Magical Cheesecake Cookie Dough Bars

I’m going to go out on a limb here and proclaim that this might be my favorite recipe to date. These cheesecake cookie dough bars are as vibrant and pure as my namesake; not to mention they are raw, vegan, paleo, refined sugar free and their cookie dough base contains beautifying medicinal mushroom powder! These magical bars boast a hazelnut chocolate chip cookie dough base, a lemon raspberry layer, and a marbled orange blossom & vanilla bean layer topped with fresh figs and pistachio crumbles.

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MAGICAL CHEESECAKE COOKIE DOUGH BARS

Raw Mushroom Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Base

INGREDIENTS

1 cup hazelnut meal (simply process 1 cup of raw hazelnuts until you have a flour consistency) (can sub with almond flour if necessary)
2 1/2 heaping tbsp almond butter (make sure it’s mixed up and not too oily/wet)
2 1/2 tbsp melted coconut oil
2 tbsp golden flaxseed meal
6 tsp OM Beauty Mushroom Powder (optional!)**
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp maple syrup or honey (depending on how sweet you like it)
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

*Don’t worry if you don’t have mushroom powder, you can omit and the recipe will still work and be delicious, it just won’t have the same benefits.

DIRECTIONS

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until you have a thick dough like mixture. If it seems too wet, sprinkle in a little more hazelnut meal or some coconut flour. If the mixture seems too dry, add a little more melted coconut oil. Let the mixture chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Next, grab a parchment lined 8X8 baking pan and add the dough to the bottom of the pan. Press the dough in and make sure it is packed and evenly distributed. Place in the fridge to set while you prepare the cheesecake layer.

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Pink Layer //

1 cup of cashews (soaked for a few hours- overnight)
1 small raw beet (peeled and diced) (you won’t taste the beet; it’s for color!)
1/4 cup filtered water (might need to add more water little by little until you have a uniform creamy mixture)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
1/4 cup dried raspberries or strawberries
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

Add all of the ingredients to your high speed blender. Start with the smaller amount of water and add more if the mixture is too dry/chunky. Blend ingredients until you have a thick and smooth mixture. Taste for any necessary adjustments, i.e add more sweetener if you deem it necessary, add more zest if it lacks tartness etc. It’s always important to taste and adjust when you’re cooking! Remove your pan with the cookie dough base from the fridge and pour the pink layer on top and evenly distribute.

Orange/White Marbled Layer //

1 cup of cashews (soaked for a few hours- overnight)
2-3 tbsp filtered water (might need to add more water little by little until you have a uniform creamy mixture)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
2 tsp orange blossom water (can be found online or at middle eastern markets)
juice of 1 orange
1 tsp orange zest
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional // I added a natural turmeric based food coloring to half of the mixture so that I could have a bright orange color and marble it with the white. I added the link to get the food coloring, you can get it on Amazon or Whole Foods (not sponsored, FYI).

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DIRECTIONS

Add all of the ingredients to your high speed blender. Start with the smaller amount of water and add more if the mixture is too dry/chunky. Blend ingredients until you have a thick and smooth mixture. Taste for any necessary adjustments, i.e add more sweetener if you deem it necessary, add more zest if it lacks tartness, add a splash more orange blossom water if you can’t taste it or prefer a stronger flavor. It’s always important to taste and adjust when you’re cooking.

Totally optional***(Directions for white and orange marbled layer, you can just leave the mixture as is and pour on top of the pink mixture and ignore the following). For this marbled layer, I eyeballed it and divided the mixture in 1/2 and added orange coloring to half the mixture. First I poured the white mixture and marbled it with the pink layer using a toothpick and a teaspoon (very official tools). Next, I added the orange layer and marbled everything together but left a mostly orange color on top. You can play around with this and experiment!

Toppings //

5 figs (sliced into circles)
1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios

DIRECTIONS

Gently place fig slices on top of the cheesecake batter. You can also slip some fig slices into the batter if you’d like. Next, evenly sprinkle pistachios everywhere.

Finally, cover the pan with plastic wrap or foil and place into the freezer for 6 hours- overnight. When you’re ready to eat, take out of the freezer and let soften for about 5-10 minutes. Slice into bars or squares, or just dig in with a fork and enjoy!

Magical Cheesecake Cookie Dough Bars

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ADELINE WAUGH is the creator of Vibrant&Pure Wellness, a website and Instagram account which strives to exemplify the notion that healthy food never has to be boring. She is currently studying to become a certified holistic nutrition practitioner and loving the wealth of knowledge she gets to learn every day. Vibrant&Pure’s motto is, ‘Vibrantly beautiful meals with ingredients nothing less than pure’. Her goal is to show people that cutting out things that seem impossible to live without (i.e. wheat, dairy, and refined sugar) doesn’t have to mean deprivation. Connect with her on Vibrant&Pure, InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest.

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