Lemon Blackberry Cheesecake Slice

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Lemon Blackberry Cheesecake Slice

These lemon blackberry cheesecake bars are super creamy, bursting with flavour, made and with simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. They look as impressive as they taste, and you will love that they are naturally sweetened.
This no bake recipe is easy to make, using good-for-you ingredients. The perfect portion-controlled treat for a healthy snack or dessert! Or any time you are craving a little something sweet!
These babies areas cute as they are delicious. Individual little cheesecake squares with a classic cookie nutty base and a rich, creamy and silky cashew based top layer.
Chock full of yum, this recipe is nothing like a regular cheesecake. Instead of using cream cheese and loads of sugar, this is made with cashews, coconut cream, the tartness of blackberries and lemon with a hint of vanilla. It’s like a tropical holiday in your mouth!
The cashews are soaked until they become plump and moist. They are then thrown in a blender with coconut cream to form the irresistible filling.  It makes me excited that such a beautiful and delicious creation can be made purely from natural ingredients.
I love that you don’t have to use your oven, and they are just the right size to satisfy a sweet tooth without over indulging. Creamy, slightly tart, perfectly sweet, and 100% irresistible. Better than real cheesecake and the perfect healthy, simple dessert to feed a crowd (or just you).
A cross between a cupcake and cheesecake and these squares make a delicious handheld, four bite, sweet treat for parties, brunch, pot lucks, family gatherings and are a real crowd pleaser.
They are sure to be a hit and you will be asked for the recipe.
 
Course Dessert, Snack
Keyword healthy lemon blackberry slice, lemon blackberry cheesecake slice, lemon blackberry cheesecake slice no bake, no bake lemon blackberry cheesecake slice
Servings 16

Ingredients

Base Crust

  • 2 cups almonds, walnuts or pecan halves (or a mix)
  • 1 cup dates, soaked 30 minutes and drained
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blackberry Layer

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked 3+hours and drained
  • 1 13.5 oz can coconut cream, full fat (solid part only) *see note below
  • 2 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1-2 lemons, juice and zest (depending on how lemon-y you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Base Crust

  • Note: Place the can of coconut cream or milk in the fridge or freezer for at least 1-2 hours before making these bars to allow coconut cream to separate.
    Line an 8 x 8” baking pan or dish with parchment paper on the bottom and sides leaving some overhanging to act as a handle to get the bars out easier for cutting.
    Place almonds and coconut into a food processer and process until broken down and crumbly. Add dates and vanilla and continue to process until mixture is sticky and well combined.
    Be careful not to over process as its nice to have texture and different sized “bits” in your base crust.
    Press the base mixture into the bottom of your pan or dish evenly. Refrigerate while you prepare the filling.
     

Blackberry Layer

  • Open chilled can and scoop out the cream that has separated and set hard on the top. Save the remaining coconut water to use in a smoothie, drink, or discard.
    Place all filling ingredients, cashews, coconut cream, blackberries, coconut oil, honey, vanilla, lemon juice and zest into the food processor and process until smooth and creamy.
    Depending on the power of your blender this might take a few minutes. Stop blending to scrape the sides if necessary and continue to blend until very smooth. Taste test and add more honey or lemon if you think it needs it.
    Pour the filling over the chilled crust and spread evenly with a spatula or the back of a spoon.
    Transfer the dish to your fridge and chill for at least three hours.
    Remove from pan and cut into bar or square shapes.
    Yields 16-20 bars, depending on your preferred size.
    Place back in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
     
     
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