Chocolate Cheesecake, Vegan Style

If you haven’t yet visited the site mouthwateringvegan.com, you have to! This site has incredible recipes. Don’t let some of the terms she uses throw you off if you live in Canada/US, just Google them and you’ll find what it means. Most things she uses are common.

Here is her The Best-Ever Chocoholics “Cheesecake” that I made for a girl’s night I hosted. Girls like chocolate.

Ingredients for Cake Base:

  • 13 Digestive cookies
  • ½ cup of walnuts – the fresher the better, I used some older ones and they were a bit overpowering
  • ½ cup of vegan butter (like Earth Balance), or coconut oil melted
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp coffee powder (instant coffee)
  • 1 heaped tbsp icing sugar, or confectioner’s sugar powder
  • zest of an orange or tangerine
  • 2 tbsp Kahlua (I drank the leftovers with Almond milk and ice…)
  • a pinch of salt

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Method for Base

So, first grease an 8 inch tin, and line it with greaseproof paper (I used a square glass pan). Then break the digestive biscuits into a processor, and process until crumbs are formed. Next add the cocoa powder, the coffee powder and icing sugar – pulse for a few seconds.

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Now add the walnuts to the processor, and process for a few moments – we do NOT want them powdered.  Then add the melted vegan butter or coconut oil to the biscuit crumbs, and process for a half a minute.

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Next, add the zest and kahlua and process again for a few seconds.  Your base is ready to add to your tin – spoon this mixture into your lined container, and flatten evenly with your fingers and the palms of your hands.  Now place this in the fridge for an hour or so until cooled.  Now time to make your filling.

Ingredients for Filling

  • 1 packet (349g) Firm Silken Tofu
  • 125g dark chocolate, melted either in the microwave or bain marie
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powdered mixed with 50 ml of hot water (mix into a paste, and allow to cool for a few minutes)
  • 2 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar, or confectioner’s sugar
  • shavings of dark chocolate for topping and decoration

Method for Filling

Place the tofu into your processor, and add the remaining ingredients. Process gently for a minute or so, until the ingredients are well blended and smooth.

Spoon filling onto the biscuit base with a plastic spatula, and even out as best you can.  Now add shavings of your dark chocolate on top to decorate.

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Next, cover with foil and place in the refrigerator overnight. (I just put mine in the freezer for a few hours until it was firm)

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The pics aren’t so great this week, my regular camera was gone. But hopefully they still capture the deliciousness 🙂

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