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No Bake Chocolate Cashew Cake

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Remember Rick Springfield’s Jessie’s Girl?

Well…let me introduce you to my version: titled:


Lactose Swirl”
Lactose was a friend,
Yeah I know he was a good friend of mine
But lately something’s changed
It’s a feeling in ma belly…no need to define

Lactose got himself in every swirl
And in every cheesecake and almost in every Madeleine
And, those non-dairy labels are sometimes just lies
But, I will keep loving him with my tastebuds, I just know it!
And I will wanna keep holding him in a bowl, late at night,

You know I wish that I had some Lactose-FILLED Swirl
I wish that I had some Lactose-FILLED Swirl
But, I will settle for some Lactose-FREE cheesecake instead of that!

non dairy no bake cashew cake

In case y’all missed it, this happens to be my birthday week and no birthday week is ever quite complete without cake – or cheesecake – or more likely, dairy free – cheese-like cake – for lactose-intolerant ‘ol me!

The idea for this cake happened when my daughter and I stumbled into these Glutino cookies on one of our shopping expeditions (Glutino did not compensate me in any way or form for my new addiction to their cookies). We brought them home and suddenly I started craving “cheese”cake!!! Why – well, clearly I have issues!!!

No bake cake prep

I was all out of navy beans to make these bean-“cheese”cakes, but I had some soaked cashews in the fridge and after seeing numerous cashew cakes on the interwebs I figured I would take a stab at my own version.

Armed with the 3 C’s:
• Chocolate
• Cashews
• Coconut oil
…and bout 4 hours later….

Voila – this Dairy Free, No Bake, Totally Cool, Chocolate Cashew Cake adorned my kitchen counter – but not for too long!!!

non dairy no bake chocolate cashew cake

This cashew “cheese”cake isn’t exactly like it’s dairy filled counterpart, but if you (like me) have un-requited love issues with lactose – then this Dairy Free, No Bake, Totally Cool, Chocolate Cashew Cake will fill the void, nurse a craving away and will not cause a mini-earthquake in your belly in the process!

After all -in the words of Stephen Stills “if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you are with!”

non dairy no bake cashew cake slice

Speaking of love and gluten and dairy free – please don’t forget to enter the giveaway for these totally -AH-Maing AMRAP Bars-here!


no bake refrigerated chocolate cashew cake

No Bake Chocolate Cashew Cake

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes

So rich, creamy, and refreshing, this dairy free, gluten free, no bake chocolate cashew cake is a delicious end to any meal.


  • For the Crust:
  • 14 Glutino chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 4-5 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • For the Filling:
  • 2.5 cups cashews soaked overnight, in water
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3/4 cup raw cane sugar or brown sugar
  • Topping:
  • 5 Glutino chocolate sandwich cookies crushed
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 handfulls dark chocolate chopped


  1. For the Crust:
  2. Smoosh the Glutino chocolate sandwich cookies together with the melted coconut oil and press into the bottom of a baking pan (I used a Springform)
  3. For the Filling:
  4. Blend the soaked cashews and almond milk in a blender or food processor
  5. When smooth, add the vanilla, melted coconut oil, cocoa and raw cane sugar and blend till smooth
  6. Pour on top of the crust/base
  7. Chill for 3-4 hours
  8. Topping:
  9. Crush the Glutino chocolate sandwich cookies and sprinkle on top
  10. Heat up 3 tablespoons coconut oil and drop in 2 handfulls of dark chocolate chunks and mix till "syrup" like
  11. Drizzle on top of the crushed cookies
  12. Let it hang out in the fridge for a few minutes to an hour before cutting into.
Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 413Total Fat 31gSaturated Fat 18gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 2mgSodium 194mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 2gSugar 19gProtein 5g

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Wednesday 24th of September 2014

This is looking totally irresistible.. love the idea of using cashews in your chocolate cake.. perfect for kids


Wednesday 10th of September 2014

Happy Birthday! What a great cake to celebrate your birthday with!!


Tuesday 9th of September 2014

This cake is amazing! Please accept my Belated Birthday wishes ...I am here to join with you to share the cake.And do you know the secret?That was my Birthday week too... :)


Tuesday 9th of September 2014

Belated Happpyyyyyy Birthday Week to you too!!! Thanks so very much Amila - the way I see it is - no matter how late the wishes come, they are an excuse for me to keep celebrating right? And maybe eating more cake? :) :)

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