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Emily Stokes
I'm a lady who loves cheese, sour cream, & ice cream, but I recently became lactose intolerant. My key focus in recreating dairy recipes is taste, but I try to be as health conscious as possible. Some of my recipes are low lactose rather than dairy free. I'm also a writer, teacher, nanny, dog mom, housewife, native Yinzer, current Californian, and social organizer extraordinaire.

Triple Chocolate Dairy Free "Cheese"cake

Since it’s not cheese, it’s more like chocolate pie, but the texture is like cheesecake and it’s delicious! Who cares if it’s not the real thing? All I can think of while eating this is: mmmm chocolatey goodness!

This recipe uses the brand Toffuti Better Than Cream Cheese and Toffuti Better Than Sour Cream. It’s name is up to its product that’s for sure. It has no cholesterol and no lactose, so it’s better for you, and it tastes great, too. I used full fat coconut milk for the chocolate topping–this is not a low fat dessert!

Ingredients:
Crust:
1 package Annie’s Chocolate Graham Bunnies, crushed to crumbs
1/4 cup Smart Balance Light Buttery Spread, softened

Filling:1/4 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
2 tubs Toffuti Better Than Cream Cheese
1 tub Toffuti Better Than Sour Cream
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, mix crushed cookies and butter alternative together until well combined. Press firmly into a nonstick, greased pie dish or springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes then allow to cool while reducing oven temperature to 325.

2. For filling, warm coconut milk in the microwave. Add 1/4 cup chocolate chips and stir until melted. Reheat in 10 second increments to fully melt if needed.

3. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar in a large bowl until blended. Add cocoa powder and mix.

4. Mix in the eggs until just blended, do not overbeat. Then with a spoon or spatula stir in the melted chocolate mixture and vanilla. Pour mixture into the baked cookie crust and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until center has set and cheesecake is level.

                         

                         

5. Remove cheesecake from oven and allow it to cool. Meanwhile, prepare your chocolate topping. Melt the rest of the chocolate chips in the coconut milk as directed in step two. Pour the chocolate mixture overtop of the cheesecake, covering evenly. Put in the refrigerator to set and cool. Once the chocolate topping is hardened, it is ready to serve! It will melt in your mouth!

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