Mel Collie | Chocolate Cheesecake The Healthy Way

Mel Collie | Chocolate Cheesecake The Healthy Way

Makes four individual cheesecakes – or one big one, up to you really! But be prepared to LOVE it so much you may have to make double next time…

For the base

  • 60g Hazelnuts or almonds
  • 1 tbsp of Xylitol (health food shop )
  • 20g Un-salted Butter

For the topping

  • Flesh from 2 medium avocados (approx. 220g)
  • 55g cocoa powder
  • 140g raw honey
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 110g Butter

    cocoa powder for dusting

You will also need

  • Four 7.5cm stainless steel food rings if you plan on making 4 individual ones
  • Baking paper


  1. Grease and line the inside of each food ring with a strip of baking paper, then place on a baking paper lined tray
  2. Using a food processor or nut mill, blitz the hazelnuts to a fine meal, similar in texture to breadcrumbs. Place in a bowl and stir in the xylitol
  3. Melt the butter for the base in a small saucepan over a very low heat, then pour into the hazelnut and xylitol mixture, stirring to combine
  4. Divide the mixture equally between the four food rings and press down firmly with the back of a spoon to form the cheesecake bases
  5. Rinse and dry the food processor bowl then add the avocado, cocoa powder, agave and vanilla extract. Process on high until the mixture is smooth and well combined. You can also do this by hand though…
  6. Now melt the butter for the topping in the same way as before and add to the food processor (if using) whizzing to combine. Remember to stop the food processor a few times and scrape down the sides with a spatula to ensure all the ingredients are evenly incorporated
  7. Next, carefully spoon the topping mixture into each food ring until level with the top, then run a knife across to get a clean and even finish
  8. Place the finished cheesecakes in the freezer for an hour and a half to set, and then carefully remove them from the rings. The easiest way to do this is to use an upturned glass with a diameter just smaller than the food ring to gently the push the cheesecake base up through the ring
  9. The cheesecakes can now be dusted with cocoa powder and placed in the fridge until ready to serve
  10. Tastes better the next day 🙂 If you can wait that long..


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