Raw Chocolate Cheesecake

Raw chocolate cheesecake

This decadent raw chocolate cheesecake is just the thing to treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Raw cacao is a well-known aphrodisiac. When you eat chocolate you get an increase in endorphins, which are the same chemicals you release when you are in love. Cacao also contains phenylethylamine, a chemical that boosts dopamine levels, which increases your feelings of desire.

Gluten-free, Dairy-free

Raw Chocolate Cheesecake

1 cup whole almonds
6 medjool dates
¼ cup desiccated coconut
2 heap Tbsp cacao powder
1 Tbsp water
1 ½ cup cashew nuts
½ cup cold pressed coconut oil
3 Tbsp 100% maple syrup or raw honey
¾ cup coconut milk
¼ cup cacao powder

Soak the cashew nuts overnight or for at least 3 hours.

Blend all base ingredients together in a food processor until well combined and crumbly.
Line a loaf tin with plastic wrap or baking paper.
Press base mixture into the bottom of the tin and place in the freezer for 30 minutes while you make the filling.
Place drained cashews and other filling ingredients into your food processor and blend until creamy and smooth.
Pour half of the filling mixture over the base and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Blend remaining mixture with ¼ cup cacao powder.
Pour chocolate filling on top and then put back in the freezer for around 3 hours.
Leave out of the freezer for 10 min before serving to soften slightly.
Decorate with flowers, fresh fruits nuts, seeds or coconut flakes.

Serves 8.

TEA PAIRING: This gorgeous raw cheesecake pairs perfectly with a cup of Bodhi Organic Black BeauTEA or HonesTEA.

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Lisa Guy

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