Frozen Pomegranate and Cashew Cake

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8 – 10 servings  
This is a Christmas version, we use soaked cashews that when blended become super creamy and smooth. The crust is sweet and crunchy with nuts and dates, and the pomegranate topping adds a fresh, fruity note to the Christmas spiced filling. Serve the cake cold but not deep-frozen.
Crust1 1/2 cups raw almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts1/2 cup raw, shelled sunflower seeds2 Tbsp. hemp seeds12 fresh Medjool dates, pitted2 Tbsp. virgin coconut oil1 tsp. sea salt
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil
1/3 cup agave syrup (nectar)
2 cups raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours

Zest and juice of 1 large lemon
Zest and juice of 1 orange

2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground cardamom
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
Seeds from 2 medium pomegranates (you could substitute it with frozen raspberries to make it less expensive)
Juice of 1/2 lime
Special equipment: An 8”-diameter nonstick spring form pan
Crust  Grind the first 3 ingredients in a blender or food processor for 1 minute. Add dates, oil, and salt and purée until mixture comes together. Place in spring form pan and press evenly across bottom of pan. Chill.
Filling  Heat oil and agave in a small saucepan over low heat, whisking, until liquid. Place mixture in a blender or food processor; add soaked cashews, lemon juice and zest, orange juice and zest, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; discard bean. Purée until very smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Pour filling over crust and chill in freezer until set, about 30 minutes.
Topping  Place pomegranate seeds and lime juice in blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour topping over cashew filling. Chill in freezer until solid, 30–60 minutes. Let stand at room temperature 10–15 minutes before serving. Run a sharp knife under hot water to make it easier to cut the slices.
DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Remove from freezer and let stand about 20 minutes before serving.