Feliz cumpleaños

For my birthday we did 108 sun salutations but Phillip is alone on his birthday - I’ve left him in El Terreno for the third time. It’s a good thing he’s not sentimental, since now he’s on his own to celebrate his birthday. Will Hannah do 108 sun salutations with him?

I did make him a nearly-sugarless cheesecake last week, but I owe him turtle brownies and snuggles when I get back to Mexico. Feliz cumpleaños Phillip!

Here’s the cheesecake, inspired by our cousin Robert who eschews sweets (other than chocolate over 85% cocao).

Crust: 1 cup pecans (or your favorite nut) 2 T coconut oil/butter/olive oil, softened or melted 1 T cinnamon 1/3 cup whole wheat flour (or other flours)

Grind pecans in food processor, nut chopper, etc. If you don’t have those options, put the nuts in a bag and use a rolling pin (or jar or bottle) to crush.

Mix with the other ingredients and press into pan (cheesecake form, pie pan or 8x8 pan will all work).

Filling: 2 eggs (use 3 for thicker cheesecake) 8 oz cream cheese (use 12 for thicker cheesecake) 1 T vanilla 3.5 oz/100 gr chocolate bar - to your own taste**see note below

Blend eggs, cream cheese and vanilla (in blender or food processor if you have it). Melt chocolate in double boiler or microwave - carefully, 20 seconds at a time and stir to finish melting.

Optional toppings:

(extra chocolate)

  • 3 T cocoa powder
  • 1 T butter/olive oil/coconut oil, softened or melted and/or (fruity)
  • 1/3 cup jam/jelly + 1-2 T water, or until the jam is pourable and/or
  • frozen (thawed) or fresh fruit in bite-size pieces or smaller

Bake the crust at 350 for about 10 minutes until it looks dry. Pour in filling and bake about 30 more minutes, or until it doesn’t jiggle in the middle. You can leave in oven to cool, but open the door if you think it has baked enough. Pour/spread optional toppings once cheesecake is cool. Serve cold.

Max smells something…who will get the last piece of cheesecake?!

**When picking your chocolate, consider that this is the only sugar in the whole cheesecake. The cinnamon and vanilla taste a little sweet. But if you’re used to “normal” sweet desserts (like anything storebought) this cheesecake will not be sweet enough for you. And if you don’t like bittersweet chocolate, you won’t want it in an unsweetened cheesecake. In that case, 30% might be a better bar for you. Experiment! There’s no risk - if this doesn’t taste sweet enough, put chocolate sauce or jam on it and it will be.


mom March 11, 2019

yum yum yum!! I hope you won’t be too disappointed if we celebrate with something that has more sugar in it when you’re here later this month.

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