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Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bars, Vegan and Gluten-Free! You are going to love these clean eating bars! Pecan Pie crust with dairy-free, no bake cheesecake filling.
This recipe was first posted in 2015 and updated in October, 2020.
These days, I am finding myself pulled more and more towards the season of thanks and gratitude. As this year has reminded us, life is short, and I’m more thankful than ever for things I often take for granted: friends and family, a loving partner and security.
I’ve been unplugging more and more these days to connect with loved ones, eat, drink and be merry. For me, this season is a gentle reminder to become more present, put down my phone and laptop, and spending quality time around the dinner table with people I hold most dear. Food is definitely my love language, it’s how I bond and connect with others and I know this is true for so many of us. When we meet a new neighbor, we welcome with food. When a baby is born, we celebrate with food. When something tragic happens to someone we love, we console with food. It’s an offering of care and consideration that can serve as a reinforcement or replacement for words. Food forges bonds and community.
To showcase my gratitude to you, I want to share one of my favorite recipes of late, these no-bake pecan pie cheesecake bars. They are a slight riff on my pumpkin pie pecan bars that I shared last year, this time with a rich, creamy, dairy-free filling.
While these bars are definitely cleaner than most cheesecake bars, they are still an indulgent treat. I’m OK with that though. I care less about calories and fat grams than I do about what goes into my food. I’d much rather enjoy a dessert made from nuts and natural sweeteners then one laden with overly processed fare.
The pecan pie base is so decadent, I don’t blame you if you decide to forgo the cheesecake filling all together! I swear I eat about half of the filling before I get around to pressing it into the baking pan. It’s sweet, salty, and buttery- just like I know pecan pie to be. The filling is a vegan cheesecake layer made entirely out of coconut, cashews, and maple syrup, a triple threat combination that won’t have anyone missing the dairy. Even though it tastes very similar to traditional cheesecake, I prefer this combination as it doesn’t come with that heavy cheese aftertaste.
I tested this recipe the same day I made a quick-caramel sauce for my Everyday Chef column and decided to drizzle the leftovers on these bars after they cooled. Naturally sweetened caramel sauce on top of pecan cheesecake bars? I don’t know how it gets any better than this. It’s optional, but if you have time, I highly suggest you make it. To save valuable oven space, make these a day or two ahead of time. They are best stored in the freezer and then pulled out to room temperature 15 minutes before serving.
Hope you enjoy these vegan pecan pie cheesecake bars as much as we do! If you’re prepping for any holiday baking, these store really well in the freezer! I recently introduced these bars to Vander a few weeks ago and he looked straight into my eyes and said, “Mom, I love these bars.” I know babe, me too.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bars! Vegan and Gluten-Free! You are going to love these clean eating bars! Pecan Pie crust with dairy-free, no bake cheesecake filling. Topped with toasted pecans and maple-caramel syrup. A must make for Thanksgiving, Christmas or the Holidays!
Pecan Pie Crust
Vegan Cheesecake Filling
Maple Caramel topping, optional