Sugar-Free Vegan Berry Cheesecake Cups

Meet my new favorite indulgent dessert: Sugar-free vegan berry cheesecake cups. Rich, creamy, perfectly sweet and… Vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free.

Is that even possible?! Yes, turns out it is.

Before you get all excited (you get excited about healthy recipes too, right?), I’ll start by saying that it doesn’t taste exactly like a traditional cheesecake. HOWEVER, it’s the next best thing. In my opinion anyway.

When I stopped eating added sugar almost 5 years ago now (crazy), one of the desserts I missed the most was cheesecake. And peanut butter M&Ms, but I’m not even attempting to make those sugar-free. Minimalist Baker did a version, so maybe it’s worth trying those.

So yes, here’s my new favorite dessert.

What’s in it exactly? Mostly nuts and dates. My two favorite ingredients, obviously.

Unlike most vegan cheesecake recipes, this one does not require you to soak any cashews. With a good blender, you can get away with dry roasted, unsalted cashews in the cheesecake filling. Otherwise, you can try soaking the cashews overnight (you might just need to reduced the liquid a bit).

Here’s how it goes:

The Crust is made from nuts (I love walnuts, but any other nut should work), dates, oats and a touch of vanilla.

The filling is made of cashews (I haven’t tested any substitutions here), dates, coconut milk and vanilla.

Now, this is not a low-fat recipe. This is as indulgent as a sugar-free dessert can get without chocolate. It’s made with lots of nuts, dates and high-fat coconut milk. But you know what? It’s delicious and still made with wholesome ingredients. We should all enjoy treats sometimes without guilt. Just maybe try not to eat it all in one sitting.

If you want a similar recipe, but chocolate flavored, you can try my mini cookie dough chocolate mousse cups!

Watch How to Make It:

Sugar-Free Vegan Berry Cheesecake Cups

Decadent, yet healthy, these cheesecake cups are made with wholesome ingredients, including dates, nuts and oats. They're sugar-free, vegan, gluten-free and absolutely delicious!
Course Dessert
Cuisine vegan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • Fresh berries, for topping

Cups

  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or nuts of choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons water, as needed

Cheesecake Filling

  • 1 cup cashews, raw or dry roasted unsalted
  • 3/4 cup canned full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Prepare the Cups

  • Add the dates, oats, nuts, vanilla and salt in a food processor. Process until it forms a fine crumb. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time and process until the mixture sticks together when pressed.
  • Press the mixture to the bottom of a muffin pan forming little cups (makes 6 in a regular sized muffin pan). Place in the fridge while you prepare the filling.

Prepare the Filling

  • In the same food processor (there's no need to clean it, but remove crumbs), add the coconut milk, cashews, coconut oil, dates and vanilla. Process until smooth, up to 5 minutes. Scrape the sides as needed.

Assemble the Cheesecake Cups

  • Scoop the filling into each little cup. Top each cup with fresh berries of choice.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to let it firm. Enjoy straight from the fridge.

Notes

To remove the cups from the muffin pan, use a butter knife around the cups to loosen them. The cups can get a little sticky, but I found this worked well. 
Use fresh berries of choice in this recipe. If you want more fruit flavor in this dessert, you can spoon some mashed berries on top instead. I tried it with both fresh strawberries and frozen, thawed mashed strawberries.
You can also make this recipe using a square glass dish and made them into bars. A smaller dish would be best to have thicker bars.
If your blender is weak, it might not lead to a creamy filling if not soaking the cashews. If this is the case, you can soak the cashews and reduce the amount of coconut milk. Start with 1/2 a cup and increase as needed. The mixture should be slightly thick and easy to spoon into the cups.

If you try this recipe, make sure to tag your photo #unsweetenedcaroline on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Don’t forget to also tag me @unsweetened.caroline on Instagram so I can see your creations!

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