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Vegan Cheesecake Squares w/ Salted Caramel & Apple Walnut Topping

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Want to really impress your guests? Try these vegan cheesecake squares with apples, walnuts and salted caramel. They are rich, sweet, delicious, and perfect for the autumn season. They are gluten free and refined sugar free, so I can call them healthy-ish right?

I know this may seem like a bit of work with 3 separate layers, but don’t let that stop you! Handy tools like a food processor and high powered blender, (I use my Vitamix), really speed up the process. Plus, these are delicious. Like seriously, you need to get to your kitchen right now. Put your cashews to soak and just get started.

I love that there’s no baking required for these bad boys, just stick them in the freezer until ready to serve. These are a perfect option for a make-ahead dessert to serve at your next dinner party. They will last in your freezer for up to a week. Plus, who doesn’t love cheesecake? You don’t even need to tell your guests these are vegan cheesecake squares, they’re so delicious and taste just like the real thing! Maybe better…

So, no bake, no refined sugar, delicious, make ahead…do you need more reasons to try these?

I served these squares along side some homemade pumpkin spice lattes, and they were a hit! The perfect combo for all things autumn. I love pumpkin everything at this time of year. Or any time of year!

vegan cheesecake squares stacked with apple and walnuts

For more autumn themed desserts, try these pumpkin donut holes, or sweet potato mini muffins!

vegan cheesecake squares stacked

Vegan Cheesecake Squares with Salted Caramel

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Freezing Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings: 16 squares
Salted caramel with fresh apples and walnuts, top these delicious vegan cheesecake squares making the perfect dessert for your next dinner party.
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Ingredients

Crust Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup almonds
  • 1 cup dates soaked in boiling hot water for 5 minutes or more
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Filling Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw cashews soaked in boiling hot water for 30 minutes or more
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup plant based milk I used soy
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3.5 cups diced apples I used 3 medium honeycrisp apples
  • 1 cup unrefined coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup plant based milk I used soy milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • Before you begin, line a 9x9 dish or baking tray with parchment paper.
  • To make your crust, add the crust ingredients to a food processor and process until combined. You are looking for a thick sticky dough, resembling a peanut butter consistency.
  • Press the crust onto your prepared dish using wet fingers, or a silicone spatula if preferred. Place the crust in the freezer while you prepare your cheesecake filling.
  • To make the filling, add all the filling ingredients to a high powered blender, I used my Vitamix, and process until creamy. Pour evenly over your crust and spread with a silicone spatula if needed. Return to the freezer while you prepare your topping.
  • Using a large skillet, add the coconut oil and diced apples and bring to a low boil over medium/high heat for about 2 minutes until apples are slightly tender.
  • Then add the sugar and the milk and boil over medium/high heat for about 10 minutes, until slightly reduced and sauce has thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, sea salt and chopped walnuts. Let stand at room temperature to thicken further, or place in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
  • Spoon your topping over the cheesecake and return to the freezer for at least 2 hours, or overnight, then slice into 16 squares. If not ready to serve, return your vegan cheesecake squares to the freezer until ready, as they do thaw quickly. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 week.
Serving: 1Square | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.

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2 Comments

  1. Sophie


    These were to die for!!! So delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹ I had the pleasure of trying these at my sisterโ€™s house. She made your recipe. Yum!!!

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