Gluten-free No-Bake Hazelnut and Dark Chocolate Cheesecake
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This is the ultimate no bake chocolate cheesecake recipe with a silky smooth choclate layer on a hazelnut and gluten-free oat base!
The addition of lucuma is not only full of nutrients and antioxidants, but also adds a lovely caramel flavour which pairs so well with the chocolate! If you dont have lucuma, substitute for maca powder oe leave it out entirely.
2 Hours 15 Minutes
For the base:
150g ground hazelnuts (sub almond flour)
50g gluten-free oats, pulsed into a rough flour
50g ground flax seed
2 Tbsp maple syrup (sub agave, honey or coconut blossom)
75g unsalted butter, melted
¼ tsp sea salt
For the cheesecake layer:
200g cream cheese
120g icing sugar, sifted
50g cacao powder, sifted
30g lucuma powder (optional, otherwise add more icing sugar)
1 tsp vanilla extract/paste/powder
100g quality dark chocolate (at least 75% cacao), melted
For the choclate drizzle decoration (optional)
30g quality dark chocolate (at least 75% cacao)
1 Tbsp coconut oil
Line the bottom and sides of a 20cm springform cake pan with a circle and strip of baking paper.
Add the oats to a food processor or blender and pulse until coarsely ground and transfer to a large bowl.
Add the ground hazelnuts, ground flax seeds, maple syrup, unsalted butter, and sea salt to the oat flour and mix until combined.
Firmly press the mixture into the bottom of the pan and use the base of a glass to press and level it out.
Let chill in the fridge while you make the the cream cheese layer.
Melt the dark choclate in a bain-marie (doule boiler or glass bowl over a pan with an inch of water in the pan), taking care not to let the water touch the bottom of the bowl. Remove from heat then set aside. (Reserve some melted chocolate for the decoration, optional).
In a bowl of a stand mixer with whisk attachment, add the mascarpone and cream cheese and mix on medium until well combined.
Sift the icing sugar, and add in stages on slow speed.
Next add in the cacao powder, maca powder and vanilla and continue to mix on medium speed until everything is incorporated.
Slowly pour in the melted dark chocolate (remembering to leave 2 Tbsp for the decoration) and mix on medium/fast until it's silky smooth.
Spread over the base ensuring no air pockets and let chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Add the coconut oil to the remaining dark melted chocolate, and stir until smooth. (you may need to warm it up again over the bain marie if it has started to solidify)
Drizzle on top of the cheese cake and leave in the fridge to chill for atleast a couple hours before serving.
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Hazelnuts - packed with nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidant compounds and healthy fats. They may also help decrease blood fat levels, regulating blood pressure, reducing inflammation and improving blood sugar levels. (Source)
Gluten-free oat flour - is a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. Oats are high in the soluble fibre beta-glucan, which helps reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels and promotes healthy gut bacteria. (Source)
Flax seed/ Linseed - is a rich source of the omega-3 fatty acid ALA, lignans and fibre, all of which have been shown to have many potential health benefits including improving digestive health. (Source)
Pure maple syrup - is a natural sweetener and contains many natural antioxidants and is a source of nutrients including zinc, potassium, manganese, thiamine, calcium, iron, magnesium, and riboflavin. (Source)
Cacao powder - (must be good quality cacao and not the kind used to make hot chocolate) it's rich in plant poly-phenols, specifically flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and contains minerals including iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. (Source)
Lucuma powder - has a sweet, creamy taste and a delicate aroma similar to caramel or maple syrup and works great with chocolate! It also is a fantastic source of antioxidants, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, and protein. (Source)
Dark chocolate 75-85% Cacao - has a wide variety of powerful antioxidants and is rich in fibre, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and other minerals. (Source)
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