Indulge in the ultimate chocolate delight with this easy raw chocolate cheesecake! It features a dense, chewy crust and rich, fluffy filling that melts in your mouth! This chocolate cheesecake recipe is a chocolate lover’s dream. The recipe is vegan (dairy-free, egg-free), grain-free (gluten-free), soy-free, nut-free, and refined sugar-free.

raw chocolate cheesecake

Classic baked cheesecake can be a little intimidating to make. Though the ingredients are simple, you have to worry about the ingredients not mixing properly, the water bath leaking into the cake, the surface cracking, over or under-cooking the cheesecake… the list goes on and on.

When I first started making cheesecakes, I messed up many times – from exploding cheesecake (we won’t talk about that) to cracking the top of the cheesecake. There’s just so much that can go wrong when baking cheesecake! I have since learned how to make classic cheesecake, but I always go with no-bake cheesecake if I have the option.

No-bake cheesecake is a bit of a misnomer. It is neither cheese nor cake, but it’s creamy, rich, and decadent, just like the original. There is no mixing, no water baths, and no baking… instead, the recipe is much simpler and forgiving with remarkably few ingredients. So, it’s not surprising that no-bake cheesecakes are taking over, from restaurants and cafes to Pinterest and popular food blogs. 

raw chocolate cheesecake

Tips for Making Chocolate Cheesecake

Ingredients

Looking at the ingredients, you wouldn’t believe how amazing this chocolate cheesecake is. Even better, the ingredients are easily accessible. 

Cheesecake Crust

  • Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds: the crust of this chocolate cheesecake is made with seeds rather than nuts. I used sunflower and pumpkin seeds, but sunflower seeds alone work great too. They have a mild, neutral flavor and a firm yet tender texture. If you prefer nuts over seeds, go ahead and use nuts.
  • Dates: a cornerstone in many raw desserts – Medjool dates – bind all the seeds together and impart a sweet, complex flavor. Medjool dates are soft and juicy, so I like those, but other dates work too. Just be sure to soak them first so they soften up and blend easily.
chocolate cheesecake crust ingredients

Cheesecake Filling

  • Coconut cream: since this cheesecake is raw and dairy-free, I used coconut cream instead of traditional cream cheese and sour cream. If you’re worried about the coconut taste, don’t be. Because of the other intense flavors, the chocolate cheesecake does not taste like coconut. If anything, the coconut cream makes the cheesecake filling rich and creamy. Another great thing about coconut cream is that, unlike nut-based creams, it solidifies when refrigerated, mimicking the consistency of cream cheese.
  • Medjool dates: Medjool dates don’t make the cheesecake filling just sweet; they make it extra thick and rich. While it doesn’t matter what type of dates you use for the crust, the filling does benefit from the soft texture of Medjool dates.
  • Cocoa powder: Dutch-process or natural? I prefer the Dutch process because it is darker in color, mellow in flavor, and dissolves easily into liquids. Natural cocoa powder is fine if you don’t have Dutch-process, but it is acidic and more bitter. 
  • Coconut sugar: any granulated or powdered sweetener works here. Avoid liquid sweeteners as they would make the cheesecake filling too runny.
  • Cacao butter: raw cheesecakes typically contain coconut oil to help the filling set more firmly. Cacao butter works even better because it has a higher melting point than coconut oil. It also has a wonderful chocolaty aroma, which pairs beautifully with cocoa powder. If you don’t have cacao butter, substitute it with coconut oil.
chocolate cheesecake filling ingredients

How to Make Raw Chocolate Cheesecake

The hardest part about making no-bake cheesecake is the wait. Everything else is a piece of cake.

  1. Process the cheesecake crust ingredients. Add the sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds to a food processor bowl fitted with an S blade and process until the seeds are coarsely ground. Be careful not to over-process the seeds; they should retain some texture. Add the dates to the food processor and process until all the ingredients begin to stick together. The mixture will be tender and slightly crumbly, but it should be sticky enough to hold together when you press it between your fingers. If it’s too dry, pulse it a little bit more.
  2. Press the mixture into a springform pan. Transfer the crust mixture to a lightly greased 6-inch/15-cm springform pan and press it firmly into an even base layer and edging. I like to have the crust slightly higher up the wall sides to create a rustic effect, but it’s optional. You can simply press the mixture evenly along the base for a classic flat cheesecake crust.
  3. Blend the filling ingredients. Add all the cheesecake filling ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until completely smooth.
  4. Assemble the cake. Pour the filling on top of the crust in the springform pan and spread it evenly, smoothing out the top. Tap out any air bubbles.
  5. Freeze. Cover the springform pan with a piece of paper towel (to trap any condensation), then double-wrap the entire springform pan with plastic wrap to preserve the cake’s taste and texture. Transfer the wrapped cake to the freezer for at least 6 hours, ideally overnight. The more frozen the cake, the easier and cleaner the removal from the springform pan.
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chocolate cheesecake crust
how to make chocolate cheesecake filling in a Vitamix blender

