These vegan blueberry cheesecake bars combine a creamy cashew and coconut filling with a date pecan crust and a blueberry swirl topping. They’re no bake, gluten-free and absolutely delicious!
Introducing your new favorite summertime treat: no-bake vegan blueberry cheesecake bars! No need to turn on the oven and heat up the house, just throw it together, pop it in the freezer and enjoy!
Besides being completely obsessed with the blueberry swirl, I love how healthy and delicious this recipe is. It’s made with all-natural, wholesome ingredients and packed with healthy fats from pecans, coconut and cashews!
These bars are raw, vegan, gluten-free and naturally sweetened without being over-the-top sweet. Plus, they’re so rich and creamy, I bet no one will even know that they’re made without dairy!
Why You Need to Make This Recipe
It’s cool and refreshing and makes for the perfect summertime treat that everyone will love!
Made with healthy, wholesome ingredients that won’t leave you feeling guilty.
It’s raw, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free. These bars are the perfect dessert or snack for most diet types.
shredded unsweetened coconut – add a ton of flavor to the crust by adding shredded unsweetened coconut! The dates add enough sweetness, so make sure you grab unsweetened coconut!
chopped pecans – I love the slightly sweet flavor of pecans in this crust, but I’ve also tested it with cashews and almonds and both worked well!
medjool dates – medjool dates add sweetness to the crust and help hold it together thanks to their stickiness. You can buy medjool dates that are already pitted or pit them yourself (it’s super easy). Two brands that I like are Natural Delights and Joolies. You can find Natural Delights in the produce section of most grocery stores (near the bananas) and Joolies are offered on Amazon and Thrive Market.
sea salt – a hint of sea salt to bring all of the flavors together.
raw cashews – cashews’ mild flavor and fatty texture are the perfect substitute for cream cheese. Make sure to soak the cashews in water for at least 4 hours or boil for 10 minutes to hydrate them, making them soft and pliable. This will help create a really smooth cheesecake-like texture once blended.
coconut cream – we’re scooping out just the cream part from the can, not the liquid! The fat content gives the filling its creamy, rich texture. Make sure you’re using canned coconut cream or just the cream part from a can of full-fat coconut milk.
maple syrup – this natural sweetener is the perfect addition to the creamy filling. Make sure you get pure maple syrup and not pancake syrup as that will have corn syrup and a ton of added sugars.
fresh lemon juice – lemon juice helps give the very important and all familiar “tang” that cream cheese gives to cheesecake.
vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer.
blueberries, maple syrup and lemon juice – when mixed together and heated, this fresh, sweet compote brings the bars together in perfect harmony. Plus it adds such a vibrant pop of color! Fresh or frozen blueberries both work for the compote.
How to Make
Make the crust –blend dates, pecans, coconut and salt together in a food processor. Once the mixture has blended into a sticky paste, spread it into the bottom of an 8×8 inch pan lined with parchment paper. Place in the freezer to set.
Make the filling – add soaked cashews, coconut cream, maple syrup, coconut oil, lemon juice, and vanilla to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until creamy. Pour the filling over the crust, using a spoon or spatula to make sure the filling is even and smooth.
Make the blueberry compote – add blueberries, maple syrup and lemon juice to a small saucepan. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 7-8 minutes or until thickened.
Combine filling and blueberry compote – dollop spoonfuls of compote on top of the cheesecake layer and use a knife or chopsticks to swirl together.
Freeze and serve – place pan in the freezer to set for at least 4 hours or overnight. When ready to eat, remove from the freezer and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Cut into bars and serve. Store any leftovers back in the freezer.
How to Serve
When you’re ready to serve these vegan blueberry cheesecake bars, take the pan out of the freezer and let it sit for 5-10 minutes to soften just a bit. Cut into squares and enjoy!
It’s important to note that the longer these bars sit out, the softer they will get – it becomes pudding-like! It will still taste amazing, but won’t be as firm.
How to Store
These vegan blueberry cheesecake bars need to be stored in the freezer! Do not try storing them on the countertop or in the fridge. As they sit out, the filling will soften too much.
Store these bars in an airtight container or in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. They can be eaten directly out of the freezer or thawed for 5-10 minutes before eating.
Tips For Success
Use raw, unsalted cashews – make sure to use raw unsalted cashews for this recipe. Roasted and/or salted cashews will throw off the flavors and nutritional value.
Don’t forget to soak the cashews – soaking the cashews in water for at least 4 hours or overnight will help to soften the cashews and make them easier to blend, ensuring you end up with creamy cheesecake bars. In a pinch, you can also boil them for 10 minutes before making these bars.
Use full-fat coconut milk or a can of coconut cream – this recipe will not work with light coconut milk, The fat is important in giving the bars a creamy, rich texture.
Use just the coconut cream – do not use any of the “liquid” part of the coconut milk as your bars will have too much moisture and not solidify. Store coconut milk in the fridge for a few hours or overnight to fully separate the cream from the liquid, making it easier to scoop out just the cream from the can.
Make sure bars are stored in the freezer – otherwise you’ll end up with vegan blueberry cheesecake pudding or, worse, soup!
Soak dates – fresh medjool dates are usually soft and give easily when squished. If your dates are older or just seem dry and hard, you may want to soak them before using. Simply place them in a bowl of warm water for 10-15 minutes to soften and rehydrate them. Drain well and pat dry before using.
Can I use frozen blueberries?
Yes, you can sub frozen blueberries for fresh. If the frozen blueberries are thawed, make sure to drain as much liquid from the berries as you can.
Can I use different fruit?
Yes! You can use any type of berries you love to make the compote. I bet raspberries, blackberries or strawberries would all be delicious!
Is there a substitute for cashews in the filling?
The mild, creamy flavor of raw cashews helps make the filling for these bars so cheesecake-like. If you don’t have cashews, you could probably use another raw, mild tasting nut (like macadamia nuts) that can blend up to be rich and creamy.
Do I have to freeze these bars?
YES. I can’t emphasize this enough, these bars must be stored in the freezer! If not, the ingredients will soften too much and you’ll end up with a mushy dessert. The great news is this vegan blueberry cheesecake will last for 3 months in the freezer!
What can I do with the leftover coconut cream/water?
Line a 8×8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside
Process the crust ingredients (coconut, pecans, dates and sea salt) in a food processor or mini chopper until the dates have turned into sticky paste holding the crust ingredients together.
Take mixture out of the processor and press evenly into baking dish. Place dish in freezer while you make the filling.
While the crust is setting in the freezer, blend ingredients for the filling (soaked cashews, coconut cream, maple syrup, coconut oil, lemon juice, and vanilla) in a high-speed blender or food processor until creamy.
Pour the filling over the crust. Use a spoon or spatula to make sure the filling is even and smooth.
Add blueberries, maple syrup and lemon juice to a small saucepan and cook on medium heat for 7-8 minutes, until it starts to thicken, stirring occasionally. Add spoonfuls of the blueberry sauce on top of the cheesecake layer.
Use a knife or chopstick to swirl the blueberry sauce. Place baking dish in the freezer to set up for at least 4 hours or overnight.
When ready to eat, remove from freezer and let sit for 5-10 minutes, cut into bars and serve. The longer it sits out, the filling will soften and become more pudding like. Store any leftovers back in the freezer.