Chocolate Cheesecake

Raw, vegan, ‘Cheese’cake

choc cheesecake

I find that cheesecake is more of an attitude than an actual thing when you don’t have dairy. If it looks like cheesecake and tastes like cheesecake, that makes it cheesecake in my book! There’s no actual cheese or cheese substitute in this delicious pudding and there’s no cooking involved either. You will need a proper food processor aswell as a stick blender really won’t give you the smoothness needed. It’s a rich cake but not sweet so be careful with the portions if you’re watching the calories – it is genuinely good for you though as the raw cacao powder has mood-enhancing properties and is packed with magnesium for cell renewal. It’s been said that it will make you feel younger! In any case, this really is a delicious cheesecake and will convince anyone that vegans can be indulgent too!

WP_20151118_10_29_08_Pro[1]Nearly all the ingredients are available from the shop and if you buy the pack I’ve prepared before the end of November 2015, you can have 10% off the lot!

(Offer only available when you buy the whole pack, part purchase won’t qualify for the discount)

 Raw vegan chocolate cheesecake

Serves 8, ready in 3 hours

Base ingredients

  • 100g flaked almonds (125g – £2.65)
  • 100g mixed nuts (125g -£2.39)
  • 90g Medjool dates, pitted (250g – £4.30)
  • 1 ½ tbsp coconut oil (as above)

Filling ingredients

  • 260g raw cashew nuts (125g – £1.85. Two bags needed for the recipe, so £3.70)
  • 1 small courgette, peeled
  • 25g raw cacao powder (250g – £7.49)
  • 85g agave syrup (240ml – £2.95)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla powder
  • ¼ tsp Himalayan salt (250g – £2.69)
  • 43g coconut oil, melted (320g – £6.85)

To decorate

  • Sprinkling of cacao nibs (150g – £4.49)
  • Fresh fruit

choc cheesecake slice with fork

 Method

  1. Soak the cashews for at least two hours, then drain.
  2. For the base, grab a 20cm springform or loose bottomed cake tin and line it with baking parchment (19.8m recycled paper roll – £4.05). Pit the dates and blend them with the nuts in a food processor, add the coconut oil and blend until smooth and well combined. Empty it into the tin and press it across the base with a spoon or spatula so it’s well compacted and forms a solid base. Put it into the freezer while you make the filling.
  3. Chop the peeled courgette into chunks. Blend the soaked cashews until smooth, then add the courgette, cacao powder, agave syrup, vanilla paste and salt. When this is blended nicely, add the melted coconut oil. Blend until well combined and spread it over the base. Pop it back into the freezer to set.
  4. When you’re ready to serve, take the cheesecake out of the freezer to defrost before serving. Sprinkle the fresh fruit (raspberries work particularly well with the chocolate) and cacao nibs over the top and try and eat just one piece…

Total cost for ingredients – £37.51. 10% off = £33.76. Obviously, you can use many of the ingredients again as you only need a small amount of the whole bag that you’ve bought.

WP_20151118_10_29_18_Pro[1]Let me know what other recipes you come up with using these ingredients! Some ideas…

  • Cacao powder’s great in smoothies of course and can be sprinkled on cereals for a raw chocolate kick. You can also use it to make your own chocolate…
  • Himalayan salt is also good for muscle recovery – put a generous spoonful or two into a warm bath after exercising for a really good post-workout chillout.
  • A spoonful of agave syrup tastes fab in coffee instead of sugar.
  • Coconut oil is useful just about everywhere – roast potatoes in this for a lovely, fluffy treat. It’s also useful as a skin and hair moisturiser!

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Christmas is arriving!

Xmas 2015 rangeWe’ve added a few Christmas lines to the shop this week as it’s only a few weeks away. We have a lovely selection of Christmas chocolates and sauces, along with some homemade hampers.

White choc starsDivine White Chocolate Stars – 100g, £4.00

Not only does this treat look good, it’s also Fairtrade so everyone wins! The chocolate comes from a co-operative of farmers in Ghana where it is grown in the shade and sun-dried. It’s then turned into these lovely little stars! Visit www.info.fairtrade.net for lots more information about Fairtrade.

Chocolate coinsDivine Dark Chocolate Coins – 70g, £2.49

More delicious Fairtrade chocolate from Ghana, these coins are vegan friendly and a more ethical choice for this Christmas essential. The foil around the chocolate is a festive red and green colour and there are about 15 coins of various sizes in the net.

Choc raspberry starsCocoa Loco Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Stars – 100g, £3.99

I love chocolate. I love raspberry. I love stars. So you can see why I chose these for the shop! Another lovely Fairtrade product, made from cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic. A lovely rich chocolate with the raspberry coming through subtly as it melts in your mouth. Really delicious and suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Merry Moos selection boxMoo Free Selection Box – 103g, £3.99

A selection of four Moo Free bars – a Santa bar, a Bunnycomb bar, a Minty Moo bar and a Cheeky Orange bar. These are vegan and gluten free. One for the kids?

MincemeatMeridian Organic Mince Pie Filling – 320g, £3.59

This is a lovely mincemeat for pies or whatever you fancy this Christmas – there’s no suet in it so it’s suitable for everyone to use. There’s a lot of fruit in this and it’s sweetened with apple and molasses – there’s no sugar in it. There’s a couple of suggestion for how to use this on the side of the jar too!

Cranberry sauceMeridian Organic Cranberry Sauce – 284g, £2.55

I really love cranberry sauce and can eat it with absolutely anything. This one has to be one of the best I’ve tried (it still doesn’t beat my mother-in-law’s though, sorry!) – it’s a really simple recipe of apple juice, cranberries and pectin. It’s suitable for vegans so everyone can enjoy it.

Mulled Wine spicesSuma Mulled Wine spices bags – 6 sachets, £2.95

With instructions on the back for making your own mulled wine, these little cotton bags of cinnamon, orange peel, cloves and allspice will make your Christmas party go with a swing! All you need apart from this is a bottle of red wine and some brown sugar.

Sage and onion stuffingShropshire Spice Co. Wild Sage and Roast Onion stuffing – 150g, £1.15

This is a wholemeal stuffing mix with no suet, so it’s suitable for everyone. Again, there are instructions on the pack to tell you how to make this – my mum always used to add an egg to the mix as she said it helped to bind the mix together. A little tip there for you. The pack also helpfully says that there’s enough in the box for 5-6 servings – I can eat stuffing cold, so the whole pack could just as easily be for one, to be honest!