Local Ingredients + Universal Benefits = One Tasty Treat

Simple, sustainable and sumptuous ingredients found in Old Town, Fort Collins

What would be easier than following a recipe who’s title includes the words “simple” and “7 ingredients”? Below is my step-by-step experience replicating a cheesecake recipe I found from the Minimalist Baker.

Not only is this particular recipe vegan, but also all of these pure and simple ingredients were obtained from both the Fort Collins Food Co-Op on Mountain Ave as well as the Safeway on College Ave.

Photo by: Lindsay Wienkers
Photo by: Lindsay Wienkers

Step 1

Make the crust

Cut up 1 cup of both prunes (with no pits) and walnuts and place in a blender.

Blend until the two ingredients are loosely stuck together.

Photo by: Lindsay Wienkers

I would not suggest a Vita Mix — it was not a fan of how sticky the prunes were. I eventually decided and cut/mixed them by hand.

Photo by: Lindsay Wienkers

Step 2

Evenly distribute the crust into 12, greased muffin tins.

I used coconut oil (which is also one of the ingredients used in the filling) as the grease for the tins.

Step 3

Add the all the ingredients into the bowl together!

Photo by: Lindsay Wienkers


  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) raw cashews, quick soaked

However, I used cashew milk instead (I was unable to find whole cashews at either store, however, the milk was available at Safeway).

  • 1 large lemon, juiced (scant 1/4 cup or 50 ml)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar or maple syrup

I used agave nectar

  • I also added raspberries for a touch of flavor
Photo by: Lindsay Wienkers

Step 4

Blend the ingredients together (this time the Vita Mix worked well) and add them to all 12 tins.

Keep in freezer for about three to five hours (depending on the temperature of freezer).

Photo by: Lindsay Wienkers


  • My roommates and I thought that it tasted more like frozen vegan yogurt than cheesecake.


  • The majority of the ingredients (besides the cahsew milk, coconut oil and berries) came from the Co-Op.

Their mission statement is:

The Coop seeks to serve all those in our community who want to support their local circle of profit through buying locally sourced grocery items. Anyone can shop at the Coop, the member-owner structure simply exists to reinforce a local circle of profit by sharing the profits of the Coop amongst its member-owners.
  • In addition to supporting small businesses and buying local food, all of these ingredients are vegan. This means that no animal was directly harmed to make this cheesecake.

Check out more tasty and simple recipes from the Minimalist Baker!

Or, dine at Tasty Harmony for a vegan meal without the work!