No-Bake Cashew Cream Chocolate Cheesecake

No-Bake Cashew Cream Chocolate Cheesecake

My quest to find a healthy yet impressive chocolate cake recipe for my mother’s birthday, lead me to find this amazing No-Bake Cashew Cream Chocolate Cheesecake recipe.

I can’t bake anything very rich for her. She is very specific about her diet. Last year I baked the Chocolate Espresso Mousse Cake for her. She had liked it so much. She prefers a light silky texture to her cakes. Instead of dense chocolate truffle cakes, she prefers mousse cakes or cheesecakes. Since I baked the mousse cake last year, I zeroed in on a cheesecake for this birthday.

No-Bake Cashew Cream Chocolate Cheesecake

No-Bake Cashew Cream Chocolate Cheesecake

I searched the web for healthy cheesecake recipes. I found ones with Avocados, Zucchinis and bananas. But I was looking for something not so healthy and detoxifying :P. After all, it’s a birthday cake. It has to feel a bit indulgent. It was only then that using cashews in place for cream cheese came to my mind. The recipe definitely didn’t let me down. The No-Bake Cashew Cream Chocolate Cheesecake is definitely an indulgent, decadent and rich chocolate cake. And it is Flourless, Butterless, Sugar-free and Eggless! Isn’t that WOW!!

The base is made with Gluten free cookies mixed with coconut oil and the filling is cashews and dark chocolate. Since it was a birthday cake and I needed something fancy, hence I decorated it with dark chocolate and cashew bark. It looked every bit fabulous to me :).

Most recipes on the web, had added some fat to the filling as well. But cashews are themselves rich with healthy fats. And I didn’t think anything additional was required. I had soaked my cashews in regular milk. But you could use Coconut milk or soy milk for a Vegan cheesecake.

No-Bake Cashew Cream Chocolate Cheesecake

No-Bake Cashew Cream Chocolate Cheesecake

Don’t doubt the texture of this No-Bake Cashew Cream Chocolate Cheesecake! It’s luscious, velvety smooth and heavenly! Infact I would prefer it over the regular cheesecakes.

No-Bake Cashew Cream Chocolate Cheesecake

No-Bake Cashew Cream Chocolate Cheesecake

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

No-Bake Cashew Cream Chocolate Cheesecake


    For the Crust
  • 200 grams of Gluten-free Chocolate cookies(I used Wholefoods gluten free almond chocolate chip cookies)
  • 4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • For the Filling
  • 2 ½ cups cashews soaked in milk overnight
  • 300 grams grated dark chocolate(85% cocoa)
  • 3 tablespoons Raw Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
  • 2 ½ cups Milk
  • For the Topping
  • Dark chocolate cashew bark (Optional)


    For the Crust
  1. Grease a 7 inch square springform pan with melted coconut oil.
  2. Combine the cookies and coconut oil in a food processor or blender until the crumbs are evenly moistened.
  3. Scoop out the crust mixture into the springform pan and press firmly on the bottom so that the edges are well packed and the base is even throughout. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. For the Filling
  5. Soak the cashewnuts in 2 cups of milk overnight. Using a high speed, powerful blender blend the soaked cashews and milk until you get a smooth creamy mixture. This may take a few minutes.
  6. Warm the remaining half cup of milk and pour over the grated chocolate. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then mix together. If the chocolate is not completely melted, warm for 30 second intervals in the microwave.
  7. Mix in the honey and vanilla essence in the cooled chocolate mixture.
  8. Add the chocolate mixture to the cashew cream and blend for a few minutes.
  9. Pour the filling over the crust. Smooth with a palette knife, cover the tin with cling wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  10. For the Topping
  11. Melt 100 grams of dark chocolate in a double boiler. Spread this over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle some chopped cashew nuts over this. Refrigerate until it firms up. Later, peel of the parchment paper and break this into pieces. Top the cheesecake generously with the broken bark pieces.


1.Total time, doesn’t include time for soaking and chilling.

2.You will need a powerful blender to grind the cashews into a creamy and smooth mixture.

3.You could even dust the cheesecake with cocoa powder instead of making the chocolate bark.

4.Use coconut/soy milk in place of regular milk, maple syrup in place of honey and your favorite brand of vegan cookies to make this into a vegan cheesecake.

No-Bake Cashew Cream Chocolate Cheesecake

The No-Bake Cashew Cream Chocolate Cheesecake is perfect for those days when you are on a diet, but still want to indulge :P. I am going to try this with berries the next time!

PS-I am trying to work on my photography. Do you think it has improved at all?!

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  1. I used to make a lot of these no bake cashew desserts at my coffee shop. They were very popular and taste amazing! Just very calorie dense and this looney like massive servings. I have a hard time controlling my portion size😁Your photography is amazing!

