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These Chocolate Mousse Cheesecakes are a great little dessert or afternoon tea option because they can satisfy your sweet tooth without the energy peak and crash.  They are great straight from the freezer particularly on those humid Brisbane days and nights.  These cheesecakes are gluten-free, refined sugar-free and can be made dairy-free and vegan.  The chocolate flavour comes from cacao (not cocoa) which is chocolate in its natural state.  Cacao is rich in vitamins and minerals (such as magnesium) and antioxidants and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and mood-enhancing effects.  Cacao also has stimulant properties so can contribute to mental alertness which is great around that 3pm slump!  Because of this, however, it is good to be mindful that if you do have trouble falling asleep or are giving these cheesecakes to your kids, it would be a good idea to have them earlier in the day rather than for dessert.

Base:

50gm desiccated coconut

55gm butter*, melted

150gm almond meal

2 tsp honey, maple syrup or a few drops of liquid stevia**

Cheesecake Filling:

1 can of coconut cream (left in the fridge overnight)

2 tbs coconut oil

1 tbs psyllium husk

1 tbs peanut butter

2 tbs cacao

1 tbs honey, maple syrup or a few drops of liquid stevia

Method:

  1. Mix all cheesecake base ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Scoop mix into silicone muffin tray and press down firmly to make the base

3.  Place cheesecake bases in the freezer while preparing the filling

4. Mix all cheesecake ingredients together in a food processer (or by hand) then scoop on top of bases

5.  Top with coconut, peanut butter or dark chocolate shavings and place in the freezer for approximately half an hour to set

Enjoy these frozen or pop them out of the silicone mould once they are set and place them in the fridge for a mousse-like cheesecake.  Feel free to play around with the ingredients to your liking as well – you can’t really go wrong with this one.

*Replace butter with coconut oil to make these vegan and dairy-free

** Use one of the other sweeteners besides honey to keep these vegan.  For diabetics, use the stevia option (you can get stevia from any health food store) as this is a natural sweetener that won’t raise your blood sugar levels.

 

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