No-Bake. No Cream Cheese. No Sugar. & Not even biscuits. Oh, I forgot, no gelatine or agar agar too. What is it made of then? My friend let me present a very different, healthy yet tasty creamy cheesecake to you. And this is one more recipe that I made using oats. Yes. This cheesecake has got oats and nuts crust. Surprraaiizzzz 😀
By the way, have you tried our vegan mango mini cheesecake? You Must. It is very delicious & refreshing and the combination of mango and coconut is just so drool-worthy.
A few days back, I was watching the recipe video of Chef Ranveer Brar. He posted a very delicious strawberry cheesecake. It made me crave strawberry cheesecake with some chocolate sauce on top. Ahhh I am drooling. I decided to make it the next day itself. But you know me. I always try to make healthier versions of the recipes. I didn’t have biscuits and I was too lazy to bake some or buy some. And then I decided to substitute biscuits with the oats and nuts combination.
Although, the nuts and oats make a little heavy base. The biscuit base feels lighter somehow. But if you want a healthier option then you can surely try this. The roasted nuts and oats taste quite nice. Moreover, this way you can have your oats the tasty way too. Isn’t it exciting?
If you are in a hurry, watch the video instead.
DO WE NEED GELATINE/AGAR AGAR?
If you don’t know, gelatine is a non-vegetarian food item. It is made from the skin of animals. If you are a vegetarian, you can use agar agar. These days you can even get vegetarian or vegan gelatine too.
This cheesecake does not have any cream cheese, heavy cream, gelatine, eggs, or cornstarch. These are the ingredients that help in setting the cheesecake. After trying my hands on cheesecakes, I realized that you don’t need gelatine or agar agar to set the filling. If you have the correct proportion of fat and moisture in the filling, it will set perfectly. If I can do it with the vegan filling or the filling with no cream cheese, I assume that it will be a lot easier with the regular cream cheese filling. I still had to try that. But after having these healthy cheesecakes, I have no plans to try that as of now. Moreover, these cheesecakes are quite light and ‘Summery’. You can have more than one and won’t feel sick at all.
But you will need the gelatine if you want that shiny, fruity, gel-like layer on top of your cheesecake.
Also, if you are living in a place with a very hot climate, chances are that your cheesecake will start to melt as soon as they come out of the refrigerator. In that case, gelatine or agar agar helps to keep it set at room temperature.
TIPS TO MAKE IT RIGHT
- Do not press the cookie crumbs too hard. They become dense and it will be tough to cut them with a spoon. Just Apply medium pressure and level the base/crust.
- Do not add water/milk to blend the filling mixture. Remember, we need to maintain the fat and moisture ratio.
- Lemon Juice is added to give sourness that is there in regular cheesecakes.
- If they don’t come out clean, put them in the freezer for 15-20 minutes. Don’t worry. They won’t become hard. Even if they do, put them back in the refrigerator. They will be all right.
- It is hard to wait for it to set. But have some patience. Let it sit overnight or for at least 8 hrs in the refrigerator. If you keep it overnight, it becomes more flavourful.
- Serve refrigerated. They start to melt and become very soft at room temperature. So, always serve them straight from the refrigerator.
ADJUSTMENTS – YOU MAY WANT TO MAKE
- Crust/Base: You can use any biscuit instead of oats and nuts. Just grind them well. You can add peanuts, pistachios, hazelnut, or any nut of your choice. Although, we didn’t like peanuts much but you can give it a try.
- Sweetener: I used maple syrup in the base and filling. But you can add agave syrup, dates syrup, or honey to sweeten the cheesecake.
- Filling: You can make the filling with some heavy cream too instead of adding cashews and hung curd. Hung Curd gives it a nice, mildly sour flavor too. If you are making paneer/cottage cheese at home, make it with full-fat milk.
- Strawberry Puree: I made fresh strawberry puree for this recipe. But you can add the store-bought strawberry sauce too. You can even add strawberry jam to the filling mixture. It will give it a nice taste and color too. But just make sure to adjust the sweetener because store-bought puree and jams already contain sugar.
If you want to make it vegan, follow the vegan mango mini cheesecake recipe for the filling. Just replace the mango puree with the strawberry puree. That’s it. Here is our mango mini cheesecake for your reference.
You can enjoy these as is or garnish with some beautiful toppings like:
- Strawberry slices and mint leaves
- Strawberry Puree (which we made for this recipe)
- Whipped Cream
- Strawberry sauce
- Chocolate Shavings
- Lemon Zest
- Any sour fruit or berries
Now grab all the ingredients because we are ready to set our cheesecakes. Get ready to enjoy a healthy and delicious dessert. Healthy dessert – that sounds impossible. But not anymore. Right?
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Love from us
Richa & Jatin