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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!


Cheezy Kale Chips

A few months ago I FINALLY purchased a Excalibur Dehydrator! I’ve been wanting one for years ever since I worked at a raw foods restaurant in NYC. I was missing all the treats I use to eat and make while I was there and saw that Excalibur was having a special sale so I quickly snapped one up. I purchased a black 9 tray model that also comes with a timer. Please choose one with a timer if you decide to buy one. Its so useful, especially if something is done “cooking” while I’m sleeping or out of the house, it can just turn itself off.

One of the first things I made was a recipe that my friend Donna gave me for Cheezy Kale Chips. It is a cashew and red bell pepper based sauce which is well blended and then massaged onto kale and dehydrated for hours and hours. The hours and hours and hours it takes to make these is well worth it. They are so crunchy and cheezy tasting. Peter has become a big fan of these chips so I have too make sure to make a few batches each time. Its really easy to gobble these up in one day. Reno has yet to want to try them although she did eat some sauteed kale for dinner the other night!

Kale from my garden

I made sure I grew a lot of kale in my garden this year so that I can make as many batch of kale chips that I wanted. I’ll most likely be making more today and again at the end of the week to take on vacation with us.

I’m going to have lots of Raw Vegan posts coming your way over the next few weeks to show you what I’ve been making as well as all the usual cooked food I make. :)

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