No Bake Avocado Lime Cheesecake

by Holly on February 14, 2011

in dessert,happiness,rambling,recipes,seriousness

It’s Valentine’s Day, and you’re probably expecting me to make self-depricating jokes about how I’m 26 years old, single, relegated to only having my dear curling father to love and bound to live a life of desperate, fruitless man-hunting and eternal loneliness with my 12 inbred cats.

But you’d be wrong.

If I’m destined to live a life of eternal loneliness, it’s definitely NOT going to be with cats. I much prefer double fisting coffee mugs of wine and overpriced kombucha. In fact, it’s what I am doing right now as I type this post with my bulbous nose, because my appendages are too busy alternating between guzzling two of my favorite drinks.

I kid, I kid.

I put the drinks down to type this post.

In all honesty my dear readers, I actually like Valentine’s Day. I think it’s quite lovely we get to spend a whole day showing special people in our lives how much we love them – boyfriends, husbands, dads, moms, sisters, family, friends, co-workers, pets and Jake Gyllenhaal.

No matter if you’re married, engaged, dating or have officially been deemed a stalker by E! News however, I still believe the most important love is the kind we give ourselves: self-love.

Because shit happens.

Relationships end. Marriages fall apart. Friendships break up. Jobs change. People move. Stalkers get thrown in jail. Depressing as it may seem, I’ve come to find it quite a blessing we still have ourselves to depend on, laugh with and show love to at the end of a long, hard day.

Self-acceptance. Loving our quirky imperfections. Believing we deserve the best. Being yourself. Positivity. Letting go. It’s a process to learn to love ourselves and being okay with us. Being okay with how we are today – not five lost pounds from now, a long 26.2 miles from now or that perfect white knight of a boyfriend (or girlfriend) from now.

Now.

In this moment.

I’m a work in progress.

Some days I embarrassingly feel light years away from loving myself (ahem, frizzy hair, big nose and overanalyticalness) while other days I’m there. I feel good about who I am.

But you know what makes me happy with me despite both the bad and good days?

Writing a perfectly delicious recipe the very first time I make it.

Like No Bake Avocado Lime Cheesecake.

Coconut Graham Cracker Crust

2 cups honey graham crackers, crushed
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup Earth Balance spread or butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all three ingredients together in a medium bowl. In a springform or pie pan, press the mixture on the bottom and sides of the pan. It should be approximately 1/4-inch thick.

Bake for 10 minutes until lightly golden brown.

Avocado Lime Filling

1 packet unflavored gelatin*
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup lime juice
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 avocado
1 T grated lime zest
1 (5-oz.) can evaporated milk

*I used Knox brand

In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the water + lime juice to a boil. Pour the boiling liquid into a glass or heat-resistant cup with the gelatin packet. Whisk until completely dissolved. Let sit to cool.

Beat the cream cheese, sugar, avocado and zest together until well-mixed.

In a separate bowl, beat the evaporated milk until it’s frothy and forms stiff peaks. Add the cooled gelatin and mix. Gently fold in the cream cheese avocado mixture.

Pour into your pie crust, and refrigerate for at least three hours before serving.

To serve, top with lime zest and coconut shreds.

Makes 1 cheesecake (with enough extra filling for a parfait or two)

This cheesecake is not vegan. It could pass as semi-healthy. It uses full fat cream cheese and vegan Earth Balance butter. It’s an oxymoron. It’s a bit unexpected.

In other words, it’s ME.

Jake Gyllenhaal or no Jake Gyllenhaal.

Of course, it’d preferably be me with Jake Gyllenhaal.

{ 34 comments }

Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks February 14, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Oh, wow. That sounds amazing. Cheers from another single 26 year old on V-day!

Amanda (Eating Up) February 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm

That looks delicious Holly! I loved this post too. I’m fiercely independent and all. about. loving myself. I agree that all you have is you forever, guaranteed!

VeggieGirl February 15, 2011 at 2:36 am

MMM, refreshing!

Blog is the New Black February 15, 2011 at 4:38 am

Anything no bake is a great option in my book!

Lauren February 15, 2011 at 5:37 am

This makes me crave summer! And pie. ;)

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 15, 2011 at 6:01 am

This looks HEAVENLY!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 15, 2011 at 6:28 am

You’re amazing – and if you’re destined to be alone, I’ll come join you. Because I’m sure the Husband wouldn’t mind me leaving him for another girl just based on her ability to cook desserts (or not cook them, you know.)

ally February 15, 2011 at 8:02 am

Love this post! You have such a great outlook on life, love, making mistakes, being true to yourself, living a healthy lifestyle, friendship, etc…I just love your posts!!

Kailey (SnackFace) February 15, 2011 at 8:04 am

UGH. I LOVE YOU. Self-love is the love that matters above all. You have to love yourself before anyone else can truly love you (aside from your parents and family, of course). I firmly believe that. And I’m saying this as a lady very much in love, so ya know, you can ignore me.

