March 01, 2016 0 Comments

This creamy smooth no-bake "cheese"cake with a delightful orange tang is the perfect centrepiece for any festive table. Made with cashews it's a dairy-free delight that'll tickle your taste buds.


For base

For filling

  • 3 cups unroasted, unsalted cashews (preferably soaked and drained)
  • Zest from 2 organic oranges
  • Juice from 2 organic oranges
  • 1/2 cup raw honey (use Sweet Freedom for a vegan option)
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon coconut oil (warmed to liquid)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink rock salt (or sea salt)
  • 1/4 cup Elements for Life raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean
  • Elements for Life raw cacao nibs for sprinkling on top

raw chocolate orange cheesecake


  1. Lightly coat a 6 or 8 inch spring form removable bottom pan with coconut oil (if not non-stick)
  2. To prepare the crust, process pecans, walnuts and Himalayan salt in a food processor until the nuts are fine crumbs
  3. Add the dates and process until the mixture holds together when squeezed between your fingers (process a little longer and/or add more dates if not holding together)
  4. Firmly press crust into the bottom of the pan and set aside
  5. To make the filling, drain the cashews and combine with orange juice and half the orange zest, raw honey, Himalayan salt, vanilla extract and seeds from the vanilla bean in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy
  6. With the processor running, add the melted coconut oil, and process for a minute until blended
  7. Remove half the filling from the food processor, add the raw cacao powder to the filling in the food processor and process until well blended
  8. To assemble, add a good dollop of the fillings, alternating between chocolate and plain over the crust
  9. Once filled, tap on the counter to level and swirl with a knife
  10. Sprinkle the remaining orange zest and crushed raw cacao nibs over the top and place in the freezer to set for several hours
  11. Store in the fridge when set
Raw Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

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