A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of eating at Cafe Gratitude in Los Angeles, which is something I’ve wanted to do for a really long time… I just realized I can scratch that one off of my list (the one that exists only in my head)! I LOVE the way they name their dishes. Yes, it’s goofy and we poked a bit of fun, but I’m totally into it.
So I decided to call this cheesecake “I AM 34.” Because according to the social constructions we’re currently living in, I am 34. And for me, 34 is synonymous with being joyful, excited, and happy. Am I sad and wishy washy that I’m “getting old?” HELL NO. I am dang happy to be alive.
I’m even happier to celebrate with a delicious raw, vegan, dessert!
Have all of the ingredients ready, make it in three parts, and it won’t seem as daunting.
Raw Hazelnut Chocolate Cheesecake adapted from The Sweet Life
1 cup hazelnut meal
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch sea salt
Blend all of the ingredients together in a food processor until it starts to come together. Press into the bottom of a 9″ spring form pan. *Refer to The Sweet Life for tips on using different pans.
I didn’t have hazelnut meal, so I just used one heaping cup of whole hazelnuts and proceeded with the recipe.
Here’s what it looks like when it’s ready to go into the pan.
2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight and rinsed
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp hazelnut butter (peanut butter works too, which is what I used)
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
In a blender or food processor, combine the cashews, maple syrup, water, and salt. Mix until totally smooth, scraping down the sides of the container as necessary. Add cocoa powder, hazelnut/peanut butter and coconut oil to cashew mixture and blend all together, scraping down again, until mixture is uniformly combined.
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup cocoa powder
And now I leave you with some ODB.. Cause if you don’t know the “Oh Baby I Like it Raw” reference, you need to know. For the rest of ya’s, I wanna take it back to when I was half of 34. Plus this song is always in our heads when we’re fixing up the RAW treats!