These raw cheesecake bars are the perfect dessert because they only take 5 minutes of your time and they give you a chance to indulge without the guilt. My cheesecake bars are full of healthy fats and they’re only sweetened with dates and honey. For people on a gluten- or dairy-free diet, you’re good to go because the base of these bars are made with cashew butter, the perfectly healthy alternative.
What Is a Cheesecake Bar?
A cheesecake bar is exactly what it sounds like — cheesecake that has been chilled and divided into bars. This makes it easy to pass out dessert at a party or to your family, and it helps you to be aware of your portions.
My cheesecake bars are also raw, so there’s no baking required. That’s why this recipe is so simple and only requires you to throw the ingredients into a blender.
Best Ingredients for a Healthier Cheesecake
Most cheesecakes are made with white sugar, cream cheese, heavy whipping cream and even graham crackers for the crust. Don’t get me wrong, growing up I used to love eating cheesecake, but to me it’s no longer worth the gamble. Am I going to be feeling bloated afterwards? Maybe the sugar will give me a headache or the crust will throw off my digestion. That’s why I started making cheesecake with much simpler and healthier ingredients.
I decided to use sprouted cashew butter instead of cream cheese. Cashew butter also has a creamy texture, plus cashews are rich in unsaturated fatty acids, plant-based protein, dietary fiber, antioxidants and minerals like copper, zinc and magnesium.
Instead of using artificial or processed sweeteners, I use dates and honey for my cheesecake bars. Medjool dates are the healthiest sugar alternatives, which is why you often see them in all-natural energy balls or bars. They are undeniably sweet, but completely unprocessed; plus, they can help to lower your cholesterol, boost your bone health and prevent constipation, which is why I often use them as a pre-workout snack.
How to Make Cheesecake Bars
This is a really simple recipe. Start by adding all of your ingredients to a Vitamix, food processor or blender. That’s 1 cup of sprouted cashew butter, 1/3 cup of raw honey, 1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice, 4 medjool dates, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt.
Adding lemon juice to this mixture gives it a great tartness that you get from your classic cheesecake. Make sure you use fresh lemon juice and not lemon juice from concentrate. I like to squeeze my own, but you can also find fresh lemon juice in most grocery stores.
Did you know that vanilla extract is a powerful antioxidant that can help to lower your cholesterol naturally and boost your mental health? It’s true. Try to use a high-quality vanilla extract for your baking to get these awesome benefits.
Blend the ingredients until you have a smooth and creamy texture. If your blender gets jammed up in the process, just move the mixture around with a spoon and start again.
And just like that, your raw cheesecake batter has been made! You can even eat it just like this, as a pudding. The last step is to spread your cheesecake mix out to make bars.
Press your raw cheesecake mix into a pan lined with two sheets of parchment paper — this way you can slide out the parchment from both sides when the bars are ready. Put the pan into the refrigerator for about an hour until the mixture becomes hard. Then cut the mix into square bars and they’re ready to enjoy!
Looking for other healthy snack bars? Try these recipes:
- 1 cup sprouted cashew butter
- ⅓ cup lemon juice
- ⅓ cup raw honey
- 4 medjool dates
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- In blender, chop dates first to make sure they will integrate in the pudding smoothly.
- Combine all remaining ingredients in blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Refrigerate and serve cold.