How to Serve Chocolate Cheesecake

Once the cheesecake is properly chilled, release the clamp and remove the band. You can either lift out the round base or place the springform pan on a wide jar and drop down the band. The cheesecake should have a smooth, clean-sided finish. You can keep it on the base or transfer it to a platter. 

If you let the cheesecake freeze fully, it will be very firm straight out of the freezer. So, let it thaw briefly, for 10-15 minutes, before slicing. Top the cheesecake with some shaved chocolate or chocolate ribbons right before serving.

How to Store Chocolate Cheesecake

  • Freezing: transfer the chocolate cheesecake to an airtight container and freeze it for up to 1 month. 
no-bake chocolate cheesecake recipe

More Raw Cheesecake Recipes

  • Raw lime cheesecake: light, mellow, citrusy, and refreshing… It’s one of the most popular recipes on the blog and for a good reason.
  • Raw strawberry cheesecake: this cheesecake is the perfect balance of rich, buttery macadamia nuts and tangy, fruity strawberries. It’s magically decadent yet light.

Did you make this recipe? I would love to know how it turned out! Please let me know by leaving a review and rating below.

5 from 7 votes

Chocolate Cheesecake

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Freeze time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Yield: 12 slices
Indulge in the ultimate chocolate delight with this easy raw chocolate cheesecake! It features a dense, chewy crust and rich, fluffy filling that melts in your mouth! This chocolate cheesecake recipe is a chocolate lover’s dream. Watch the video below for more details!

Ingredients
 

Cheesecake Crust

Cheesecake Filling

Instructions
 

  • Process the cheesecake crust ingredients. Add the sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds to a food processor bowl fitted with an S blade and process until the seeds are coarsely ground. Be careful not to over-process the seeds; they should retain some texture. Add the dates to the food processor and process until all the ingredients begin to stick together. The mixture will be tender and slightly crumbly, but it should be sticky enough to hold together when you press it between your fingers. If it's too dry, pulse it a little bit more.
  • Press the mixture into a springform pan. Transfer the crust mixture to a lightly greased 6-inch/15-cm springform pan and press it firmly into an even base layer and edging. I like to have the crust higher up the wall sides to create a rustic effect, but it's optional. You can simply press the mixture evenly along the base for a classic flat cheesecake crust.
  • Blend the cheesecake filling ingredients. Add all the cheesecake filling ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until completely smooth.
  • Assemble the cake. Pour the filling on top of the crust in the springform pan and spread it evenly, smoothing out the top. Tap out any air bubbles.
  • Freeze. Cover the springform pan with a piece of paper towel (to trap any condensation), then double-wrap the entire springform pan with plastic wrap to preserve the cake's taste and texture. Transfer the wrapped cake to the freezer for at least 6 hours, ideally overnight. The more frozen the cake, the easier and cleaner the removal from the springform pan.
  • Serve. Once set, remove the chocolate cheesecake from the springform pan. Let it thaw briefly, for 10-15 minutes, before serving.
  • Store. Leftover chocolate cheesecake keeps well in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Video

Notes

*You can use canned coconut cream but raw coconut cream made from fresh coconuts is a better option for a truly raw cake. If using canned coconut cream, you can also use the cream from 2 (14-oz/400-ml) cans of full-fat coconut milk. To obtain the cream, place the cans of coconut milk in the coldest part of the refrigerator overnight. Make sure not to shake or tip the cans to encourage the separation of the cream and liquid. Once chilled, remove the cans from the refrigerator. Scoop the coconut cream that has risen to the top of the cans and leave the liquid at the bottom behind.
**Nutrition information is approximate and may contain errors. Please feel free to make your own calculations.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 12, Calories: 189kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 19g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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