No Bake Vegan Cheesecake: A Healthy Cheesecake Recipe

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Searching for the perfect dessert to bring to a summer barbecue? Surprise your friends with this healthy cheesecake recipe! It’s delicious, vegan and there’s no baking required. 

Vegan sweets don’t have to be boring and bland —  there are so many amazing plant-based ingredients that are jam-packed with flavor. This healthy cheesecake recipe uses frozen bananas instead of traditional cream cheese but sacrifices nothing in terms of taste.

If you live in the USA or Europe, quite a few of the required ingredients, like bananas, cocoa powder, and coconut oil are difficult or impossible to buy from local sources. Therefore, it is important to buy high-quality, organic, and fair trade products whenever possible. Supporting fair trade farming practices helps ensure that farmers are being paid a fair wage, and are better equipped to deal with challenges and competition in the industry. Look for the Fair Trade Certified seal on your nut, coconut, banana, and cocoa products! 

Healthy Vegan Cheesecake Recipe

healthy cheesecake recipe
Press your crust around all of the edges of the springform pan for best results. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash - Amy Simpson )

Ingredients:

Crust: 

  • 2 cups rolled oats 
  • 2 cups roasted hazelnuts 
  • ¼ cup coconut oil 
  • ½ cup maple syrup 
  • pinch of salt 

Filling: 

  • 6 large frozen bananas 
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup 
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder 

Topping: 

  • 1 – 2 cups of fresh or frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tbsp honey or vegan honey alternative
  • juice and zest from half a lemon 

Healthy Cheesecake Recipe Instructions

Instructions for the Crust: 

  1. Add the oats and nuts to a large frying pan over medium heat and toast them for approximately five minutes, or until the oats are golden brown. Stir the mixture continuously to keep it from burning.
  2. Toss the toasted nuts and oats into a food processor and pulse until they become fine crumbs. 
  3. Add the coconut oil and maple syrup and pulse again until a large clump is created. 
  4. Scoop the crumb mixture into a greased 7.5-inch springform pan, spreading and pressing the mixture along the bottom and edges of the pan to form a crust. 

How to Make the Filling: 

  1. To make the filling, add the frozen bananas to a food processor or blender along with the maple syrup, cinnamon, and cocoa powder. 
  2. Pulse together until the mixture resembles soft-serve ice cream. 
  3. Scoop the mixture out of the food processor and add it to your springform pan with the crust. 
  4. Place the cheesecake in the freezer and allow it to set before serving. 

Berry Compote Topping Instructions: 

To complete this healthy cheesecake recipe, make a warm berry compote to pour over the top. Here’s what to do:

  1. Add the berries, honey and lemon zest to a saucepan over medium heat and stir until the strawberries have softened. 
  2. Take your cheesecake out of the freezer, remove the sides of the springform pan, and slide it onto a serving dish. 
  3. Add the warm berry compote on top of the cheesecake and allow it to slightly melt the cheesecake before serving.  

Tip: Garnish with some edible flowers for an additional pop of color!

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