Vegan Brownie Cheesecake Bars: Gluten-Free and Refined Sugar-Free

Finding gluten free desserts that actually taste good can be challenging – I know firsthand that biting into a cookie you thought looked delicious and turned out quite bland is not fun!  I wanted to make sure I created a gluten free,

I wanted to make sure I created a gluten free, vegan brownie recipe that didn’t’ sacrifice flavor and richness —  you know that satisfying brownie experience that makes your mouth water.

I created this recipe to be out-of-this-world good. After all, how could you go wrong when combining vegan brownies, cheesecake, walnuts and dark chocolate chips? It makes for a scrumptious combination of flavors and textures that come together to create the perfect, decadent dessert. Tasting it you would NEVER know that it’s also gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar-free.

Check out some of the great substitutions used to make these bars:

  • flax meal and water as a binder instead of egg
  • coconut oil instead of butter
  • coconut sugar and maple syrup instead of refined sugar
  • almond meal and gluten-free flour instead of wheat flour
  • cashews and tofu instead of cream cheese

Make this for your next dinner party, birthday party or Netflix night in and enjoy the guilt-free goodness!

Vegan Brownie Cheesecake Bars

Vegan & Gluten-free

Makes 9 squares

Ingredients:

Brownie Layer:

  • 2 Tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 5 Tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup almond meal (or almond flour-same thing)
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons dark chocolate chips

Cheesecake Layer:

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for 1 hour and drained
  • 1 cup coconut cream (from a can)
  • 8 ounces extra-firm silken tofu
  • 1 Tablespoon tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Chocolate Swirl (Optional):

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions:

Are you ready for these vegan brownies!? Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper.

To make the vegan brownie layer:

  • Combine the flax meal and water in a small bowl and let it sit.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the coconut oil, coconut sugar, maple syrup and vanilla. Whisk to combine. Add the flax/water mixture and whisk to combine. Add the sea salt, cocoa and baking powder. Whisk to combine. Add the flour and almond meal and mix to combine using a spatula.
  • Pour brownie batter into baking dish and smooth with spatula. Sprinkle with walnuts and chocolate chips.

 

Source: http://getcollagen.co.za

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