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Raw Orange Chocolate “Cheesecake”

What do you do when a blizzard cancels your raw food cooking class and you have cashews soaking for prep? Make a great raw recipe for cheesecake! I love the combination of orange and chocolate. A bag of beautiful, fragrant oranges was sitting on the counter. Time to have some fun. The texture came out beautiful, and the taste is divine. Another recipe that would be perfect for holiday entertaining. I used a little orange essential oil in this to really kick up the orange flavor. You might want to note that essential oils are not considered raw and you want to be sure you are using food grade oils for recipes. This is a really simple, quick yet impressive “cheesecake”.


Raw Orange Chocolate "Cheesecake"


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  1. Liga wrote on December 15, 2013

    Great recipe, will have to try. Do you know how long I can keep it in fridge? I like to prepare small batches of mini cheesecakes so I can eat it when I want and not make from scratch every day.
    Are they good for freezing?

  2. Katy wrote on December 10, 2013

    This looks amazing. I’ve been looking for a raw vegan cheesecake that’s soy free and this sounds perfect. Coconut butter / oil is pretty individual in its properties I know, but sadly I’m allergic to coconut in all forms. Any suggestions for a replacement setting agent? Just discovered your site via Pinterest and am loving it! 🙂

  3. ken wrote on October 14, 2013

    ok..found out why mine didn’t set. The recommended four hours in the recipe is *NOT* long enough!
    Checked the leftovers the next day and it had the consistency I expected…firm enough instead of molten lava like.
    I’d recommend changing the recipe notes to mention this. And yes, I used real coconut butter….exact same ingredients, 6″ pan, etc.

    • Susan wrote on October 17, 2013

      You might note that the recipe states at least 4 hours. Meaning it could take longer. Set-up times vary.

  4. ken wrote on October 13, 2013

    Fwiw, mine didn’t set up either. I didn’t do any ingredient substitutions either. The top part was about the same consistency as when I poured it in 🙁

    Maybe adding coconut oil would help? It solidifies when child…

    • Susan wrote on October 13, 2013

      I am not sure why yours didn’t set. The coconut butter is the setting agent and should work well. Are you using true coconut butter?

  5. Shannon wrote on December 22, 2012

    I too don’t want to use Agave and saw a posting above requesting alternatives. Can you respond with other suggestions – or let us know if honey would work? Thanks

    • Susan wrote on December 22, 2012

      I wish substitutions were straight up but they are not. You can certainly try honey but I can’t guarantee the results as I haven’t had time to try it. Cheers!

  6. Rodi wrote on December 19, 2012

    Is orange essential oil edible ?

    • Susan wrote on December 19, 2012

      Rodi, thanks for asking. In the post I specify that you should use food grade essential oils. Cheers!

  7. Kara wrote on October 19, 2012

    I’m very new to raw eating and raw foods… Can you tell me exactly what you mean when you say “soaking” nuts and also what you mean by drying them?
    Thank you!

  8. Jessica Montaigne wrote on May 2, 2012

    I’m not sure what I did wrong but this didn’t firm up like in the picture. I followed the directions exactly and ended up putting it in the freezer to get to be more pie than pudding. It tasted great,just flopped out of the form. Any tricks I can use? I heard Irish moss can be used just not sure how?

    • Susan wrote on May 2, 2012

      I am not sure what you did wrong. I have made this many times, as have many others with great success. Adding any ingredients to this would drastically change the recipe.

  9. veganmam wrote on March 31, 2012

    I made this cake for a dinner hosted by a friend. I made 2 batches. one with 6inch and and one with 9inch. My 9 inch came out perfect and the people at the party loved it. As most of my friends like light sugar on their cakes this was perfect. My 6ich was good but not too good. It didn’t set properly. Two things didn’t go well. One is I soaked the roasted cashews for probably hour(recipe didn’t mention whether it should be roasted or raw). Secondly I think I added too much zest. May be the oranges at home are too flavorful(we have 2 good orange trees). However the taste was little bit bitter on my small cake and it didn’t set well. My big cake(i used 1 and 1/2 ingredients) was a hit! I again used roasted cashews but let them soaked overnight and used less zest(just a few strands). Thanks!

    • Susan wrote on March 31, 2012

      About the cashews…this is a raw food website. So, we use raw cashews. :-). Second, if you do not follow the recipe, ie using roasted cashews and not soaking them the proper time, I can’t guarantee results. Orange zest does have a bitterness to it and if you added too much, it would make your cheesecake bitter. The soaking time is extremely important to get the cashews to the right consistency and roasted cashews have very different properties than raw.
      Glad your larger one turned out. Cheers!


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