By Chef: Michelle and Lori
Posted: February 5, 2012
When thinking of a special Valentine’s Day recipe this chocolate dessert recipe came to our mind. Ultra creamy chocolate goodness with a rich pecan chocolate crust.
Pecan chocolate crust:
- 1 cup pecan meal (just ground up pecans, can use any nut meal of liking)
- 3-4 medjool dates (or 2-3 tbsp maple syrup)
- 1/2 cup cacao powder (cocoa powder)
- pinch sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups cashew, pieces
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, liquid
- 1/2 cup maple syrup ( or may use agave nectar)
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3/4 cup raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
- crushed pecans
pecan chocolate crust:
Place all ingredients into a food processor (can do in a blender) and pulse till combined. you want the crust to slightly stick together.
grab your mini cheesecake pan and scoop your pecan chocolate crust into your pan. press down with fingers to firmly place the crust into pan.
set aside as you make your filling.
soak cashews for about 10- 15 minutes (optional) then rinse well. place cashews into blender with maple syrup, vanilla, and water. blend for a little bit to get it creamy.
Next add in your cacao powder and coconut oil. blend till creamy. you may have to scrape down the sides a few times. just keep blending till it is nice and smooth.
**we like our chocolate cream cake on the rich chocolate not too sweet side, you may add in a little bit more sweetness if desired
once chocolate filling is blended begin scooping your filling into your mini cheesecake pans. fill them to the top. set the chocolate cream cakes into your freezer to set for a few hours before removing from pan. you may enjoy this chocolate dessert as is or you may add on more chocolate and pecans. why not, right?