Raw Vegan Chocolate Mint Cheesecake February 13 2017 by Simone Denny

This Chocolate Mint 'Cheesecake" is a delicious decadent healthy dessert that has a beautiful combination of the chocolate and peppermint flavours. It is gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free and vegan. 

Raw cheesecakes can be quite pricey to make due to their combination of nutrient dense ingredients (especially the nuts). It's not an everyday dessert but the perfect treat to have on a special occasions. 

Using a good quality food grade peppermint oil is important for this recipe. I love First Light Certified Organic Peppermint Oil. I use it in cooking, smoothies and as an essential oil remedy. 

Note: you can use coconut oil in place of the raw cacao butter. However the cacao butter adds a rich chocolatey flavour.

 

Ingredients

Base

11/3 cup of walnuts
1/2 cup of shredded coconut 
3 tblsp of coconut oil (melted)
5 - 6 pitted dates
½ tsp of salt 

Chocolate Layer

1 ¾ cups raw cashew nuts (soaked)

3 tablespoons of maple syrup

1 tsp of vanilla essence

½ cup Raw Cacao Powder

Pinch of salt 

1/4 cup melted Coconut Oil

1/4 cup melted Cacao Butter (if you don’t have cacao butter use coconut oil)

Peppermint Layer

1 ¾ cups raw cashew nuts (soaked)

 3 tablespoons of maple syrup

½ tsp of Spirulina (slightly more if you want it greener)

4 - 5 drops of 100% pure organic Peppermint Oil (I use First Light)

1/2 cup melted Coconut Oil

1/3 cup melted Cacao Butter (if you don’t have cacao butter use coconut oil)

Directions

For best results leave some time between making the layers so they are slightly set when constructing. If time does not permit it is possible to make all in one. 

Base

Grease and line a 22 inch cake tin and line with paper.

Add all the ingredients of the base to the food processor and blend until smooth and crumbly. 

Put the base in the freezer while you make the other layers. 

Chocolate Layer

Soak cashews for at least and hour

Add all ingredients except the cacao to the food processor and  blend until completely smooth and creamy. Add cacao and mix until combined. Pour the mixture over the base, return to the freezer.

Peppermint Layer

Soak cashews for at least and hour

Add all ingredients except the peppermint oil to the food processor and  blend until completely smooth and creamy. Add peppermint oil and mix until combined. Pour the mixture over the chocolate later, return to the freezer for at least an hour. 

Remove from the freezer 20 minutes before serving or remove from freezer and store the cake in the fridge. 

Enjoy