Dairy Free Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

March 19, 2012

This Dairy Free Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake has been lightened up a bit with dairy-free yogurt—it's one of my all-time favorites.

Dairy Free Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

This Dairy Free Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake is one of my all-time favorite recipes here on Flo and Grace. It can be made in a single 6- or 8-inch springform pan or in a 12 mini cheesecake pan (affiliate link).

The base of this Dairy Free Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake comes from my Mini Strawberry Cheesecake.  It’s just been lightened it up a bit with some So Delicious non-dairy yogurt. The result; a cross between a cheesecake and frozen yogurt. You’ll get the silkiest results with a high-powered blender like a Blendtec or Vitamix.

These are the bomb when frozen and allowed to thaw a bit prior to serving. I encourage you to take it to yet another level with the decadent dairy-free Kahlua Ganache. It won’t let you down!

Chocolate Sells! Here’s the Proof

But real quick before we get to the recipe, I have a funny for you. Let’s call it the Blogger Tip ‘O The Day.

Looky here at this chart.

See that spike?

That’s 6,200 of you stopping by Flo and Grace over the course of one day to get your chocolate fix.

This graph shows daily traffic to Flo and Grace and the spike was driven by a simple, but ooey gooey chocolate 5-Minute Microwave Mug Brownie recipe.

So if you’re a blogger and your site is stalling a bit, take my advice and post a chocolate recipe. You’re bound to see traffic rebound in a jiffy. The proof is in the pudding—or ahem, in the chocolate brownie—we LOVE our chocolate!

Dairy Free Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake with Kahlua Ganache

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 5 hours

Yield: One 6-8" cheesecake (serves 4-6)

Ingredients

    For the Crust:
  • 1 3/4 raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • For the Filling:
  • 1 cup raw cashew pieces, soaked for 4 hours and rinsed well
  • 1 cup non-dairy vanilla yogurt (like So Delicious)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 8 drops liquid stevia (or sweeten to taste with more sugar)
  • 1/4 scant teaspoon salt
  • For the Ganache:
  • 1/3 cup coconut cream (see notes)
  • 1/3 cup non-dairy chocolate chips
  • Optional 2 tablespoons Kahlua liqueur

Instructions

  1. Soak cashews in a bowl of water for 2-4 hours. To speed up the process, soak in very hot water for 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Line the bottom of a 6- to 8-inch springform pan with baking parchment.
  4. Add crust ingredients to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the S blade. Pulse to graham cracker crust texture.
  5. Press crust firmly into pan. Bake 10 minutes and let cool completely.
  6. Rinse and drain cashews. Add to container of a high-powered blender and blend on high until super smooth.
  7. Pour cheesecake filling over cooled crust. Gently tap pan on counter to release trapped air bubbles.
  8. Freeze 3-5 hours or until firm.
  9. Meanwhile, make the ganache by heating the coconut cream over medium heat in a small saucepan until liquefied. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips and liqueur. Stir until smooth and let cool.
  10. Remove cheesecake from freezer 15 minutes prior to serving.
  11. Unmold and transfer to serving plate.
  12. Top with ganache and serve.
  13. Store leftovers in freezer or refrigerator.

Notes

For Coconut Cream: Set a 14 fl. oz. can of full-fat coconut milk in a cool spot for 24-48 hours. Open can and spoon off the white solids. This is "coconut cream." Use the remaining coconut liquid in a smoothie.

https://www.floandgrace.com/2012319dairy-free-mini-chocolate-cheesecakes-html/

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Shirley @ gfe March 19, 2012 - 12:04 pm

Stunning, Lexie!! Haha on the spike. Yes, we all do LOVE our chocolate! 😉 Enjoy the spike on this one, too. Hehe.

xoxo,
Shirley

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Ricki March 19, 2012 - 1:13 pm

I am SO making these!! Total YUM (and very cute little pan, too!). 🙂

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Alyssa March 19, 2012 - 1:38 pm

O.M.Chocolatey goodness. This looks absolutely decadent. And I'm loving that it's free of so many allergens. This is definitely on the top of my must make list!

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Dee March 19, 2012 - 6:00 pm

Thansk for sharing your recipe. Looks so delicious I am going to make this for easter, I have all the ingredients already as I make a lot of raw desserts.

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Alisa March 19, 2012 - 6:56 pm

My bet is you will get another traffic spike from this one!!

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Lori March 19, 2012 - 7:27 pm

Where can I find liquid stevia? I have not been able to locate any.

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Maggie March 19, 2012 - 8:07 pm

This is SUCH a Lexie dessert. I love it and want it right now! I agree with everyone else, I'm sure this will get you another spike! Time to take up volleyball. Hahahahaha xo

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Nancy @ The Sensitive Pantryan March 20, 2012 - 1:08 am

Oh wow! That looks unbelievable, Lexie. Yum.

