chocolate hazelnut mousse cake (v)

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I made these ages ago, and the photos are kind of lackluster. But this space has been quiet, and it needs a little something.

This is like those creamy vegan cheesecakes, and it tastes like a chocolatey nutella-covered strawberry.

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cake

Chocolate Crust
1 cup medjool dates
½ cup unsweetened dried coconut
¼ cup nuts – any kind works!
½ cup oats
3 tbsp cocoa powder
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp cacao nibs

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse
2 cup hazelnuts
1 cup coconut cream
⅓ cup honey, agave syrup, or maple syrup
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tbsp melted coconut oil

Strawberry Vanilla Cream
1 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight)
¼ cup coconut cream
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
1½ tbsp honey, agave syrup, or maple syrup
3 large fresh strawberries

Directions:
Chocolate Crust
Add all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth.
Line loaf tin with foal and firmly press mixture into the base of the cake tin.
Put into the freezer to set while you make the other layers.

Strawberry Vanilla Cream
Add cashews to the food processor and process for a few minutes until finely ground/pebbley.
With the food processor still running, slowly add the coconut cream, honey, strawberries, and vanilla bean paste.
Keep processing until the mixture becomes very smooth and creamy.
Reserve about 1/8 of a cup for swirls on top.
Take the loaf tin out of the freezer and pour the strawberry vanilla cream layer on top.
Spread evenly with a spatula and put back into the freezer to set.

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse
Preheat oven at 320 F and roast hazelnuts for approximately 10-12 minutes – be careful not to burn!
Let cool and rub hazelnuts together in a paper towel to remove skins.
In a food processor, blend hazelnuts until it becomes a nut butter.
Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
Take the cake tin out of the freezer and pour the hazelnut mousse layer on top.
Spread evenly with a spatula and put back into the freezer.

Adapted from http://www.secretsquirrelfood.com/chocolate-hazelnut-mousse-cake/

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