I've wanted to make a vegan cheesecake for a while now. My Terry's Chocolate Orange Cheesecake is one of my most popular non-vegan recipes on my blog, so I thought it was only fair that I made a Vegan Chocolate Orange Cheesecake so everybody can enjoy this delicious treat! Most vegan recipes are super healthy, which is great, but I decided to make this more of a indulgent treat by adding a bourbon biscuit base! This cheesecake is super creamy, packed with chocolate orange flavour and so delicious! It would really impress at a dinner party. It'd also be sooo delicious with a dollop of coconut cream! I've tested this out on non-vegans and they loved it too!
For those not residing in the UK, a bourbon biscuit is a chocolate biscuit filled with a chocolate creme. They are also vegan friendly! (Do check the label before you buy, but most bourbons are free from animal products.) I also made my own chocolate orange segments using dark chocolate, orange extract and a segment shaped mould - it was easy to do and really made the Vegan Chocolate Orange Cheesecake extra special!
How to make Vegan Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
To make the bourbon biscuit base, use a food processor to blitz the biscuits into crumbs, add melted dairy free butter, and press the mixture into the bottom of the tin. Put it in the fridge to set.
To make the filling, mix together the soaked cashews, orange juice, orange extract, cocoa powder, maple syrup and coconut milk. Blend the mixture in a food processor until smooth. Then add the melted coconut oil in stages, mixing it well between each addition. Pour the filling into the tin and smooth it on top. Put it in the freezer to set overnight.
To make the chocolate orange segments, melt the dark chocolate, then stir in the orange extract and golden syrup, and pour it into a mould. Leave it to set in the fridge, then pop them out of the mould. I'm far too lazy to temper chocolate, but if you did it would give them a lovely shine!
Once the cheesecake is set, let it come to fridge temperature so it is easier to slice. Then decorate it with some melted dark chocolate. Add the chocolate orange segments and some orange zest to serve.
Tips for making the Vegan Chocolate Orange Cheesecake:
- If you can't find bourbon biscuits for the base, you can use oreos instead, or vegan suitable digestive biscuits. If you are using a biscuit that doesn't have a creme centre, you may need extra dairy free butter.
- The cheesecake can be re-frozen after it has set - I recommended slicing it into portions beforehand - then you can defrost as required!
- Instead of maple syrup, you could use agave nectar or another liquid sweetener.
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For the base
- 300 g Bourbon chocolate biscuits or Oreos if not available
- 90 g Dairy free butter
For the filling
- 500 g Cashews soaked in water for 2 hours
- 200 g Maple Syrup
- 235 ml Coconut milk
- 40 g Cocoa Powder
- 100 ml Orange juice (1 orange)
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Orange extract
- 140 g Coconut oil melted
For the chocolate orange segments (makes 12)
- 150 g Dark chocolate melted
- 1 ½ tsp Orange extract
- 1 tsp Golden syrup
- 1 Orange zest only
- 40 g Dark chocolate melted
- Start with the biscuit base. Whiz up the biscuits into crumbs using a food processor (or bash with a rolling pin in a bowl or a freezer bag) add the melted dairy free butter to the crumbs and mix together
- Press the mixture into the bottom of a 23cm springform tin using the back of a spoon. Put it in the fridge to set
- To make the filling, mix together the cashews, orange juice, orange extract, cocoa powder, maple syrup and coconut milk
- Use a food processor to make the ingredients into a super smooth mixture
- Add the melted coconut oil in stages, mixing it well between each addition
- Pour the filling into the tin and smooth it on top. Put it in the freezer to set overnight or for at least 4 hours
- Make the chocolate orange segments by stirring the orange extract and golden syrup into the melted dark chocolate and pouring it into the mould. Set in the fridge, then pop out and store until ready to decorate
- Once the cheesecake is set, decorate it with some melted dark chocolate drizzled on top, the chocolate orange segments and some orange zest
- To serve, let it come to fridge temperature so it is easier to slice, it's also nicer to eat at fridge temperature. It must be stored in the fridge to keep it set. Portions can be frozen and eaten within a month