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Vegan cheesecake brownies – Lazy Cat Kitchen

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Howdy, how Valentines prepared are you? I’m not being critical – I’m not somebody who’s into this complete business lovefest that happens on 14th of February yearly, however I do love a superb dessert and so I can completely get behind baking one thing scrumptious for you and the particular person/folks you like. Why the heck not?

In case you are with me, I’ve an ideal recipe for you. This tray of vegan cheesecake brownies studded with raspberries has all of it. It has the seems, it has an intensely chocolatey fudgy base, aromatic and creamy cheesecake topping and tangy pops of raspberry shock suspended inside.

Some time in the past, I arrange a neighbourhood cake group in order that I can share my take a look at bakes with my neighbours and minimise meals waste, which I abhor. These brownies have confirmed to be one of the crucial well-liked desserts on the group shortly so that they should be good. And the perfect half is that also they are not that tough to make both.

The bottom is straightforward brownies – it’s primarily based on my earlier recipes for these eggless brownies – so not arduous to make in any respect and the cheecake bit is even simpler. You merely place all of its elements in a blender and hey presto, the highest layer is prepared in seconds. Then all you need to do it to mix the 2 in a baking tin, adorn the highest with raspberries, bake after which wait (that’s by far the toughest half!!) till they’re utterly chilly after which chill them within the fridge for a few hours. The final bit might be skipped, however for those who love excessive fudginess, they’re higher for it.

vegan cheesecake brownies ingredients


CASHEWS: Uncooked cashews, soaked in boiling water for at the very least 20 minutes, type the bottom of the cheesecake. You might additionally make one with vegan cream cheese, however I needed an ingredient that’s accessible regardless of which nation you reside in and vegan cream cheese manufacturers are certain to totally different in several international locations.

CASTER SUGAR: Caster sugar, which is superfine white sugar, is used to sweeten the cheesecake combine and to sweeten and add construction to the brownie batter.

LEMON, JUICE & ZEST: A beneficiant quantity of lemon juice and a few lemon zest are used to provide the cheesecake combination its nice tanginess, which offsets the sweetness of the brownie base fantastically. I additionally added some orange zest to this combination (orange and chocolate are such an amazing combo) however you possibly can skip it if it doesn’t enchantment otherwise you don’t have an orange mendacity round.

VEGAN BUTTER: I added a small quantity of vegan butter to the cheesecake layer to maintain it moist and creamy and I additionally used it within the brownies. You might use coconut oil in each instances, for those who favor, however vegan butter is my choice. I used Violife because it’s accessible in retailers close to me, however Naturli (a Danish model) is the perfect on the British market in my view.

FROZEN RASPBERRIES: Not solely do raspberries add a ravishing visible distinction to those two tone brownies, however in addition they supply fantastically tangy pops of flavour right here and there – one thing that every one of my style testers liked. Contemporary raspberries received’t stand as much as the extended warmth as properly so I like to recommend utilizing frozen for that motive.

DARK CHOCOLATE: tray of brownies depends on good chocolate. I used 70% cacao darkish chocolate and that’s what I like to recommend for an intensly chocolatey flavour.

MUSCOVADO SUGAR: Muscovado sugar is excessive in moisture and so it helps to crank up brownies’ fudgy inside. If you happen to haven’t obtained any, don’t fear. I made some checks with caster sugar and the brownies got here out actually good too.

ALL PURPOSE FLOUR: Plain flour is utilized in these brownies and that’s vital – we don’t need to use self-rising flour as it might make these brownies cakey.

CORNSTARCH: A little bit of cornstarch helps with fudginess, however for those who can’t have it, use one other tablespoon of plain flour as an alternative.

COCOA POWDER: Dutch processed cocoa powder offers the brownie layer much more chocolate richness than what you’ll get for those who had been to make use of melted chocolate alone.

SALT: A little bit of salt is nice in desserts and particularly in chocolate desserts because it makes the chocolate style higher. I solely used a small quantity as my vegan butter incorporates salt already, but when yours doesn’t, be happy to double the quantity.

BAKING SODA: A really small quantity of baking soda helps these brownies cook dinner, but it surely’s not sufficient to make them cakey.

AQUAFABA: Legume cooking water or canning liquid is used right here to switch eggs and it does so with flying colors. I used aquafaba from homecooked chickpeas, however your may use the liquid from a can of chickpeas. My favorite model within the UK is Biona.

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Begin off with lining your baking tin (20 cm / 8″ sq.) with two lengthy strips of baking paper – you need them to be lengthy sufficient to stay out of the tin. Subsequent, whip up your cheesecake layer by mixing the entire elements till silky easy.

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Arrange your chocolate, vegan butter and brown sugar in a bowl over a gently simmmering water. Permit them to soften into one another when you whip your aquafaba with an electrical whisk. Whip your aquafaba till it turns into delicate and fluffy white foam stuffed with little bubbles (about 2 minutes with a hand-held whisk).

