Raw chocolate almond butter and banana cream cheesecake

Post by Megan Stulberg

(Posted in advance on our Instagram here)

I made this in an attempt to win a boy’s heart. It didn’t work, but at least I fell in love with this pie instead!

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Ingredients:

For the crust…

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup raw walnuts

For the filling…

  • 1 medium banana
  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup organic almond milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the topping…

  • 1 banana (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao nibs

Directions:

  1. Process dates and walnuts in a high-speed blender or food processor until thoroughly combined.
  2. Press mixture into a springfoam pan or food storage container lined with plastic wrap. Press mixture down firmly with a fork until tightly packed. Place in freezer to set for 1 hour.
  3. Place all filling ingredients (except cacao powder) in blender and blend until creamy in consistency. Pour half of the filling directly onto crust and smooth out evenly with a spoon. Place in freezer to set.
  4. Add cacao powder and continue blending. Feel free to add more cacao by the tablespoon if you prefer a richer chocolate taste. Pour rest of filling on pie.
  5. Slice banana into thin slices and layer along edge to create a border for presentation. Sprinkle cacao nibs all over.
  6. Let pie sit in freezer overnight.
  7. Remove pie from freezer for 1 hour, then slice. Place slices in fridge and let thaw for an additional hour. Take out immediately before serving.

Makes approximately 8 servings. Serve chilled.

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Raw chocolate hazelnut spread 

Post by Megan Stulberg

I did it! I finally got around to making a vegan version of Nutella. I ate the whole jar within no more than three days: on sliced banana, on toast, in smoothies and by the spoonful.

  

Ingredients…

  • 2 cups raw hazelnuts
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (homemade if possible)
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs (optional, for crunchy texture)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Dash of pink Himalayan crystal salt

Directions…

  1. Combine hazelnuts and dates in a high-speed food processor or blender.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and continue blending until a thick, spreadable consistency has been reached.
  3. Transfer mixture to mason jar or other storage container. Let sit in fridge at least one hour before serving.

Spread can be stored in refrigerator for up to 7 days.