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Kelly March 20, 2012 - 1:31 am

We had to control ourselves not to eat the whole thing tonight – And I made a double batch! haha But we did control ourselves so we can eat the other half tomorrow. Even Andy was loving it and he isn't much for "cheesecakes." He mostly just likes fruit pies.

Anyway, had to tell you how much we loved it. Thank you!

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Kayla Parks March 20, 2012 - 2:32 am

These sound delicious! I'm not too fond of the taste of coconut oil-is there a substitute or different oil I could use that you think might work?
Thanks!

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Ali March 20, 2012 - 5:15 am

Lexie – that is such a gorgeous photo!! And your recipe, of course, looks amazing too. I get that too with chocolate posts…funny thing is I don't actually crave chocolate. I am one of those that could live without it. But it is so much fun to cook with and blog about, LOL!

-Ali 🙂

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Lexie March 20, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Kelly, thank you so much for leaving a review : ) You are bold, making a double batch. I think your pie crust works so nicely with this recipe. Thanks for recommending it.

Ali, thank you for your kind words … sometimes we have to cook for the masses, LOL!

xoLexie

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Lexie March 20, 2012 - 2:46 pm

Kayla … try refined coconut oil. Refined has been deodorized. There is no replacement for coconut oil in this recipe as it is what lends firmness to the cheesecake. Here is a bit on the difference between refined and unrefined coconut oil: "Difference from Pure Coconut Oil: Refined Coconut Oil differs from pure coconut oil in many respects. First, you won’t find any scent (typical coconut scent) or taste of coconut in it, unlike in pure coconut oil. This deodorization is deliberately done since although many may like the scent of coconut in their cooking oil, there are many who don’t. Being refined, it is certainly more hygienic than the crude coconut oil, but not that beneficial from the point of view of health. It is left with almost no proteins or minerals. Its shelf life is longer than that of crude or pure coconut oil." From: http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/refined-coconut-oil.html

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Courtney @ Whole & Free March 21, 2012 - 2:56 pm

I can't WAIT to try this recipe, Lexie!! Our anniversary is coming up…this seems special enough, for sure. 🙂

Thank you again for all the resources you sent me. I can't say how pivotal it has been in our journey with Caleb. I am going to see one of his doctors tomorrow and will be armed with a new direction, thanks to the research I've been able to do that was very much helped by your info. 🙂 I'm SO glad I found you and your blog! xo

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Courtney @ Whole & Free March 21, 2012 - 2:56 pm

I can't WAIT to try this recipe, Lexie!! Our anniversary is coming up…this seems special enough, for sure. 🙂

Thank you again for all the resources you sent me. I can't say how pivotal it has been in our journey with Caleb. I am going to see one of his doctors tomorrow and will be armed with a new direction, thanks to the research I've been able to do that was very much helped by your info. 🙂 I'm SO glad I found you and your blog! xo

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Courtney @ Whole & Free March 21, 2012 - 2:56 pm

I can't WAIT to try this recipe, Lexie!! Our anniversary is coming up…this seems special enough, for sure. 🙂

Thank you again for all the resources you sent me. I can't say how pivotal it has been in our journey with Caleb. I am going to see one of his doctors tomorrow and will be armed with a new direction, thanks to the research I've been able to do that was very much helped by your info. 🙂 I'm SO glad I found you and your blog! xo

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Courtney @ Whole & Free March 21, 2012 - 2:56 pm

I can't WAIT to try this recipe, Lexie!! Our anniversary is coming up…this seems special enough, for sure. 🙂

Thank you again for all the resources you sent me. I can't say how pivotal it has been in our journey with Caleb. I am going to see one of his doctors tomorrow and will be armed with a new direction, thanks to the research I've been able to do that was very much helped by your info. 🙂 I'm SO glad I found you and your blog! xo

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Courtney @ Whole & Free March 21, 2012 - 2:56 pm

I can't WAIT to try this recipe, Lexie!! Our anniversary is coming up…this seems special enough, for sure. 🙂

Thank you again for all the resources you sent me. I can't say how pivotal it has been in our journey with Caleb. I am going to see one of his doctors tomorrow and will be armed with a new direction, thanks to the research I've been able to do that was very much helped by your info. 🙂 I'm SO glad I found you and your blog! xo

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Courtney @ Whole & Free March 21, 2012 - 2:56 pm

I can't WAIT to try this recipe, Lexie!! Our anniversary is coming up…this seems special enough, for sure. 🙂

