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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

RAW chocolate orange cheesecake

Vegan, dairy-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, natural sugars
It's come to this time of year when the supermarket shelves are stacked with chocolate oranges & orange hot chocolate!
It inspired me to make a healthier version of a chocolate orange, but in a dessert/cheesecake form.
RAW cheesecakes are one of my favourite desserts to make (and eat).

This cheesecake incorporates real orange juice and zest for a citrus burst, paired with a rich chocolatey base which is utterly divine!

I used 2 dairy-free chocolates by Vivani.
As it states on their website:
Enjoying chocolate can be a “wickedly delicious” experience! The experience of that moment has positive health benefits too!
Prophylaxis and vascular protection – the results of the latest scientific research verify: dark chocolate is healthy!"

I added some of the 75% dark chocolate bar in-to the base. This chocolate bar is 100% vegan and sweetened with coconut nectar. The chocolate bar only contains 3 ingredients and makes for a very rich and luxurious cheesecake base!
Adding melted chocolate into the base also helps bind the ingredients together along with the coconut oil. YUM

To decorate the cheesecake i decided to drizzle some some of Vivani's fine dark chocolate with orange to take the chocolate orange flavour up a notch! 
This chocolate bar is delicious!!!! It's got the right amount of orange oil which is very zesty and moorish.....very moorish!

The Vivani chocolate melts very quickly and easily, its quite hard to resist licking the bowl/spoon, thats how good it is :P

I also added a light dusting of their hot chocolate powder to decorate! 
The cheesecake looks really impressive and would look great served at a christmas party, special events, maybe served with fresh segments of orange.

Vivani products are high quality and would make the perfect stocking filler for christmas (or as a treat for yourself)
Check out their website linked below-

Preparation- overnight
Freezing time- 5-8 hours (or overnight)
Serves- 12 

Ingredients for the base
-210g of hazelnuts
-100g of dates (pitted & de-stoned)
-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (you can use cacao)
-40g of dark chocolate (I used 75% Vivani)
-1 tablespoon of coconut oil (melted)
-Pinch of salt

Ingredients for the orange layer
-200g of cashew nuts (soaked)
-1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
-Juice of 2 large oranges
-Zest of 2 large oranges
-110ml of coconut oil (melted)
-1/4 cup of maple syrup

TIP- The Cashew Nuts need to be soaked overnight in water. Just make sure the water is covering the Nuts!

To make the base
Step 1- Line a cake tin with grease proof paper.

Step 2- In a food processor/blender, add in the hazelnuts, de-stoned dates, cocoa powder, melted chocolate, coconut oil and salt.
Whizz up on high until like breadcrumbs.
Step 3- Firmly press the mixture into the lined tin and pop into the freezer.

To make the orange layer
Step 1- Drain the cashew nuts and pop them into a food processor/blender along with the vanilla extract, orange juice, orange zest, melted coconut oil and maple syrup.
Allow to blend on high speed for around 5-8 minutes, until smooth.
Step 2- Pour the creamy orange layer onto the base and pop the tray back into the freezer to set.
Allow the cheesecake to set fully. 
This will take around 4-6 hours (but i left mine overnight)

To serve, defrost the cheesecake for around 15-20 minutes until fully defrosted!
Slice and enjoy!

I decorated my cheesecake with some orange slices, a sprinkle of orange zest, a dusting of Vivani hot chocolate powder and Vivani chocolate orange chocolate.


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  1. This was really tasty, so easy to make. I added raisins soaked in brandy too... Next time I would do half the base as it was too thick for my liking and double the topping, and lemon zest for a change. Thank you, everyone loved it!

    1. Hey, that is so wonderful to hear! I am over the moon everyone enjoyed it! :) x

  2. Hi, Orange and chocolate are two are my favorite combinations, and I'm looking forward to trying this recipe! Since oranges vary in large sizes, can you please tell me how much orange juice I should have from the 2 oranges in cups? Thanks!

  3. Hello, Yes they are!!! YUM :) I would say around 1/3 cup of orange juice, it just depends on the sizes. it doesn't matter if its alittle over or under :)
    Happy 'raw' baking :) x

  4. I wanna try this, choc and orange is the best combo :) could you tell me the size if the cake form, please


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