Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake and Giveaway!

If for some reason you have never been to the blog Fork & Beans, you may be living under a rock. The blog’s creator, Cara, is incredible and super talented when it comes to transforming your favorite indulgences into gluten-free, vegan delights. So, when I heard that she was putting together her own cookbook, I just knew that it would turn out amazingly.

Lo and behold, I received a copy of Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking to check out and it looks incredible! Her recipes paired with Celine Steen‘s photography equal some gorgeous recipes. Below, I’ve been given permission to share the delectable recipe for her Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust!

Fortunately for me, my dad’s birthday was earlier this week, right when I was making this cheesecake. I expedited the setting process by putting it in the freezer so that it would be ready in time for presents, which worked wonderfully. After my mom and I sang “happy birthday” to my dad, he blew out the candle and we dug in.

As expected, we loved it. 🙂 Now, you have a chance to win your own copy of Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking by entering the Rafflecopter widget beneath the recipe!

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust

From Vegan Yack Attack | Desserts | American

"I was never one for cheesecake. It just never held my attention like, say, brownies did. That is until I started to experiment with the incredible cashew—a food that could be made into almost anything. I became a cheesecake believer. The creamy flavor that cashews give this recipe is mind-blowing—you would never guess that the filling is made from nuts. "

8 servings


  • c/390 g Gluten-Free Graham Crackers, crushed (pa
  • ge 49)
  • c/75 g vegan butter, melted
  • ¼ c/50 g granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp/28 g brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tbsp/6 g cocoa powder
  • c/896 g cashews, soaked for 2 to 3 hours
  • ¼ c/60 ml lemon juice
  • ½ c/120 ml agave nectar
  • 2 tsp/10 ml vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • ½ c/120 ml unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • cups frozen strawberries, thawed(
  • two 10oz/570g bags)
  • ¼ c/50 g granulated sugar
  • Fresh strawberries
  • 1 batch Coconut Whipped Cream (page 150)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Grease a 9–inch/22.5-cm round springform pan.
  2. Combine all of the crust ingredients until well combined. Press into pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool fully before pouring in the filling. In a blender, combine all the filling ingredients except for the coconut oil until completely
  3. smooth. If it is difficult to blend, add 1 tablespoon/15 ml of water at a time until the mix is able to blend properly. Try not to add too much, though—you want a thick filling. Add the oil and blend until combined.
  4. Place the strawberries and sugar in a blender and puree to make the swirl.
  5. Then, pour the strawberry swirl over the cheesecake and use a spoon to gently swirl it into the filling. Place in the fridge for several hours until firm. (You might need to freeze the pie for a few minutes before you take it out of the pan.)
  6. Serve with fresh strawberries and homemade Coconut Whipped Cream.

Printed with permission from Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking by Cara Reed Page Street Publishing (August 5, 2014)

Contest open to U.S. residents 18 & older, only. Thank you for your cooperation and good luck! <3

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 This post contains affiliate links, meaning that I make a small percentage of money on purchases made through the link. This book was sent to me for free to review, all opinions and words are honest and my own! :)

35 Comments on “Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake and Giveaway!

  1. I want this cookbook because I love to bake and as a new vegan,I want to show my non-vegan friends and family that vegan desserts can be wonderful and delicious.

  2. I would love this cookbook because I’m totally new to gluten-free baking and would love to indulge my sweet tooth and impress my friends too!

  3. I would love some great instruction on creating gluten free and vegan that would be tasty enough to share with non vegan friends! I would love to win this book!

  4. i just tried my first vegan cheesecake with cashews last week, and it was phenomenal! i would looove this cookbook!

  5. I want to start a vegan cook book collection, this one sounds great to add to it! The cheesecake is awesome!

  6. i LOVE the photo of your dad blowing out the candle! best birthday cake ever. and your photos are stunninggggggg, girl!

  7. It would be great way to find new recipes to try out. And I like cookbooks more than just looking at a recipe from tablet.

  8. it looks great.. Always looking for more gluten free I have made some of her recipes and they are great… Just like she is

  9. I want this cookbook because I have been GF/veg for 5 years and I have been dying for a legit book on baking GF/vegan! I also love love love Cara’s blog and have been so excited for this book to come out!!

  10. That cake is so beautiful!
    I would love this cookbook because I’m such an inexperience baker. I know Cara really knows her stuff and I’m sure the book would be a wonderful guide.

  11. I only own *one* vegan cookbook! This would be a great addition.

  12. Who WOULDN’T want this cookbook?! I am always looking for ways to reduce gluten in my diet, and this book looks fabulous!

  13. Those pictures and recipe look AMAZING! Been a watcher on the blog for a while – time to start commenting!

    Thanks for the inspiration – and the awesome recipes! Oh and that cook book looks to die for too!


  14. Nothing making a new recipe only to find out your body can’t digest it propely and all you do cart all night. Horrible gas. Gluten free vegan is the only way and I do not have any gluten free cookbooks.Thanks
    Ops posted on fb with hub name

  15. Because one of my daughters and I are vegan and my other daughter is lactose intolerant and has a gluten sensitivity.

  16. I love Fork and Beans! This cookbook would be great for me as I am vegan and gluten free.

  17. I want this book because I get tummy aches from wheat based dessert 🙁

  18. I am always looking for new baking vegan recipes that can please my non-vegan partner. This cookbook looks fantastic!

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