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These delicious bars can be eaten frozen for a more “ice cream” type of texture, or thawed for a softer texture!
½ cup pecans
¾ cup oats
1 cup medjool dates
½ tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 cup cashews, soaked 2-4 hours or overnight
1 large can full fat coconut milk (put in the fridge overnight and use just the solid cream layer on top - not the liquid watery bit at the bottom)
1 scoop vanilla Lean Up protein powder (optional)
¼ cup maple syrup
juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup raspberries
1 tbsp maple syrup
Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper.
In a food processor, blend the pecans, oats, dates, and salt until it forms a dough. You should be able to press the dough together with your fingertips. If it is too dry, add a small spoon of water.
Press the dough down into your pan, until it coats the entire bottom of the pan. Place the pan in the freezer while you prepare the rest of your ingredients.
Place the cashews in a food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Set aside.
Place your coconut cream in a mixer, and blend until it forms a fluffy whip cream texture. Add the maple syrup, lemon juice, lemon zest, protein powder and vanilla and continue to whip until incorporated.
Pour your blended cashews into the coconut whip and gently mix together with a spatula or spoon.
Pour the mixture into your pan.
Place your raspberries and maple syrup in a food processor and blend. Spoon the mixture into the pan on top of the cheesecake layer.
Using a sharp knife, begin to make swirls, or "figure eights" into the raspberry layer to achieve that swirly look.
Place your vegan raspberry cheesecake bars into the freezer to firm up for 2-3 hours.
When ready to serve, remove from pan, cut into squares, and serve!
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