• Crust:
  • 2 cups almond meal/flour
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 4-6 pitted dates
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • pinch of fine Himalayan sea salt
  • Filling:
  • 2 cups soaked cashews
  • 1/4 cup tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8-10 dates
  • *3 drops doTERRA orange essential oil
  • or 1 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 2 tsp maple extract
  • Cream on Top:
  • 15 oz COLD can coconut milk
  • few dash stevia
  • 2 drops do terra orange oil
  • or 1/2 tsp orange extract

Using chocolate and orange together doesn’t seem revolutionary but man did this recipe WOW my guests! The flavors of this dessert were extraordinary. So are the health benefits; like most of my desserts but this one even more so because there is no added sugar.

I only used whole foods like dates to sweeten the creamy cheesecake filling. By the way, it is dairy free of course!  My dad, who might just have dairy running through his veins, could not believe his taste buds! I knew I was on to something when this guy, who could drink a gallon of milk in 2 days, loved my creation!

Often I see statements on other blogs that claim their deserts are healthy but when I look closely, I see ingredients like agave, cane sugar, tofu, canola oil, soy milk, and other processed foods.

Now let us be clear, I too in the day thought agave was a health food and that soy was good for me.  With a little research, it is easy to find out otherwise.  I actually had some thyroid issues with all the soy products I consumed.

With that said, know that there is sugar in this dessert but the fact it is coming from a whole food, like dates and not processed, makes it a healthy dessert!

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Chocolate Orange Cheesecake Bites {paleo, refined sugar, gluten & dairy free}
 
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Serves: 24

Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 1½ cups almond meal/flour
  • 3 tbsp. cacao powder
  • 8 pitted dates
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • pinch of fine Himalayan sea salt
  • *optional few dashes of stevia
  • Filling:
  • 2 cups soaked cashews
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • ¼ cup water
  • 8-10 dates
  • *3 drops orange essential oil
  • or 1½ tsp orange extract
  • 2 tsp maple extract
  • *optional 2 tbsp. honey
  • few dashes stevia
  • Cream on Top:
  • 1 15oz can coconut milk
  • *2 drops orange essential oil
  • or ½ tsp orange extract
  • dash stevia

Instructions
  1. In a food processor or Vitamix, blend all ingredients for the crust until it sticks together.
  2. Press the crust into a pie plate or into mini muffin tins lined with unbleached cups. Set aside.
  3. Blend the filling ingredients until creamy smooth. Adding the extracts to water helps to blend evenly.
  4. Scoop the filling into pie crust smoothing it evenly or scoop into muffin cups. Refrigerate for 1 hr.
  5. If making the coconut cream, scoop out the thick creamy part into a bowl separating the liquid.
  6. In a bowl, combine 2 drops orange essential oil or ½ tsp of extract and mix. Be careful not to over mix.
  7. Garnish mini cheesecakes with orange coconut cream and enjoy.

Notes
I love using pharmaceutical grade culinary essential oils because they give the recipe that extra WOW!. They are concentrated and pure plant extracted oils which means my recipes get real flavors with health benefits. You only need a few drops of the culinary essential oil verses 1½ tsp of extract. If you are using orange extract from the market make sure not to use the flavored brands. Many loved the rich chocolate flavor the cacao powder gave this recipe but if you like a sweeter chocolate use the higher amount of dates I suggested. I have also added a few tablespoons of honey and stevia to filling and crust for a sweeter crowd (wink). When pressing the crust into tins or pie plate using wet hands helps it not stick to you. If you have a mortar and pestle the pestle works great to press it evenly and firmly into the mini tins. If you have extra crust I like to sprinkle it on top of the cream. Making the cheesecake in a pie plate is best if time is of the essence. Please use organic where you can.

May your New Year bring many Spoonful’s of Health,

Dawn-Signature