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Coconut Vegan Cheesecake Bars With Nut Crust

July  8, 2021
5 Stars
Photo by Rocky Luten Prop Stylist: Megan Hedgpeth Food Stylist: Anna Billingskog
Author Notes

The creamy filling for these cheesecake bars comes from soaked cashews and coconut cream. The more powerful your food processor or blender, the smoother, thicker, and creamier your final filling will be. I’ve paired it with my favorite nut crust, which combines ground nuts with flaxseed (to help bind it), sweetener, and oil for flavor. It bakes up crisp on the base and slightly chewy inside—the perfect complement to rich, cheesecake-style filling (sans the actual cheese). —Erin Jeanne McDowell

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Coconut Vegan Cheesecake Bars With Nut Crust
  • Prep time 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • makes 9 large bars
Ingredients
  • Cashews and Crust
  • 2 cups (300 grams) raw cashews
  • Nonstick spray
  • 1 tablespoon (7 grams) flaxseed meal
  • 3 tablespoons (45 grams) water
  • 3 1/2 cups (455 grams) raw pecans or walnuts
  • 1/4 cup (85 grams) honey or date syrup
  • 1/4 cup (70 grams) virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) fine sea salt
  • Filling
  • 1 cup (279 grams) coconut cream
  • 1/3 cup (113 grams) maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons (30 grams) virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7 grams) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) fine sea salt
  • 1 cup (70 grams) toasted unsweetened coconut
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Cashews and Crust
  2. In a medium heatproof bowl, cover the cashews with boiling water by at least 1 inch. Let sit overnight.
  3. Heat the oven to 325°F/165°C. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch pan with nonstick spray. In a small bowl, mix the flaxseed meal and water to combine. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. In a food processor or blender, blend the pecans until finely ground. Add the honey, oil, salt, and the flaxseed mixture and continue to pulse just until the mixture comes together.
  5. Press the crust evenly into the base of your prepared pan. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until lightly golden and toasty smelling. Let cool completely.
  1. Filling
  2. Drain the cashews and transfer to a food processor or powerful blender. Add the coconut cream, maple syrup, oil, vanilla, and salt. Blend until very smooth.
  3. Pour the filling over the cooled crust and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle the coconut over the surface. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for about 4 hours, until firm, before slicing into 9 bars.

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  • AntoniaJames
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  • Jennc133
    Jennc133
I always have three kinds of hot sauce in my purse. I have a soft spot for making people their favorite dessert, especially if it's wrapped in a pastry crust. My newest cookbook, The Book on Pie, came out on November 10th, 2020, and my pie merch collaboration with Food52 is out now too: https://food52.com/shop/merchants/manifest-food52/food52-x-erin-mcdowell

3 Reviews

AntoniaJames February 24, 2022
That gluten-free, dairy-free nut crust is on my must-make list for an upcoming celebration, to be sure . . . . ;o)
 
Ollzer August 31, 2021
Delicious pecan pie flavours from the chewy crust. Topping is rich and satisfying and if you didn't know it had cashews in it you probably wouldn't guess. Kept very well in fridge for a few days. One note on the recipe: it initially says to grease a 9x9 inch pan, then later says to use a 13x9 inch pan. I used the latter which worked well.
 
Jennc133 October 23, 2021
Yes, what is the purpose of using two different pans? I’d this a typo?