Today is a special one because you’re visiting a page that’s part of the Virtual Vegan Potluck! This is the second one that Turning Veganese has been fortunate enough to participate in and it’s a great way to look at lots of vegan food blogs and even some non-vegan blogs that are participating by presenting a vegan dish. I definitely recommend exploring. Use the “go forward” and “go back” buttons at the bottom of the page to participate.
I wanted to be sure that Florida culture came out in my Virtual Vegan Potluck contribution so I decided to include some local flare. Guava pastries are a staple in our Cuban heritage, coconut and lime are ubiquitous in Caribbean cuisine so I wanted to include them in this recipe, and pecans are here to represent the Southern elements in South Florida culture. This is an incredibly easy recipe and shouldn’t take you more than 20 minutes to prepare. All you need is a good spring form pan and the ingredients.
First prepare the crust by combining the following in a bowl:
1 cup of medjool dates, soaked overnight in water, drained and blended until smooth
1 cup of shredded coconut, preferably unsweetened
1 cup of crushed pecans
1 cup of almond meal
1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
a pinch of cinnamon
Mix these until uniform, adding extra water if it’s dry. It should be crumbly and a little sticky.
Once you like the texture, moosh it into the bottom of your spring form pan.
Now that you’ve got your crust, we’ve got to make the ‘cheese’cake part. It’s simple too:
1 carton of silken tofu
1 tsp starch (we used arrowroot) dissolved in 1 tbsp of lime juice
7 ounces of guava paste
Put all of that into your blender and blend until smooth. Pour it over the crust and put it into your freezer.
I sprinkled mine with some additional coconut to make it extra pretty. It’ll be ready in 4 hours.
Remove the wall of your spring form pan and serve. It will get gooey as it melts so put your spring form base on a wide plate to catch anything that falls off the edge.
This concludes my part in the Virtual Vegan Potluck event and I hope you’ll visit all the other posts in the chain. If you’re new to Turning Veganese, I hope you’ll visit again. Click on the “go forward” or “go back” button below to see what else the Virtual Vegan Potluck has in store for you!
This is Christie and Brent, signing off to head to the Potluck!