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3 No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Bar pieces being stacked on top of one another.

Dairy-Free Lemon Cheesecake Bars Recipe (No-Bake)

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 -18 square slices 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These gluten-free, dairy-free Lemon Cheesecake Bars are an easy, no-bake cheesecake dessert no one can resist! Vegan-friendly. 


Units Scale


  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups pitted dates (200 grams)
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds (100 grams)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup natural vanilla or cheesecake flavored pudding mix (See notes for substitutes)
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 12 Tablespoons refined coconut oil, solidified (adjust as needed)


  • 2 to 3 cups raw whole cashews (285 grams)
  • 1 cup chilled canned coconut milk or coconut cream (solid portion only)
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 3 to 4 Tablespoons lemon juice, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest + extra to garnish
  • 1/2 cup melted refined coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract (optional)
  • Natural food dye (See notes)
  • Optional Topping: lemon slices





Substitutions – Vanilla protein powder (plant-based) may be substituted for the pudding mix. Substitute turmeric powder for natural food coloring.

Quick Bowl Cashews – Place cashews in a small pot and cover with water. Place a lid on the pot and bring to a boil. Remove pot from the heat and allow the cashews to soak for 15 minutes. Drain the cashews and place in the refrigerator to cool before adding to the food processor.

Freezer Storage – Store prepared bars in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge for at least 12 hours before enjoying.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Chill Time:
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 slice/square
  • Calories: 261
  • Sugar: 15.5 g
  • Sodium: 75.2 mg
  • Fat: 18.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.9 g
  • Fiber: 2.1 g
  • Protein: 3.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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