Raw Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Cheese Cake.

German Engineering at its best. My wonderful boyfriend Christoph made us a raw vegan cheese cake last night for dessert. He’s been determined to make this cheesecake even though the recipe asked for a Springform pan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springform_pan) and we didn’t have it, he still made one out of cardboard. His cardboard version of a pro cake pan worked. I don’t know which part I was more amazed with, his cardboard Springform pan, or the cake it self. Nonetheless, the man managed to make a delicious treat for  us both. This schtuff was oh-so-good.

Chocolate Crust

1 1/4 cups almonds
1/2 cup pitted, packed dates, chopped
1/4 cup raisins
4 tablespoons cacao powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 teaspoons water
Pinch of salt

In a food processor grind the almonds to flour.
Add the raisins, dates, salt and cacao. Grind until broken down.
Add the vanilla and water. Grind and then press some mixture together to make sure it sticks. Add a little more water if needed.
Press into the bottom of an 8” spring form pan.

This filling is so delicious that you could eat it as a pudding with the addition of extra liquid or less coconut oil.

1 1/4 cup packed pumpkin puree
1 cup cashews
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup
7-10 drops stevia
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg (1/8 teaspoon dry)
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Blend all but the oil in a blender until completely smooth.
Add the oil and blend again to incorporate.
Pour the mixture over the crust.

Chill for at least 8 hours in the fridge to set. 

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