Lighten up with a dairy-free dessert

Eve Tedja


Create this easy vegan dessert recipes from Bali’s plant-based culinary school, Alchemy Academy.

, Lighten up with a dairy-free dessert
Shanti Allen from Alchemy Academy. Image courtesy of Dwi Perkasa.

When Shanti Allen co-founded Alchemy nine years ago, Ubud wasn’t known as the vegan capital of Bali. The success of the raw vegan restaurant prompted her to create Alchemy Academy. The culinary school offers a variety of courses and retreats on the art of plant-based cuisine, from gluten-free baking courses to chef certification training. Master the skill of becoming a raw food chef in the upcoming training on 5-21 October 2020.

, Lighten up with a dairy-free dessert
Alchemy Academy’s Lemon Coconut “Cheese” Cake. Image courtesy of Vincentius Limawan.

Lemon Coconut “Cheese” Cake with Berry Compote


Serves 12

Prep time 30 minutes




1 cup gluten free oats

1/2 cup peanut butter, almond butter or any other nut butter

3 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

1/2 tsp salt


2 cups cashews, soaked in water 30 minutes, rinsed and drained

1 cup coconut yogurt or coconut cream

1/2 cup lime or lemon juice

1/2 cup raw honey

Seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean (save the pod for later)

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Berry Compote

1 cup fresh mixed berries

1 cup frozen mixed berries, defrosted

1 tsp psyllium husk

1-2 tbsp honey or sweetener of choice

1/2 empty vanilla pod (leftover from the cake filling)

A pinch of salt


To make the crust, add the oats to a food processor and pulse until fine like flour. Add the remaining ingredients and process until combined. The dough should be sticky. If not, add a bit of coconut oil or water until it holds together when you press it gently. Line the bottom of a cake pan with parchment paper and press the crust into the pan and up the edges. Use a spoon to make the crust thin and even. Cover and set aside while making the filling.

To make the filling, add all ingredients except coconut oil to a blender and blend thoroughly until very smooth. Once the filling is really creamy and smooth, add the coconut oil and blend briefly until incorporated. Avoid over blending the coconut oil as it can turn rancid and spoil the taste of the cake.

To make the berry compote, add all ingredients to a bowl and stir gently until everything is combined. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes. As it marinates, the psyllium soaks up the juice from the defrosted berries and the sauce will thicken. And the longer it sits, the more the berries will be infused by the wonderful flavour of vanilla. Serve with your lemon coconut cake.

Pour the filling into the crust and allow the cake to set in freezer for about 4 hours. Serve semi-frozen with berry compote.

Tip: When you place your cake in the freezer to set, ice crystals will form on top. To avoid this, place a couple of sheets of paper towels on top of the cake pan before covering. The moisture will get absorbed into the paper towels and the result will be an ice-free cake.






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