Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

I can’t believe we’re already in the month of February! This means that Valentine’s Day is right about the corner! I’ve never been the biggest fan of these made-up holidays, but it’s hard not to want to celebrate love. Especially because it give me an excuse to make these Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bites!

Valentine’s Day is cool and all, but these can definitely be made anytime! Making them individualized is perfect for portion control too. Anytime I can avoid having to cut pieces of cake myself, it’s a winning situation. I have a tendency to cut larger pieces than I should, so making them into cupcakes takes the fuss out of that.

Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

Making these Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bites:

Making these Strawberry Cheesecake Bites is a lot easier than you might think. There are three main components to this delicious dessert: the strawberry sauce topping, the cheesecake and the crust.

The Crust

The crust is the foundation of this amazing dessert. It’s so good, my husband and I ate the extra crust by itself. You’ll want to start with this first. The crust consists of just four simple ingredients that make it the perfect base for the cheesecake. Graham crackers, sugar, vanilla extract, and melted vegan butter. I can taste it now!

Normally I would combine these ingredients in my food processor, but it died on me a while back. In the meantime, I’ve been using my blender. Yep, that’s right. The same thing I make my smoothies in. It’s not perfect, but it gets the job done! After blending these ingredients, I lined the bottom of each cupcake liner with about 1 tbsp of the crust mixture, patting it down with the back of a spoon to create a flat layer. I let these bake for a few minutes, then move on to the next layer of the cheesecake.

Cheesecake Filling

The next layer is the cheesecake filling itself. It’s important to note that making this recipe involves knowing you want to make it at least the night before. Why? Because you’ll want to soak your cashews for the best results. If by chance you don’t have enough time to soak your cashews, you have the option of boiling them on the stove, however I’ve noticed that I get a smoother texture when blending (often much quicker) when I let them soak. So if you can, try to plan ahead. The cashew mixture is really easy to make. Simply add all of the ingredients to your blender (or food processor) and blend until 100% smooth.

Strawberry Topping

Finally, you have the strawberry topping. Making this is really easy. I doubled this recipe in order to make enough to go around. Simply add everything to a small sauce pan, bring it to a boil, then use a fork (or a potato masher) to break up the strawberries. Sounds easy enough, right?

Enjoy!

You can customize these Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bites however you’d like! I used strawberries as my topping, but you could also save a little time by swapping this out for canned cherry pie filling. As you can see from the photos, I’ve also added a little lemon zest just because I had some on hand and I thought this would be a nice addition along with the fresh strawberries.

I know you’ll love these Strawberry Cheesecake Bites! They’re perfect for sharing with your loved ones for Valentine’s Day and beyond! Both my husband and Dad enjoyed them! Give these a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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5 from 23 votes

Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cheesecake, Dessert, Strawberries
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Freezing Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 43 minutes
Servings 15 bites

Ingredients

Cheesecake

  • 2 cups soaked raw cashews preferably soaked overnight
  • cups maple syrup
  • cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut cream (hardened part that has surfaced to the top of the can)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut cream liquid

Crust

  • 13 whole graham crackers
  • cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp melted vegan butter

Strawberry Topping

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 very full cups of frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Add all crust ingredients to a food processor until well combined. 
  • Line a muffin pan with cupcake holders and add about 1 tbsp of crust mixture to each (or more if desired), pressing it down with the back of a spoon to create a flat layer.
  • Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 7 minutes.
  • While the crust is baking, add all of the ingredients for the cheesecake to your food processor and mix until 100% smooth. This may take a few minutes depending on your equipment.
  • Remove the crust from the oven and allow to cool for 5-8 minutes.
  • Evenly distribute the cheesecake filling amongst the cupcake pan, leaving room for the strawberry topping. Set aside.
  • Add all of the ingredients for the strawberry topping to a small sauce pan.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Break up the strawberries using a potato masher or the back of a fork and continue to let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Top each of the cheesecake bites with the strawberry mixture, then transfer to the freezer and let chill for at least 3 hours.
  • Remove from the freezer and set out for 5 minutes. Garnish with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Notes

Please note you will have additional crust mixture leftover if following directions above (1 tbsp). If desired, you can add more crust to each of the cheesecake bites to make the bottom layer thicker.
 
These cheesecake bites can be stored in the freezer (for up to 1 month), or the fridge (for up to one week).

12 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I am so astonished by the multitude of uses you can get out of cashews! This is the perfect recipe for my vegan friends thanks for sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    You have so many creative recipes! I swear I wish you were around when I was vegan!

  3. 5 stars
    Awww these look sooooo cute!! I’m definitely saving this recipe for backyard party season!

  4. 5 stars
    This is one of those recipes that everyone is sure to love, vegans and non-vegans! Looks delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    These look so tasty! I love the strawberry topping!

  6. 5 stars
    Your recipes are always so delicious and gorgeous!

  7. 5 stars
    Perfect dessert for so many special events!!

  8. 5 stars
    These vegan cheesecake bites are the real deal.

  9. 5 stars
    I’m obsessed. I love that these are a vegan option, and they look positively amazing!

  10. 5 stars
    So so creative and you make it look really easy!!

  11. 5 stars
    These are absolutely decadent!

  12. 5 stars
    I love this!!! Black women on deck!
    Funny how diversity doesn’t run in our food and fitness circles!!!

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