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Recipe: Raw, Dairy-free Cappuccino Cheesecakes

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Huge thanks to Qnola, for sharing this recipe with us — a truly wonderful, dairy-free dessert!


  • For the base:
  • 50g macadamia, cashew or brazil nuts
  • 60g pecans
  • 90g dates
  • 4 tbsp raw or activated buckwheat
  • 30g desiccated coconut
  • 20g coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp maca
  • ⅓ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp Cacao & Cashew or Almond & Vanilla Qnola
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  • For the filling:
  • 350g soaked cashews
  • 100g coconut oil
  • 110ml almond milk (cashew milk will work too)
  • 15g vanilla paste
  • 1 tbsp maca
  • 60g coffee extract (add 60ml water to 4g coffee powder)
  • 35-45g coconut syrup or date sweetener
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • Cacao nibs to serve

Key info

  • Makes: 4-5 small cheesecakes or one 8-inch cake
  • Rating: Medium


1Start by making the base. Place the nuts in a food processor or blender and blend on a high speed for one minute until fine and crumb-like.

2 Add the dates and blend for a further 30-60 seconds.

3 Add all of the other base ingredients apart from the Qnola and 10g of coffee extract, blend for a further minute until combined.

4 Add your Qnola flavour of choice to the mixture and stir together with a spoon.

5 Spread the mixture onto the base of your cake tin (or equally between individual ramekins or glasses), pressing down with the back of your spoon so it is compact. Place in the fridge to set.

6 Next, make the filling. Place all of the filling ingredients apart from the cacao powder in a food processor or blender. Tip – start with a little less sweetener and coffee, as you can increase these to taste. Blend on a medium speed and gradually increase the speed of your food processor until it reaches its highest setting. It should run smoothly. Blend for 2-5 minutes (depending on the power of your processor). If some of the mixture sticks to the side of your processor, scrape down with a spoon and add a little more liquid (water is fine, or a little more of your nut milk for a creamier option). Once smooth, pour three quarters of the mixture into a bowl.

7 To the remaining quarter, add the cacao powder and about 10g of the reserved coffee extract or powder (to taste). Whisk together with a fork and set aside.

8 Remove your cake tin (or individual ramekins or glasses) from the fridge. Take the main portion of your filling mixture and pour it onto your base. Now top with the cacao mixture – either work in layers, pouring the cacao mixture evenly on top, or create a marble effect by spooning a small amount of the cacao mixture on to the top of the cake and swirling it in with the handle of a teaspoon. Return to the fridge to set.

9 To serve, drizzle with any leftover cacao mixture and add a sprinkling of cacao powder and cacao nibs.

Qnola is a range of nutritionally enhanced breakfast products made from highly nutritious, natural ingredients. The idea behind Qnola was to develop a truly healthy alternative to commercial cereals, which are often highly processed and high in sugar, gluten, additives and preservatives.

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