These Paleo No-Bake Cheesecake Brownies are easy, rich, and crazy good! A simple chocolate brownie crust and a cashew-based, super smooth cheesecake topping. Completely dairy free, gluten free, and naturally sweetened, but everyone will love them!
Okay, let talk about the brownie layer first. It’s kind of like a cross between brownie and fudge. It’s no-bake so all the ingredients just get mixed up quickly and poured into a pan. It’s super easy and melt-in-your-mouth good. Even just making them by themselves would be a good treat.
But then the cheesecake layer! Yes, that makes them so much better!
Paleo Cheesecake has been something I’ve wanted to make for a long time. Cheesecake was possibly my favorite dessert before giving up dairy. I had tried making it before and wasn’t happy with the results. It just wasn’t as smooth and creamy as I was hoping and ended up throwing it away. So disappointing! I was a little hesitant to try it again and now I’m so glad I did. The trick is to really be patient when blending. It’s not going to be smooth after 1 minutes. Let it keep going until it is completely smooth and creamy. It took about 5 minutes and was totally worth it!
It may seem weird that cashews, coconut oil, almond milk, and honey blend up to taste like cheesecake, but they really do. It sets up in the fridge and gets that same firm texture- it’s incredible! I am definitely a believer and see many more cheesecake variations being made.You need to soak your cashews for at least 4 hours to soften them. Then drain and use. Or you can do the quick version which is soak them in hot water for 1 hour, and I changed the water half way through to keep it hot.
I want to say this recipe is good for summer so you don’t have to heat your house. And while that’s true, it’s actually good year round. No-bake recipes are always nice to have and make.
If you can’t have dairy and have been missing cheesecake, this is the treat to make! You will not be disappointed!
Jessica is a self taught cook/baker from Michigan who enjoys local farmers markets, baking competitions, and kayaking with her husband. She specializes in Paleo and other desirable recipes that can be seen over on her own food blog.