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Chocolaty Cauliflower-Tahini Cheesecake with Aronia

When I became more active on Instagram, one of the first accounts that attracted my attention was Audrey’s from Unconventional Baker, because she really creates unconventional treats that I adore. As you might have noticed I’m quite unconventional myself when it comes to food πŸ™‚ Β When you go to her website, I’m sure you’ll stay there for a while! She still uses oil in her recipes, but that is easily changeable. Even though I have been admiring her recipes for months, it was only now when I finally used one of her creations as inspiration.

I’ve always loved vegan cheesecakes that require tons of cashews, thus making them quite high in fat. So, lately I’ve tried to find ways to make the cheesecakes leaner and also suitable for my Vegan Candida Diet.

The idea of using cauliflower in a cheesecake intrigued me and I definitely wanted to try it out. After all, I remembered from making cauliflower cream soup that blending steamed cauliflower results in a nice and creamy substance that would suit perfectly for cheesecake filling when sweetened and complimented by other ingredients.

So, I took one of Audrey’s recipes as a base and built my own cheesecake. I think that cauliflower was basically the only thing that comes from the original recipe πŸ™‚

I took a risk and made the cauliflower-tahini cheesecake for a birthday party with more conventional eaters. However, they already adored my cheesecakes, only this time they didn’t know it was going to be a bit different. Obviously I didn’t disclose the ingredients until everybody had tasted and approved the goodness of my cheesecake and only then revealed the secret ingredient. I also let them guess first, but no one guessed right. I’m very happy to say that even the elderly people and an 11-year-old liked it and didn’t leave a single piece on the plate. I think I do not even need to mention that my 6-year-old asked for a second piece πŸ™‚ The only thing that was mentioned was that the cake was only mildly sweet, which demonstrates how delicate my palate has become as to me it tasted really sweet. Of course, most people tried my cake after they’d had a piece of conventional overly sweet cake, which definitely numbed their taste buds.

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If you are a fellow Candida dieter then make the cake crustless or just leave it to someone else as it contains dates that are not suitable for Candida diet. I can sure tell you that my boys appreciated the crusts they got from my plate. I already have an idea of a crust that’d be suitable while starving your Candida, but I’ll leave this to the next cake, which I think will be soon!

If you want to stick to cashews check out my Raw Cashew Cheesecake

Chocolaty Cauliflower-Tahini Cheesecake with Aronia |6″ cake|

Ingredients:Crust

  • Β½ cup walnuts
  • β…“ cup hazelnuts
  • 4 soft Medjool dates
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt

Ingredients:Filling

  • 3 cups steamed cauliflower florets
  • Β½ cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • ΒΌ cup sunflower seed paste
  • 3 tbsps. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. ground vanilla
  • 7 tbsps. coconut cream
  • 2 tbsps. carob powder
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 3 tbsps. xylitol
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt
  • handful of aronia berries + some more for decorating

Directions

  1. Steam cauliflower florets for about 5-7 minutes. Be careful not to overcook them to avoid unpleasant flavour.
  2. Process walnuts, hazelnuts and salt in a food processor until fine crumbs, then add the dates (if you do not use soft dates, chop them first) and process until the mixture holds together when squeezed. Firmly press crust into the bottom of a 6” (15 cm) cake tin. Put the cake tin in the freezer.
  3. Combine the filling ingredients (EXCEPT carob and cacao) and blend until smooth.
  4. Scoop out β…“ cup of the mixture for aronia swirls.
  5. Now add carob and cacao to filling and blend until well incorporated.
  6. Using immerse blender combine a handful of aronia berries with the β…“ cup of light filling.
  7. Pour the cacao-carob filling onto cold crust and add the aronia filling on top (as you like). Shake the tin a bit to smooth it out and using a sushi stick create your swirls.
  8. Put the cake into freezer for 4-6 hours.
  9. Garnish with some more berries and/or chocolate and cacao nibs.

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Tips:

  • As I mentioned above, the cake is not overly sweet, so feel free to add a tbsp. of xylitol if necessary.
  • Should you not get your hands on aronia berries, use wild blueberries instead. They should be fresh or thawed to create swirls.
  • Store any leftovers in freezer and don’t leave it out as it melts quite quickly.
  • Make sure that the nuts, especially hazelnuts are at room temperature, otherwise it’ll take ages before you get to fine crumbs.

6 Comments

  1. This cake reminds me of a vegan carob cake served at counter of a Queens health store in Kew Gardens, NY. It used tofu instead of cauliflower and coconut cream. Very intense and dense like a ricotta cheesecake.
    Is yours on the soft or denser side?

    • Nele Liivlaid

      Hi!

      As I can’t compare, it’s difficult to say πŸ™‚ The cake you described sounds quite heavy. My cake resembles of raw frozen cashew cheesecakes, but with the taste of tahini. You can’t really tell that there’s cauliflower inside. I hope I was helpful πŸ™‚

  2. How long does it stay intact when you remove it from the freezer? (How long does it stay in good shape at room temperature? How long before serving do you need to take it out?) There are no binders so I feel it would just melt…into a puddle πŸ™

    • Nele Liivlaid

      It’s like with any other frozen cake. I can’t tell you exactly how long it’d stay because I haven’t tested it like that πŸ™‚ The cake is always eaten quite quickly. If there are any leftovers I usually put it back into freezer. However, it doesn’t melt that fast. It’s perfect to serve after 4-6 hours. If you have it in freezer overnight or longer you might want to transfer it to fridge or at room temperature for a few hours before serving. Wrap the tin into foil to allow it melt evenly.

  3. And is the coconut cream the thick part in a can of coconut milk or is it rather more like coconut butter?

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