Mini No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Cheesecakes are a simple, elegant dessert! Vegan & dairy-free with a paleo & gluten-free option!

It’s almost Mother’s Day! And there really is no better way to celebrate the moms of the world than with chocolate. {am I right}?!

This recipe for Mini No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Cheesecakes will make any celebration sweeter {literally} while still being healthy! These beauties are vegan and easily made gluten-free, refined sugar free AND paleo! Plus they are so stinkin’ cute that they’re perfect to serve at an elegant brunch or afternoon tea!

Mini No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Cheesecakes are a simple, elegant dessert! Vegan & dairy-free with a paleo & gluten-free option!

I feel super emotional because this will be my first Mother’s Day as a momma of four beautiful babies. Of course the fact that I’m less than 2 weeks postpartum doesn’t make controlling my hormones any easier…LOL! 😉 But really, the word that keeps filling my heart and mind is grateful.  I cannot express how much I absolutely adore being a mom, and how thankful I am for my sweet little family.

I’m currently working on a post all about Mara’s entrance into this world and her first week with us! I hope to share it with you in the next couple of days!

Anywho, if you see my hubby, tell him that if he wanted to make these Mini No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Cheesecakes for me on Mother’s Day {or any day for that matter} I definitely wouldn’t object!

Mini No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Cheesecakes are a simple, elegant dessert! Vegan & dairy-free with a paleo & gluten-free option!

Mini No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Cheesecakes: Method 

These Mini No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Cheesecakes are a breeze to put together! Make the crust, press it in the pan and toss in the freezer to harden. While it’s hardening, make the filling {be sure to start soaking your cashews 1 hour before you’re ready to make the filling} which takes 5 minutes or less! Then put it all together and let them set up in the fridge or freezer {faster}!

There are two kitchen tools that ensure this dessert turns out perfect every time:

1) VitamixThese beauties are made with the help of my absolute favorite kitchen appliance, my Vitamix. I only recommend using a Vitamix or other super high-powered blender, because it will ensure that your filling is irresistibly silky and smooth, which is what all of your chocolate dreams are made of.

2) Mini Cheesecake PanI use this Norpro Nonstick Mini Cheesecake pan to make all of my cute mini desserts. Thanks to the nonstick coating and the removable bottoms, these mini cheesecakes come out perfect every. single. time. I guess you could make them in mini muffin tins, but I suggest lining them for easy removal.

Mini No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Cheesecakes are a simple, elegant dessert! Vegan & dairy-free with a paleo & gluten-free option!

Mini No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Cheesecakes: Substitutions

Filling: I do not recommend any substitutions in the filling of this cheesecake! It is absolute silky smooth chocolatey perfection, and I wouldn’t want to tamper with it in any way!

Crust: I used a combination of crushed Oreo cookies and coconut oil for the crust because it’s easy and delicious! If you would like to keep these Mini No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Cheesecakes completely refined sugar free AND paleo, then I recommend using this recipe for the crust:
Ingredients:
1 cup pecans (can use walnuts but not as highly recommended)
1 cup dates
3 TBS cocoa powder
4 TBS unsweetened coconut
2 TBS maple syrup (or honey)
¼ tsp salt
Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in your Vitamix or food processor fitted with the “S” blade and blend/process until the mixture turns a dark chocolatey brown, is still crumbly, but will form clumps when pinched together. Stop processing before it gets too buttery/moist.

Mini No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Cheesecakes are a simple, elegant dessert! Vegan & dairy-free with a paleo & gluten-free option!

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Mini Vegan Chocolate Cheesecakes

Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 mini cheesecakes

Ingredients

Oreo Crust (Paleo & refined-sugar free version in the notes section):

  • 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs Oreos or gluten-free option
  • ¼ cup coconut oil melted

Chocolate Cheesecake Filling:

Instructions

  1. First, boil 2 cups of water. Place cashews in a glass container and pour boiling water over nuts until they are completely covered. Let soak for 1 hour.

Make the Crust:

  1. Grease a mini cheesecake pan (or line and grease a muffin tin). Set aside.
  2. Mix melted coconut oil and cookie crumbs together until well combined.
  3. Drop 1 TBS portions of the crust into each well of your mini cheesecake pan. Use your finger to press the crumbs evenly around the bottom of the well.
  4. Repeat with each well until all the cookie mixture has been used.
  5. Put the mini cheesecake pan in the freezer for the crusts to harden.

Make the Filling:

  1. Drain the cashews.
  2. Put all the ingredients in the order listed into your Vitamix (or high powered blender).
  3. Turn blender on low, gradually increasing to high speed. Blend until all ingredients are combined and mixture is smooth (about 1 minute).

Putting it together.

  1. Remove pan from the freezer (make sure crusts are hardened).
  2. Add 2 TBS of chocolate filling to each well.
  3. Smooth with your finger and press the air out of each well.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours (or overnight). You can also freeze these pies to hurry the process along, but be sure to remove them from the freezer before serving!
  5. Top with extra melted chocolate chips if desired!

Recipe Notes

Paleo & Refined Sugar Free Crust: Ingredients: 1 cup pecans (can use walnuts but not as highly recommended) 1 cup dates 3 TBS cocoa powder 4 TBS unsweetened coconut 2 TBS honey ¼ tsp salt Instructions: Combine all ingredients in your Vitamix or food processor fitted with the "S" blade and blend/process until the mixture turns a dark chocolatey brown, is still crumbly, but will form clumps when pinched together. Stop processing before it gets too buttery/moist.

Mini No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Cheesecakes are a simple, elegant dessert! Vegan & dairy-free with a paleo & gluten-free option!

Vitamix Giveaway NEXT WEEK! 

I NEED to give you guys a heads up! Next week I will be hosting a giveaway with my friends from Vitamix for Mother’s Day! You can win the ferrari of belenders…a Vitamix A3500! It’s going to be awesome! Click on the link below to explore the new A Series and GET EXCITED!

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Mini No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Cheesecakes are a simple, elegant dessert! Vegan & dairy-free with a paleo & gluten-free option!