Layered Lemon Chocolate Cheesecake

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Creamy Coconut Lemon Filling meets Avocado Chocolate Mousse.
Oh.
Yes.

This cake not only looks spectacular, inciting noises of mmm’s and ahh’s, it is also quite easy to whip up. As with all raw cheesecakes, you do need a little for thought, as these decadent desserts need to set overnight in the freezer.
Feel free to make this style of cheesecake your own, depending on what you have on hand or what’s in season. You may feel like adding a cup or so of fresh raspberries or peaches to the middle layer or covering the chocolate mousse with toasted coconut flakes and raw cacao nibs. Any which way, I have ultimate confidence in the satisfaction level of this layered beauty.
However you make it, be sure to savour every bite!

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Layered Lemon Chocolate Cheesecake

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Category: Vegan, Dessert, Cheesecake, Decadent

Cuisine: Vegan, Real food, Nutrient-dense, Vegetarian

Yield: 10-12

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Ingredients

  • For the Crust:

  • 1/2 cup pecans

  • 1/2 cup almonds

  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

  • 1 cup medjool dates (or other soft dates), pitted

  • 2 Tbsp raw cacao nibs

  • 1/4 cup cacao powder

  • Good pinch of salt

  • For the Cashew-Lemon Cheesecake:

  • 2 cups soaked cashew pieces (soaked at least 4 hours)

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 1 cup coconut cream

  • 2 tsp vanilla

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup/honey

  • Chocolate Avocado Mousse:

  • 2 ripe avocados

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

  • 1/2 cup cacao powder

  • 2 tsp vanilla

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup/honey

Instructions

  1. For the Crust: Combine all ingredients in your food processor and process until a coarse meal forms (do not over-process or it will lose it's crunchy-goodness appeal). With wet hands, press crust into a lined 8 x 8 springform cake pan. Place cake pan in the freezer.

  2. For the Cheesecake Filling: Combine all ingredients in your food processor and combine until smooth. This may take several minutes. Note: if it looks like the mixture has curdled, just continue processing, it will become creamy with a little patience. Pour over crust and return to the freezer to set for at least 1 hour.

  3. For the Chocolate Mousse: Combine all ingredients in your food processor and combine until smooth. Pour over top of the hardened cheesecake and smooth top with a spatula. Return cake to the freezer and allow to set overnight.

  4. When it is time to remove the cake from the pan, run a thin knife under very hot water and slide it along the sides of the pan. While still quite frozen, use this warmed knife method to cut the cake into slices. I recommend allowing the cake to soften before serving - rest on the counter for 15-20 minutes.

Notes

It is important to remember to soak the cashews overnight the night before. The cake will also need an hour to harden in between adding the cashew layer and topping with the mousse.