We're hosting a vegan high-tea for @vegandelight_edwin his birthday today and this is one of the cakes I made! 😍 It's a vegan snickers cheesecake and you can find the recipe below! 🎉💖🌱(I slightly adjusted one from @minimalistbaker)
1 cup packed (~200 g) pitted dates
1 1/2 cups (115 g) raw walnuts
1 1/2 cups (180 g) raw cashews
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup (80 ml) maple syrup
1/2 cup (120 ml) oat milk
3 Tbsp (45 ml) olive oil
2 Tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice
3/4 cup (109 g) roasted salted peanuts
3/4 cup (90 g) chopped vegan dark chocolate (I used @tonyschocolonely )
Add cashews to a bowl and cover with boiling hot water. Let set, uncovered, for 1 hour, then drain thoroughly. Line a baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
Make crust by adding dates to a food processor. Blend/mix until small bits remain or it forms into a ball. Remove and set aside.
Add walnuts to the food processor and process into a meal. Then add dates back in and blend until a loose dough forms - it should stick together when you squeeze a bit between your fingers.
Press the crust into the parchment-lined dish until uniformly flat. Set crust in freezer to set.
Next make date caramel by adding 3/4 cup dates to the food processor. Blend until a paste forms, then add hot water a little at a time until it forms a nice caramel-like paste that's spreadable. Try not to add more than 3-4 Tbsp (45-60 ml), which will depend on the freshness of your dates. Set aside.
Add your drained, soaked cashews to a high speed blender, along with vanilla, maple syrup, coconut milk, oil, and lemon juice. Blend on high until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed.
Taste and adjust flavor as needed.
Pour filling over the crust and tap on the counter to release any air bubbles. Then add half of the date caramel in small spoonfuls and swirl with a toothpick. Sprinkle the peanuts on top and tap once again so they gently sink in. Cover lightly with plastic wrap, and then seal the top with foil. Freeze for 4-6 hours, or until completely set and firm.
When ready to serve add melted chocolate!🎉