Mother’s Day recipe – Lemon cheesecake parfait

Mother’s Day recipe – Lemon cheesecake parfait – gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, clean and vegan.


Give mum a break from pancakes and present her with a breakfast in bed of a different kind with this ultra healthy, zesty lemon cheesecake parfait. No dairy or refined sugar – her blood sugar levels won’t spike through the roof.

The cheesecake filling is made from raw cashews soaked in water and blitzed with lemon, rice malt syrup and a pinch of salt. You’ll need a high speed blender, strong food processor or smoothie maker with ice crushing blades. I used my Ninja smoothie maker which is great for making creamy dressings and parfaits out of almost anything. I bought mine from Target for under $120 a few years back. It can make cookie and pizza dough plus pesto as well. I use mine every day to make my quick 1 serve smoothies.

You can make the filling a few days ahead and store it in the fridge. On the day, all you need to do is give the cheesecake crust component a quick blitz and then assemble it all together. Serve it alongside a cup of tea or coffee. It’s quite filling. There’s more than enough cheesecake crust so if you use a larger jar, you can use the leftover crust to help fill the jar. If you don’t have almond meal/flour (skinless, finely ground almonds) then use any nuts you desire and give them a blitz in the food processor till they form into a flour.

I’ve used an empty rice malt syrup jar to present the parfait in as you can see below. You can use any medium sized jar and make it look decadent by creating a bit of “spillage” over the top.  As you dig into the layers you will experience a zesty creaminess from the lemon cheesecake and then a burst of raspberry followed by a nuttiness and then soft, sweet banana.

You can use other fruits instead, however I find that lemon, raspberry and banana are such a beautiful combo. As raspberries aren’t in season at the moment, I’ve used frozen raspberries but they will have thawed by serving time.

  • Please note, I am in no way affiliated with Ninja products, this is just a product that works well for me. 

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Did you know?

Even though the roots of Mothers day dates back to Ancient Greece and Rome, Mother’s Day as we know it began in 1908 in America when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. Her campaign to make Mother’s Day public started in 1905 upon the deather of her own mother.
Celebrating Mother’s Day didn’t reach Australian shores until 1924 when a mother by the name of Mrs Heyden who was on the committee for destitute women and children in Strathfield, Sydney decided to organise gifts for the forgotten mothers. Gifts comprised of hair clips and soaps and were well received.
She then appealed to the public through newspapers to remember the mothers of Sydney. The public responded with enthusiasm and gifts poured in of which Mrs Heyden delivered to the old mothers of the district.



Why this is so good for you


Cashews reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, help prevent gallstones, help prevent macular degeneration, reduce the risk of colon cancer, increase immunity and reduce the risk of stroke.
Pistachios aid digestion, maintain good heart health, control diabetes, help prevent age-related macular degeneration (poor eyesight), help improve erectile dysfunction in men and help prevent anemia.
Almonds alkalize the body (good for fighting inflammation), nourish the nervous system, provide good brain function, build strong bones and teeth, provide healthy fats which aids in weight loss, reduce risk of heart disease and help protect against diabetes.
Lemon promotes heart health, maintains blood pressure levels, lowers bad cholesterol, reduces risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, helps prevent skin, colon and breast cancer, helps prevent osteoarthritis, inflammatory polyarthritis, bone fractures and osteoporosis, helps treat sore throat, flu, cold and similar infections, encourages healthy bowel movements and improves oral health.
Rice malt syrup is easy to digest, is not addictive like regular sugar, has less strain on the liver due to being fructose free and is a better alternative when considering your weight then fructose filled sweeteners.
Bananas help combat depression, build strong bones, strengthen the nervous system, protect against type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure, strengthen the blood, help regulate bowel movement, provide relief from acid reflux and heartburn and help prevent kidney cancer.
Raspberries help burn fat and promote healthy weight loss, help slow cancer growth, fight aging, help fight arthritis and gout, help develop resistance against infections, help control heart rate and blood pressure, help prevent macular degeneration and help prevent neural tube defects in newborns.|
Himalayan salt contains all of the 84 elements found in your body. It is anti aging, increases hydration, promotes blood sugar health, prevents muscle cramping, strengthens bones, lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, helps expel toxins from the body, helps reduce acid reflux and helps the intestines absorb nutrients.


Mother’s Day recipe – Lemon cheesecake parfait

Serving Size: Serves 1


    For the cheesecake filling
  • 1/2 cup raw (natural) cashews, soaked overnight or for 20 minutes in just boiled water
  • Rind of 1 medium sized lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup rice malt syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the crust
  • 1/2 cup almond meal/flour (ground skinless almonds)
  • 1 tablespoon pistachios (or nut of choice), pan toasted (pan toasting is optional)
  • 2 teaspoons rice malt syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • To serve
  • 1 medium - large banana, sliced
  • 2/3 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon pistachio nuts (or nut of choice), pan toasted and chopped


    For the cheesecake filling
  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender, food processor or smoothie maker with ice crushing blades and blitz till creamy.
  2. For the crust
  3. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times until the pistachios are roughly chopped.
  4. Assembly
  5. Place some banana slices in bottom of jar followed by some raspberries, the lemon cheesecake filling and finally the crust. Repeat.

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