A truly heavenly dessert that contains nothing but wholesome ingredients, this sinfully creamy Mocha Chocolate Vegan Cheesecake will totally blow your mind!

A truly heavenly dessert that contains nothing but wholesome ingredients, this sinfully creamy Mocha Chocolate Vegan Cheesecake will totally blow your mind!

While in Costa Rica, there are a couple of things that I truly missed. One of them was tofucall me weird, but I happen to love the stuff and not only is it very hard to find over there, but their firm tofu is the equivalent of our silky; so yeah… not very good for cooking! — and the other one was baking and creating yummy desserts! I just never found myself in a proper set-up for that…

I ended up getting back home not long before my birthday, and then Easter was just a handful of days later. With cheesecake being my favorite dessert in the whole wide world — the only one thing I truly miss since going vegan — and well, chocolate and Easter being so totally inseparable, I didn’t have to think very long before deciding that I was going to whip some kind of a Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake for the occasions.

The plan was to make the cake for my birthday — which I had to spend confined at home — and that should’ve given ample time to share the recipe with you in time for Easter, but then life got in the way, I had to get my water pump fixed instead, yay-fun-NOT, I’ll spare you the details… and so plans had to change!

A truly heavenly dessert that contains nothing but wholesome ingredients, this sinfully creamy Mocha Chocolate Vegan Cheesecake will totally blow your mind!

But I still made the cake — boy ô boy, be happy that I did! — and I’m still sharing the recipe with you today! In time for next year’s Easter!

Joking aside, you can totally make this cake for just about any occasion, no need to wait for your birthday, or for Easter. And while it might look like it’s super complicated and seems like it would take forever to make, know that it really isn’t that hard at all, and that it comes together fairly quickly, too.

But honestly, the only thing you really need to know is that this heavenly cake is sinfully delicious. And yes, one can totally use the words heavenly AND sinfully together in the same breath. This cake is living proof of that! What’s more, you’ll never believe that it’s made with nothing but healthy stuff and wholesome ingredients.

Oh, and whoever you share it with will love you for the rest of their life!


For the crust

Start by lining the bottom of an 8″ springform pan with parchment paper. To do that, remove the ring and cover the plate with parchment paper; Fold the excess paper back under the plate and, while holding it in place with one hand, put the ring back in its position with the other hand. Bring the excess paper back from under the pan but do not cut it off.

Combine all the ingredients for the crust in a large mixing bowl

Now combine the ground rolled oats, almond flour, cacao powder, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract.

Stir all the ingredients for the crust until they are well combined

Mix with a large spoon or rubber spatula until well combined.

Delicately press the crust at the bottom of a springform pan

Transfer the crust mixture to the prepared pan and press it delicately at the bottom, going slightly up the sides, then place the pan in the fridge for that crust to set.

To press the crust, I like to use a flat bottomed glass, or similar flat object… it makes the job so much easier. If you find that the crust tends to stick to your glass, just dip it lightly in cold water.

Combine cashews and hot coffee in the container of a high speed blender

For the creamy mocha filling

Now let’s get working on that yummy filling. It’s fairly easy, you’ll see! Start by placing the raw cashews and hot coffee in the container of a high speed blender.

If you didn’t have a high speed blender, you could probably get away with using a conventional blender, or even a food processor, but your cake won’t turn out nearly as creamy… 

Process the cashews and coffee on high speed until smooth and creamy

Process the cashews and coffee until smooth and creamy. Start that blender on low and progressively increase the speed to high, and stop to scrape the sides once or twice during the process to be sure that every last bit gets incorporated.

Add the date paste, coconut oil and other ingredients to the cashew mixture in the high speed blender

Once smooth, add the date paste, coconut milk (be sure to use the full fat kind), coconut oil (no need to melt it this time), maple syrup, lime juice, vanilla and salt.

Process all the ingredients until a creamy mixture forms

Again, process until well combined, smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape the sides as needed.

Pour the melted chocolate in with the rest of the ingredients in the high speed blender

Pour in the melted unsweetened chocolate and resume blending until it is fully incorporated.

My favorite method for melting chocolate is to chop it super finely and then melt it in a small saucepan over very low heat, stirring almost constantly until about half of the chocolate is melted. I then kill the heat and keep stirring until all the chocolate bits are melted, returning to the heat briefly if and as needed.

Pour the chocolate mixture into the reserved crust

Transfer every last bit of that delicious, creamy mocha chocolate mixture into the chilled prepared crust.

Every last bit I said… don’t try and leave some at the bottom of the container on purpose, just so you can lick it clean later! What? Who, me? No! I certainly did not! Alright, you got me… I did. But it was just a little teaspoon, I swear!

Silky chocolate mixture in a springform pan

Now gently tap the sides of the pan, or bang it a few times on the counter, to even out the top and eliminate any potential air bubbles that may have gotten trapped in that sea of deliciousness…

Smooth the chocolate mixture with an offset spatula

Make that top all beautiful and nice and even by smoothing it with a small offset spatula and then place your cake in the fridge until it’s completely set, at least 4 hours, but even better yet, overnight.

Take the cake out of the fridge once it's completely set

That is what your cake will look like when it’s fully set. Then you’ll be ready for the next step…

Combine the coconut oil, coconut milk and chopped chocolate into a small saucepan set over low heat

For the chocolate topping

Once your cake is fully set, place the chopped dark chocolate, coconut milk (again, use the full fat variety), coconut oil and pinch of salt in a small saucepan.

Melt the chocolate over low heat until smooth and silky stirring almost constantly

Melt over very low heat, stirring almost constantly until about half of the chocolate chunks are melted. Remove from heat and keep stirring until fully melted and silky, returning the pan to the heat source briefly only if and as needed. It is very important that you do not let the mixture become hot.

