These vegan fig cheesecake bars are so beautiful it physically pains me. I think that figs are in the top 3 most beautiful pieces of produce, along with purple cabbage and golden kiwis <3. Figs have such a short season here in Minnesota and I take full advantage of them being fresh at the markets.
These bars are NO-BAKE which we love. It takes a lot of the potential screw-ups and user error out of a recipe when baking isn’t involved.
For this recipe, I specifically wanted something that was really aesthetically pleasing. I think sliced figs are the most beautiful produce so I definitely chose them for looks over flavor. But, don’t let that be any inclination of the flavor of these. They are subtly sweet – sort of like a date. They’re not tart whatsoever, sort of a savory + sweet flavor, very mild.
If you didn’t want to use figs for this recipe, you could always sub in something else like peaches, sliced kiwis, strawberries, whatever! Play around with this, that’s what all of the fun is with cooking.
Raw cashews within the last few years definitely took the vegan world by storm. They are a creamier nut which allows them to be puréed and used for a lot of vegan cheese substitutions. They are mild in flavor, which allows you to play with different flavorings and tailor them to whichever recipe you’re making (maple, vanilla, honey, fruit-flavored, etc.). For these vegan fig cheesecake bars specifically, I used maple syrup as the sweetener which is my personal favorite – especially for these cozier fall months.
The crust on these bars is not to be forgotten – it is truly delicious. Made from dates, cashews, and oats – it is perfectly sweet and chewy. The texture is sort of a granola bar vibe, and the flavor is subtly sweet from the dates which adds to the overall sweetness and pairs so well with the maple in the cheesecake base.
These bars will be best stored in the fridge in an air tight container! They are all fresh ingredients and will only last for about 3-4 days in the fridge. Unfortunately with having fresh fruit on top, freezing them and thawing them out won’t be the best option. So, you have no choice but to finish them in 3-4 days – I have faith that you can do that though!
As always, let me know if you make these in the comments!