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Vegan Chocolate Mint Cookie Cheesecake. No-Bake!


This creamy cool vegan Mint Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake is my favorite treat for March. Leprechauns, mint, green recipes, shamrock fields and golden pots at the end of sparkly rainbows are all symbols of March. A season ripe with spring fever. Try my minty pie dessert and bring the leprechauns to you!..





Leprechaun Hunting. My sister told me that her five year-old son was up in his room crafting and creating for hours. She asked him what he was doing and he joyfully replied, "I'm making a leprechaun trap!!" How cute is that. It reminded me of all the magic to find in the month of March...

There is something magical about March. It is the end of winter, the start of a green, grassy, flower-filled spring. The cold breezes drift away and make room for fragrant sun-warmed air, blue skies and puffy clouds. Winter coats (if you even needed them this year!) get stuffed to the back of the closet and out come the flip flops, shorts, sunscreen and smoothie recipes.

Excitement for the sunny seasons has begun.

Minty March Dessert. Since cookies and cream is one of my favorite 'flavors' for desserts - I decided to add a little mint accent. The result is a rich chocolate-infused, creamy cool, cookie pie vegan dessert. As you can see, I've been testing this recipe a lot this month..









The final recipe posted below is my easiest version so you can whip this up in a flash.

You can get fancy with your crust or do something really simple with crushed cookies. And if you want to add in chia seeds, soaked cashews, agar agar and other vegan cream pie stuffs, go for it.

And I think a green avocado would be a kinda cool minty green accent too!

A note on.. vegan chocolate cream cookies. I like Back to Nature and Newman's Own brands. They are vegan. Oreos are not, or maybe they ARE vegan. Vegansaurus has a discussion. And you could also use creamless chocolate cookies if you'd like. Or for all you vegan Martha Stewart's out there, use some homemade vegan "thin mint" cookies. I love these recipes: ForkAndBeans and Pure2Raw.

Bring on Spring. So yes, I'm super excited about the warmer days to come, and many more beach bike-rides like the one I took this past weekend...



And I'm sure Nelly will be glad to have many more sunbeam naps..



Vegan Mint Cookies and Cream Cheesecake
vegan, makes one pie

crust:
1 cup crushed chocolate cookies + 1/2 cup crushed walnuts or almonds (crush both in Vitamix.) - press mixture into a greased pie dish. Or use your favorite crust recipe, cookie or flour. tip: In my crusts, I love using my leftover almond meal from making almond milk!

blended filling:
12-16 ounces silken tofu (roughly one package, drained)
1 container vegan cream cheese (8 ounces)
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup agave syrup (or maple syrup, or brown rice syrup)
4-5 vegan chocolate sandwich cookies
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1-2 Tbsp soy creamer OR coconut milk (to get blender moving as needed)

note: for a thicker cheesecake replace tofu with another tub of vegan cream cheese. For a larger cheesecake, add another container of vegan cream cheese and increase all the ingredients just slightly

Topping Add-in: 5 vegan chocolate sandwich cookies, crumbled and pressed into the filled pie

Directions:

1. Prepare your crust and set dish aside. I simply blended the chocolate cookies with the walnuts and pressed into pie dish. If you'd prefer a baked cookie or flour crust, go for it.
2. Add all ingredients (except the coconut oil) to a high speed blender like a Vitamix. Blend until creamy. Notes: If you want pure white filling with black cookie accents, do not add cookies to blender and simply press crumbled cookie bits into filling at end. I like a mixture of both blended and pressed cookies. Note that blending cookies directly into the pie filling makes it a tad sweeter.
3. Continuing to blend the filling, slowly pour the melted coconut oil into the blender while the blender is on the lowest setting. Do a taste test of filling and adjust salt, sugar, cookies or mint extract as needed.
4. Pour filling over top crust. Add cookie crumbles over top that. Press into filling so they sink a bit.
5. Cover and chill in fridge overnight. If you need to serve same day, place in freezer for about 20 minutes, then in the fridge for another hour or two. You should be good to go.

Serve chilled with soy, coconut or rice whipped cream, fresh mint and a vegan cookie accent.



Yes, sometimes Nelly's napping activities make it into my photoshoots. I can't kick her out! So I make do...



















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