That Chocolate and Peppermint Combination
Have you ever tasted it? That chocolate and Peppermint combination? There’s just something about it that makes that taste complete. Like fries and ketchup, like avocado and toast. Some combinations are just meant to be.
A few weeks ago my husband wrote “peppermint tea” on our shopping list in the kitchen. We were out of those particular peppermint tea bags obviously. But I remembered that somewhere back in that kitchen drawer I had seen a glass full of dried peppermint leaves that I bought at that giant spice market downtown. I found it, opened it and smelled it! OH! MY! That smell was so pure and simply had “make a cake with that” written all over it. And I truly rely on all my senses when it comes to recipe developing. So chocolate was definitely a flavor this pure peppermint taste needed to be combined. And that’s how this recipe was born.
A simple vegan and raw cheesecake with a fool proof combination! You can never go wrong thing this one.
- 400 g soaked Cashews ⎪for the filling
- 200 g oat milk ⎪for the filling
- 160 g maple syrup ⎪for the filling
- 25 g shredded coconut ⎪for the filling
- 3 tsp dried peppermint leaves ⎪for the filling
- 1 tsp green spirulina powder - optional ⎪for the filling
- 1/3 tsp blue spirulina powder - optional ⎪for the filling
- 200 g hazelnuts ⎪for the crust
- 2 dates, pittet ⎪for the crust
- 2 heaped tbsp cacao powder ⎪for the crust
- 150 g dates, pittet ⎪for the bliss balls
- 100 g walnuts ⎪for the bliss balls
- 2 tbsp cacao powder ⎪for the bliss balls
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder ⎪for the bliss balls
- fresh mint leaves ⎪for decoration
- vegan chocolate bars ⎪for decoration
Note: you can soak the cashews up to 24h prior to using them. Simply take a big bowl, fill with he nuts and filtered water. Have in mind that the nuts will soak up water so leave room for that.
Take your food processor, add the hazelnuts. Pulse them until you've a flour-like texture.
Add the dates and cacao powder mix again until you have a dough-like texture. this can take some minutes. You want the nuts to release as much oil as possible for the texture to get a little bit sticky.
Take a 8 inch cake pan and line with parchment paper. Press the crust evenly into the pan, set aside.
Drain and wash the cashews. Add to your blender along with the other ingredients to the filling. Blend well. If you don't have spirulina powder, you can skip that. It is just being used to add a natural peppermint-like color.
Pour the cashew layer into your cake pan and freeze the whole cake for at least 6 hours. Preferably over night.
Put all the ingredients for the biss balls into your food processor. Mix well at high speed until the texture is “dough like”.
Use your hands to shape the balls and place them in the fridge until your cake is ready.
Remove the cake from the freezer about 1,5 hours prior to eating. Decorate with the bliss balls. And enjoy!
This cake holds up to 6 months once its frozen.
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And I don’t even like peppermint tea…
Yes. you read that correctly: I don’t even like peppermint tea. Isn’t that funny how it sometimes just works like that? But let’s face it there are so much more options this green leaf has to offer. What are you favorite ways to use it? Combining it in a raw cake is definitely an easy way to really get into the pleasure of the unique taste.
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All the best,