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Raw Chocolate and Cheesecake

Posted Dec 30 2010 2:33pm

Here are the two raw desserts I made for Christmas. I wanted a contrast between rich chocolate, and light fruit. The following treats were born...

Dark Raw Chocolate Truffle Tart in a Cacao Nut Crust, topped with Coconut Whipped Cream. This is as decadent as they come!


Mandarin Orange Cheesecake on a Pecan Ginger Crust with a Cranberry Pomegranate Compote, and Candied Pecans

I love the flavor and texture combination of this cheesecake. A creamy smooth citrus cheesecake on a dense gingery crust, paired with tart cranberry and sweet pomegranate, and rounded out with the crunchy pecans. It's really light and refreshing.

Pecan Ginger Crust

1 1/4 cup pecans
1/3 cup pitted, packed dates - finely chopped
1 tablespoon minced ginger*
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Grind all ingredients together in a food processor to create a dough.
Press the dough into the bottom of an 8" or 12" spring form pan.

*grated finely on a microplane

Mandarin Orange Filling

2 1/2 cups mandarin orange segments
1 1/2 cups cashew
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup
6 drops stevia
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon packed orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4-6 drops orange essential oil, or to taste
1/8 teaspoon himalayan salt
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons melted cacao butter

Blend all but the oil and butter until completely smooth and creamy.
Add the oil/butter and blend briefly to incorporate.
Pour the filling over the crust.
Chill in the fridge for 8-12 hours.

Cranberry Pomegranate Compote

1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 cup mandarin orange juice (or juice of regular oranges)
2 tablespoons pomegranate powder
5 drops stevia
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1-2 drops orange essential oil
1 1/2 tablespoons chia seed
2 tablespoons goji berries

Blend all but the chia and gojis, in a food processor or blender, leaving a little texture, if desired.
Pulse in the chia seed just to mix it in, but avoid breaking it down.
Transfer the mixture to a bowl and fold in the goji berries.
Chill in the fridge for a few hours. The chia will soak up some of the liquid, causing the compote to thicken.
Spoon over the cheesecake when you are ready to serve it.

Candied Pecans - find the recipe HERE where I also posted a recipe for lucuma vanilla nuts.

I don't have a recipe to share for the Chocolate Truffle Tart as it's tucked away for a future project, but give the cheesecake a try!

What yummy treats did you make for Christmas?

Here's my Christmas tree. About a week ago I was sitting on the couch beside it, when I started hearing a "whoosh" - I looked to see that the tree was starting to fall over! I caught it on the way down - whew. Strange through, because it was tied up with fishing line... but apparently that wasn't enough.

Happy New Year! Wishing you fabulous celebrations!
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