I am all about the 80/20 lifestyle. But, sometimes I can’t help having a major sweet tooth! Once I know what I fancy there’s nothing stopping me!
One of my ultimate favourite deserts is a good chocolate cheesecake but I know they aren’t exactly the healthiest deserts. And I know that a lot of deserts contain sooo much sugar that the thought of it makes me feel sick. On the other hand, some extremely “healthy” deserts don’t taste that great either.
However, I know this insanely delicious recipe with healthy ingredients that actually taste yummy! In fact, I asked my nutritionist Louise, and she told me all the benefits of these specific ingredients used:
The reason why dates are good for you is because they are packed full of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Plus, they are great to add to recipes to give a sweet taste without having to add lots of sugar and sweeteners.
Another ingredient that’s used is walnuts. They are rich in antioxidants which basically means that it can help prevent diseases and are good for your heart health ❤️
Raw cashews are also packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They also include loads of other good stuff like magnesium and iron all of which are important for maintaining good bodily function.
Not only is this ingredient the love of our lives but good quality dark chocolate can help with health and skin benefits. But remember it still contains sugar so it still should be eaten in moderation – kill joy, I know.
If this sounds good to you, have a go at making this amazing desert. I absolutely love it and I know you will too! All the info is below, enjoy!
Delicious No Bake Creamy Chocolate Cheesecake
*Vegan & gluten free*
*Serves up to 12 depending on the size of your serving dishes*
– 1 cup packed dates, pitted (if dry, soak in warm water for 10 minutes then drain)
– 1 1/2 cups raw walnuts
– 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
– Pinch sea salt
– 1 1/2 cups raw cashews (soaked in water 4-6 hours, then drained OR pour boiling hot water over the cashews, soak for 1 hour, then drain and blend as instructed)
– 1 large lemon, juiced
– 60ml coconut oil
– 400ml can full fat coconut milk
– 180g dairy free dark chocolate (chopped and melted over a double boiler or in microwave in 30 second increments)
– 60ml maple syrup
– Add the dates to a food processor and blend until small bits remain and it forms into a ball. Remove and set aside.
– Next add nuts, salt and cocoa powder and process. Then add the dates back in and blend until a loose dough forms – it should stick together when you squeeze a bit between your fingers. If it’s too dry, add a few more dates through the spout while processing. If too wet, add more almonds or walnuts.
– Divide the crust amongst serving dishes and carefully press with fingers to distribute. To pack it down, use the back of a small glass of a spoon and really press it down, allowing some crust to come up the sides. If it sticks, separate the crust and glass with a small piece of parchment paper. Set in fridge or freezer to firm up.
– Add all filling ingredients to a blender and mix until very smooth – up to 2-3 minutes. If it won’t come together, add a touch more lemon juice, maple syrup or a splash more coconut milk as the liquid should help it blend better.
– Scrape down sides as needed and blend until very creamy and smooth. Taste and adjust flavour/sweetness as needed.
– Divide filling evenly in the ramekins (or other serving dish). Tap a few times to release any air bubbles, then cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set – about 4-6 hours depending on size of dish. Speed up this process by popping them into the freezer for 1-2 hours.
– Top with fresh berries, or serve as it is!
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