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This LOVELY lovely triple chocolate mint cheesecake would be fabulous for St. Patrick’s Day. Or today. Or any day. Or breakfast. I mean, whatever! Ha! But the green does make it all festive!

Chocolate_Mint_CheesecakeCRUST INGREDIENTS
2 cups walnuts
10 medjool dates, or a generous 1/2 cup
1/3 cup cacao powder
2 Tablespoons cacao nibs
Pinch salt
Drizzle maple syrup or coconut nectar, if needed to bind the crust

FILLING INGREDIENTS
2 cups cashews, soaked 2-6 hours in water to soften
1 cup young coconut meat
1 cup water
1 cup maple syrup or coconut nectar
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
Small handful mint leaves (or spinach or 1/4 teaspoon green powder) for color
2/3 cup melted cacao butter

TOP CHOCOLATE LAYER INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup maple syrup or coconut nectar
1/4 cup melted cacao butter

INSTRUCTIONS
1/ Line a 9-inch spring-form pan with parchment paper.

2/ In a food processor, blend the crust ingredients until finely ground and starting to stick together. Do not over process. Spread the mixture in the pan, and press down firmly. Set aside.

3/ In a high speed blender, blend all the ingredients except the cacao butter. When fully blended, add the cacao butter. Blend for another minute. Pour on top of the crust.

4/ Place in the freezer for a couple of hours, or until mostly firm.

5/ Mix the chocolate layer ingredients. Pour on top of the frozen cheesecake, and place back in the freezer overnight (or for another 4 hours at least).

6/ The next morning, pop the cheesecake out of the pan, and set it in the fridge to thaw. Cut just before serving. Running very hot water on your knife will help cut through the top chocolate layer. Enjoy!

Note: This cheesecake will keep in the fridge for 3 days.

ABOUT JOANNA

Joanna-StevenJoanna Steven is a fearless, bliss-seeking mom, and the creator of The Nourished Village. Her mission is to inspire mothers and make their life easier so they feel nurtured, nourished, and better able to raise children in a peaceful way. She regularly shares her delicious, wholesome recipes and lifestyle tips on her blog and on her active Facebook page. You can sign up for her newsletter here.

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