I’ve spent a long time trying to find/make the best vegan cheesecake, and I’m officially certain that I have! These vegan lemon blueberry cheesecake bars are not just the best vegan cheesecake I’ve had, but maybe the best cheesecake in general! These cheesecake bars are so easy to make and so freaking amazing, you won’t know what hit you!
This perfect dessert would be pretty difficult to mess up. You just throw everything in a blender and blend until creamy. Pour the cheesecake batter over the best dang crust ever. Then bake. That’s it. They get so thick and creamy. I have had a bunch of people taste them, and no one believed they were vegan.
So, let’s take a moment to talk about crusts. The crust of any dessert is arguably the best part. However you feel about it, I think cheesecake needs a thick crust. This super easy graham cracker crust is thick and AMAZING! It holds super well and is one of the best parts.
The cheesecake part is however is the best! It tastes exactly like regular cheesecake. No raw cashews, just regular cheesecake. Don’t get me wrong: a healthier version is great too, they are just very different! This is really good, lemony, fruity, creamy legit cheesecake. The tang from the lemon and the burst of baked blueberries is literally amazing!
A legit delicious vegan baked cheesecake that tastes like the real deal. These cheesecake bars are tangy and sweet and perfect!
- 3 Cups Graham cracker crumbs, vegan
- 1/3 Cup Brown sugar
- 1/3 Cup Vegan butter, melted
- 1 Block(15-16 oz.) Firm tofu (not extra firm)
- 16 Ounces Vegan cream cheese, I used Trader Joe's
- 1 Cup Organic sugar
- 1/2 Cup Maple syrup
- Juice of 3 Lemons
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon zest
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon Tapioca starch or corn starch
- 1/3 Cup All purpose flour
- 2 Cups Fresh blueberries
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Make the graham cracker crust. Process your graham crackers in a food processor until they are crumbs. Then make sure you have 3 cups of the crumbs. Add them to a mixing bowl, then add the brown sugar. Stir to combine.
Then add the melted vegan butter. Stir to completely combine. The crust should be moist and stick together if you press it together, but not super moist and oily.
Pour the graham cracker crust mix into a baking pan sprayed with non stick spray. I used a 13x9x2 pan. Press the crust into the pan. I like to use a small cup and press down so the crust is solid and packed in, and even throughout the pan.
Now, put the crust in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Just so it sticks together when you pour the cheesecake batter in.
Then, make the cheesecake batter. Squeeze some of the liquid out of the tofu. I just squeeze it over the sink and get as much out as I can. If it starts to crumble, no problem. Then add the tofu to a blender.
Now, add the vegan cream cheese, organic sugar, maple syrup, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla, tapioca or corn starch, and flour to the blender as well. Blend, scraping down sides as needed until the batter is completely smooth. It may take a few minutes.
When the crust is out of the oven, pour half the cheesecake batter over the crust, smooth out to cover the whole crust. Then sprinkle half the blueberries all over the top. Then pour the remaining cheesecake batter on top of that, smooth out as much as possible. Then sprinkle the remaining blueberries on top.
Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes. They are done when the edges start to brown, but the center will still be slightly jiggly. It should mostly look firm, but the jiggly center will firm as they cool!
Let cool for at least 4 hours. I like to make them the night before I plan to serve and chill over night.
Cut into bars and serve!
Most graham crackers are vegan as long as you don't get honey graham crackers. Just check the package.