celebrating with (vegan) cheesecake

It’s finally May- which means it’s finally this blogger’s birthday month! And while we’re always up for birthday cake (and birthday ice cream… and birthday chocolate… and birthday pie), I’m looking to not go on a total sugar overload this month. After all, there are plenty of desserts that are incredibly healthy while also decadent and indulgent. That’s why we’re giving this Earl Grey and Chocolate Vegan Cheesecake a whirl! You need to start this recipe the day before serving. This vegan cheesecake is based on nuts, which provides a wonderful, natural richness and flavor. When figs are not in season, serve this cheesecake topped with fresh raspberries and flaked almonds.

EARL GREY & CHOCOLATE vegan cheesecake


4 cups raw unsalted cashews
8 earl grey tea bags
1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons cacao powder
1 cup fresh dates, pitted
1 cup virgin coconut oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 small figs, torn in half


cheesecake base

1 cup activated buckinis (buckwheat groats)
1/2 cup natural almonds
1/3 cup cacao powder
1 cup fresh dates, pitted
1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
2 tablespoons warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract



1. Place cashews and tea bags in a large bowl, cover with cold water; let stand for 24 hours.

2. Grease a 9-inch springform pan; line with parchment paper.

3. Make cheesecake base. Using the back of a spoon, spread mixture evenly onto base of pan. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until firm.

4. Drain cashews and tea bags, reserving 1/2 cup of the soaking liquid. Place cashews in the bowl of a food processor; empty tea leaves from tea bags onto cashews. Add reserved soaking liquid, 1/4 cup cacao, dates, oil, and extract; process until mixture is as smooth as possible. Spread filling mixture over chilled base. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until firm.

5. Before serving, top cheesecake with figs and dust with 2 teaspoons cacao.

Cheesecake base: Process buckinis, nuts, and cacao powder until finely ground. With the motor operating, add dates, oil, the water, and extract; process until well combined and the mixture sticks together when pressed.

Tips: Activated buckinis are buckwheat groats that have been soaked, washed, rinsed, and dehydrated. The process is said to aid digestion. If you have one, use a high-speed blender such as a Vitamix when making the filling, to make the mixture very smooth. Use a hot, dry knife to slice the cheesecake cleanly.


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