Chocolate Orange Cheescake- Vegan and Gluten Free
  • crust:
  • 1 cup raw whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed chopped pitted dates, plus more as needed
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • filling:
  • 1 cup (240ml) coconut oil in liquid form
  • 1 cup (240ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3/4 cup raw agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups raw unsalted cashews, soaked
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • cashew cream to garnish (optional)
  • shaved vegan chocolate, to garnish (optional)
  • finely grated orange zest, to garnish (optional)
  1. To make the crust, grease a 9- or 10-inch (23 or 25cm) springform pan with coconut oil.
  2. Put the almonds, dates, and cacao powder into your food processor and process until well combined and the mixture forms a dough.
  3. Form the dough into a ball; if the dough doesn’t hold together, you may need to add more dates and process again. Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan and set aside.
  4. To make the filling, put all of the ingredients into your Vitamix in the order listed and blend for 2 to 3 minutes, until rich and creamy. To achieve the smoothest filling, stop the machine periodically and scrape down the sides of the container.
  5. Pour the filling into the crust. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and freeze the torte for 8 hours.
  6. To serve, transfer the pan from the freezer to the fridge at least 11/2 hours before serving; let the torte defrost in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Remove the sides of the springform pan and then cut the torte into slices with a very sharp knife. Keeping the slices together, return the torte to the fridge to continue defrosting for at least an hour before serving.
  7. Note: Because of the coconut oil, this filling will melt if left out at room temperature.
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