    1. Thank you Patrick😍 You have had such an amazing journey with food at your coffee shop! Haven’t you!? I love the texture the cashews lend to the cake.. Will definitely try more cashew based desserts in the future! Have a great week ahead!

    1. I would love to try more vegan cheesecakes too!! Definitely worth it! Thank you for the wishes Kelsie😘😘

  2. OH this is a stunningly beautiful cheesecake.I love how perfectly it has set. I would definitely love to try this recipe…it makes a really impressive dessert.
    PS. Your photography is always beautiful, I really admire the pictures on your blog!

    1. Thank you so much Ashika😍😍! I was worried about it setting.. But it did set beautifully! And the texture is absolutely luscious! Do try!

  3. This chocolate cheesecake looks absolutely stunning, Deepika! Love your food photography!❤❤❤

    1. Thank you Maria😘😘 You are so kind!! I know, I still have a long way to go! But thank you for encouraging all the time! Much love💖

  4. Wow Deepika! There is a lot of love in this cake and your mom is one lucky lady!! Its just beautiful and looks so extravagant. The photos really speak to its texture and deliciousness. I’ve always loved your photos but these are really special, whatever your doing its working 😉 . Take care.

    1. Stacey, you are so kind 😍😍! By the way, I love your blog an the pictures you take.. Your posts always inspire me to try and take better pictures! Thank you for the love!

  5. Personally, I don’t trust recipes (especially desserts) which are healthy, gluten/egg/butter/sugar etc free. But I’ve got to admit this healthier version looks and sounds delicious to me, Deepika! Besides, a good portion of chocolate balances everything out. And a good diet is about the right balance, isn’t it?:)

    1. Thank you so much Kelly😘😘! You guys take such stunning pictures! It always inspires me to do more!!

    1. You will love it Carlee!! The texture is so silky smooth, and the cashews also lend some natural sweetness to the dessert!Thank you 😍😍

  6. Interesting! I can’t say I’ve ever heard of using cashew cream in a cheesecake, but it looks absolutely amazing. I’m guessing that your Mom loved this one…it looks so light and silky! But since you say that you prefer this over regular cheesecakes, I’ve got to give it a try now. 🙂 And your photography is definitely improving. Keep up the good work, Deepika! It’s totally trial and error…with a lot of trials and errors. Haha!

    1. Thank you David! I am glad you think the pictures are improving☺️! It’s difficult for someone from the medical field like me to get acquainted with the camera and other technical requirements for the blog! But I am trying, and you all are always so encouraging💖! And do try using cashews in your next dessert! You will love the texture!

    1. Thank you Maria😘😘 It’s so sweet of you to say this! She loved it to the core! It’s certainly going to be one of my favorite recipes!

    1. It’s much lighter as compared to the conventional cheesecakes, Angie! And the texture is absolutely similar, in fact even more smooth and luscious!! I am so happy you like it😍💗

    1. Thank you Annie😍!! I am happy these pictures make you hungry.. That was the idea :D.Have a great week ahead!

  7. This looks and sounds beautiful! I’ve never cooked with cashew cream. You are inspiring me to branch out – thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hi Laura! This was my first time too! But the texture turned out so beautiful, that I am tempted to try more recipes with it! Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!!💖💖

  8. Oh my gosh Deepika – Your No-Bake Cashew Cream Chocolate Cheesecake looks incredible! I wish you were around to bake me a cake like this on my birthday!!! Your mom is so lucky to have a daughter like you! 🙂

  9. This is stunning and and I have made this earlier with berries but using chocolate sounds much better.
    Your photography is getting definitely better. keep trying.

    1. Thank you Shibani!! Coming from an ace photographer like you, it definitely is a compliment! Thank you so much 💖💖 And I would love to try it with berries the next time!

  10. What a beauty. Who doesn’t love cheesecake? Or chocolate? Or no-bake desserts? Well, I certainly adore chocolates and this pretty chocolate cheesecake is calling my name. I wish I could have a HUGE slice along with a glass of Chilean red wine I am having right now.

    1. Thank you Judee😍😍 I have worked with Cashew cream for the first time and I loved the texture!!

  11. holy crap this looks and sounds amazing!! I love that you choose cashews over banana and avocado and cream cheese- probably equally rich and delicious! Also Your styling is so on point too 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Cara😍😍 I am elated to see you here! I chose the cashews for the richness and they didn’t disappoint at all!

  12. Oh my goodness, how did I let this beauty slip under the radar. It sounds super super delish and I’m already thinking if I have cashews in stock at home so I can make it this weekend! And yes your photos are looking fab! I love the one where it’s mid lifting a slice out of the cake!

    1. Thanks a bunch Kay😍 I am glad you notice the effort behind the pictures!! I am having so much fun, baking with cashews these days.. I find them so creamy and yummy.. Perfect for baking!

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