Very Berry Cherry Layered Creamy Vegan Bars – No Bake

Whether you’re vegan or not, these berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars are amazing. They’re like a no bake vegan cheesecake made with raw cashews. It’s hard to describe just how yummy this vegan layered dessert is! If you are looking for a new raw vegan dessert recipe, this is for you!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares some berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars. You will love this no bake raw vegan recipe!

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Berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars are a healthy treat for anyone, vegan or otherwise. Since it’s a no bake vegan cheesecake dessert you don’t even have to heat up your kitchen using the oven.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares some berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars. You will love this no bake raw vegan recipe!

There are four layers in total in this raw vegan recipe. But don’t be put off by the ingredient list or the layering. They are easy to make, I promise!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares some berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars. You will love this no bake raw vegan recipe!

How to Prepare Raw Cashews

You will see this is a recipe made with raw cashews. So how do you prepare those?

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares some berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars. You will love this no bake raw vegan recipe!

Well, first of all let’s look at why raw cashews should be soaked. Cashews, which technically aren’t a nut but a seed from a cashew apple, are soft-shelled. This is because the exterior is a caustic resin instead of a hard shell. And that’s what needs to be soaked off.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares some berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars. You will love this no bake raw vegan recipe!

Three hours should be long enough (on the countertop) but you can also soak them overnight (in the refrigerator though). Just bear in mind over-soaking can make them slimy and bitter. Soaking removes the resin coating and also makes the cashews softer.

How to Make this Vegan Layered Dessert

Work layer by layer, and these berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars will be so easy to make. The first layer, or base layer, is where you start. Walnuts, dates, maple or agave syrup, coconut oil, and a pinch of salt go into the food processor.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares some berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars. You will love this no bake vegan cheesecake!

Process these ingredients until you have a well-combined, sticky mixture. You can then press it into a pan and refrigerate while you work on the next layers.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares some berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars. You will love this no bake vegan cheesecake!

The cherry layer is a tasty combination of cherries, cashews, lemon, maple or agave syrup, coconut oil, and sea salt. Use a blender to combine these ingredients.

One the cherry layer is on top of the base layer in this raw vegan recipe, freeze it for a while. The next layer is going to be the berry layer. For this one, you just need to combine everything in the blender again. Add it on top of the cherry layer once it’s set.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares some berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars. You will love this no bake vegan cheesecake!

Finally you can make the white layer and this is going to be the top layer in this vegan layered dessert. Again it’s simply a matter of blending everything together. You need cashews, lemon, maple or agave syrup, coconut oil, and a pinch of salt, for this layer.

No Bake Vegan Cheesecake Tips

It’s your choice whether to use a pinch of sea salt in the layers, in some of the layers or not at all. I like the way the salt contrasts with the sweet flavours but use your own judgement for this.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares some berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars. You will love this vegan layered dessert made with raw cashews!

Also feel free to use whichever nuts you like best. Cashews are always good and many vegan recipes are made with raw cashews. But you’ll also find walnuts, peanuts or almonds will work just as well. Consider using a mixture of different nuts here.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares some berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars. You will love this vegan layered dessert made with raw cashews!

As for the berry layer, use your favourite berries or whichever you happen to have to hand. Blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are all amazing in berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars. I like to shop for seasonal berries at the farmers’ market. You can’t get much fresher than that!

The sweetener can be your choice of maple syrup, agave syrup or even honey (unless you’re strictly vegan). Sugar would also work. I like the flavour of maple syrup in mine.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares some berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars. You will love this vegan layered dessert made with raw cashews!

If you use refined coconut oil these won’t taste of coconut. They might have a little coconut flavour if you use unrefined coconut oil.

These delicious bars are great for everyone, whether you happen to be vegan or not. They are also good if you’re looking for paleo-friendly recipes.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares some berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars. You will love this vegan layered dessert made with raw cashews!

How to Serve this Raw Vegan Recipe

This is not only a vegan layered dessert but also a snack or even breakfast. Enjoy one as a healthy treat after a workout at the gym. Try one of these as a late afternoon pick-me-up with a glass of lemonade or your favourite drink.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares some berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars. You will love this vegan layered dessert made with raw cashews!

They are wholesome enough for breakfast, perhaps paired with a glass of vanilla almond milk. Try crumbling into your oatmeal or granola for a berry boost.

