Vegan Cheesecake Bars

You will love these creamy Vegan Cheesecake Bars! They get their creaminess from cashews instead of cream cheese. These bars are filled with healthy nutrients, vitamins, and great flavors!
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Get ready to love this Vegan Cheesecake Bars recipe! It is destined to be your ultimate vegan dessert! Not only are these bars completely plant-based, but their texture and taste are as rich and smooth as any classic cheesecake. In addition, these bars are loaded with nutrients, vitamins, and real foods!

With a nutty, crispy crust and a super smooth filling, these vegan cheesecake bars have a delightful blend of warm spices that provide a refreshing twist!

Vegan cheesecake bars.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These vegan cheesecake bars are quick and easy!
  • This recipe is no bake. No need to turn on the oven, stove, or microwave.
  • These bars are made with healthy and wholesome ingredients.
  • Kids love them too. Try this Millionaire’s Shortbread for another vegan treat!
  • We love these for Easter and Mother’s Day.
  • Feel free to customize these vegan bars with vegan chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or nut butter.
  • This recipe is Paleo friendly, grain free, gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan, and contains no refined sugar.
  • They are great for many diets and lifestyles.
  • Check out this Date Bark for another freezer friendly vegan dessert!

Ingredients & Substitutes

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for homemade vegan cheesecake bars. Scroll down to the recipe card below for the entire ingredient list and directions.

Use walnuts for the crust. They are such a healthy ingredient!

Unsweetened coconut flakes add a natural sweetness and pair well with the grated carrot.

Almond flour helps provide the base.

Pitted dates bind the ingredients together and add natural sweetness.

To add a warmth, use cinnamon and ground ginger.

Grated carrot adds nutrients and color.

For the filling, use cashews. Do not use another nut.

A little lemon juice adds tartness and flavor.

Any type of dairy free milk works well.

Lastly, pure maple syrup helps sweeten the cheesecake layer!

Ingredients for vegan cheesecake bars.

Taste & Texture

These vegan cheesecake bars are just sweet enough! They have a slight carrot cake flavor.

In addition, these vegan bars are warmly spiced with cinnamon and ginger.

The crust is crunchy and crumbly while the filling is smooth and rich!

How to Make

Step 1

First, line an 8 inch by 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a food processor, add all of the crust ingredients. Process until a sticky and crumbly mixture is formed.

Step 3

Press this mixture down into the prepared pan.

Pressed carrot mixture in pan.

Step 4

Next, add all of the filling ingredients to a blender. Blend until completely creamy, about 30 to 60 seconds.

Step 5

Pour this creamy mixture on top of the crust.

Creamy cashew mixture.

Step 6

Place the pan in the freezer. Freeze for 2 to 3 hours, or until the bars are completely set and no longer gooey.

Step 7

Finally, remove the vegan cheesecake bars from the freezer. Garnish with a little extra coconut on top if desired. Slice into bars!

Coconut bars.

Expert Tips for Success

Follow these tips and tricks to make the best vegan cheesecake bars.

Combine the crust ingredients in a food processor until they reach a crumbly and adhesive texture. The resulting mixture should hold together when pinched between your fingers.

Use a powerful blender to thoroughly blend the cheesecake mixture until it becomes smooth and velvety.

Refrain from indulging immediately! Let the bars firm up entirely in the freezer for several hours to ensure the best texture.

Add various toppings for added flavor! Fresh fruits, chocolate ganache, or chopped nuts can all serve as delicious toppings.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

Consider these variations for your vegan cheesecake bars.

Swirl in your favorite jam or fresh berries for a burst of sweet and tart flavor.

Add cocoa powder to the filling for a rich and decadent chocolate cheesecake experience.

Add a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin spice for a warm flavor.

Mango, pineapple, or passion fruit add a refreshing and exotic touch.

Fold in some peanut butter or chopped peanuts for a delightful peanut butter cheesecake bar.

Cheesecake square.

How to Serve & Store

These Vegan Cheesecake Bars are best enjoyed chilled or frozen.

Cut them into squares and savor them on their own or with a dollop of vegan whipped cream.

Store leftover bars in an airtight container in the freezer for 2 months.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are these cheesecake bars gluten-free?

Yes, these bars are gluten-free.

Can I replace the cashews in the filling?

No, do not replace the cashews.

Can I use frozen fruit for the topping?

Definitely. Just ensure to thaw and drain any excess liquid to avoid a soggy crust.

Close up of vegan cheesecake bars.

Equipment Needed

Pre-Cut Parchment Paper Sheets: These parchment paper sheets are great for easy clean up.

Pyrex 3 Glass Mixing Bowls: I always use these mixing bowls.

Vitamix Blender: This high powered blender easily blends the cashews.

Food Processor: This food processor is great for making the crust.

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