Raw Chocolate “Cheesecake” Bites
I wont waste any time describing how amazingly delicious these are. I will just post the recipe so you can try them for yourself! These are grain free and sweetened with dates! There is no cheese/dairy of any kind in them. The cashew and lemon juice combo makes the cheesecake like flavor.
It’s not too late to make these for Valentine’s Day!… unless you are reading this after Valentine’s Day of course. In that case, make them anyway. 😉
Makes 12 “bites”
- 1/2 cup raw pecans (walnuts would work great as well, this is just what I had on hand)
- 1/2 cup of pitted dates
- 1 1/2 cup raw cashews (soaked 1-8 hours)
- 1/3 cup of pitted dates
- 4-5 TBS lemon juice (about 2 lemons worth)
- 1/3 cup coconut cream concentrate (I buy mine from tropical traditions <– affiliated link*)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1/8 cup filtered water
- raspberries for garnish (optional)
Note: Soaking the cashews helps make them creamier for the recipe but there are also health benefits to soaking raw nuts and seeds.
1. Process the pecans and dates in a food processor. The more you process the better/finer the crust will be.
2. Distributer crust evenly into muffin liners in your muffin tin. Press down the crust to make it flat.
3. Process cashews until they become “mushy” in your food processor. You may need to scrape the sides of the processor from time to time to make sure you get all the cashews nice and processed.
4. Add dates a few at a time until they are blended well into your cashew mixture.
5. Add your lemon juice, coconut cream, vanilla extract, cacao powder, and filtered water then continue to process till mixed evenly.
6. Scoop filling evenly into muffin liners.
7. Place a raspberry on top of each “cheesecake bite”.
8. Place muffin tins in refrigerator to “set” for at least an hour… if you can wait that long.
These should stay fresh in the fridge 3-4 days (although I wouldn’t know for sure as we eat these up so quickly. They can also be kept in the freezer. They would probably last about a month in an air tight container.
I just couldn’t resist sharing my photo opt of my son enjoying his raw chocolate “cheesecake” bite.
He ate the raspberry right away. 🙂
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