Vegan. Raw. Wholesome decadence.
The place I work for, Freedom Pizza, is a healthy pizza take-out and delivery restaurant in Dubai. The pizza base is multi-grain, which makes it uber healthy. However, one of my favorite things on the menu is the Vegan Dessert. So I made my own – well almost! 🙂
Valentines day was the perfect time to try this expensive dessert. A has always stayed away from anything that doesn’t have ‘sugar’. I get to taste a lot of Vegan desserts at work so I simply could not pass up the chance to make it, so my hub could enjoy this healthy dessert as much as I do (and he quite literally went bananas for it!).
This is by far the easiest dessert I have ever made. It literally just takes 30 minutes to put together. Instead of the graham cracker or cookie base, we have healthy nuts ground to a sticky base. The “cream cheese” layer is replaced with a cashew cream. I added some coffee for flavoring – you can leave it as it is, if you don’t like the taste of coffee. I topped with Dark Chocolate and chocolate chips. I could not find any vegan chocolate on short notice, so I just ones with dairy (that is why I said its ALMOST Vegan).
Believe me, this Dark Chocolate Mocha ‘Cheese’cake tastes even more amazing than it looks.
Serves: 10-12 slices
For the base –
- Dates – 3/4 cups, remove seeds
- Pecans – 1 cup
- Hazelnut and Pistachio – 1/2 cup
- Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp
- Himalayan Pink Salt – a pinch
For the “Cheese” layer –
- Cashew nuts – 2 1/2 cup, soaked in water
- Maple Syrup – 3/4 cup
- Vanilla Extract – 2 tsps
- Coffee extract – 1/2 tbsp coffee dissolved in 1/2 cup of water
- Almond Milk – 1/2 cup
- Coconut oil 2 tbsps
- Grated dark Chocolate – 3/4 cup, melted
- Chocolate Chips – 1/2 cup
For the base – blend all ingredients together until you get a sticky mixture.
Cover the base and sides of a spring foam pan with foil or parchment paper. Spread out and press down the nuts evenly to form a 1/4 inch base. Use the back of a clean cup to press down. Freeze while you make the cream layer.
Blend all the ingredients for the “cheese” layer to form a smooth creamy mixture. Pour over the nutty base. freeze fo at least 4 to 6 hours.
Remove the cake neatly using the edge of the foil. Peel of foil layer.
Topping Suggestion – Pour melted chocolate over the cake. Add a mountain of chocolate chips.
Enjoy. Happy Valentines day everyone! 🙂