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Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)

By Rachel Conners @bakeritablog
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With an easy pecan-and-date crust and tons of warm spices, these Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars are packed with the holiday season’s warm flavors. These “cheesecake” bars are made with soaked cashews to replicate cheesecake’s creamy texture—no dairy or baking necessary. You won’t miss the dairy one bit in these gluten-free, vegan bars. 

With an easy pecan-and-date crust and tons of warm spices, these Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars are packed with the holiday season’s warm flavors. These “cheesecake” bars are made with soaked cashews to replicate cheesecake’s creamy texture—no dairy or baking necessary. You won’t miss the dairy one bit in these gluten-free, vegan bars. 

Who wants a Gingerbread Cheesecake Bar?! 🙋🙋🙋 If your hand is raised as high as mine is right now…you’re going to want to make these.

I’m a huge fan of the flavors that come along during the holidays – I like to put cinnamon, nutmeg, and all the warm spices in my treats all year round, but this time of the year I can really go for it and get everyone as excited about all of the warm flavors as I am.

With an easy pecan-and-date crust and tons of warm spices, these Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars are packed with the holiday season’s warm flavors. These “cheesecake” bars are made with soaked cashews to replicate cheesecake’s creamy texture—no dairy or baking necessary. You won’t miss the dairy one bit in these gluten-free, vegan bars. 

These Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars are the epitome of an incredible holiday dessert. They’re creamy, sweet, and laced with all of the flavors that I love about this season. They’re similar to many of my paleo and vegan cheesecakes in that they’ve got a cashew-base, which replicates that lusciously creamy cheesecake texture.

The Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars are sweetened with maple syrup, which adds a subtle but not overpowering sweetness that enhances, instead of competes with, the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves that flavor the cheesecake.

With an easy pecan-and-date crust and tons of warm spices, these Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars are packed with the holiday season’s warm flavors. These “cheesecake” bars are made with soaked cashews to replicate cheesecake’s creamy texture—no dairy or baking necessary. You won’t miss the dairy one bit in these gluten-free, vegan bars. 

Unsulphured molasses is also incorporated into the bars, which gives a deep, rich flavor that brings all things holiday-season to mind. It tastes like a gingerbread cookie but transformed into a magically creamy dessert.

Some of the tang of classic cheesecake is recreated with a hint of lemon juice and zest, which also serves to enhance the gingerbread flavor and add some brightness.

With an easy pecan-and-date crust and tons of warm spices, these Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars are packed with the holiday season’s warm flavors. These “cheesecake” bars are made with soaked cashews to replicate cheesecake’s creamy texture—no dairy or baking necessary. You won’t miss the dairy one bit in these gluten-free, vegan bars. 

The creamy filling is laid over a crust made of dates, pecans, cinnamon, ginger, and salt – it’s simple, but works so well with the flavors present in this dessert. If you’re a fan of gingerbread…you’re going to love these. Enjoy!!

 With an easy pecan-and-date crust and tons of warm spices, these Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars are packed with the holiday season’s warm flavors. These “cheesecake” bars are made with soaked cashews to replicate cheesecake’s creamy texture—no dairy or baking necessary. You won’t miss the dairy one bit in these gluten-free, vegan bars.  Print

Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars

No need to free up oven space for these Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars. These “cheesecake” bars are made with soaked cashews to replicate cheesecake’s creamy texture—no dairy or baking necessary. With an easy pecan-and-date crust and tons of warm spices, these Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars are packed with the holiday season’s warm flavors. You won’t miss the dairy one bit in these gluten-free, vegan bars. Course Dessert Prep Time 20 minutes Chill Time 3 hours Servings 16 bars Author Rachel

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 1 cup (150 grams) pitted Medjool dates
  • cups (170 grams) raw pecans, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger, divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

For the gingerbread cheesecake

  • 2 cups (284 grams) unsalted cashews, soaked in cold water for 4 to 10 hours
  • ½ cup (120 grams) full-fat coconut milk, shaken
  • cup (113 grams) pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup (56 grams) refined coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 3 tablespoons (63 grams) unsulphured molasses
  • ½ teaspoon (1.5 grams) lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons (30 grams) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon (13 grams) vanilla extract
  • teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Garnish: ground cinnamon grated fresh nutmeg, and pecan halves, if desired

Instructions

  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, and lightly grease with coconut oil.
  2. In the work bowl of a food processor, place dates. Pulse until finely chopped. Add pecans, ½ teaspoon ginger, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon salt; pulse on medium-low speed until a sticky dough begins to forms, with small pecan bits remaining. (Do not overprocess or dough will become oily.) Press dough into bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Drain soaked cashews, and rinse with cold water. In the container of a blender, combine cashews, coconut milk, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, molasses, lemon zest and juice, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, 1½ teaspoons ginger, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon salt; blend until mixture is silky smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings, if desired.

  4. Pour filling into prepared crust, smoothing top with an offset spatula. Tap pan on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles. Freeze until completely firm, at least 3 hours.
  5. When the cheesecake bars are set, run a knife under hot water to warm it up before cutting bars with the still-hot (dried) knife. Cut into 16 squares. Garnish with cinnamon, nutmeg, and pecan halves, if desired.
  6. Let thaw at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
  7. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 2 months.

This recipe was originally printed in the 2017 Holiday Issue of Bake From Scratch Magazine!

With an easy pecan-and-date crust and tons of warm spices, these Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars are packed with the holiday season’s warm flavors. These “cheesecake” bars are made with soaked cashews to replicate cheesecake’s creamy texture—no dairy or baking necessary. You won’t miss the dairy one bit in these gluten-free, vegan bars. 

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