This raw chocolate cheesecake with avocado is a decadent and delicious dessert that is healthier than most cheesecakes. It’s refined sugar free, gluten free and suitable for those on the paleo or vegan diet.
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The story behind raw chocolate cheesecake
Last night I shared some pictures of my latest creation on Twitter. Since it passed the child taste test I felt compelled to let you have the recipe straight away, despite a back-log of things to post!
Since reading Grain Brain, I have been trying to reduce the amount of carbohydrates and sugars that we eat. At the same time I still want to let the kids have sweet treats (of which they are very fond!).
I therefore decided that it was about time I experimented with avocados, having read so much about their health properties and their use in baking.
Of course, once I get a ‘bee in my bonnet’ I feel the need to set about experimenting immediately, regardless of whether I have all the ingredients that I might need.
Thus was the case last night.
I decided that I wanted to make a desert with avocado and therefore it had to be done.
Ingredients flew around the kitchen, bowls lay everywhere, small children were underfoot…you get the picture.
So, this is what I came up with.
Raw chocolate cheesecake that can be whipped up in around 10 minutes (better if you have a bit more time to chill it, but it isn’t a deal breaker).
Of course it is gluten-free and dairy-free but is also egg-free, soya-free and refined sugar-free.
However, it tastes lovely and is wonderfully creamy.
I am not suggesting it is super-healthy…after all it is chock full of fruit sugar and would certainly not pass the Grain Brain test. But, it is perhaps a step in the right direction?
Pin my cheesecake recipe
Raw chocolate cheesecake with avocado
- For the base:
- 100 g ground almonds
- 100 g dates - pitted
- 1 tbsp water
- For the topping:
- 50 g dates - pitted
- 1 avocado
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp almond milk
- 1/2 banana
- 2 tbsp rice syrup - honey or maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Place the dates for the topping and the dates for the base in separate bowls and cover with boiling water. Allow to soak for at least 20 minutes
- Once soaked, drain the dates and place them back in their bowls
- To make the base place all the ingredients into a hand held chopper or food processor and blend until sticky
- Press the mixture into 4 ramekins
- To make the topping place the ingredients into the same machine and blend until smooth. You will probably have to scrape the sides down often
- Divide the mixture between the four ramekins and place in the fridge until required
- Serve scattered with cocoa or chocolate chips/sprinkles
just googling christmas stuff and came across your site fab recipes really nice stuff.
just wanted to add a comment about “raw” cacao it’s not a marketing ploy it is actually raw the cocoa you buy from shops has been roasted and usually alkalised so it loses a lot of the antioxidants raw cacao is a stronger chocolate taste too so you need less its yummy. sevenhills organic cacao powder on amazon is good but then the organic raw cacao powder on healthysupplies is even better think its 7.99 for a kg 😉
Vicki Montague says
Ah thanks Jo! Since I wrote that I have done quite a lot of reading and found out about raw cacao! I love the nibs but I don’t find the powder is stronger at all although people do say you need less. I guess I am just a chocolate fan and like it nice and strong!!! I hope you enjoy my site…thanks for your lovely comment and happy new year!
Vicky (@aroundandupsidedown) says
I love the idea of using avocado in this – I think the velvety texture would really work 🙂
Em @ snowingindoors says
I wonder if my kiddos would notice the avocado, might have to try and slip this to them without telling them!
I am sure they wouldn’t notice! Don’t tell them and they will never know…mine know but they still can’t help but eat it…despite hating avocados!!
[email protected] says
Wow, that’s incredible – a chocolatey avocado taste – I’m going to feed this to my two children instead of the Easter eggs they’re ALREADY starting to be given!
Mmmmm looks lush, definitely something for a special treat saturday in our house! And hidden healthiness always a bonus…#blogclub
Oooh I love cheesecake, this looks absolutely delicious and easy too!
It is very easy and super healthy…the kids will never know the avocado is there but it will be giving out all its goodness!!
Emily @amummytoo says
Looks great! When I was vegan, cheesecake was one of the things I missed the most. Thanks for linking up with #recipeoftheweek 🙂 I’ve pinned and tweeted this post and there’s a fresh linky live now. Hope you join in x
Louise Perry Fairweather says
Looks lovely! Would not have thought of using avacado x
Zena's Suitcase says
Wow, this looks so yummy! What a fab recipe