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Almost-Raw Honey Cheesecake Bars with Cranberry Topping

The only cooked ingredient in this creamy treat is a homemade cranberry topping. For a fully raw dessert, you can omit the topping and serve the bars plain, or garnish them with berries or sliced fresh fruit.



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3 cups raw cashews, divided
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1 cup frozen cranberries
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¼ cup plus 2 Tbs. raw, unfiltered honey, divided
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¼ cup apple juice
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¼ cup raw coconut oil, softened, plus extra for greasing baking dish
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1 cup raw walnuts
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¼ cup raisins
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1 cup raw macadamia nuts
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½ cup lemon juice
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1 tsp. vanilla extract
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½ tsp. salt


1. Cover 2 cups cashews with cold water, and soak 3 hours, or overnight.

2. Simmer cranberries, 2 Tbs. honey, and apple juice in saucepan over medium-low heat 10 to 12 minutes, or until cranberries pop. Cool 15 minutes. Pulse in blender or food processor until sauce is thick and smooth. Cool completely.

3. Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch-square glass baking dish with coconut oil. Process walnuts, raisins, and remaining 1 cup cashews in food processor, until mixture begins to stick together. Press into prepared dish, and chill 30 minutes, or overnight.

4. Drain soaked cashews. Purée cashews, macadamia nuts, lemon juice, remaining ¼ cup coconut oil, remaining ¼ cup honey, vanilla extract, salt, and 3 Tbs. water in food processor 5 minutes, or until smooth and creamy. Spoon cashew mixture over crust. Spread cranberry mixture over top. Cut through cheesecake with small knife to swirl. Freeze cheesecake 1 hour before serving. Thaw 5 minutes, then slice into 16 bars.

Nutrition Information: 

6 g
Total Fat: 
25 g
Saturated Fat: 
7 g
20 g
0 mg
77 mg
2 g
10 g
Makes 16 bars

Comments on this Recipe

I can't wait to try this recipe. My husband is on south beach and will love the nut base. I might substitute blueberries or strawberries for the cranberries as I find them too tart. though I do want to point out that the honey makes it not vegan. I bet agave "honey" would be a good sub. It seems like such a versatile recipe too!

Made this for veggie-vegan thanksgiving--AMAZING, was loved by all. Never thought vegan cheesecake could taste this good.

This recipe is awesome! My family loves cheesecake and loved this alternative cheesecake recipe. I think its best still a little frozen, when it fully defrosts its texture is a little grainy, but the flavor is wonderful either way!

can I use fresh cranberries??

What ingredient makes it look white like cream cheese (the coconut oil?)

Cashews are a common "cheese" product in the raw world. That probably helps contribute to the white color of the "cream cheese."

Finally tried this recipe - we didn't like the macadamia flavor and probably won't make it again. I've had some wonderful raw cheesecake in the past and it didn't taste anything like this recipe. Disappointing.