Yuuuum cheesecake! Also, can we catch up today????

xxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

brandi February 15, 2011 at 8:49 am

I’m so sad we don’t live closer :( we could have a dessert party with your cheesecake and my brownie bites :)

Love this post, Holly!

Erica February 15, 2011 at 8:50 am

I don’t mind Valentine’s day- I’m all for anything that gives us a reason to give a little extra love and eat sweets :) This cake looks so so good. I love the idea of adding coconut to the crust. Graham cracker crusts are amazing- they put regular pie crust to shame. Enjoy your week

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 15, 2011 at 9:32 am

I feel the same way about Jake Gyllenhaal :)

Alison February 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

I loved this post! Totally meshed with my mindset of yesterday. I spent the day being thankful for my freedom to date, be single, be slutty, be prudish, be married, be a cat lady (more like dog, two-fisting wine slugging lady in my case)

….so HAPPY to have choices!

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) February 15, 2011 at 10:33 am

+1,000 to this: “Being okay with how we are today – not five lost pounds from now, a long 26.2 miles from now or that perfect white knight of a boyfriend (or girlfriend) from now.”

Love that mantra! And love you blogger friend :) Your cheesecake looks divine – perfect way to celebrate V-day!

Megan (Braise the Roof) February 15, 2011 at 11:05 am

Yum, I love cheesecake!! I would happily share that bad boy with you. :)

Corey @ the runner's cookie February 15, 2011 at 11:25 am

Love the pie and love the post. I just did a post on self-love being the best part of my valentines day (and I have a boyfriend of 7 yrs but I truly believe that loving myself is the best gift I could give anyone). I’m so glad you had a great Valentine’s Day, Holly!

dana @ my little celebration February 15, 2011 at 11:28 am

Looks so good! I must make that this summer for a dinner party. Key lime pie and coconut are two of my favorite things. Hooray!

Oh, and I like your writing. A lot.

Eloise February 15, 2011 at 11:48 am

This post is charming! Witty, uplifting, positive, and honest!
Love your blog- you have a great attitude and writing style.
I don’t normally like cheesecake, but this recipe is so intriguing, I might just have to give it a try!
xx
Eloise

Katie February 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I’m loving your self-love AND this recipe. :-)

emily (a nutritionist eats) February 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Amazing. I’m very impressed that you got this right the first time (not that I don’t have faith in you, but that gelatin would freak me out!!)
It sounds amazing and I’m going to make it for my Dad asap!

Stephanie @ Thorns Have Roses February 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I just watched a JG interview today that made me fall in love. He loves the Care Bears. lol

Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries February 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I absolutely love your photots!

Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries February 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm

And by photots, I clearly meant – photos :)

Mimi (Gingersnaps) February 15, 2011 at 4:38 pm

You just made one of my favorites!

Haha, everyone’s a work in progress. Except Buddha or Jesus, but even they were jokesters in their day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I went to Hampton Court and Windsor the other day! It was lots of fun–the ceilings were epic.

Christine (The Raw Project) February 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm

This looks wonderful and brings back Florida memories. I have a raw vegan version of this recipe I do and it’s always a hit with non-vegan family members.

amanda February 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm

cheers to being 26 and valentine-less. and not even caring about this fact. ha!

i like valentine’s day, too. despite not having some special man candy to exchange gifts and cards with and being wined and dined.

jake is still on the market! look him up in the yellow pages!

Mallory February 15, 2011 at 7:37 pm

ah, but the question remains… how does one (ahem, me) learn how to do that whole self-love thing? should be the easiest one to do, but sheeit is hard.

and how long do you think that delish cheesecake will last? it looks SO. GOOD.

Arian February 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Umm, that looks absolutely delish. Definitely going to have to try that recipe out. Been following your blog for a while. You are awesome. Gonna have to link you to my blog so I can keep track. :) Thanks.

Meister @ The Nervous Cook February 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Not only is this blog post delightful, funny and charming, but this cheesecake also looks slammin’! I wish I had a piece & a steaming mug of delicious black coffee right. now.

Pure2raw twins February 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm

YUM!!! I would love a slice :) This is the perfect self-loving gift!!

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 16, 2011 at 7:05 am

Amazing. Totally amazing. I can’t wait to make this brilliant dessert.

(p.s. I love your attitude, Holly! :D )

Maya February 16, 2011 at 8:09 am

I love this post, Holly. I feel the same way. On some days I seem closer to self acceptance and on other days I curse the curls that adorn my head. Getting closer though! I like to think of it as two steps forward one step back, ya know?

Andrea@WellnessNotes February 16, 2011 at 8:23 am

Great post, great cake, great you! :)

Nancy February 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Avocado in cheesecake? I would never ever think of that. It looks great!

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