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Vegan Recipe - Almond Butter Cheesecake Brownie Bars

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  • Vegan Recipe - Almond Butter Cheesecake Brownie Bars

    • Prep Time : 20 minutes
    • Cook Time : 40 minutes
    • Servings : 6
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    These bars are a two-in-one dessert. The nut butter cheesecake layer is smooth and creamy and the brownie layer is chocolatey. The serving size makes a loaf pan that helps portion control. The brownies, when baked a bit longer than done, bake up cakey but get fudgy during the chilling time. Double the recipe to make a larger pan or make just the cheesecake layer and bake it into your favorite pie crust.

    From Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen copyright © 2017 by Richa Hingle. Used by permission Vegan Heritage Press.

    Ingredients

    Brownies
    1/4 cup (60ml) maple syrup
    2 to 3 tablespoons (24 to 36g) coconut sugar or other sugar
    3 tablespoons (48g) smooth almond butter
    1/4 cup (60ml) almond milk or other nondairy milk
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground flax seed (optional)
    1/2 cup (60g) oat flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
    2 tablespoons (14g) unsweetened cocoa powder
    Pinch salt
    2 to 3 tablespoons (20 to 30g) nondairy semisweet chocolate chips

    Cheesecake
    2/3 cup (160ml) nondairy plain or vanilla yogurt
    1/4 cup (65g) smooth almond butter
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 to 3 teaspoons fresh lime juice or lemon juice
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    3 tablespoons (36g) coconut sugar
    2 tablespoons (20g) nondairy semisweet chocolate chips

    Preparation

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9 x 5-inch (23 x 13cm) loaf pan (or line it with parchment paper).

    2. Brownies: In a medium bowl, combine the maple syrup, sugar, almond butter, milk, vanilla, baking soda, flax seed (if using), flour, cocoa, and salt, stirring to combine. Pour the brownie batter into the loaf pan. Sprinkle the top of the batter with the chocolate chips. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, or until the center is set.

    3. Cheesecake: In another medium bowl, combine the yogurt, almond butter, vanilla, lime juice, cornstarch, salt, and sugar. Taste and add more lime juice and sugar if needed (keep in mind that the lime juice will taste stronger after baking).

    4. Take the brownies out of the oven and pour the cheesecake mixture over the brownies. Sprinkle the top of the cheesecake with the chocolate chips. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the center of the cheesecake is set. Cool completely and chill for at least 30 minutes. Slice and serve.

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