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Raw Vegan Chocolate ‘Cheesecake’

April 27, 2015

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For all intents and purposes this is a chocolate cheesecake. 

However, it isn’t made with any cheese, or dairy, at all. Therefore, it’s a ‘cream’ cake – with the emphasis on coconut cream. 

It was my mom’s birthday last week and we had a family dinner to celebrate. Every year I ask her what type of cake she would like for her birthday. This year, she asked for a decadent chocolate cheesecake, being one of her favourites. I took this as a challenge to make it not only dairy free, but raw and vegan as well.

Myself and my soon to be sister-in-law have a dairy intolerance and therefore can’t indulge in things like cheesecake, though i would love to. So, I decided to see if I could trick my mom by making this version of her favourite dessert. 

I easily found this recipe from the Minimalist Baker’s website, and I had seen it taste-test approved by a fellow Vancouver blogger Erin Ireland. The ingredient list looked simple and the steps easy. The result? An amazing, creamy, chocolate-y, indulgent cheesecake reminiscent cake that requires no baking what-so-ever. topped with dairy-free chocolate ganache. Amazing,

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This recipe is absolutely amazing – and require half the amount of time, and energy (of you & your appliances) to make. Traditional cheesecake requires a long bake time, followed by cooling and then chilling in the refrigerator, a very tedious process.

With this simple recipe there is no baking, and only minimal chilling time required. I chose to make a large cheesecake for dessert with the family, but you can definitely make this in a smaller version if you want to half the recipe.


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Fool your dairy-loving cheesecake fans with this easy recipe

Raw Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake
Serves 12
A creamy, dreamy alternative to the traditional cheesecake made dairy free and vegan.
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Prep Time
4 hr
Cook Time
5 hr
Total Time
10 hr
Prep Time
4 hr
Cook Time
5 hr
Total Time
10 hr
Crust
  1. 2 cups medjool dates, pitted
  2. 2 Tbs. boiling water
  3. 2 1/2 cups raw almonds (or any other nut)
  4. 1/2 cup oreo cookie crumbs or graham cracker crumbs
Filling
  1. 3 cups raw cashews, soaked in water overnight or at least 5 hours
  2. 1/2 cup lemon juice
  3. 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  4. two 14-ounce cans of coconut cream (or full fat coconut milk)
  5. 1 + 3/4 cups dark chocolate (chopped and melted in microwave on 1 minutes intervals, power level 6)
  6. 1/4 cup maple syrup
Ganache
  1. 1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped or chips
  2. 1/2 can coconut milk
Crust
  1. Add pitted dates to a food processor along with boiling water and blend until smooth.
  2. In a high powered blender, add nuts and graham crumbs and process into a meal.
  3. Add the almond graham crumb meal to the dates and pulse until it forms a dough. It should be slightly sticky, and not too dry. If too sticky, add more nuts or even oatmeal. If you find it is too dry, add a touch more water or dates. You may want to do it in two batches depending on how large your food processor is.
  4. If you're making one large cheesecake, press the dough into the baking dish and push up the sides. I like to use the back of a spoon to smooth it out. If making individual cheesecakes, line ramekin with parchment and then divide crust evenly.
  5. Place in fridge to chill while preparing the filling.
Filling
  1. Drain the cashews.
  2. Add all filling ingredients to a high powered blender and mix until very smooth. Again, you may wish to do this in two batches if you are doubling the recipe. Continue to blend until silky smooth, you may need to add more liquid (lemon juice or syrup) if needed. Batter should be creamy and smooth.
  3. Divide filling evenly among the ramekins or large quick-release pan.
  4. Place in refrigerator for 4-5 hours, or overnight. This is a great make-ahead dessert that you can make and refrigerate overnight.
  5. When ready to eat, slide a sharp knife around the edges and release.
Ganache
  1. If you'd like to top it with a ganache, heat the coconut milk in a small pot on medium heat until steaming. Pour over chopped chocolate and let sit 5 minutes. Using a spatula stir together melted chocolate and coconut milk until a thick chocolate glaze is created. Set aside to cool for another 5-10 minutes. Pour over a chilled cheesecake and let sit until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. I doubled this recipe (as seen in the pictures) for a 10-inch baking dish. If you would like to make a smaller, or individual cheesecakes as seen on Minimalist Baker's website visit the link. Adjust recipe according to your baking dish size. If you'd like to make a large cheesecake like I did, use the above recipe.
  2. I found with the large one, even in the fridge overnight it is creamy, but if you want to place it in the freezer for a half hour or so before it will be even more chilled and solid if you prefer.
Adapted from The Minimalist Baker
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Berries, Dairy-Free, Dessert, Raw, Tarts, Wheat Free

Mixed Berry Tart {raw, vegan, wheat-free}

July 16, 2014

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The past few days my diet has consisted of smoothies, juices and vegan lettuce wraps. It’s far too hot to turn on an oven even in the middle of the night. 

