Cocoa Swirl Cheesecake Bars in the Raw

Detoxinista has be to one of my favorite food bloggers for healthy eating. I came across this recipe of hers last year when I was hunting for a new healthy dessert idea. Wow, this is a gem – especially since I’m a huge fan of hiding vegetables in dishes whenever I can. Not to mention this taught me a completely new concept and way of looking at zucchini. I don’t typically seek out eating ‘raw,’ other than the obvious salad, but I swear this dessert will change your mind, too.

I’ve made this probably a thousand times (yes, it’s that good) and because it’s stored in the freezer, that means you can cut it into little squares and have one or two whenever you’re craving something sweet. This version is slightly adapted because I added more of the veggie component so I could splurge a little more on the amount of swirl.  😉

NOTE: this recipe contains RAW (untoasted) nuts which can be purchased at any grocery store in the bulk nut or produce section on one of those little displays.

RECIPE: Chocolate Crust

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:
In a mini-food processor, process the pecans until they are crumbly. Add in the rest of the crust ingredients, and process until thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides if necessary. Then transfer the crust to a square 6″ Tupperware, lined with plastic-wrap or parchment, and press down evenly. Place the crust in the freezer to set for at least 10 minutes, while you make the cheesecake filling.

RECIPE: Cheesecake filling

  • 1 cup RAW cashews, soaked for at least an hour (there are pale, unroasted cashews)
  • 1 cup zucchini, peeled to remove the green and chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey or agave
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:
Throw all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until silky smooth – be patient, it will happen. Pour the filling over the chocolate crust and smooth the top, using a spatula:

RECIPE: Chocolate Swirl
NOTE: I double this because it’s my favorite part and makes the dessert taste so much richer, so the picture isn’t as chocolatey as my version turns out. This is why I modified the recipe to include more zucchini.

  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, softened

Directions:
Whisk the ingredients together until smooth. Then drizzle over the cheesecake mixture. Take a knife and drag through the drizzle. Like I said, mine isn’t hugely marbled because the chocolate almost covers the entire top.

Once your cheesecake bars are “swirled” to your liking, place them in the freezer to set for at least 4 hours. When they are firm, pull out the frozen cheesecake ‘block’ using the wrap or parchment ‘handles’ and place on a cutting board. Cut into squares and serve chilled. Be sure to store these in the freezer– they will melt quickly at room temperature!

cheesecake_swirl

NOTE: If I’m serving this to guests, I usually trim off the edges (and eat them myself) so I can cut perfect squares.
**Recipe and images by Detoxinista.

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