These No Bake Cashew Butter & Jelly Cheesecakes are sweet individual desserts that are lusciously creamy, simple to make, and swirled with strawberry jam. You can customize them with your favorite nut butter and jelly to make them your own! They’re gluten-free, paleo and vegan. This post is sponsored by iHerb.com.
What better way to start the day than CHEESECAKES?! I don’t know that there is one…except maybe cheesecakes that are actually gluten-free, paleo, and VEGAN?! Yeah, I’m thinking that might be the winner.
These little Cashew Butter & Jelly Cheesecakes come together in a flash too…maybe a little longer if you’re a psycho like me about making sure the crusts are perfectly even 😂but that’s for ~aestetics~ and totally unnecessary.
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Now let’s chat about all the goodies I used to make these glorious little Cashew Butter & Jelly Cheesecakes! To start, you’ve got to make the SUPER SIMPLE crust. It’s just two ingredients, pitted Medjool dates and cashews. If you opt for a different nut butter in the filling, you can use the corresponding nut/seed in the crust too.
Now, the filling. This is DIFFERENT than most of my other no-bake cheesecakes because,for those, I usually use soaked cashews. Here, we’re taking a shortcut – no need to soak the cashews, we’re going straight for the CASHEW BUTTER. I love the subtle buttery sweetness of raw cashew butter, but be creative here.
The cashew butter (or whichever nut/seed butter you choose) gets blended up with organic maple syrup for some sweetness, and canned coconut milk and coconut oil, which both help the cheesecakes firm up and stay super creamy. A splash of vanilla extract adds an extra touch of warmth to the flavor.
Once the filling is divided between the crusts, strawberry jam is swirled onto the cheesecakes. I like using one that’s fruit juice-sweetened if I’m not using homemade! The cashew butter & jelly cheesecakes are then popped into the fridge or freezer for a few hours to chill…and that’s all she wrote! All there’s left to do is devour ;)
I hope you’ll give these bites of creamy goodness a go – I highly doubt you’ll regret it…! When you do, let me know your favorite nut butter/jelly combo – I’m thinking almond butter & raspberry jam would be outta this world. Enjoy, my friends!
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No Bake Cashew Butter & Jelly Cheesecakes
For the crust
- 1 cup raw cashews or whatever nut/seed’s butter you’re using in the filling
- 6 medjool dates pitted
For the filling
- ¾ cup (192g) cashew butter can use whatever nut butter you like
- ½ cup canned full-fat coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil melted
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ cup fruit preserves any flavor you prefer (I like to buy ones that are organic and fruit juice sweetened)
Line a muffin pan with 8 muffin/cupcake liners. Set aside.
For the crust, combine the cashews and pitted dates in a food processor or high powered blender and pulse to combine and break up the cashews into smaller bits. Pulse to combine, until the cashews have broken down considerably and everything sticks together.
Divide evenly between the pans (I used a heaping tablespoon for each) and press into the bottom. Set aside.
In the same food processor or blender (no need to wash between), combine all of the ingredients in the filling except for the fruit preserves. Turn the food processor or blender on medium-high and blend for a minute, or until the mixture is silky smooth and creamy.
Divide the filling between the prepared crusts. Dollop a teaspoon of jam onto the top of each and swirl into filling - you can also just add a layer of jam on top if you prefer!
Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to set completely before serving. Serve chilled, and keep any leftovers in the refrigerator (or freezer for longer storage).