I guess it’s a good thing. Something about hot weather makes you not very hungry, and reaching less for hot meal items or heavy foods. 

Because of the heat the berries are in season much earlier this year than usual – and I’m lucky enough to have a huge amount of blackberry bushes next to our house that I can pluck a berry off on the way to the gym. I took my little bowl outside the other day to harvest a few for this dessert. I wish I also had raspberry and blueberry bushes too. Actually, we bought a blueberry tree from Costco but that little sucker has yet to develop any fruit from its leafy bosom. 

I’m actually terrible at keeping plants alive. Ironic – since my dad was a landscaper and our garden was a lush green paradise crawling with different florals and greenery. I guess I never inherited the green thumb. Bummer. But I’m happy to report my little tomato plant (also from Costco) is budding some nice green tomatoes. 

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Baking and eating in-season is the best because everything is fresh and usually local. I like picking up berries from farm stands along the road. We live in an area with lots of agriculture and farmlands nearby so we can easily find them. 

I won’t lie – I ate one of these, and only this, for lunch after I made them. And then another after dinner. I figure since they’re basically good for you, the more the merrier. 

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If you’re having a summer dinner party, or even for a Thursday night treat, these tarts are super easy to put together and require absolutely no baking – thank god. I’m pretty sure my stove has been the cleanest ever since it’s of no use in this heat. You simply pulse together the ingredients for the tart base, chill, then fill with fresh berries and top with coconut cream. You would easily pay upwards of $6 for one of these at a bakery, so save yourself the cash and make them yourself. 

Treat yo-self. 

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Mixed Berry Tart {raw, vegan, wheat-free}
A refreshing dessert for summer made with seasonal berries and a nut tart crust. Perfect for an after-dinner treat. Top with coconut whipped cream.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Almond Meal
  2. 1/2 cup Cashew Meal
  3. 10-12 Pitted Medjool Dates
  4. 3 tsp. Melted Coconut Oil
  5. 1/4 cup Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
  6. 1 Tbs. Unsweetened Cocoa (optional)
  7. Mixed Berries: Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries
  8. Coconut Cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Soak your dates in water for 20-30 minutes, longer if they are very dry. You can also cover them with water and microwave 1-2 minutes to soften.
  2. Add the dates to a food processor and process until a paste forms. You might want to add in 1 Tbs. of the 'date water' as well to create a smooth paste.
  3. Add to the paste the coconut oil and pulse until incorporated.
  4. Blend in the nut meals along with the coconut. Pulse until a dough-like crumble forms. If you want, you can add in the Cocoa powder at this point as well.
  5. Press the nut mixture into three or four small 4-5" Tart Pans (with bottom release). Place in the fridge for 1or 2 hours, or overnight. Alternatively, you can freeze for a shorter amount of time to speed it up.
  6. Remove from fridge/freeze for 5 minutes before serving. When you're ready, simply push the bottom of the tart up and pop the shell out.
  7. To assemble, choose your berries. A combination of all three is delicious, but a pure-raspberry or blueberry tart is also delicious. Wash the berries well and dry with paper towel before adding to the tart.
  8. And that's it! No refined sugar, no wheat, or dairy.
  9. To really make the dessert stand out, add some non-dairy coconut whipped cream to the top and sprinkle with roasted coconut or dust with cocoa powder before serving.
Notes
  1. If you don't have almond/cashew meal, simply blend 1-2 cups of whole nuts in food processor until meal forms.
  2. Keeps well in the fridge, you can keep un-filled tarts for 3-4 days, covered and filled tarts for 2-3 days.
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Dairy-Free, Dessert, Raw, Recipe, Valentine's Day, Vegan, Wheat Free

Vegan Chocolate Ganache & PB Torte

February 12, 2014

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Valentine’s Day has always been about chocolate.

