Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Is this the pinnacle of vegan desserts? We think it could be! These Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars were a hit at My Food Bag HQ. Using tofu as the bulk of the cheese cake is a great hack, and also adds protein. Remember to use silken tofu though, normal tofu doesn’t blend as well.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Servings 12
Prep Time 10 mins
Cooling time 2 hrs

Ingredients

 Base

  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • cup roasted peanuts
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 3 medjool dates, pit removed
  • ¼ cup ground almonds
  • Tbsp coconut oil

Peanut Butter Cheesecake

  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 200g silken tofu
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste

Topping

  • ¾ cup roasted peanuts
  • 150g dark chocolate, melted
  • 1 tsp flaky salt

Instructions

  • Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin.
  • Make base: In a food processor, pulse all the base ingredients together with a pinch of salt, until crumbly and mealy. Press mixture into the base of the prepared tin, using the base of a cup measure to create an even layer. Set aside in the fridge.
  • Make peanut butter cheesecake: Clean out food processor, then add all peanut butter cheesecake ingredients and blitz together with a pinch of salt, until smooth and creamy. Pour over the base and spread out into an even layer, tapping on the bench a few times to create a level surface.
  • Make topping: Sprinkle the roasted peanuts over the top of the peanut butter cheesecake in a single, even layer. Place into the freezer to chill for about 1 ½-2 hours, until completely firm and set.
  • Melt chocolate in a heat-proof bowl in the microwave in 30 second increments, until completely melted. Drizzle melted chocolate over the peanuts and tilt the tin so that the chocolate spreads into an even layer. Sprinkle over flaky sea salt, if desired. Chill again for 15minutes, until chocolate is set.
  • Once set, use a large serrated knife to cut the slice into rectangles about 2cm x 5cm. Store in the fridge.

Meet the Chef

Amelia ‘Amaretti’

Amelia, or better known by her foodie fam as Melie, manages the development of our Plant Based and Veggie bags, so has the interesting job of creating new and delicious meals with alternative proteins. She is a vegetarian who hates eggs but has a big love for pumpkin due to its versatility. Her favourite cuisine has to be Middle Eastern, which makes a whole lot of sense considering her ultimate plant based proteins are chickpeas and falafel (of course!).

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