Hi all! Today I want to share with you this super delicious recipe for a Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake. I was celebrating my mother’s birthday and she requested a chocolate based cake. I wanted to make her a raw cheesecake because I really love its flavours and textures. Previously I had made a Tropical Coconut Raw Cheesecake with pineapple and passion fruit and decided to take upon the challenge of making a chocolate cheesecake.
This recipe is vegan, meaning it is made without cream, cheese or eggs. It is also gluten free and of course sugar free. Using a combination of cashew nuts and coconut milk for the cheesecake layer, I created an intensely smooth and rich textured cheesecake centre. For the base and decoration I used a combination of walnuts and dates to create a sticky and gratifying base.
This is a very nutrient dense cake. Packed with good fats from the walnuts, cashew nuts, coconut oil and coconut milk, a small slice can keep you very satisfied. I made this vegan chocolate cheesecake very intensely chocolaty by not only adding a large proportion of raw cacao but also adding an amount of filtered coffee. Coffee elevates the flavour of the cacao and this is a trick I learnt meany years ago when I used to do traditional baking. I used filtered coffee because that is readily available in my South Indian home but you can use expresso or instant coffee powder if it is unavailable.
I used the walnut-chocolate base layer ingredients to create decorative ‘dough balls’ for the top of the cake. This is a cute method of decoration that I have seen so many of my fellow Instagram friends create and I was so happy to repeat the same. I also made some sugar free walnut pralines by simply boiling maple syrup with walnuts till crystallised. I decorated with swirls of my raw chocolate as well as some adorable edible flowers from my mother’s garden. Can you guess which flowers these are??
This is such a gratifying dessert, no one would ever goes that it is vegan or sugar free. Tastes better than the regular refined sugar based cheesecakes you get in commercial cake shops! I really hope you give this recipe a try and please let me know how it comes out in the comments below. As always if you do recreate this recipe and share it on Instagram, then tag me @meghnas_ and #meghnas so that I could be a part of your healthy food adventure.