Thank you again for all the resources you sent me. I can't say how pivotal it has been in our journey with Caleb. I am going to see one of his doctors tomorrow and will be armed with a new direction, thanks to the research I've been able to do that was very much helped by your info. 🙂 I'm SO glad I found you and your blog! xo

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Courtney @ Whole & Free March 21, 2012 - 2:56 pm

I can't WAIT to try this recipe, Lexie!! Our anniversary is coming up…this seems special enough, for sure. 🙂

Thank you again for all the resources you sent me. I can't say how pivotal it has been in our journey with Caleb. I am going to see one of his doctors tomorrow and will be armed with a new direction, thanks to the research I've been able to do that was very much helped by your info. 🙂 I'm SO glad I found you and your blog! xo

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Courtney @ Whole & Free March 21, 2012 - 2:56 pm

I can't WAIT to try this recipe, Lexie!! Our anniversary is coming up…this seems special enough, for sure. 🙂

Thank you again for all the resources you sent me. I can't say how pivotal it has been in our journey with Caleb. I am going to see one of his doctors tomorrow and will be armed with a new direction, thanks to the research I've been able to do that was very much helped by your info. 🙂 I'm SO glad I found you and your blog! xo

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Courtney @ Whole & Free March 21, 2012 - 2:56 pm

I can't WAIT to try this recipe, Lexie!! Our anniversary is coming up…this seems special enough, for sure. 🙂

Thank you again for all the resources you sent me. I can't say how pivotal it has been in our journey with Caleb. I am going to see one of his doctors tomorrow and will be armed with a new direction, thanks to the research I've been able to do that was very much helped by your info. 🙂 I'm SO glad I found you and your blog! xo

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Courtney @ Whole & Free March 21, 2012 - 2:56 pm

I can't WAIT to try this recipe, Lexie!! Our anniversary is coming up…this seems special enough, for sure. 🙂

Thank you again for all the resources you sent me. I can't say how pivotal it has been in our journey with Caleb. I am going to see one of his doctors tomorrow and will be armed with a new direction, thanks to the research I've been able to do that was very much helped by your info. 🙂 I'm SO glad I found you and your blog! xo

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Lexie March 21, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Courtney … I am so glad we can support each other. It was another mom who helped us along the way to find our AHA! moment with Miles. I am so thankful!!!! xoLexie

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Russell at Chasing Delicious March 22, 2012 - 3:36 pm

What a recipe. I love that this is dairy free. I'm definitely going to have to give this a try. It looks so scrumptious!

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Casey March 22, 2012 - 4:49 pm

Wowza! Beautiful. I love the photo.

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Laurel March 22, 2012 - 9:46 pm

Funny. That pan's been on my Wish List for 2 years now. I think I've talked myself out of buying it about a dozen times. I'm afraid I might hurt myself by eating dozens of mini cheesecakes. Go ahead, call me a coward. But gosh, they sure do look purdy, you amazing Lexie, you.

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Debi March 23, 2012 - 12:37 am

Stunning little cheesecakes! It might be dangerous. They look like I could just pop them in my mouth one right after another. lol

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bob March 23, 2012 - 10:15 am

That photo is gorgeous! I don't need to make the recipe, I just want to stare at the photo…and lick it. Well, people keep saying we eat first with our eyes, I guess this post just proves their point.

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Tessa Domestic Diva March 25, 2012 - 2:56 am

definitely making this! A dessert without too much guilt! I am featuring this recipe this week on AFW..I am early, but I am off to vacation so i am dotting all my i's and crossing my t's!

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Cassie Q March 26, 2012 - 11:19 pm

Lex: I made this Saturday night for a party and it was a tremendous hit. The kids we're following me like pied piper pining for seconds. I even spotted someone licking their plate!

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Lexie March 27, 2012 - 4:37 am

Thanks all for visiting and ooing and ahhing!

Cassie … AWESOME … I was begged for seconds and thirds, too : ) So glad it was a hit!!

xoLexie

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Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry March 27, 2012 - 5:48 pm

Lexie-another amazing recipe!! I am featuring this dessert on Allergy-Free Wednesdays this week 🙂

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Joan May 10, 2013 - 4:44 pm

I was wondering if there might be something I an use for the Cashews? I would LOVE to make this for my MIL, but she's allergic.

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Christy June 5, 2017 - 7:46 am

Hi Lexie,

The link for the original Mini Strawberry Cheesecake recipe post is not working. Is there any way to get a copy of that recipe? My son has severe allergies & that recipe works perfectly for him. I had printed it off, but lost the paper copy. I would greatly appreciate another copy. Thank you so much!

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Alexa June 5, 2017 - 7:58 pm

Thank you for the heads up Christy! I have fixed it … so sorry for the bad link.

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