July 4th means cookouts, picnics, parades, fireworks…and lots of food!
We usually head over to Aunt Mary Ann’s house by the water. It’s always fun (and embarrassing to the kids) when the aunts sing “God Bless America” at the top of their lungs. But this year, we are hosting. I get to see my sister, bro-in-law, cute little niece and their new puppy (my kids are going to love this!).
I’m making the menu and shopping list now. Woo hoo! I’m a bit of a nerd that way; when it comes to food and entertaining, I live for it!
To save time, I made a red, white, and blue dessert and put it in the fridge today. We’ll have it after watching fireworks. Can I tell you I couldn’t stop licking the spoon?
In fact, after a few hours, Kate dug it out of the fridge, and well, let’s just say we couldn’t wait until Thursday after all.
Aunt Mary Ann makes a special American flag cheesecakes so I made one, too. Mine is a healthy twist to the traditional cake with nuts, tofu, and shredded coconut.
Patriotic Vegan Cheesecake
• 1 cup nuts (I used a mix of walnuts, brazil nuts, almond slices, and pecans)
• 12 medjool dates, pitted and soaked
• 1 tsp. cinnamon
• 1 cup shredded coconut
Soak dates in water for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, blend nuts, cinnamon, and coconut together. Add in the dates and blend thoroughly. The mixture will become sticky. Press into a 8×8 square pie dish and put aside.
• 1/2 cups cashews, soaked for 1 hour
• 8 oz. extra firm tofu
• 12 oz . vegan cream cheese (Follow Your Heart brand)
• 2/3 cup maple syrup
• 1 tbsp. lemon juice
• 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Sliced strawberries and blueberries to make the flag.
Drain cashews and add them to the blender with the rest of the ingredients.
Pulse until everything is smoothly pureed.
Then pour into the pie crust. Spread it evenly, making a nice swirl with the spatula.
Bake for 40 minutes at 250 degrees F. Remove from oven and let cool.
Add blueberries and sliced strawberries to make the flag.
Isn’t it a beauty!
Keep it stored in the fridge until ready to serve. It is safe for about 3-4 days, and make sure to cover to keep in the freshness.
Makes 12 slices.
I like making healthier, cleaner versions of desserts and wowing everyone. Yeah, I’m a bit “want to be the center of attention” that way. :)
Your turn. How do you work the red, white, and blue for the 4th?