Chocolate Vanilla “Cheesecake” on Pecan Crust

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Chocolate Vanilla “Cheesecake” on Pecan Crust

Positive Vitality’s Chocolate Vanilla “Cheesecake” on Pecan Crust is Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Sugar Free, Vegan and Paleo



•150gr Pecan Nuts, raw

•2 heaped Tbs Raw Coconut Oil,

•2/3 cup Dates, pitted

•pinch of Himalayan Salt


150gr Cashew Nuts, soaked for 2h

•3 heaped Tbs Raw Coconut Oil

•3 heaped Tbs Coconut Cream

•2 heaped Tbs Raw Cacao Powder

•2/3 cup Dates, pitted

•Vanilla Extract, natural

•pinch of Himalayan salt


1 Soak your dates for a few hours in a filtered water. Leave a handful dried.

2 Pre heat the oven to 165C and place pecan nuts in for approx 15min. If you are a Raw Foodist and don’t want to use heat, but you want your nuts to be crunchy you can dehydrate in oven at 40C for a few hours.

3 Place the pecan and not soaked dates with a tablespoon of coconut oil in a food processor and blend to the finally chopped consistency.

4 Drain the reming dates and place in a blending container together with the remaining coconut oil and pinch of salt. Blend until smooth.

5 In a bowl combine crushed hazelnuts and dates with date-coconut mixture using a spoon.

6 When well combined spoon it out to a container or small baking tin and flatten it up. Place in a freezer for 15 min.

Meanwhile prepare the “cheesecake”

1 Drain the dates and cashew nuts in place in a blending container.

2 Add coconut oil, cream, vanilla and blend until smooth.

3 Take 1/3 out and to the remaining add the cacao powder and a pinch of salt and blend together.

4    Take out the crust from the freezer and spoon the layers of cheesecake over it, first the chocolate  one then the plain one. Place in a fridge to set.

Check out health benefits bellow


Health benefits

Cacao  is a superfood considering all the nutrients it contains, like vitamins, minerals, fibre, protein, flavonoids, pholypenols and much much more! Thanks to those raw cacao is supporting healthy metabolism, so beneficial for people trying to lose weight, it is full of antioxidants boosting our immune system  and cardiovascular system, it is all a wonderful mood enhancer.

Coconut is something we shouldn’t be afraid of and we should use it as often as possible. Not only coconut fat is digested different and converted straight away for energy other than being stored in our fat tissue. Coconut fat is super healthy, it improves insulin sensitivity and block fat storage, also in patients with type 2 diabetes, therefore it is supporting a healthy weight loss. It is also antimicrobial, it has antioxidant and antistress properties and it support s healthy hearth.

Cashew nuts are abundant sources of essential minerals. Minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium which are improving our overall health and also a wonderful source of monounsaturated fatty acids protection our hearth.

Pecan nuts contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B, and E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. Just one ounce of pecans provides 10 percent of the Daily Recommended intake of fiber. Pecans are also rich in age defying antioxidants.

Dates are Great for:

•Weight loss.

•Relieving constipation, supporting regular bowel movements.

•Promoting heart health, reducing heart disease risk.


•Iron-deficiency anemia.

•Reducing blood pressure.

•Promoting respiratory and digestive health.

By | 2017-01-31T19:30:23+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Desserts, Paleo, Recipes, Vegan|Comments Off on Chocolate Vanilla “Cheesecake” on Pecan Crust

About the Author:

Ola Van Zyl is Owner of Positive Vitality Nutritional Therapy, Health Coach, Corporate Nutrition Specialist, Sports Nutrition Specialist and Public Speaker. Ola is a graduate of the Institute of Health Sciences in Nutritional Therapy, Dietary Counselling and Functional Sports Nutrition. She is a member of Nutritional Therapists of Ireland. In her work Ola applies the latest theories and research in nutrition, functional medicine and coaching to achieve optimum health. She works with groups and individuals, helping them to gain more energy, to lose weight, to manage stress, improve sleep quality and mood, as well as increase physical performance. Ola believes that nutrition is the key to long and vibrant live and she is very passionate about creating nutritious and delicious recipes to encourage healthy eating.