Raw Chocolate Cheesecake

 

Raw-food purists would never call this raw, as it has cashews in it. So to call this raw, isn’t entirely true – alas…

Although raw, by definition is also vegan – I would like to point this out to people who aren’t huge raw-food fans, like myself. So, not only is this cheesecake raw, it’s also vegan and has no processed sugars in it. You can of course sweeten it with agave nectar or maple syrup, but this will no longer make this cheesecake “raw”. 

A plus side to this vegan cheesecake is that it’s soy-free, guar and xanthan gum free – whooo! 

This cheesecake is truly awesome. The filling is slightly sweet, with a hint of banana and cocoa; it’s creamy with the consistency of “real” dairy cheesecake, but is lighter and less rich. The base is chewy, fudgy and totally chocolatey – complementing the filing extremely well. 

The base/crust is basically the vegan brownie bites recipe and you will not need the whole amount. You can pop the remainder into your mouth with a spoon OR roll into balls, then pop into mouth… you get the general idea.

I may even try a strawberry version next time… watch this space!

 

RAW CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE

Makes 12 slices

Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie – 30-Seconds to Raw Cheesecake

 

Ingredients

For the base

  • 110 g (1 c) walnut halves and broken pieces
  • 40 g (6 T) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 205 g (1 c) pitted Medjool* dates
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

For the filling

  • 360 g raw cashews, soaked overnight in cold water, then drained
  • 1 ½ t vanilla extract
  • 165 g (5 ¾ oz) or 1 ½ frozen banana
  • 3 t lemon juice
  • 3 T water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 40 g (6 T) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 75 g (2 ½ oz) or about 4 Medjool dates (or agave/maple syrup)

* I find the Medjool dates are higher in quality, taste and are far moister than other dates. If using other dates, you may need to use a few more to get the right sweetness/fudgyness.

 

Method

1. In a food processor, blitz the walnuts until you get coarse crumbs. Add the remaining ingredients and blitz until well incorporated. The mixture will be still quite crumbly, do not fear.

2. Press 200 g (7 oz) of the base mix evenly into a cling film (plastic-wrap) lined 20 cm (8 inch) spring form cake tin (pan). Set aside.

3. Wipe out the food processor bowl, then blitz the filling ingredients until well incorporated and smooth. Taste the sweetness, and add more dates/sweetener as you wish. Pour into the tin (pan) and smooth out using a wet spatula/palette knife or spoon. Cover with cling-film (plastic wrap) and place into the freezer for 2-3 hours.

4. Once set, slice, plate and enjoy!

You can store the cheesecake in the freezer whole, and slice the pieces as you need with a very sharp knife. The slices thaw in 1 hour.

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8 thoughts on “Raw Chocolate Cheesecake

    • I’d send a slice your way, but I think J wouldn’t be too happy, LOL. I can’t wait to try the strawberry version – I may even make some “vegan” coconut whipped cream with it ;).

    • I’m not vegan, but I try to go dairy-free as much as possible. This is because we have allergies when it comes to American dairy. When I use butter or cheese, it always has to be imported from Europe, weird isn’t it?

      Yes, the recipe was “inspired” by Miss Chocolate Covered Katie herself – her recipes are awesome!

  1. I try going dairy free, too. This looks delectable! I just made some raw cheesecake today, it was my first time. I didn’t see your recipe, though, until after I finished mine! I should’ve added a banana and some chocolate! ah well, next time!

    • Hi Alex, thanks for visiting my blog.

      This was my first raw cheesecake and it turned out spectacularly. I think most things taste better with chocolate, no?

  2. …. chocolate cheesecake and rasberry filled raw chocolate cake are fantastic surprise !!! … i am on healing diet for many food intolerances… these cakes not only allowable but turning all my friends onto better eating !!! No sugar no flour…!!! and sooo delicious… thanks lindy much appreciated.

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