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Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bars with chocolate and sea salt
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Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

These Strawberry Cheesecake Bars are vegan, gluten-free, simple to make, and mega-tasty! A delicious treat for any occasion!
Course Sweets
Keyword Chocolate, gluten-free, Strawberry, strawberry cheesecake bars, valentines day, vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8 bars
Author Tracey Gene

Ingredients

The bottom layer:

The middle layer: 

  • ½ cup creamy cashew butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup strawberry puree
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 3 strawberries cut into small pieces

The top layer:

  • 1, 3.2 oz of your favorite chocolate bar if you want to cover the entire bars in chocolate, you will need 2, 3.2 oz chocolate bars
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • pinch of flaky sea salt

Instructions

Bottom layer:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9x5 pan with parchment paper.
  • Add pretzels to a food processor to break up the pretzels and combine with the almond flour, melted coconut oil, and honey in a bowl. 
  • Mix and transfer to the prepared 9x5 pan and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for about 5 minutes.

Middle layer: 

  • To the same food processor, add 8-10 strawberries and blend them into a puree. You want about 1/2 cup of strawberry puree.
  • Add strawberry puree, cashew butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt to a small saucepan. Stir all ingredients with a spatula over medium-high heat until it gets thick in texture (about 5 minutes).
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the strawberry pieces. Add the mixture over the bottom layer and place the pan in the freezer for about 1-2 hours. 

Top Layer:

  • Remove the pan from the freezer and cut it into individual bars.
  • Melt your favorite chocolate bar with coconut oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat (about 2 minutes). Stir with a spatula until fully melted.
  • By using a knife, carefully cut the bars into 8 long bars. Either drizzle the melted chocolate on top of the bars or dunk the top of the bar to coat the middle layer.
  • Sprinkle with flaked sea salt and enjoy. The chocolate should harden within seconds. If it doesn't, transfer it back to the freezer for about 5 minutes. 
  • Enjoy immediately, or store in an airtight container in the freezer.