Vegan Raw Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

9x9 greased square glass baking dish OR 8” round springform pan

Serves 16

Prep time: 20 minutes

Refrigerator time: 6 hours or overnight

 

Crust:

2 1/2 cups pecans, toasted

6 medjool dates, pitted and coarsely chopped

2 Tbsp. maple syrup 

2 Tbsp. raw coconut oil, melted

1/2 tsp. sea salt

3/4 tsp. ceylon cinnamon

3/4 tsp. ground cloves

 

Directions:

  1. Toast pecans for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees, cool.

  2. Pit dates and coarsely chop ( I just break them into fourths with my fingers, as I am removing the pit).

  3. Place all dry ingredients in food processor

  4. Pulse until ingredients are coarsely chopped and incorporated.

  5. Add coconut oil and maple syrup.

  6. Pulse just enough to combine.

  7. Press into square 8x8 glass baking dish and refrigerate while preparing the filling.

 

Filling:

3 baskets fresh raspberries *(variation: 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted)

2-8 oz packages pastured cream cheese, room temp.

2/3 cup heavy whipping cream

2 Tbsp. grade B (or dark amber) maple syrup

1/4 cup raw coconut oil, melted

Juice from 2 Meyer lemons 

1 dropper liquid stevia (I use 365 brand) Be aware that many brands have added ingredients

2 tsp. zest from lemon (for top)

1 tsp. ground vanilla bean

dash salt

*For a more lemony taste, add 2 drops Young Living lemon essential oil

 

To Assemble:

  1. Place all ingredients (EXCEPT raspberries and lemon zest) in high speed blender, such as Vitamix.

  2. Blend on high for at least 20 seconds. Turning off and scraping sides. Blend again until creamy and fluffy.

  3. Poor a thin layer of filling over crust

  4. Place raspberries (right side up) on top of crust/filling. Covering the dish

  5. Pour remaining filling over raspberries and spread evenly. 

  6. Sprinkle with zest and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight. 

  7. Cut into squares and enjoy!