Gluten-Free Key Lime Cheesecake Bars (Vegan)
From Cara Reed: "This is an homage to my dear friend Rose---someone I have known since we were 11 years old. This key lime flavor is totally her jam. Tart, sweet, creamy with a crunchy crust, these cheesecake bars are so packed with nutrients from the cashews, you would have no idea that you were eating something healthy."
FOR THE CRUST
- 1½ cups / 390 g gluten-free graham crackers (see notes), crushed
- ⅓ cup / 75 g vegan butter, melted
- ¼ cup / 50 g granulated sugar
- 2 Tbsp / 28 g brown sugar, packed
FOR THE LIME FILLING
- 2½ cups / 640 g cashews, soaked for 1 to 2 hours
- ½ cup / 120 ml lime juice
- ¼ cup / 60 ml nondairy milk
- ¼ cup / 60 ml agave nectar or maple syrup
- 2 tsp / 7.5 ml vanilla extract
- Zest of 2 large limes
- 2 tsp / 7.5 ml homemade green food coloring for more of a green hue (optional, page 161)
- ⅓ cup / 80 ml unrefined coconut oil, melted
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) . Grease an 8 x 8-inch (20 x 20 cm) pan.
- Combine all of the ingredients for the crust until well mixed. Press into the pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool.
- To make the filling, combine all the ingredients except for the coconut oil in a blender until completely smooth. If it is difficult to blend, add 1 tablespoon / 15 ml of water at a time until the mix is able to blend properly. Try not to add too much, though—you want a thick filling.
- Add the oil and blend until combined.
- Pour over crust, cover with foil and chill in the fridge for several hours until firm. If you can allow it to set overnight, that is ideal.
- Top with homemade Coconut Whipped Cream for a decadent treat.
Makes 12 bars.
Kara's recipe for gluten-free graham crackers is on page 49 of her cookbook.
Key Lime Cheesecake Bars recipe reprinted with permission from Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking by Cara Reed, Page Street Publishing (published August 5, 2014)
Photo graciously provided and reprinted with permission by Kristina Sloggett of Spabettie.
Recipe by gfe--gluten free easily at https://glutenfreeeasily.com/key-lime-cheesecake-bars/