Summertime always has me craving berries. Fresh, ripe, and right off the vine. Truly, the perfect definition of "nature's candy". If I had to choose, I'd pick blueberries as my favorite berry. I prefer them tart and firm and a bright, brilliant blue. Exactly what was used in these Easy, No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Bars.
These Paleo blueberry bars are perfect for summer because they don't require any baking and they use fresh blueberries. They have a soft shortbread crust and creamy coconut filling. Furthermore, these bars are raw, dairy free, grain free and sweetened with maple syrup.
A few things I love about these bars are that they are dairy free, raw and NOT made with cashews! I've scoured the internet for raw cheesecake bars without cashews and haven't found any to my liking. Now, I don't have anything wrong with cashews, it's just that my son is allergic to them. Therefore, baking with cashews is out of the question.
So, what exactly are these bars made out of?
What are the Ingredients in No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Bars?
These bars contain 8 simple ingredients:
- blanched almond flour
- non-hydrogenated shortening
- maple syrup
- vanilla extract
- coconut cream
- grass fed collagen peptides
- fresh blueberries
The crust is a soft, almond flour shortbread. It's sweetened with a bit of maple syrup and flavored with vanilla. Although the crust is not nut free, these bars can be made nut free.
For a nut free version, simply use sunflower seed flour in place of the almond flour. I like to make my own sunflower seed flour by grinding raw sunflower seeds in a coffee grinder. It works SO well! In addition, it can be used for grinding other seeds such as flax, chia and pumpkin seeds.
Coconut Cream Filling
These blueberry cheesecake bars have a filling made with coconut cream (just the cream, not the milk) and grass fed collagen peptides. With this combination, you get a thick, silky smooth filling that is nut free, dairy free and grain free.
The filling is sweetened with maple syrup, flavored with vanilla and contains fresh blueberries.
Are these Cheesecake Bars Keto?
This recipe absolutely CAN be keto friendly. Simply use a liquid sugar free sweetener in place of the maple syrup. For example, I would suggest using Lakanto sugar free maple syrup.
In addition, you can reduce the amount of blueberries or eliminate them completely. This will lower the sugar/carb content.
How to make No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
These raw cheesecake bars are so easy to make. They're a one-bowl recipe that doesn't require any baking and very little prep. Truthfully, the only hard part is waiting for the filling to set!
First off, combine all the crust ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. I recommend mixing with a spatula.
Next, press the crust into a lined 8" x 8" pan.
For the filling, combine all liquid ingredients and stir until smooth. If your coconut cream is clumping, then warm it in the microwave. To do this, heat it on high at 5 second intervals.
Next, add in the collagen. When well mixed, finally add the blueberries.
Pour the filling over the crust. To decorate, you may add additional blueberries on top of the filling. As well as any other toppings you wish. For instance, I used chopped almonds and bee pollen.
Lastly, set the bars in your fridge overnight. Giving them a good eight hours time to rest will ensure that they set properly.
These easy, No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Bars are best kept in the fridge. But, you may freeze them as well. The only issue here is that the blueberries become "icy". I prefer the texture of soft, fresh blueberries.
I suggest eating them within 5 days. However, they should last well up to a week in your fridge.
More No Bake, Paleo Recipes
I have a lot of no bake recipes on my blog. Seriously, nothing easier to make than a raw dessert. They're also huge crowd pleasers! Here are some of my other favorite desserts that don't require any baking:
- Mint Chocolate Chia Bars
- Coconut Butter Bars
- Chocolate & Vanilla Cookie Bars
- Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
These No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Bars are Paleo, dairy free and made with fresh blueberries. They have a soft shortbread crust and creamy coconut filling.
- 1 + ½ cups blanched almond flour, packed (150g)
- ¼ cup non-hydrogenated shortening
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup coconut cream
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup grass fed collagen peptides
- ½ cup fresh blueberries + more for topping
- Line an 8" x 8" pan with foil. Set aside.
- For the crust, add all crust ingredients to a medium sized mixing bowl. Mix well using a spatula.
- Firmly press the crust into the lined pan.
- For the filling, combine coconut cream, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth* Stir in collagen peptides. Finally, add fresh blueberries.
- Pour filling over crust. Optional: add additional blueberries and/or other toppings.
- Place in fridge overnight to set.
- Best stored in fridge, but can also be stored in freezer.
*If coconut cream is clumping, warm the mixture in your microwave. Do this by heating on high for 5-10 seconds.
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