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Mini Moringa Cheesecakes with White Chocolate Moons

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Is it possible that this adorable little dessert has parsnips and a green vegetable more nutritious than Kale? You’ve got to be kidding, right?

NOPE!

These little nuggets are to-die-for and loaded with nutritional value, plus just the right amount of sweetness and tang. As usual, they are free of gluten, refined sugar and artificial flavors or coloring of any kind. They are excellent themed desserts for St. Patrick’s Day, Earth Day, and any other day you might want to celebrate the color green!

Mini Moringa Cheesecakes with White Chocolate Moons

Why this Recipe Works

The goat cheese gives the slightest tang to these miniature cheesecakes which deepens the flavor into something irresistible. Paired with the homemade white and green chocolate moon-disks, these individual treats are a perfect mix of tangy-sweet, cream, and crunch.

Besides the moringa and parsnips, the crust is made primarily from nutritionally-rounded nuts with a touch of sweetness from unrefined maple syrup.

Mini Moringa Cheesecakes with White Chocolate Moons on black with muffin tin

Making the White and Green Chocolate Moons

Homemade White Chocolate ingredients

White chocolate you find in the store is typically loaded with fillers and sugar, but the core ingredient that makes it white chocolate is actually healthy.

Moringa Green and White Chocolate Moons Ingredients

Raw Cacao Butter

Raw Cacao Butter is the defining ingredient of white chocolate. Dark chocolate is a mix of cacao butter and cacao liquor or the entire cacao nib. White chocolate simply uses just the fatty cacao butter.

Moringa – a clean green

Moringa leaves are harvested from large tropical trees. They are typically harvested in Africa and sold in powder form. The powdered moringa has a similar smell to matcha, but a nutritional profile stronger than Kale.

I used which I got a conference. The company is working hard to improve the lives of its farmers and use sustainable and organic practices. I was excited to find some creative ways to use Moringa outside of adding it to smoothies.

Cleaner White Chocolate

This white chocolate lets the raw cacao butter shine as the main ingredient. Coconut butter and maca root add stability while also adding nutritional value.

You’ll notice what this white chocolate doesn’t have: sugar, milk, or fillers and stabilizers. This white chocolate recipe is free of added sugars and naturally gluten-free and dairy-free.

Making the White Chocolate

You can reduce this recipe into two steps

  • Melt ingredients
  • Pour ingredients into the molds and wait

The most important part is to keep an eye on the chocolate ingredients so they don’t burn on the stove. They only need light heat and a gentle whisk to fully melt together.

Take turns between the white and green chocolate

First, make and pour the white chocolate into the molds. Place the chocolate into the fridge until the chocolate hardens.

Then melt the green chocolate ingredients on the stove and gently pour on top of the white chocolate in the molds. Again, move to the fridge until the chocolates harden.

Gently remove from the molds and serve on top of the cheesecakes or by themselves!

White chocolate layer in the pink Silicone Moon Molds

The Most Beautiful Sun and Moon Molds

Making gorgeous chocolates is all about the molds and these molds are a dream! I’ve been using them non-stop since I saw them on Will Frolic For Food’s Feed.

I saw these silicone moon molds and had to have all the varieties. They are so adorable.

Who doesn’t want chocolate suns and moons?

I couldn’t just stop at the beautiful moons, I had to have a combination. For these, I used a combination of all three of these molds: sun and moona baby sitting on the moonand the sun and stars together.

Expert tips for making your own white chocolate

The key is to avoid burning. It happens fast and ruins the chocolate. If the mixture turns the slightest hint of golden brown, you’ve overheated the mixture and need to start over.

When pouring the chocolate into the molds, make sure it isn’t too hot. This should be pretty easy if you keep the mixture on low heat, whisking frequently, and remove from heat as soon as the individual ingredients are melted.

The Moringa Goat Cheesecakes

The Cheesecake Ingredients

I don’t usually use dairy in my recipes, but this recipe is a lot better with the real stuff.

The Goat cheese is organic and local, reducing exposure to unnecessary chemicals like growth hormone and antibiotics and thereby reducing the negative sinus symptoms I often get from dairy.

Moringa Cheesecake Crust Ingredients
Moringa Cheesecake Filling Ingredients

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Nut Crust

Nut crusts are the simplest to make. It’s as easy as crushing up cookies yet it tastes much better and is a lot healthier.

All you have to do is grind the nuts in a blender and then hand-mix the oil, sugar, and spices.

