Double Choc Cheesecake
25/05/2018 | Tamara Brown
This is the cake I make for friends who swear they ‘aren’t into that weird raw food stuff’… Because it really doesn’t taste raw at all - I’ve yet to meet a single person who doesn’t like it!
This dessert tastes DELICIOUS with coconut cream and strawberries.
This recipe is featured in The Raw Food Girl's Sweets & Treats eBook, along with 50 others nutritiously raw snacks.
A word from The Raw Food Girl
What I love most about this recipe is that it’s very versatile and is so quick to make (assuming that the cashews are soaked and ready to go). Sometimes I’ll halve the recipe and make 12 mini cheesecakes instead, using silicone mini muffin trays as the cake mould. Once the cakes have set you can just pop them right out, easy as. And minimal mess.
Now for for all you seasoned raw foodies out there, I know what you are thinking.
Honestly, I hardly ever use it. The fructose content is reeeeally high (70 – 90%), meaning it reacts in the body very similar to the way white sugar does and can spike blood insulin levels very quicky. That’s why I’ve paired with with rice malt syrup, which is a fructose-free (and substantially less sweet) alternative.
The thing is, agave tastes even better than sugar – so I use it to coax raw food sceptics into loving their first experience with a raw dessert. It works wonders on newbies to light the fire in their bellies for all things raw – but then I quickly encourage them to wean themselves off it as quickly as possible to a healthier alternative.
There is such a high nut content (aka fat content) in this recipe that any spikes in blood sugar from the agave will be substantially limited by the fat – it will slow the absorbtion of sugar right down.
If your new to raw, start off with pairing the two sweeteners together and then slowly reduce the amount of agave used. Or swap it for maple syrup or coconut nectar syrup and avoid agave altogether.
One more thing – this cheesecake is very rich so please go easy! If you’re looking for a raw recipe to enjoy healthfully every day, this isn’t it. Treat this as, well, a treat, to be enjoyed on special occasions.
Fresh fruits works magic in hitting a sugar craving in the healthiest way possible, so opt for fruit as your treat as often as you can!