Style Domination x Vegan Girlfriend Collaboration: Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake Blondies

Meet Alexandra Courts. Over a year ago or so, I stumbled upon her amazing Instagram account and started stalking her hard. I couldn’t get over her amazing cat photos (LOVE) and her on point food photography and recipes! I marvelled at all of the mouth-watering, beautiful pictures of such things as “protein nice cream sandwiches”, no-bake peanut buttercups and raw, salted chocolate caramel/coconut tarts.

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Some of Alexandra’s many mouthwatering delights. Look at the cat fans!

This girl was gifted! I also started reading Vegan Girlfriend, the blog she is a part of alongside her friends Áine (pronounced ‘An-ya’!) Davis and Megan Stulberg.

I was also thrilled to discover that her and my sister had also become “Instagram buddies” and they lived somewhat near each other in Toronto.  “That was it!” I decided.  I needed to meet this girl!

While in Toronto for World MasterCard Toronto Fashion Week, Alexandra, Erika and I had a chance to meet up and talk “collaboration”! My sister is vegan, and her smart, healthy food choices were starting to rub off on me. I’ll admit, when Erika became vegan and offered to make me a vegan dinner one night, I envisioned a plate full of styrofoam topped with grass clippings.  I was WRONG. She educated my ignorant butt, and I’ve been eating like a vegan queen each time she visits.

With that, I decided to start incorporating some vegan recipes into my repertoire, and Alexandra and I are thrilled to share her Pumpkin Cheesecake Blondie recipe with you!

Enjoy!

Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake Blondies

Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake Blondie Recipe Alexandra Courts Vegan Girlfriend Style Domination Fashion Blogger

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INGREDIENTS:

For the blondie base….

1 1/2 cups raw macadamia nuts, soaked overnight
2 1/2 cups dates, soaked if desired
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
For the pumpkin cheesecake filling…

1 can pumpkin puree
1 can full fat coconut milk (including coconut oil at the bottom of the can)
2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight
3/4 cup raw agave nectar
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp nutmeg
1 tsp ginger

DIRECTIONS

Blend macadamia nuts, dates, coconut and flax until thoroughly ground and incorporated. Press mixture into the base of an eight-inch square cake pan lined with wide strips of parchment paper. Ensure that base is flat to form an even crust.
Blend cheesecake filling ingredients until smooth and creamy in consistency. Add more agave if necessary to further smooth.
Pour cheesecake filling onto base and allow blondies to freeze for 1-2 hours or overnight if possible. If freezing overnight, allow blondies to thaw at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes before slicing.

Garnish with toppings of choice. Pictured is a dash of cinnamon and shredded, unsweetened coconut.

Makes approximately 12 blondies.

About Alexandra…

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Alexandra is a lover of the arts, cats, and food. She was raised in a small suburban town in Southern Ontario, but wasted no time in moving to Toronto in search of bigger, better things.

She became a vegetarian at the age of thirteen. Six years later, as her food intolerances and allergies worsened, she decided to adopt a fully vegan and somewhat gluten-free diet. Ever since then, she has been a healthier and happier ball of energy!

Alexandra comes from a small Portuguese/Welsh family who enjoy meat, seafood, fish, and poultry. You could imagine their confusion when she had announced her dietary transition. Nonetheless, she finds joy in cooking for herself and for her family. Alexandra wants to share with the world how delicious and nutritious vegan and gluten-free food can be!

xo,

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14 Comments

  1. November 18, 2015 / 10:15 am

    Sweet! I’ve been looking for some really good vegan recipes 🙂
    I’m bummed I can’t eat any of this until I finish my 10-day green smoothie cleanse, though. Lol.

  2. November 18, 2015 / 12:26 pm

    Sounds yummy! I’m not vegan but these sound delightful (and look scrumptious!) 🙂

    • November 18, 2015 / 1:46 pm

      Hi Linda! Neither am I, but I like a lot of vegan recipes! I feel a lot of people have the misconception that vegan food is bland, tasteless and boring, but it’s all so fresh and tasty! A lot of the recipe’s featured on Vegan Girlfriend look great. Thanks for reading, luv! xoxox

  3. November 18, 2015 / 10:31 pm

    Mmm, these look incredible! I’m always looking for pumpkin treats that actually use real pumpkin as an ingredient! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I can not wait to give it a try 🙂

    • November 19, 2015 / 7:24 am

      You’re welcome, Lu Ann. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. November 19, 2015 / 12:49 am

    Omg this looks so good!! I’m not even a vegan but I really want to try it ♥

    • November 19, 2015 / 7:23 am

      Awesome! You don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to try their recipes!

  5. November 19, 2015 / 3:25 am

    Wow, I need to follow her account then! I’m not vegan but I’m starting to realise that vegan food probably tastes better than most of the stuff that I eat.
    xXx

    • November 20, 2015 / 12:31 pm

      Awww – yeah – give it a try! At the very least, the recipes are healthy and they are all really tasty. The glory of things like tofu is that they take on the flavours of whatever you are cooking with, and it has a meant-like consistency so you don’t feel like you are missing out! Promise – these recipes never taste bland or boring. Thank you so much for reading!

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