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By: Christina Anania

Christina Anania is a food and lifestyle blogger. Enjoy some of her other culinary creations by following her (@eatsbytee) on Instagram.

The crisp December air in the morning and the accompanying snow has me ready to jumpstart my holiday baking. This time of year always reminds me of running outside in my snowsuit as a kid, making snow angels and having competitions with my siblings to see who could roll the biggest snowball. I’m reminded of then running inside our home, where we were always warmly welcomed by the smell of freshly baked cookies.

With the holiday season rolling in, I wanted to create a dessert so good, you’d also be taken back to your favorite holiday memories. This Coconut Peppermint Cheesecake does just that while also offering great sources of healthy fats and whole-food ingredients to leave you feeling satisfied without the guilt. This cake is also free of dairy, egg and gluten, making it a perfect dessert option for guests with sensitivities to these ingredients.

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Another standout feature of this decadent cake? Its silky filling, which is layered on top of a crust that is both soft and crunchy. The dark chocolate and candy cane toppings bring a special holiday warmth to every bite. 

Many people avoid desserts due to feeling bloated and sluggish from the added sugars. But this Coconut Peppermint Cheesecake is different; it contains zero added sugars and is full of healthy fats and nutrient-dense ingredients. It also calls for one scoop of Vital Proteins Coconut Collagen Creamer, which helps to promote healthy hair, skin, nails, and joints.

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So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to whip out your favorite baking apron to bring this Coconut Peppermint Cheesecake to life (and to your next holiday party).

coconut peppermint cheesecake

Coconut Peppermint Cheesecake

Yields 6-10 servings

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • ½ C pitted dates
  • 1 C chopped almonds
  • ¼ C coconut flakes
  • 2 T almond milk
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1 T crushed peppermint candy canes
  • 1 t cinnamon 

Toppings:

  • Chopped dark chocolate
  • Crushed candy canes
  • Pomegranate

Filling:

Directions:

  1. Begin by soaking the cashews in a bowl with boiled water. You can leave them in there while preparing the crust or leave them overnight.
  2. For the crust, combine all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until everything is chopped and smooth. Press crust mixture into the bottom of a 8-inch spring pan until you have an even layer at the bottom.
  3. After rinsing out the food processor, add in the filling mixture. Mix until thick, smooth and creamy.
  4. Add the filling on top of the crust and smooth it out evenly. Then, add your toppings and store in the freezer for 2-3 hours.
  5. Remove cake from freezer, cut into pieces and enjoy!