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Vanessa Sherwood's Blackforest Chocolate Cheesecake

2 cups cashews, soaked 1 hour or more
¼ cup agave nectar
¼ cup maple syrup
½ cup water
¼ cup cacao butter, melted
¼ cup coconut butter, melted
1-2 teaspoons coffee extract (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Seeds from ½ vanilla bean
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup cocoa powder
1 10oz package frozen cherries, thawed

Blend everything together except for the cocoa powder and cherries until completely smooth. At this point, if your blender can take it, blend in the cocoa powder. Otherwise scrape the mixture into a mixing bowl and whisk the cocoa powder in by hand. Hand mix in the thawed cherries. If you want to make a sauce out of the cherries, either set some aside or use an additional package.
*About the coffee extract. Coffee enhances the flavor of chocolate. I use Java Juice- Pure Organic Coffee Extract. The website is If you don't want to use it, substitute more vanilla extract or just leave it out.

½ cup brazil nuts
½ cup shredded coconut
Pinch of salt
1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder
1-2 tablespoons agave
1-2 tablespoons cacao nibs
Seeds from ¼ vanilla bean

Process the brazil nuts, shredded coconut, salt, cocoa powder and vanilla bean seeds in a food processor until fine crumbs. Add the agave and cacao nibs until the mixture just starts to stick together. Press into the bottom of a springform pan. If you are making a large cheesecake, feel free to double or even triple the recipe (crust and filling).

Pour the filling over the crust and chill or freeze until ready to serve.
Another amazing Valentine's themed recipe from Vanessa Sherwood is White Chocolate-Strawberry Cheesecake
Tell us if you're planning anything special for Valentine's Day Weekend in the comments below!


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Yeah, I am now! Making that cake for Valentine's (and leaving it in the freezer until March) LOL

Thanks for the video :-)
I love making raw chocolate cheesecake! : )
This sounds wonderful!! will be putting this on my list of To Make!!
Going to Grandma's house and on Valentine's day the hubby and I are going to spend a long time walking the aisles of Whole Foods without the kids. We may even hold hands.
wow I love those guys amazing stuff
I have made this a few times and it is REALLY good!
I made this for Chris for Valentine's Day. Oh my goodness, it is so fabulous. I did not have cherries so it was pure chocolate with a strawberry sauce. Nomnomnom.
Thank you very much for the video! Which could be the best substitute for the cacao and cocont butter?, What about avocado?
Thank you!
You could try it with avocado, but I doubt that the consistency would be just the same. You probably need to at least use some coconut oil so that it will solidify when chilled, otherwise it may never form well.

Elisabetta said:
Thank you very much for the video! Which could be the best substitute for the cacao and cocont butter?, What about avocado?
Thank you!
Thank you very much Penni!
In Spain is very difficult to find cocoa oil, cocoa or coconut butter. But I will try to obtain it.
I wonder how many calories it has with all that aquave?
1 Tbsp agave = approximately 60 calories

Actually, the bulk of the calories in this recipe come from the Brazil nuts

Tia said:
I wonder how many calories it has with all that aquave?

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