Strawberry Chocolate “Cheesecake”

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The sun is out, flowers are here, and I couldn’t hope for a more beautiful start to Valentine’s Day. I’m excited to share one of my favorite cakes today. It combines my love for chocolate and strawberries in a delicious vanilla cheesecake made with cashew cream. Top it with coconut milk ganache, and you have a wonderful treat for special occasions.

Strawberry Chocolate “Cheesecake”


Yield: 12 slices        Prep Time: 15 minutes        Cook Time: 50-60 minutes


Ingredients:

For the Crust:
20 Original Newman-O’s cookies
2 tablespoons maple syrup
3 tablespoons of melted butter (I used Earth Balance baking sticks)

For the Filling:
2 cups plain yogurt (I used Silk plain yogurt)
1⅓ cup raw cashews (soaked in water overnight and drained)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Juice of 1 large lemon
3 tablespoons of cornstarch
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1-2 tablespoons of pure baking sugar (depending on desired sweetness)

For the Topping:
Freshly sliced strawberries or raspberries
Canned coconut milk
Semi-sweet baking chocolate
Maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Separate the Newman-O’s cookies and scrape the filling from them. Break the cookies and pulse them in a food processor until coarsely ground. Add the melted butter and maple syrup and process the cookies until it creates a dough-like consistency. Press the crust mixture down into a nonstick springform pan.
  3. Blend all of the filling ingredients in a food processor until it is smooth and creamy. Pour the cashew cream into the springform pan.
  4. Bake the cake for 50-55 minutes. You can test the middle of the cake with a toothpick to see if it has thoroughly cooked. Let cool for 10 minutes before refrigerating for at least an hour.
  5. Open a can of coconut milk and pour 1/2 cup of the milk in a double boiler. Add five ounces of baking chocolate to the pot and whisk the mixture until it’s perfectly smooth. Add a bit of maple syrup to sweeten the ganache to your liking. Take off the double boiler and set aside.
  6. Add the strawberries or raspberries to the cake. Drizzle the coconut milk ganache over the top.

Enjoy!

70 thoughts on “Strawberry Chocolate “Cheesecake”

  1. You know by now, that I always love a healthier cheesecake & yours looks like the real deal! Who doesn’t like strawberries with chocolate? I don’t know! Ha! Perfect Cheesecake for me, my hubby & friends! Yummm!

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