Pour the melted chocolate topping over the set cheesecake

Now take your cake out of the fridge and slowly pour the melted chocolate mixture right over it.

Shake the pan gently to make the chocolate topping super smooth

Again, gently tap the side of your pan and give it a little shake to help the chocolate settle and get really even and smooth.

Delicately transfer your cake to the fridge to set, from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on whether you plan on garnishing the top with chocolate shavings.

If you didn’t have any chocolate shavings and would like to make your own, check out this post to find out how I make mine…

Garnish the top of the cake with chocolate shavings

Now, if you’re going to garnish your cake, you want to do that while the chocolate topping is still on the soft side, after about 10 minutes of refrigeration; this way the shavings will adhere to it. Then, return the cake to the fridge for another 20 minutes or so, until the chocolate topping is fully set.

On the other hand, if you’re not going to garnish that top, simply leave the cake in the fridge until fully set, about 30 minutes.

As you can see in the pictures, I went ahead and topped mine with a mountain of shavings and then chose to also toss a few roasted coffee beans in the lot!

A truly heavenly dessert that contains nothing but wholesome ingredients, this sinfully creamy Mocha Chocolate Vegan Cheesecake will totally blow your mind!

Once the chocolate topping is fully set, carefully remove the cake from the pan and place it on a cake plate.

To release the cake real cleanly, it helps to slightly warm up the side of the pan. I find the best way to do this is by delicately heating it with a propane torch or warm cloth. If you choose to use a propane torch, make sure that you maintain a good distance from that pan and that you don’t stay in the same spot for more than a few seconds; keep that flame moving, or you may end up melting the cake!

A truly heavenly dessert that contains nothing but wholesome ingredients, this sinfully creamy Mocha Chocolate Vegan Cheesecake will totally blow your mind!

Keep your finished cake in the refrigerator but if time permits, be sure to leave it at room temperature for about an hour before serving. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!

A truly heavenly dessert that contains nothing but wholesome ingredients, this sinfully creamy Mocha Chocolate Vegan Cheesecake will totally blow your mind!
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Mocha Chocolate Vegan Cheesecake

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Chilling time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours
A truly heavenly dessert that contains nothing but wholesome ingredients, this sinfully creamy Mocha Chocolate Vegan Cheesecake will totally blow your mind!
Servings: 16

Ingredients

For the crust

For the creamy mocha filling

For the chocolate topping

Optional garnish

  • Chocolate shavings, ***
  • Whole roasted coffee beans

Equipment

  • Springform pan
  • High Speed Blender

Instructions

For the crust

  • Line the bottom of an 8″ springform pan with parchment paper. To do that, remove the ring and cover the bottom with parchment paper; Fold the excess paper back under the plate and, while holding it in place with one hand, put the ring back in its position with the other hand. Bring the excess paper back from under the pan but do not cut it off.
  • Combine the ground rolled oats, almond flour, cacao powder, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press it delicately at the bottom, going slightly up the sides; place in the fridge to set.

For the creamy mocha filling

  • Put the raw cashews and hot coffee in the container of a high speed blender and process until smooth and creamy; start on low and progressively increase the speed to high, and stop to scrape the sides once or twice to be sure that every last bit is incorporated.
  • Once smooth, add the date paste, coconut milk, coconut oil (no need to melt it this time), maple syrup, lime juice, vanilla and salt and again, process until well combined, smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape the sides as needed.
  • Pour in the melted chocolate and blend until fully incorporated.
  • Transfer the mixture into the prepared crust, tap the sides a few times to even out the top and eliminate air bubbles, then smooth the top with a small offset spatula.
  • Place the cake in the fridge until completely set, at least 4 hours.

For the chocolate topping

  • Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan and melt over very low heat, stirring almost constantly until about half of the chocolate chunks are melted. Remove from heat and keep stirring until fully melted and silky, returning the pan to the heat source briefly only if and as needed. It is very important that you do not let the mixture become hot.
  • Take the cake out of the fridge and pour the melted chocolate mixture over it, then gently tap the side of your pan and give it a little shake to help the chocolate settle and get really smooth.
  • Delicately transfer the cake to the fridge to set, about 30 minutes total. However, if are going to garnish the top with chocolate shavings, you should do so while the chocolate topping is still on the soft side, after about 10 minutes of refrigeration, and then return the cake to the fridge for another 20 minutes; this will ensure that the shavings adhere well to the chocolate topping. If you're not going to garnish that top, simply leave the cake in the fridge until fully set, about 30 minutes.
  • Once set, carefully remove the cake from the pan**** and place it on a cake plate.
  • Keep your finished cake in the refrigerator but if time permits, leave it at room temperature for about an hour before serving.

Notes

*Use a coffee grinder or small food processor to grind the oats
**Melt the chocolate using your favorite method. Me, I like to chop it super finely and then melt it in a small saucepan over very low heat, stirring almost constantly until about half of the chocolate is melted. I then kill the heat and keep stirring until all the chocolate bits are melted, returning to the heat briefly if and as needed.
***If you want to make your own chocolate shavings, check out this post to find out how I make mine
****To release the cake real cleanly, it helps to slightly warm up the side of the pan. I find the best way to do this is by delicately heating it with a propane torch or warm cloth. If you choose to use a propane torch, make sure that you maintain a good distance from that pan and that you don’t stay in the same spot for more than a few seconds; keep that flame moving, or you may end up melting the cake!

Nutrition

Calories: 539kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 40g, Saturated Fat: 24g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 122mg, Potassium: 536mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 26IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 72mg, Iron: 6mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

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