cheesecake is my favorite with a coconut or white chocolate flavored cheesecake a close second.
I love coconut cheesecake, so rich and delicious.
Stefanie G says
I love strawberry cheesecake!
Kim O says
white chocolate raspberry is my favorite
Julie Bickham says
I love red velvet cheesecake!
Gail Lindsey says
I like caramel the best, so I’m looking forward to trying your recipe!
charmaine bensley says
My fave is plain cheesecake with cherries on top!
My fav flavor is strawberry cheesecake
alicia h says
This looks so YUMMY!!! I am going to try this!
A new blender would help! 🙂
Florence M Miller says
I love all cheesecake!
Terry Stevens says
Pumpkin is my favorite cheesecake flavor.
Katie Bellamy says
My favorite is Turtle Cheesecake!
Sarah Cool says
I love strawberry cheesecake
Sieglinde Foley says
Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake is my favorite 🙂
Debbie White Beattie says
My favorite cheesecake is raspberry
Rachel Clarke says
I love a chocolate and pumpkin cheesecake.
Tamela Hodgson says
Im not a big fan of cheesecake but make it for family and friends.
Lucille West says
my favorite cheesecake flavor would have to be blueberry
Marie R. Fuller says
I love my homemade cheesecake. Top with cherries it’s truly awesome. It’s a no sugar. Cheesecake. All of your recipes look so delicious. I’ll give one or two of them a try.
Julie Applegate says
Kelly M. says
Turtle Cheesecake is my favorite!
Rose Day says
i need this!
My favorite is original cheesecake with fresh strawberries
MaryElise Chapman says
I love cheesecake…. have never tried vegan before, but this looks amazing! Thanks for the giveaway too.
Leah Shumack says
Strawberry Cheesecake is always my favorite!
Sab Edwards says
any CHEESECAKE with mostly any topping..I have even made a pumpkin one
Lisa Brown says
I love strawberry cheesecake; thanks for the chance 🙂
I love a candy bar cheesecake.
ashley perez says
I love strawberry cheesecake 🙂
Gunner Miller says
You had me at cheesecake
Lisa Romine says
My favorite cheesecake is pumpkin cheesecake with a caramel drizzle on top.
I love pumpkin cheesecake, and the original plain cheesecake too!
Richard Hicks says
I like strawberry cheesecake best
Jeannette Harkin says
My favorite is Strawberry Cheesecake
I like strawberry cheesecake a lot, but any cheesecake is fine with me!
I am a huge cheese cake fan! I love original, strawberry, cherry, caramel, chocolate, etc…. lol my all time favorite is original. Idk I guess you can all me loyal but it is the original i fell in love with!
Gina M says
Oh, how can I pick just one? I love so many flavored cheesecake’s, but my favorite is a Pumpkin Cheesecake with Bourbon Spiced Cream that I made from an Emeril recipe I acquired about 15 years ago.
Sweet potato cheesecake with pecan praline topping
amber lee kolb says
Cheesecake is my favorite dessert so I pretty much like all flavors, but cherry cheesecake is definitely my favorite 🙂
My favorite would have to be pumpkin cheesecake.
Sean C says
Raspberry chocolate cheesecake is my favorite.
I like cherry cheesecake
My favorite cheesecake flavor is white chocolate raspberry. YUM!
My favorite is New York style cherry cheesecake.
Stephanie Grant says
I’m a sucker for just plain cheesecake, no toppings!
I love any kind of gluten free cheesecake. Thank you for your recipes and a chance to win.
This looks delicious!