Chocolate meets cheesecake in this heavenly dessert
Chocolate and cheesecake lovers will love this heavenly combination. Topped with raspberry sauce, it’s presentation is nothing less than stunning. The crimson sauce makes this ultra-rich cheesecake perfect for the any occasion. Raspberries are in season and just waiting to grace this ultra rich dessert.
Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce
- 1 cup almonds raw, with skin
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil unrefined, melted - optional pure unsalted butter
- 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate melted
- 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate broken into small pieces
- 16 ounces cream cheese reduced fat, room temperature
- 1 cup ricotta cheese low-fat
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 4 eggs large
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt plain, fat-free
- 1 cup raspberry jelly (I like Polaner Spreadable Fruit, sweetened with fruit juice)
- 1 1/2 pints fresh raspberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Use a double boiler to melt chocolate. Add almonds and oats to a food processor and pulse until a fine crumb consistency. Combine in a medium bowl almond mixture, melted chocolate and coconut oil. Add to a 9" springform pan and press crumbs evenly on bottom and 1/2" up the sides of the pan. Tip - Place plastic wrap over the fingers of one hand and press the crumbs in place. Refrigerate crust while preparing filling.
- Use the same double boiler to melt chocolate, turn off the heat when completed melted. Cover and leave the pan on burner while preparing filling. Chocolate should still be warm when adding to the filling.
- Add to a large mixing cream cheese and ricotta cheese. Using an electric mixer, beat cheeses until light and fluffy and there are no longer visible lumps. Add coconut sugar and continue beating until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat just until incorporated. Add yogurt and vanilla and beat until combined. Pour warm chocolate into mixture and mix until chocolate is well combined.
- Pour filling into prepared crust, place on a cookie sheet and bake on the center oven rack 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until top is set and some giggle will still be visible in the center.
- Place cheesecake on a cooling rack and cool to room temperature, about 3 to 4 hours. If any cracks appear in the cheesecake, don't worry as they will be filled in with the topping and no longer visible.
- Place plastic wrap over the pan and refrigerate overnight or until completely chilled. Remove from the refrigerator and allow to set at room temperature for about 5 minutes. Run a warm knife around the outside of the cheesecake before releasing sides of the springform pan. It is recommended to leave the cheesecake on the bottom part of the springform pan for serving.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, add jelly and stir until melted, remove from heat. Add raspberries to warm jelly and gently toss to coat. Pour raspberry sauce evenly over the top of the cheesecake and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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