Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes (Dairy-Free, GF, Vegan, Paleo)

Sweet, light and creamy and full of strawberry flavor! Better than “regular” cheesecakes, these mini cakes are dairy-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar free. Super easy – No baking involved! Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes (Vegan, Paleo) PrettyPies

I love all things MINI… especially mini food. And mini dairy-free cheesecakes!? I’m sold!

CASHEW MAGIC

This recipe is my fluffiest cheesecake– super light and soft. These have no dairy and no eggs, but they’re still as creamy delicious as the real deal.

What’s the secret ingredient? CASHEWS! These humble little nuts transform into the loveliest cream after you soak them and blend them with a food processor or high speed blender.

They are magical. My absolute FAVORITE thing ever. The absolute best dairy replacement. I don’t even miss dairy now that I have cashew milk for my coffee & cashew cream for my desserts. 🙂

You can even make queso and alfredo using cashews!! I haven’t tried those yet, but I’m definitely going to. YUM.Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes (Vegan, Paleo) PrettyPies

Maximum Strawberry-ness!

{Update 3/20/18} I re-made this recipe that was originally posted about 2 years ago and now it has even MORE strawberry flavor, and more gorgeous PINK color. YAY!

How?? Freeze dried strawberries! These are becoming more and more common to find in grocery stores. And the price has come down, too!

I buy mine at Aldi now (my favorite store!) One bag is about $2.99. Score!

All you do is put the entire bag of strawberries into a small blender and blend for 15 seconds to turn them into a powder. Then add the powder to your cheesecake mixture!

This ingredient is optional, but I do love the effect it gives. Amps up the color and flavor. Aren’t these cheesecakes such a pretty pastel pink? Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes (Vegan, Paleo) PrettyPies

“How dare you call these “Cheesecakes”??”

Apparently there’s been a LOT of controversy on calling these things “cheesecakes”.. Yes, I am fully aware there’s no “Cheese” lol. But that’s the best way to describe these things. Nobody wants to eat nut cake. Promise.

Back when the video was posted of my Blueberry Lime Cheesecake, so many people went NUTS (pun intended hahaha)

There are over 17 thousand comments (some aren’t so nice). Why can’t people just be kind to one another?? Ok trolls, no dessert for you. 😉

SO… cream cake, cashew cake, raw vegan no-bake blended dessert, whatever you want to call it, it’s GOOD. Just leave it at that and make yourself one. If strawberry’s not your thing, check out my collection of other cheesecake flavors. 

ps. I’ll be adding to my cheesecake collection, so if you have any requests, drop it in the comments!
Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes (Vegan, Paleo) PrettyPies

Cele-brate, Holi-day…

The mini size of these cheesecakes makes them ideal for parties (or portion control, too!) A silicone cupcake mold makes for easy removal.

I made these mini cheesecakes for my daughter’s birthday party and they were a hit (and I was the only person who’s dairy-free!!) But they’re also perfect for spring, summer and Easter!

Let me know if you try them! Tag me on Istagram @emily.likes.food #prettypies 🙂 I’d love to hear what you think!

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Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes (Dairy-Free, GF, Vegan, Paleo)

Individual cheesecakes that are perfect for parties! Deliciously bursting with fresh strawberry flavor in a beautiful pink color!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time20 mins
Keyword: dairy-free, vegan cheesecake
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Emily

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 3/4 cup dates
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Dash of pink salt

Strawberry Cheesecake Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups soaked cashews
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of pink salt
  • 1.2 oz bag freeze dried strawberries optional
  • 1/2 cup strawberry slices for garnish

Instructions

To make the crust:

  • Pulse crust ingredients in a food processor until sticky crumbles form.
  • Press crust into silicone cupcake molds (using a small measuring cup works great)

To make the cheesecake:

  • {Use cashews that have been soaked overnight in a bowl of water, or soaked in hot water for 2 hours} Blend cashews smooth in food processor & scrape down the sides.
  • Optional: Blend freeze dried strawberries into a powder using a small blender. (Results in 1/3 cup powder.)
  • Add remaining filling ingredients and blend again.
  • Taste & adjust, adding an extra splash of maple syrup (or tsp of powdered coconut sugar), if needed.
  • Pour filling on top of mini crusts. Smooth with a spatula.
  • Freeze 4-6 hours (or overnight) until solid, then remove from silicone.
  • Garnish with sliced strawberries. Transfer to fridge until ready to eat, or set on the counter to thaw until softened. Enjoy!

Notes

Disclosure: Pretty Pies is a member of the Amazon Associates program and any purchases made through my affiliate links may result in a small commission at no additional cost to you. 
Featured Products:
Cuisinart Food Processor
Freeze Dried Strawberries from Aldialso available here on Amazon and at grocery stores like Target, Sprouts and Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods.
Silicone cupcake molds from IKEA (similar item on Amazon)
To store: keep tightly wrapped in the fridge for one week, or frozen for 1 month. If frozen, sit on the counter several minutes to thaw and soften.

11 comments

    • Emily says:

      Sorry he’s allergic 🙁 I have never tried almonds, but maybe it could work.

      Cashews absorb a lot of water when you soak them and have a very creamy consistency and mild sweetness which makes them ideal for dairy-free cheesecakes.

      I do know that macadamia nuts work in place of cashews, though! Just be sure to thoroughly soak whatever nuts you use. Hope it works for you!

    • Emily says:

      I recommend raw. Not sure if roasted would work the same. It might! I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure. But roasting does dry them out, which could affect their ability to absorb water.
      If you try it, let me know what you think

      • Kristina says:

        What does it mean freeze dried strawberries? Is it possible to make this cheesecake in a small cake form instead as I do not have small crusts. Thanks a lot!

  1. Kristina says:

    What does it mean freeze dried strawberries? Is it possible to make this cheesecake in a small cake form instead as I do not have small crusts. Thanks a lot!

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