As we age Valentine’s Day progresses from an array of homemade cards in paper bag mailboxes, conversation and cinnamon hearts, hallmark cards and a single red rose with an off the shelf heart shaped box of chocolates. We were young and didn’t know the finer things in life such as Thomas Haas, Valrhona or Scharffen Berger. 

As we grew up we realized the importance of the Valentine’s Day dinner date, and the dessert course. I remember the first time I was ‘single’ for Valentine’s day – I’m certain the amount of chocolate consumed doubled that year.

As I said before Adam and I have opted to dine in on Valentine’s Day, so the dessert has to be over the top decadent.    

A year ago for our anniversary I wasn’t feeling great (somehow I am always sick for these things) at least I think it was last year? and I think it was for our anniversary? Anyway, Adam and I went to Milestones. I can’t remember if we actually ordered food or not, or just stuck to cocktails and dessert. I think the latter sounds more accurate. (I’m a fan of desserts). 

They had these dessert shots on the menu so you could indulge with just a little teaser shot to curb your craving. We shared 3 different shots, all equally delicious. When I wanted to create Valentine’s Day recipes I thought about food couples (PB&J, graham crackers and marshmallows) and of course I couldn’t neglect my beloved peanut butter and chocolate. 

After some inspiration for how best to marry the two flavours together I conjured up a Chocolate and Peanut Butter Torte shot. In fact, you can make it two ways.

The mini torte can be easily shared between two people, and the dessert torte shot is another fun way to indulge together.

Word to the wise, it is definitely rich, but not in a tooth-sickenly sweet way. Because there is no added sugar, it’s a more bittersweet chocolate and the combination is just thick, definitely the ganache aspect. My favourite part about any square (like Nanaimo bars) is the base layer. The chocolate crumb is my most favourite to eat. The ganache is a slightly thicker version of my raw chocolate mousse recipe. 

I suggest sharing it bite-for-bite with someone this Valentine’s Day. 

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Give love a shot – and this torte. 

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Even better – it’s Raw, Vegan, Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free for all your Valentine’s happy stomach needs. Because, who wants to have an upset stomach on Valentine’s day?

Vegan Chocolate Ganache & PB Torte
An amazing, raw & vegan chocolate peanut butter torte done two ways. Easy to prepare, no sugar added, decadent and still borderline healthy ;) Share with someone you love this Valentine's Day. (v) (wf) (gf) (df) (r)
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Base
  1. 1 c. Raw Walnuts
  2. 2 Tbsp. Dutch Processed Cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 Tbsp. Agave Syrup
Chocolate Layer
  1. 1/2 cup Cashews, soaked overnight
  2. 2 Tbsp. Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder
  3. 1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  4. 2-3 Tbs. Water
Peanut Butter Layer
  1. 3 Tbs. Smooth or Chunky natural peanut butter, warmed
Instructions
  1. 1. In a food processor add the cocoa and walnuts. Pulse until well combined. Add the agave and pulse again until dough forms.
  2. 2. In small glass, or ramekin lined with parchment, or mini quick-release pan, add chocolate base layer, smooth down with the backside of a small spoon. Drizzle peanut butter over top of the base evenly. Place in Fridge while preparing next layer.
  3. If making the dessert shots, press base layer in bottom and spoon in peanut butter - it doesn't have to be pretty. In fact a delicious mess is even better.
  4. 3. Clean food processor to get rid of any excess crumbs from the dough. Add the soaked cashews, cocoa powder and coconut oil. Process for 2 minutes, then scrape down the sides. Continue to process and add in the 2-3. Tbs of water until it forms a ganache/mousse. Add more/less water if needed until thick mousse-like ganache consistency.
  5. 4. Remove base from fridge and spoon chocolate mousse layer over top. Return to fridge to chill 2-3 hours before eating. Can prepare the night before.
Notes
  1. You can make this either in small glasses (I used water glasses) or in ramekin lined with parchment paper. If you have a small quick-release pan you can use that as well. The ingredients will make enough for a large tart, or 2-3 small individual cups/shots.
  2. You can make this a day or two in advance, just cover with plastic wrap until ready to eat.
Adapted from the fitchen
Adapted from the fitchen
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