Coconut and lime cheesecake slice

Coconut and lime cheesecake sliceIt is my opinion that desserts with layers look pretty impressive and make it appear as though you have gone to heaps of trouble. The avocado gives the lime layer of this cheesecake slice a great colour and a creamy texture. I have removed all refined carbohydrates in this slice by using coconut flour and shredded coconut in the base and by sweetening each layer with stevia. The natural sweetness of the coconut also adds to the flavour.

As far as desserts go, this cheesecake slice is rather healthy with fibre provided from the shredded coconut and coconut flour, essential fatty acids from the avocado, some protein from the Greek yoghurt and cream cheese and some collagen provided by the gelatin, which studies have shown may be good for your skin. I have tried to reduce the calorie content by using reduced fat coconut milk, Greek yoghurt and cream cheese. I like the contrasting flavours of the tangy lime layer with the creamy coconut layer. Give it a go and impress your friends with this healthy, layered dessert.

Coconut and lime cheesecake slice

Ingredients

Base

½ cup shredded coconut

½ cup coconut flour

½ tablespoon stevia

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons homemade coconut butter or oil

½ cup light coconut milk

Lime layer

Juice from 1 lime

2 tablespoons stevia

½ cup low fat Greek yoghurt

½ an avocado

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ½ teaspoons gelatin dissolved in 2 tablespoons boiling water

Coconut cheesecake layer

1 250 gram tub of light cream cheese

1 cup light coconut milk

1 tablespoon coconut butter (kind of defeats the purpose of using light coconut milk but I used it anyway – I like the texture)

1 ½ tablespoons stevia

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup shredded coconut

1 ½ teaspoons gelatin dissolved in 2 tablespoons boiling water

Utensils

Measuring cups and spoons

Large mixing bowl

Dessert spoon

20cm x 20cm baking tray

Baking paper

Sharp knife

Food processor

Small bowl

Teaspoon

Coconut and lime cheesecake slice 2Method

  • For the base add the shredded coconut, coconut flour and stevia to a large mixing bowl. Mix to combine. Add in the vanilla extract, coconut butter or oil and coconut milk and mix well to combine the dry and wet ingredients.
  • Tip the base mixture into a 20cm x 20cm baking tray lined with baking paper and press it down firmly with wet hands. Bake the base in the oven at 160°C for 15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Remove the base and allow it to cool while you prepare the lime layer.
  • For the lime layer, add the lime juice, stevia, Greek yoghurt, avocado and vanilla extract to a food processor and process until the mixture is smooth and an even consistency is achieved.
  • In a separate small bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water by stirring with a teaspoon. Add the dissolved gelatin to the lime mixture in the food processor and process briefly to combine. Pour the lime layer over the base and spread it out evenly with the back of a dessert spoon. Place this in the fridge to set (this will take at least 1 hour). Rinse the food processor.
  • For the coconut cheesecake layer add the cream cheese, coconut milk, coconut butter, stevia and vanilla extract to the food processor. Process until the mixture is smooth and an even consistency is achieved. Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add in the shredded coconut and mix to combine.
  • In a separate small bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water by stirring with a teaspoon. Add the dissolved gelatin to the coconut cheesecake mixture in the large mixing bowl. Mix well to ensure the gelatin is evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Pour the coconut cheesecake layer over the lime layer once the lime layer is set and spread it out evenly with the back of a dessert spoon. Place the complete slice into the fridge until it is completely set and firm (2 hours at least).

6 thoughts on “Coconut and lime cheesecake slice

    • Thank you. I like the contrast of the tangy lime layer and the creamy coconut layer. The avocado works well in the lime layer, also. I just checked out your blog. Your photos are beautiful. I am not a creative person (there is not a lot of room for creativity working as a research scientist) so this is something I am working on.

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