Raw Cheezecake

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Swirl

Raw Chocolate Chip Cheezecake Swirl

It’s been hot as balls here the last 2 weeks. Hot. As. Balls. Chocolate is melting, plants and trees are wilting, people are cranky and cooking is just impossible. One Saturday my sister threw a BBQ with a couple of friends and I decided to make dessert but refused to turn on the oven too do so. Then I remembered a dessert my friend Dianne made for a vegan dessert potluck we attended. It was Ani Phyo’s Chocolate Chip Cheezecake Swirl. I had all the ingredients, it’s raw which means the oven didn’t need to be used so it was decided that this is what I was making.

There are 3 parts to this, not including the raw cacao pieces aka..chips: the crust, which is super simple to make. You are just processing medjool dates and nuts and pressing them into a spring form pan.

the cheezecake layer made of cashews, lemon and a few other things well blended

chocolate sauce, which again is just about 3 recipes blended in a blender.

Now I don’t own a Vitamix. It is my ultimate dream product to own. I had to rely on my weak blender to blend up the cheezecake layer. My poor blender was really suffering through the whole process but it managed to do a semi decent job. It wasn’t as smooth as a Vitamix would have made it but it was passable and no one complained about the slight chunkiness of that part of the cake.

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Swirl

Once it’s all assembled you just pop it into the freezer and take it out about 20 minutes before you are going to serve it. If it’s hot as balls out you can take it out 5-10 minutes before serving because it will start to get really soft and melt a a bit.  We had about 9 people at the party who ate this and there was still 1/2 a cake left. Its very rich. You can’t eat a huge piece of this which is great if you need too make a dessert for a large group of people.  I really can’t wait to make this again!

3 Comments on Raw Cheezecake

  1. Jes
    July 18, 2010 at 9:06 AM (13 years ago)

    I’ve never found raw food to be the bees knees, but I can definitely get behind that cheesecake!!

  2. Mihl
    July 18, 2010 at 1:38 PM (13 years ago)

    Oh my, that is so beautiful! And I hear you on the heat. Thank God it has cooled down today. I hopte the same happens soon where you are!

  3. birdy27
    August 3, 2010 at 5:55 AM (12 years ago)

    it looks sooo beautiful! mine tastes great, but it’s plain. the cacao nibs make the difference, i guess. lovely! can’t imagine doing this without a vitamix, though. and i have problems making the crust. nuts and dates just don’t mix easily, especially without a food processor. but my omni family and some friends loved the raw cheesecake. i’ll look for that recipe.


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