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Cherry-Coconut Cheesecake Bites (Vegan)

posted by Melissa Huggins February 9, 2016 6 Comments
Vegan Cheesecake Bites
Vegan Cheesecake Bites

These Vegan Cheesecake Bites are sweet, tangy and delicious! They are free of refined sugar, dairy and gluten… so you can enjoy them without the guilt. 

Vegan Cheesecake Bites

I’ve been in dessert land all weekend and I completely missed the Super Bowl. I’m not a big sports fan anyway, but it’s nice to cheer on a team, eat yummy vegan food and connect with good friends. I’ve been un-baking away, so I could post some fun and healthy treats for you guys to share with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day. Of course you can make these Vegan Cheesecake Bites anytime of year and they will always bring smiles.

Nick and I celebrate, but we don’t like all the pressure that the holiday puts on everyone…to buy your partner over-priced roses, jewelry, chocolate and cards. You don’t need all that to show your love and you can celebrate everyday is small ways. It has been fun now that we’re parents. Grant brings home heart-shaped crafts and puts them on the fridge. He puts so much love into his art and he gets so excited to give mommy and daddy his gifts. He’s our forever valentine!

Vegan Cheesecake BitesSo, let’s get to the dessert! These rich & velvety Vegan Cheesecake Bites are so easy to make and contain healthy ingredients. They are free of processed sugars, dyes, dairy or eggs. They are also gluten-free! So, you can skip the heavy fattening cream cheese and the gross amount of sugar and you can enjoy these treats without the added guilt. You’ll just need raw cashews, almonds, dates, cherries, fresh lemon juice, pure maple syrup, coconut oil and coconut cream. Doesn’t that sound delightful?

Now, I’m not going to lie and say this tastes like real cheesecake, but I think it’s better, in my opinion. It was one of the first vegan desserts I tried, and I was in love. They have the perfect balance of tart and sweet. They’re delectable! All you need is a little bit, because they’re rich, satisfying and filling.

You’ll just need a food processor or a high-powered blender and muffin liners or a muffin pan. They look fancy and difficult, but they are really that easy. The hardest part is waiting for the nuts to soak and the dessert to set in the freezer. No baking involved! The cashews work the magic in this recipe. You just soak them in water, blend them up with the other ingredients and you have a creamy dessert. Pure and simple and the way nature intended!

I used fresh coconut whip for the topping and it’s really easy to make. However, you can use store-bought whip, or just leave them plain. They are absolutely delicious either way! You can also top with chocolate shavings, chocolate sauce, coconut flakes and a cherry. I used culinary roses too, but it’s not necessary. It just makes them prettier and more fragrant.

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!

Serves 8-10

Cherry-Coconut Vegan Cheesecake Bites

These Vegan Cheesecakes Bites are sweet, tangy and delicious! They are free of refined sugar, dairy and gluten... so you can enjoy them without the guilt.

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Ingredients

CRUST INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup almonds
Pinch of sea salt
FILLING INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water for 4 hours or more
Juice of one large lemon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup coconut oil, liquified
1/2 cup of canned coconut milk (use creamier part)
1/4-1/3 maple pure syrup ( I like it less sweet, so I used 1/4 cup)
3 tablespoons coconut shreds
1 cup cherries (thaw if using frozen)
Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

    CRUST METHOD:
  1. Process the almonds and dates until if forms a loose dough. Press between your fingers to make sure it sticks together. Add more dates or nuts for the needed consistency.
  2. Fill muffin liners with the crust. Press firmly down. (I used a muffin pan as well, to keep things sturdy)
  3. Pop in freezer while you make the filling.
  4. FILLING METHOD:
  5. Combine all ingredients (except cherries) in a blender or food processor. Blend until really creamy and smooth.
  6. Pour on top of crust to the halfway mark. Pop back in freezer, while you prepare the cherry filling.
  7. Place the cherries in the remaining filling, blend until creamy and smooth.
  8. Pour cherry filling on top of vanilla layer.
  9. Freeze for 2-4 hours

Notes

Let sit out for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Top with fresh coco whipped cream , chocolate shavings, coconut flakes,

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6 Comments

Amellia February 10, 2016 at 2:04 am
They look great! I will definitely try them :) Btw. You have wonderful blog with such a nice photos a recipes :)
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mhuggs February 10, 2016 at 2:31 pm
Thank you so much! Let me know how they turn out :)
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epiphany June 30, 2016 at 6:03 pm
i am sooooo making this. look beautiful!
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mhuggs July 4, 2016 at 12:23 pm
Thank you so much! I hope you love them as much as me :)
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EdiblyOrganic August 17, 2016 at 8:47 am
I adore vegan cheesecake and this looks like perfection! 🌷🌷 I've been thinking about making vegan cherry cheesecake lately. 💖😍 Btw, your photographs & website are gorgeous. 👏🌹
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mhuggs August 23, 2016 at 1:48 pm
Hi there, thank you so much! I love vegan cheesecake, too. So easy & healthy! I'm happy to hear you like my photographs & site. It's been a fun journey and I'm looking forward to learning & growing more. :)
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