raw vegan chocolate mini cheesecakes

September 2, 2014

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I’ve always wanted to try making raw cheesecakes using cashews, but for some reason soaking the cashews intimidated me. Don’t ask me why…you plop them in water and forget about them for hours.

Plus the fact that there is no baking or much work involved whatever.

Basically you have no excuses not to make these.

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Same picture, but I couldn’t decide which one I liked better! I think they make them look equally delicious 🙂

Raw Vegan Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes

3/4 cup raw almonds (you can easily sub other nuts)
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
scant 1/4 cup oats
1 and 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Finely grind the almonds, cacao powder and salt in a food processor. Add oats, and drizzle the maple syrup over the mixture coconut oil, and vanilla, then process until the mixture begins to clump together. (No need to wash the food processor, just scrape it out.) Divide the crust crumbs evenly among 12 cupcake liners, and use your fingers or a spoon to press it flat. Set aside.

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons raw cashews, soaked in cool water for 4-12 hours
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 teaspoons strained lemon juice
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons melted extra-virgin coconut oil

Drain the cashews. Place the cashews, maple syrup, vanilla bean seeds, salt, cacao powder, and lemon juice in a high-speed blender, and process to a paste, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl occasionally. With the motor running, drizzle in the water. Blend well until very smooth, a couple of minutes, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl occasionally. With the motor running, drizzle in the melted coconut oil, and blend until combined.

Divide the filling evenly among the liners.

Store the cheesecakes in the refrigerator. The flavor improves after a day, and the cheesecakes will probably keep for up to a week.

*If you don’t have raw cacao powder, feel free to use unsweetened cocoa powder


1 year ago: Tiny Batch Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan)
2 years ago: Maple Cinnamon Candied Walnuts
3 years ago: M&M Cookies


These are amazing. I make them all the time.

I used to feel the same about soaking gelatin, again I’m not sure why it only goes on way! I like both photos and think you can’t have one without the other!

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