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Would you Eat a 3D Printed Vegan Cheesecake?

3D printed Vegan Cheesecake

What’s better than a cheesecake? A 3D printed vegan cheesecake, that’s what. One man dreams of making these delightful desserts a calorific reality.

With current advances in technology, surely having a freshly 3D printed vegan cheesecake delivered to your door by drone wouldn’t be too much to ask?

This may seem slightly far fetched for now, but it is the dream of Barclay Losse, owner of the two and a half year old company, Plant Based Pies. 

Losse currently makes an incredibly delicious looking cheesecake which is also vegan — meaning it’s nondairy, gluten-free, soy-free, and kosher too.

His pies are now available at a variety of local places in the town of Bend in Oregon, USA and he’s had nothing but great feedback so far.


The Benefits of a 3D Printed Vegan Cheesecake

Type 1 diabetes was the reason Losse started on the path to create plant-based desserts, as a way to manage his diet. He explains to the Bend Bulletin:

“I made several decisions about the way I eat and the way I control my blood sugar. And so as I was doing that, I started throwing around the idea of healthy desserts and started making them.”

Currently the pies are made in a shared commercial kitchen, and the list of ingredients includes cashews, coconut oil, raw agave, lemon juice, vanilla beans, almonds, walnuts, raisins, dates, and fermented cacao powder.

Losse’s long term plans now range from hiring someone to help out in the near term, to bringing drones and 3D printers into the mix too.

The process of making vegan cheesecake would work perfectly with a 3D food printer, since all Losse needs to do is blend the ingredients for the filling, and then extrude them onto a biscuit base. He says:

“I know it’s a crazy idea, but we are on the verge of this happening. What I want to do is be able to load up the thing with enough material for 50 pies, flip off the lights, go home and come back the next day with the printed product… It’s gonna be just like ‘The Jetsons.’”

This would definitely cut down on the amount of time Losse spends in the kitchen. “I’m there from 8 till midnight, sometimes longer,” he says. “Because it’s a shared space, I sometimes have to play musical chairs with the space itself. But yeah, I’m basically on a go-to-the-kitchen, make-a-bunch-of-pies, go-back-home, walk-my-dog kind of rotation.”

What do you think of a 3D printed vegan cheesecake? Would you be willing to try one? Let us know in the comments.