Vegan food fridays- Mini chocolate cashew cheesecakes!

So it’s another vegan food Friday! Are you ready for this? Its time for some serious indulgence, a collaboration from two of my favorite bloggers, Somer from Vedged Out and Ann from An Unrefined Vegan. These lil’ beauties are insanely cute, perfect for sharing. Thanks to Somers awesome recipe and Ann’s beautiful photos this is one tempting looking post, right? I know I will be making these! How bout’ you guys? To see this post in its original format visit Vedged out.

Mini Chocolate Cashew Cheesecakes

Chocolate Cheesecake
Annie at An Unrefined Vegan asked me for help with developing a Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe last year. This was our collaboration, my recipe, her photos and now it’s all appearing here as a guest post at one of both of our favorite sites:In Vegetables We Trust. It all comes together smashingly well. Don’t you think? 😀

Mini Cheesecake
Mini Chocolate Cashew Cheesecakes

For the Mini Crusts: 

  • 1/2 C. raw cashews, pecans, almonds or walnuts
  • 1/2 C. Rolled Oats (use GF Oats for GF cheesecakes)
  • 3/4 C. loosely packed medjool dates
  • 2 T. dark chocolate chips
  • 1 T. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • pinch sea salt

Method: Add all to food processor, pulse until fine and crumbly, then process until it comes together in a ball. If it doesn’t come together, add water a teaspoon at a time til it does. Remove and divide into 12 pieces. Press into lightly oiled cupcake tins. Set aside and make cheesecake batter.

For the Mini Cheesecakes:

  • 1 1/2 C. raw cashews (soak for 6-8 hours if you don’t have a power blender)
  • 3/4 C. dark chocolate chips
  • 3/4 C. food grade organic cocoa butter OR coconut butter
  • 1/4 C. agave
  • 3 T. lemon juice
  • 1/8th t. sea salt
  • 1 C. water
  • 2 t. agar powder

Method: Melt the chocolate chips and cocoa butter OR coconut butter in a double broiler, stirring occasionally over low heat until fully melted, keep on low burner whilst assembling the other ingredients. Combine the water and the agar powder in a small saucepan with a wire whisk. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for a minute or two, stirring until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Immediately add all ingredients to a power blender or food processor (power blender gives creamiest results). Blend or process until completely smooth. Pour mixture evenly over prepared crusts. Refrigerate for 60 minutes or until completely set. Serve chilled. If desired, top with Strawberries, shaved chocolate or cacao nibs.

In the pan

All photos in this post Courtesy of Annie at An Unrefined Vegan


25 thoughts on “Vegan food fridays- Mini chocolate cashew cheesecakes!

  1. Yea these are little bites of love to gobble up I’m sure. I love that you used Agar and made them bite size too! I think Annie got the best deal here of you 3 though…she gets to eat them 😛
    Really great job to you all 😉

  2. I just had to get mouth to mouth from the dog (Steve isn’t up yet)…not a good thing to welcome my saturday morning but I fainted clean off my chair when I saw these! Angela has already been here so I won’t attempt to pin them to her board…just mine! 🙂

      • “Happy birthday to yoooooou Happy birthday to Yooooou….Happy birthday dear Alex Willow Harveeeeey….Happy birthday to YOOOOOOU!!” Sung badly in tune, at 6.58am Saturday morning and along with the dog who is regretting bringing me back to life now 🙂 Have a fantastic Saturday/Birthday Alex and enjoy yourself to the max 🙂 I expect to read about the hangover tomorrow and please drink out of one of those ENORMOUS oversized wine glasses…at least one of us has to in our lifetime 🙂

      • I have a mocha beer that is sposed to be drunk out of a wine glass for some reason? Just need the oversized glass…… I probs won’t tell you about my hangover but I can tell you I made my birthday cake and Its amazing so you will get to know about that! P.S. I hope you like chocolate and beer together in perfect harmony….

      • Holy crap I LOVE CHOCOLATE AND BEER! Those caps weren’t even accidental…I really needed to yell that out loud so that the neighbours could hear and be incredibly jel that “I” was going to make a cake like that…you sure know how to get people coming back Alex :). Remember, party hearty and I expect to hear about it on tomorrow’s evening news or it just isn’t a birthday ok? 😉

  3. I made these for a big group with both vegans and non-vegans so the pressure was on for something really extra special (so, of course, I enlisted Somer’s help: as in HELP!!) – and they were a HUGE hit. Who wouldn’t love these??

  4. Looking fantastc – I’ll try them tomorrow – up to now I havn’tprepared any cheesecske which was delicious :-/ Am curious how it is this time
    Enjoy your result! 🙂

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