When my husband and I volunteered to bring dessert to our home group’s Christmas party, I knew I had to bring one of my all time favorite desserts: vegan CHEESECAKE!! Whether you’re vegan or not, this cheesecake is a hit! SO good, you won’t miss the dairy 😉
Ok, so there’s no “cheese” in this “cheesecake.” It’s brought to you by the wonder of cashews and coconut cream. Seriously, they are magical. Who needs dairy and eggs when you can use plants?! Haha!
Almonds, dates and cacao make the chewy chocolate no-bake crust. In fact, the entire recipe is NO-BAKE! Which, to me, is such a relief! I don’t have to worry about setting or sinking, cooling or cracking, and all that goes into baking traditional cheesecakes.
Raw vegan cheesecakes are so EASY. No talent required (even if they do look quite fancy and impressive.) Really, if you can press a button on a food processor or blender, you can make this dessert!
If you follow me on Insta, you may have already seen this picture of me transporting the cake to the Christmas party last weekend wearing my “Ugly” sweater (which is way too pretty to be ugly! haha) I didn’t have a cake carrier to fit it, so I had to hold my precious cheesecake on my LAP while my husband drove… PRAYING I didn’t drop this cake and/or get the pretty whipped cream all over my sweater… or my car! (ps I LOVE CHRISTMAS SWEATERS) No worries, though. We made it, cake intact! 🙂
Such a pretty cake is perfect for a party! And your friends and family won’t BELIEVE there’s zero flour, sugar, butter, eggs, or milk in there! Haha! I definitely had some questions when I brought this to our party and told them it was a vegan cheesecake. Like, “Wait. There’s no “cheese” in this “cheesecake?”” and “What is this?” lol But everyone who tried it at the party absolutely LOVED it!
This is a RICH dessert. (So slice it small!) A decadent mint cream flecked with bits of chocolate throughout. Plus more chocolate on top (because yum!) and of course, coconut whipped cream!
I chose to use chocolate shavings inside the cake instead of chocolate chips because chips harden too much in the fridge for my liking. With chips I feel like there are tiny rocks in my dessert! And WHO likes to eat rocks?! Haha. To make shavings, just take a bar of chocolate and “shave” the side of it with a knife, like you would peel a vegetable. Or you can finely chop a bar of chocolate. Either would be great! I actually wish I hadn’t shaved mine quite so finely. But I’ll just have to remember that next time! 😉
Not only is this cheesecake pretty and delicious, there’s also a bonus: it’s nutrient-rich! Cashews are an excellent source of minerals like copper and zinc, plus heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Coconut oil is also full of healthy fats and tons of other benefits. Not to mention it’s full of fiber and protein so it won’t spike your blood sugar. Yay for desserts with benefits! Pretty from the inside out.