Friday, 22 August 2014

Blackberry "cheesecake"

I was brought up making packet cheesecake mixes at home. We loved the convenience, the fun and the fact my brother and I could be left in charge of making pudding from quite a young age and still get an impressive result!

These days the packet mixes are usually out of bounds (although Mrs Crimbles and others like these available from Free From For Kids are developing a great range of #freefrom mixes). I am constantly on the look out for #freefrom cheesecake recipes which are #dairyfree, #lactosefree and #glutenfree. Most are quite complicated and/or full of expensive ingredients. As you may have read in my early cake mixture post I sometimes get fed up cooking from scratch and in the proper manner. Just like everyone else I want a quick cheats version. This recipe does just that and I think it works beautifully.

175g biscuit crushed into small crumbs (I used Sainsbury's FreeFrom Digestives but you could make your own)
75g Pure Sunflower spread

I tin coconut cream solids (place the unopened tin in the fridge overnight to seperate the cream from the water)
3 tbps jam (any flavour, but berry flavours work best)
bowl of blackberries
3 tbsps chia seeds

Please beware, as always, I forgot to measure accurately so you may need to tailor the amount a little to suit your tastes!

  • Melt the Pure spread in a pan, take off the heat and mix in the biscuit crumb
  • Pat down into a flan dish or individual dessert dishes
  • Refridgerate until set, roughly 30mins
  • Blend the blackberries, coconut, jam and chia seeds in a mixer
  • Top the biscuit base with the blackberry mixture and pop back in the fridge until set
  • Decorate with whole blackberries
We all enjoyed it, let me know what you think :)


  1. Hi I'm planning to try this recipe at the weekend. I've bought some raw chia seeds - it says on the packet that they swell up in water. Does that mean I need to soak them or something before I use them in the recipe? Thanks

  2. Chia seeds absorb water and become almost jelly like but this happens without any extra soaking or water needed. I hope you enjoy your ' cheesecake ' :)