In honor of my lovely friend Suzy’s birthday last week, I made her a Double Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cheesecake. Suzy can’t do dairy, so it was the perfect opportunity to attempt choclafying my Strawberry Cream Pie. What a success! I had two perfectly ripe avocados chilling in the fridge and a pint of raspberries next to them. The inspiration was born for a raspberry cream layer! I think the next time around it would be better as the top layer? But either way, this no-cheese-cake is a WINNER!
Organic Double Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cheesecake
Makes 8 Servings
1 1/2 cup raw almonds
1/3 cup 73+% chocolate chips
Pinch or two of sea salt
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 Tbsp gluten free and/or raw cocoa powder
1-2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup dried cherries or raisins, soaked for 2 minutes (if Advanced Plan, omit and add 2 more Tbsp coconut oil)
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
The Raspberry Cream Layer:
2 ripe avocados
1 pint fresh raspberries, rinsed and shaken dry
2 Tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
1 tsp stevia powder
The Chocolate Filling:
3 cups cashews, soaked 1-2 hours, drained
1 cup melted coconut oil
2 tsp natural raspberry extract (if you have it, or use vanilla)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup gluten free and/or raw cocoa powder
3 tsp stevia powder (more/less to taste)
3 Tbsp filtered water
1.) The Crust: Grind the nuts, cacao nibs and salt in a food processor until coarse. Add the remaining Crust ingredients and pulse to thoroughly combined. Press firmly into the bottom of an 8 or 9-inch round spring form pan. Place in the freezer while you make the fillings.
2.) The Raspberry Cream Layer: (you might like this layer better on the top, up to you! I did it 2nd in the picture) In blender, add the avocados, lemon juice, raspberries and stevia. Blend until smooth. Pour and spread over crust in spring form pan. Back in the freezer it goes.
3.) The Filling: In your blender, blend all Filling ingredients until smooth and creamy. This took me a couple minutes and I used a spatula thru the top hole in the lid while blending to stir the chunks down to the blades at the bottom. You might need to stop and scrape down the sides a couple times. Pour the filling into the spring form pan and smooth it out to a level finish. It should be nice and thick. Cover and put back in freezer to set, about 1-2 hours. If longer than that, let it thaw for an our or so before cutting (makes it easier and for better presentation).
This no-cheese-cake will be a hit! Decedent, rich, and HEALTHY! :)