The crust is great without the sugar, too. If you are looking to cut down even further on sugars you can easily make this recipe without the coconut sugar called for in the crust.

Pressing a gluten free nut crust for mini cheesecakes

Creamy Moringa Goat Cheese Filling

Again, the filling couldn’t be simpler. Just blend the ingredients together until smooth and creamy.

This works best in a blender with puree mode.

Baking the completed mini cheesecakes

There are four steps to this recipe

  • Blend the nuts and mix in other ingredients
  • Push the nuts mixture evenly into muffin tin
  • Blend filling ingredients
  • Pour into muffin tins and bake

When filling the muffin tins with the crust, distribute the nut mixture evenly amongst all muffin wells first. This helps to evenly distribute the mixture amongst all of the future cheesecakes.

After the crust is evenly distributed, use your fingers to lightly push the ground nuts into the bottom of each muffin well.

Pour the blended filling on top of the nut mixture, again distributing it evenly in each cup. You can fill the mixture to the top of the muffin wells because they will not rise during baking.

Bake until they are no longer jiggly. That means they are done!

Moringa Green and White Chocolate Moons

Expert Tips to make Mini Moringa Cheesecakes

  • Pour a thin layer of white chocolate first so that some of each mold is empty. This allows the green chocolate to appear. 
  • Keep the chocolate on low and watch it closely to prevent burning
  • Don’t over-pulse the nuts, they need to stay crumbly. Over blending will turn them to nut butter and ruin the texture.
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Mini Moringa Cheesecakes with White Chocolate Moons

Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 30 min Rest Time 1 hour Total Time 1 hr 45 mins Servings: 12 Calories: 369

Description

A slight tang from the goat cheese, just the right amount of sweetness, and natural green color accompanied by tons of protein, potassium, and vitamins A, B, and C from Moringa. These miniature cheesecakes are absolutely delicious and loaded with hidden vegetables.

Ingredients

Crust

Moringa Goat Cheesecake Filling

White and Green Chocolate Moons

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Crust

  1. Pulse nuts in a blender on the pulse setting until finely ground, being sure not to let the nuts turn into nut butter. You can use the salsa setting on the ninja blender making sure to stop and wipe down the sides.
  2. Remove from the blender and mix in coconut oil, cinnamon, and coconut sugar until well combined.
  3. Divide evenly into a lined muffin tray and push down into the bottom of the muffin cups, making a firm lining of the nut mixture.

Moringa Goat Cheesecake Filling

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until well combined
  2. Pour evenly into the muffin tins on top of the nut crust

Mini Moringa Goat Cheesecakes

  1. Bake for 25-27 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Let it cool and then serve and enjoy!

White and Green Chocolate Moons

  1. Melt 1/2 cup of cacao butter and 1/4 cup of the coconut butter on very low heat in a pot on the stove. Whisk in maca root until all ingredients are melted and combined
  2. Pour lukewarm white chocolate mixture into molds, transfer to refrigerator and let cool for 15-25 minutes or until firm
  3. Melt the remaining cacao butter and coconut butter in another soup pot on the stove on very low heat. Whisk in moringa until combined.
  4. Pour lukewarm green chocolate mixture into molds on top of the white chocolate. Transfer to the refrigerator and let cool for 15-25 minutes or until firm

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 369
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 37mg13%
Sodium 102mg5%
Potassium 179mg6%
Total Carbohydrate 19g7%
Sugars 10.99g
Protein 9g18%

Vitamin A 690%
Calcium 101%
Iron 2%

* This nutrition information does not tell the whole story of food's nutritional value! Make sure to use your gut intuition on what your body needs, eat your veggies and get 30 plants a week for optimal gut health. This nutritional data is calculated based on the above values and standard brands. This information may vary. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Tried this Recipe? Tag me Today! Mention @EatYourWayClean or tag #EatYourWayClean!

Note

  • Pour a thin layer of white chocolate first so that some of the molds is empty. This allows the green chocolate to appear. 
  • Keep the chocolate on low and watch it closely to prevent burning
  • Don't over-pulse the nuts, they need to stay crumbly. Over-blending will turn them into nut butter and ruin the texture.

Find the molds here. 

And the Moringa here. 

Inspired by Will Frolic For Food's Pumpkin Cheesecakes.

Keywords: BREAKFAST, MEAL TYPE, PALEO, RECIPE, SPECIAL DIET

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