How to Store Berry Cherry Layered Creamy Vegan Bars

This raw vegan recipe will keep in the refrigerator for several days. I haven’t tried freezing them but I expect they’d freeze well too.  

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares some berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars. You will love this vegan layered dessert made with raw cashews!

You might also like Citrus Pineapple Energy Smoothie, Carrot Blueberry Muffins, or Gluten Free Vegan Ramen.

Very Berry Cherry Layered Creamy Vegan Bars – No Bake Recipe

Very Berry Cherry Layered Creamy Vegan Bars – No Bake

Course: Gluten Free, Sweets, Vegan
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Soaking and Freezing: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 443kcal
Author: Bella
Whether you’re vegan or not, these berry cherry layered creamy vegan bars are amazing. They’re like a no bake vegan cheesecake made with raw cashews. This vegan layered dessert is yummy! If you are looking for a new raw vegan dessert recipe, this is for you!
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Ingredients

Base Layer

  • 2 Cup walnuts raw – or cashew/almond/peanut
  • ¾ Cup dates pitted – about 6-8 dates depending on size
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup pure – or agave
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil softened
  • 1/4 Tsp. sea salt optional

White Layer

  • 1.5 Cups cashews soaked
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup pure – or agave
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil softened
  • 1 Pinch sea salt optional

Berry Layer

  • 2 Cup blueberries fresh – or raspberries/blackberries
  • 1.5 Cup cashews soaked
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup pure – or algave
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil softened
  • 1/4 Tsp. sea salt optional

Cherry Layer

  • 2 Cup cherries fresh and pitted
  • 1.5 Cup cashews soaked
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup pure – or algave
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil softened
  • 1/4 Tsp. sea salt optional

Instructions

  • Put 4 cups of cashews (raw) in a bowl and cover with water. Soak the cashews from 4 hours to overnight. You will end up with 4.5 cups of cashews. Divide the cashews up as per the recipe.

Base Layer

  • Add all the base layer ingredients to a food processor and process until well combined. Scrape the sides a few times to get completely blended. It is the right consistency when you squeeze the mixture it forms a ball and sticks together.
  • Line a pan (8” x 8”) with parchment paper. Add the base layer mixture to the prepared pan and press the mixture firmly into the pan to create an even base layer. Place in fridge while you make the next layer.

Cherry Layer

  • Add all of the cherry layer ingredients into a high-powered blender. Blend until completely smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides a few times.
  • Pour the cherry layer mixture into the pan on top of the base layer. With a spatula, smooth into an even layer. Place in freezer for approximately 1 hour until hardened.

Berry Layer

  • Add all of the berry layer ingredients into a high-powered blender. Blend until completely smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides a few times.
  • Pour the berry layer mixture into the pan on top of the cherry layer. With a spatula, smooth into an even layer. Place in freezer for approximately 1 hour until hardened.

White Layer

  • Add all of the white layer ingredients into a high-powered blender. Blend until completely smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides a few times.
  • Pour the white layer mixture into the pan on top of the berry layer. With a spatula, smooth into an even layer. Place in freezer for approximately 1 hour until hardened.

Slice

  • When ready to serve the layered dessert, thaw and slice into squares.

Notes

The nuts in the base layer can be walnuts, cashews, almonds or peanuts. You can also do a mix. I sometimes make a 50/50 walnut/peanut mix and really like the flavour. Use what you have on hand!
The berry layer can be blueberries, raspberries or blackberries. You can also do a mix. I sometimes make a 50/50 raspberry/blackberry mix and really like it.

Nutrition

Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 3mg

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

Let me know if you try to make these layered raw vegan cashew bars. They are packed full of flavour and it is a bonus that they are gluten free and also vegan.

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  1. Thank you so much Heidi!

    Posted 4.23.16 Reply
  2. Savannah Ward wrote:

    YUM, these look awesome. I love your photos, as always!

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    Posted 4.24.16 Reply
  3. Catherine wrote:

    These look SO GOOD! I have a ton of berries in the fridge – I’m making them this weekend!

    Posted 4.29.16 Reply
  4. Love berries & coconut!

    Posted 5.2.16 Reply
  5. Glenda Crowe wrote:

    5 stars
    I can’t even count the number of times I have made these. Always delicious!

    Posted 6.27.21 Reply