Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake with Peanut Butter

I have so much to share with you in today’s post!  A few weeks ago I gave you all a little teaser on Instagram that I’d be giving away a copy of Emily von Euw’s AMAZING book, Rawsome Vegan Baking.  Well, today is that day folks. 🙂  Emily was super sweet in also giving me the opportunity to share a recipe from the (un)cookbook with you.

rawsome cover 

If you don’t already have your hands on this book, I need to tell you how impressive it is.  When I received the book, I sat next to my son on the couch and we flipped through the pages.  Page after page, he kept exclaiming, “that looks sooooo delicious!”.  Emily’s photos are mesmerizing, deep, dark and drool-worthy, and there’s a lot of them.  There’s so much to explore, from raw cakes, cupcakes, bars, pies, tarts, ice cream and more.  I had Sonny’s help in making a few very easy recipes, including the S’mores Cupcakes and also the Almond Joys with Crunchy Coconut Center Enrobed in Raw Chocolate.  How good do those sound? Seriously – amazing!  They are very kid-friendly, and so much healthier than your typical desserts.  

raw, cake, rawsome vegan baking

The recipes do not require any weird kitchen equipment or too much time, except for the occasional overnight freezing which takes zero effort 🙂 and the use of a dehydrator, which I do not have.  The recipes are made from nuts, seeds, fruit, coconut, cacao and other superfoods.  They do not contain dairy, refined sugar, processed flours, eggs, or gluten.  They do contain tons of flavour and are awe-inspiring.  And finally, they are completely raw, so no cooking required.

Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake with Peanut Butter

I really received this book at the perfect time, I’ve just recently started experimenting with raw baking and despite my initial doubts, it is SO easy and way more impressive than any ordinary dessert.  I’ve served my Very Berry Raw Pie so many times, and it’s always such a crowd-pleaser.  Today, I am sharing an incredible recipe from Emily’s book,  a Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake with Peanut Butter.  I mean, seriously, without even going any further, how amazing does this sound?  


This was a very simple recipe to make, and I already had all the ingredients on hand, which you most likely would as well.  The only thing I did different from the recipe was instead of drizzling the peanut butter overtop the cake, I spread it right on.  PB lovers over here, what can I say.

Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake with Peanut Butter


  • Crust:
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • Cheesecake:
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 cups raw cashews
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup preferred liquid sweetener (optional; I used about 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup)
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla pod
  • Water
  • 1/4 cup cacao or carob powder (I used cacao powder)
  • Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons raw peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons raw chocolate (see below)
  • Raw Chocolate:
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup preferred liquid sweetener
  • Mix all ingredients together until smooth
  • To make the crust:
  • Pulse the oats into flour in your food processor. Add the dates and process until they stick together. Press into the bottom of a springform pan and put in the fridge.
  • To make the cheesecake:
  • Blend all ingredients, except the cacao powder, until very smooth, using as little water (or maple syrup) as possible, to keep your cheesecake creamy. If you don't want to add any water, use some liquid sweetener. This is your vanilla layer.
  • Transfer half of the batter to a bowl. To make the chocolate layer, add the cacao powder to the remaining batter that is still in your blender/food processor and blend until it's incorporated. Now spread the vanilla layer and the chocolate layer on your crust, alternating layers a few times. Set in the freezer overnight then drizzle with peanut butter and chocolate the next day. Enjoy!


I spread the peanut butter right onto the cake, rather than drizzling, just to get more of a peanut butter flavour.

Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake with Peanut Butter

You’ll need to prepare it the day before you wish to serve it, because it needs to set in the freezer overnight.  That’s the longest part of the recipe, and it takes zero effort. 🙂


Don’t forget to also enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a free copy of Rawsome Vegan Baking! Good luck to all.  It’s open worldwide so share with your friends.  Contest closes Friday, May 30th at noon.

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  1. I read all good things about Emily’s book! I entered the give-away too! What a stunning recipe,…the raw cheesecake looks so appetizing & just wonderful too,…Yum Yum Yummm!.

  2. Amazing! The cookbook looks fabulous 🙂

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Thanks so much!! 🙂 The book is fantastic!

  3. This book looks stunning, as does your version of this cheesecake – NOM! I’ve been trolling the web for the past two weeks trying to find the perfect PB cake to make and now I’ve found it – looks so delish and decadent 🙂 Also, great giveaway! 😀

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Hi Margaux! Great, you landed on this recipe at the right time. 😉
      Good luck in the contest! Imagine you win it again! 🙂

  4. The book truly looks drool worthy as does your dessert. I have had some raw desserts and they can be very exciting and delicious.

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Hi Suzanne, yes I really find raw desserts to be so interesting and usually much healthier than traditional baked desserts. It’s definitely been fun experimenting!

  5. Your raw cheesecake looks so beautiful and yummy! 🙂 I would love a copy of the book! I just tried entering for the giveaway, I hope I did it right via my email. Thanks you lovely Sophia! 🙂

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Thanks so much, Violet! I just checked, and I don’t see your name on the Rafflecopter entries. Perhaps you should try it again from your computer. 🙂

  6. Sophia, your own version looks totally mesmerisingly wonderful. But it’s yet another example (all the food blogs I follow do it – you are far from alone !) of a recipe I will never, ever make. If I did, I’d eat the whole thing. Trouble with living alone, that is. 🙂

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Haha, Margaret, I’m glad to know you love it and have ‘good’ reason not to try it. 😉
      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Yay, Love this recipe and I love Emily’s recipes ~ this would be amazing to have 😉
    Your photos are so beautiful by the way!!

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Hello Ella! Yes, Emily’s book is just incredible. We really can’t get enough. 🙂
      Thanks so much for your sweet compliment!! xx Sophia

  8. Cheesecakes are one of my favorite childhood desserts as long as they have something decadent – strawberries, caramel, peanut butter, etc. I’m not a huge fan of date-based crust, but I would love to try the filling! 🙂 The vanilla chocolate chunk cheesecake with peanut butter looks absolutely divine.

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      I agree! My childhood fave was blueberry cheesecake! 🙂
      You’ve gotta try it, Rika – you will love it. As for the base, maybe you can skip the dates and add agave nectar to hold it together. I’d probably try oats, almonds and agave…:)

  9. Sensational! I am itching to try your lovely recipe! 😀

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Thanks so much! I hope you try it and love it. 😉

  10. This look super tasty, and there’s nothing it in that I’m sensitive to! I’m pinning this for later!

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      I’m so glad you like it, Shareba! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Aaaaaah! That cheesecake looks too good! I think I’d struggle to know where to start with Emily’s book. Everything sounds amazing.
    Thanks so much for hosting a worldwide giveaway 😀

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      It’s so true, Emma! My son was looking at the cover of the book yesterday and he asked if I’m making supper, I said of course, he said can you make that?? And it’s those delicious brownies on the cover! Haha. We can’t get enough. 🙂 Good luck with the giveaway, thanks for playing. 😉

  12. Holy MOLY! That cheesecake is OUT OF CONTROL! In the most delicious way possible! YUM!

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Haha! Love your expressive comment, Caeli. 🙂 Thank you!

  13. I have her book (held a giveaway too) and saw this amazing recipe! Her recipes are so beautiful and you did the recipe proud! Way to go!

  14. You’ve done an awesome job with that cheesecake! Love how it looks! 🙂 Entered the giveaway because it’s worldwide – wow! 😀 Hope alls well with you Sophia!

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Thanks so much, Priya!! It was so delicious! Yay – good luck! And hope all is well with you too! xx

  15. Yvonne says:

    I’ve seen this beautiful book on other blogs and I would love to win it!

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