No bake Vegan Cranberry Cheesecake Squares

Dairy-free, gluten-free cheesecake made with homemade vegan cream cheese layered between a grain-free base cookie base and a homemade cranberry orange sauce.

Eating Style: Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo, Refined Sugar-free, Soy-free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Prep Time:

Serves: 12

Ingredients

Cookie Base

Cranberry Orange Filling

  • 2 cups frozen cranberries
  • ¼ cup coconut nectar
  • Zest from half an orange
  • Juice from 1 orange (yields approx. 3-4 tablespoons)
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Cream Cheese Filling

Instructions

  1. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper draped over each side for easy lifting. Set aside.
  2. Combine all cookie base ingredients in a bowl and mash with a fork until well combined. You’ll know the mixture is ready when it forms into a ball easily.
  3. Reserve 1/4 cup of the mix and press the rest into the prepared pan. Make sure it’s nice and compacted and flat. Place in the fridge.
  4. Then, prepare cranberry orange filling. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, uncovered on medium heat, stirring often. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10-12 minutes until mixture has thickened. You want it to be about the same consistency of cranberry sauce, a bit thicker. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  5. Then, combine all cream cheese filling ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk to combine until smooth. Remove the cookie base pan out of the fridge, top with cream cheese mixture and smooth out with the back of a spoon. Return back to the fridge until the cranberry mixture has cooled.
  6. Top the cream cheese layer with cranberry sauce, removing the cinnamon stick before doing so. To do this, drop mounds of the sauce all over the pan so that you don’t have to spread the sauce to far along the top of the cream cheese. This will help you avoid mixing the two layers together. Go gently.
  7. Once the cranberry layer is smoothed, combine the reserved 1/4 cup cookie base mix with an additional 2 tablespoons of ground walnuts. Sprinkle over the top of the pan.
  8. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and allow to chill overnight. I left it for 24 hours.
  9. When ready to serve, lift out of the pan with the edges of the parchment paper and cut into 12 squares with a sharp knife, cleaning the knife between each cut to maintain the colors and layers of the squares.

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Notes

For the walnut flour – make you own by adding raw walnuts to your food processor and breaking down into a flour. That, or you could try replacing the walnut flour at a one to one ratio with almond flour.
For the coconut nectar – other liquid sweeteners could be used like honey (no longer vegan), raw agave nectar or date syrup.
Will keep for 4 days in the fridge. Can be cut into squares and then frozen for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

  • Calories: 298
  • Calories from Fat: 224
  • Total Fat: 24.9
  • Saturated Fat: 8.8 g
  • Sodium: 30 mg
  • Carbs: 15.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.7 g
  • Net Carbs: 12.4 g
  • Sugars: 6.9 g
  • Protein: 6.7 g