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If you aquafaba seems like within the earlier picture, begin including sugar. Add it steadily whipping after every addition. It ought to take about 3 minutes and it ought to appear to be the picture on the left as soon as you might be accomplished. If you happen to let it sit for a few minutes, it can appear to be egg whites at so referred to as ribbon stage – a path of it can grasp round for a couple of seconds earlier than dissolving. At this level, begin including melted chocolate combination whereas folding it into the aquafaba GENTLY and SLOWLY. Don’t add it suddenly, maintain including it when you fold.

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When you’ve added all chocolate and your combination seems kind of uniform (a couple of white streaks are okay), steadily add in dry elements. Fold them in slowly and gently, scraping the edges of the bowl once in a while. Carry on folding till solely simply integrated and there’s no white streaks of flour left. Maintain half a cup of the brownie batter again and unfold the remaining within the ready baking tin. Even the combination with a spatula, ensuring it reaches all the way in which to the corners and edges of the tin.

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Pour cheesecake combination on high, dot leftover brownie batter on high of it and make ornamental swirls utilizing a toothpick. Pop a couple of frozen raspberries into the batter and you might be able to bake.

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  • 130 g / 1 cup cashews, soaked*
  • 25 g / 2 tbsp vegan butter* (no have to soften)
  • 65 g / 1/3 caster sugar
  • 80 ml / 1/3 cup plant milk
  • 60 ml / ¼ cup lemon juice + zest of ½ lemon
  • zest of ½ orange (elective)
  • 10 ml / 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • frozen raspberries, to embellish (elective)


  • 150 g / 5¼ oz vegan 70% cocoa darkish chocolate
  • 100 g / ½ cup vegan butter
  • 50 g / ¼ cup delicate brown (muscovado) sugar (or extra superfine sugar)
  • 125 g / 1 cup all objective flour*
  • 8 g / 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 50 g / scant ½ cup unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda (GF licensed if wanted)
  • 120 ml / ½ cup aquafaba (chickpea brine), from a can of chickpeas or dwelling cooked
  • 200 g / 1 cup caster sugar



  1. Place the entire cheesecake elements (other than raspberries) in a small blender. Mix till silky easy and put aside.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C / 355° F. Line a sq. 20 cm / 8 inch baking tin with two lengthy strips of baking paper in order that the entire sides are coated.
  2. Soften damaged up chocolate, brown sugar and vegan butter in a bowl suspended over a pot of barely simmering water. Permit them to soften slowly, change the warmth off when a lot of the chocolate has melted. Stir gently to mix on the finish.
  3. Mix flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda in one other bowl – in case your cocoa powder is lumpy, sift it into the flour. Combine properly with a spoon.
  4. Utilizing an electrical whisk, whip aquafaba in a (spotlessly clear) giant bowl till it turns right into a fluffy white foam stuffed with little air-bubbles – see pictures above (about 2 minutes utilizing handheld electrical whisk).
  5. Regularly begin including sugar whisking for a couple of seconds after every addition (this could take about 3 minutes).
  6. Utilizing a spatula, gently fold melted chocolate combination into the aquafaba and sugar combination.
  7. Regularly add dry elements into the chocolate combination while gently folding with a spatula. Carry on folding till there isn’t a flour pockets left however not more than that.


  1. Reserve ½ cup (120 ml) of brownie batter and unfold the relaxation within the ready baking tin. Be sure that it reaches all the way in which to the edges and corners of the tin.
  2. Pour ‘cheesecake’ combination on high, spreading all of it the way in which to the corners, then dot leftover brownie combination in a number of locations.
  3. Make ornamental brownie-cheesecake swirls utilizing a chopstick and adorn with frozen raspberries. Bake on the center shelf for half-hour.
  4. Cowl the highest with a chunk of kitchen foil and bake for additional 13-Quarter-hour (43-45 minutes complete). The cheesecake will look cooked however the toothpick inserted into the centre will nonetheless come out gooey – that’s the way in which we would like them. Take the tin out of the oven, enable to chill utterly after which refrigerate for 2-3 hours for finest outcomes.
  5. Reduce with a knife dipped in sizzling water (and wiped dry). Retailer an air-tight container within the fridge in or freeze for as much as 1 month.


*CASHEWS: Soak uncooked cashews in boiling water for at the very least 20 minutes (or in a single day in chilly water), drain earlier than utilizing. I’m assured that good high quality vegan cream cheese will work simply as properly and whereas I haven’t examined this recipe with vegan cream cheese, that is how I’d modify the recipe: use 1 cup of vegan cream cheese and all different elements the identical apart from lemon juice (I’d use 1-2 tbsp, alter to your style!) and solely about ¼ cup (60 ml) of plant milk.

*VEGAN BUTTER: You should use coconut oil (I like to recommend odourless coconut oil for a impartial style), however vegan butter block is best. I used Violife butter.

*PLAIN FLOUR: To make these brownies gluten-free, use a superb GF flour combine and ½ tsp xanthan gum or 2 tsp psyllium husk powder to assist with binding.

This recipe is predicated on a number of of my outdated recipes, together with: this one, this one and that one.



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