7 Ingredient Vegan Cheesecakes

7 Ingredient Vegan Cheesecakes

Friends, few times have I been more excited to share a recipe with you as I am today.

This recipe has been taste tested and approved by 6 of my closest foodie friends and heartily approved. And they weren’t even vegan! I even like these better than real cheesecakes, which I can no longer stomach with my dairy intolerance. Crisis, averted.

Date Walnut CrustThese 7 ingredient beauties begin with a 2-ingredient crust! Dates and raw walnuts (or almonds) – that’s all you need. Whirl and set aside.

7 Ingredient Vegan Cheesecake

Next up, the 5-ingredient filling: Soaked cashews, coconut milk, coconut oil, lemon juice and agave nectar. So good, so creamy, so insanely delicious you’ll want to drink it with a straw.

Vegan Cheesecake Three Ways!

This is where the fun begins: you get to pick your own flavor!

Of course, you could leave them as is. They’re extremely delicious plain. But, to perk them up a bit I created three varieties: blueberry, bourbon caramel and peanut butter. My favorite being peanut butter (as if you expected anything less).

7 Ingredient Vegan Cheesecake Bites

Instead of baking these cheesecakes you simply pop them in the freezer to set. To make removing them from the pan a breeze, I simply cut out strips of parchment paper and made little tabs so I could just pop them right out. Worked like a charm! If you don’t have parchment, just slide a butter knife along the sides to pop them out. Easy, simple removal either way (no special equipment or springform pans required).

Blueberry Vegan Cheesecake | minimalistbaker.com #vegan #glutenfree

Vegan Cheesecake Bites 3 ways! MinimalistBaker.com

If you’ve ever been suspicious of cashew-based vegan desserts, don’t be! I can whole-heartedly attest that these are some of the best desserts I’ve ever had! No seriously. I can’t even begin to tell you how insanely delicious these guys are – and I’m a cheesecake snob!

Simple 7 Ingredient #Vegan Cheesecake Bites!

They’re:

Creamy
Perfectly sweet
Slightly tart
Luscious
Sexy
Smooth
Insanely satisfying
Perfect topped with coconut whipped cream

OK, this is beginning to sound like a Victoria’s Secret ad. You catch my drift. Just make, these, cheesecakes!

7 Ingredient Vegan Cheesecake Bites with a Walnut-Date Crust

7 Ingredient Cheesecake Bites | Just whirl it all in a blender for a creamy, dairy-free dessert

Super Creamy 7 Ingredient Vegan Cheesecakes! #glutenfree #vegan

Super Creamy 7 Ingredient Vegan Cheesecake Bites! #vegan #glutenfree

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7 Ingredient Vegan Cheesecakes
 
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7 ingredient vegan, gluten free cheesecakes that are creamy, slightly tart, perfectly sweet and 100% irresistible. Better than real cheesecake and the perfect healthy, simple dessert to feed a crowd (or just you).
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 1 cup pitted dates (soaked in warm water for 10 minutes then drained)
  • 1 cup raw walnuts or almonds
  • Filling:
  • 1.5 cups raw cashews, soaked in water 4-6 hours then drained
  • 1 large lemon, juiced (scant 1/4 cup)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp full fat coconut milk (see instructions for note)
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar or maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
  • Optional Flavor Add-Ins:
  • 2 Tbsp salted natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup wild blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 Tbsp bourbon caramel sauce
Instructions
  1. Add dates to a food processor and blend until small bits remain and it forms into a ball. Remove and set aside.
  2. Next add nuts and process into a meal. Then add dates back in and blend until a loose dough forms - it should stick together when you squeeze a bit between your fingers. If it's too dry, add a few more dates through the spout while processing. If too wet, add more almond or walnut meal. Optional: add a pinch of salt to taste.
  3. Lightly grease a standard, 12 slot muffin tin. To make removing the cheesecakes easier, cut strips of parchment paper and lay them in the slots. This creates little tabs that makes removing them easier to pop out once frozen.
  4. Next scoop in heaping 1 Tbsp amounts of crust and press with fingers. To pack it down, use a small glass or the back of a spoon to compact it and really press it down. I found the bottom of a glass works well. If it sticks, separate the crust and the glass with a small piece of parchment. Set in freezer to firm up.
  5. Add all filling ingredients to a blender and mix until very smooth. For the coconut milk, I like to scoop the "cream" off the top because it provides a richer texture. But if yours is already all mixed together, just add it in as is.
  6. You don't need a Vitamix for this recipe, just a quality blender. I mixed mine for 1 minute, then "liquified" or "pureed" it until silky smooth. If it won't come together, add a touch more lemon juice or agave or a splash more coconut milk liquid as the liquid should help it blend better.
  7. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. If adding peanut butter, add to the blender and mix until thoroughly combined. If flavoring with blueberry or caramel, wait and swirl on top of plain cheesecakes (optional).
  8. Divide filling evenly among the muffin tins. Tap a few times to release any air bubbles, then cover with plastic wrap and freeze until hard - about 4-6 hours.
  9. Once set, remove by tugging on the tabs or loosening them with a butter knife. They should pop right out. Our favorite way to devour these was with a little more caramel and a touch of coconut whipped cream. But they're perfect as is! Keep in the freezer for up to 1-2 weeks.
  10. Optional: you can set them out for 10 minutes before serving to soften, but I liked them frozen as well.
Notes
*Adapted from Sidesaddle Kitchen (Absolutely smitten with her.)
*Nutrition information does not include toppings or added flavors.
*Prep time does not include freezing (4-6 hours)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cheesecake Calories: 324 Fat: 22 g Saturated fat: 8.7 g Carbohydrates: 29 g Sugar: 21 g Sodium: 10 mg Fiber: 2.6 g Protein: 6 g

 

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Comments

  1. says

    I totally believe you that these are wonderful….. I just recently made a vegan cheesecake with a nut/date based crust and it is one of my favorite recipes on my blog. It’s amazing what you can do with cashews. I love your trick with the parchment tabs. I will definitely be trying that.

  2. Stacey Hoffman says

    This recipes looks amazing. My husband is allergic to most nuts, except cashews. Is there anything I could use the sub the almonds/walnuts for the crust?

    • Dana Shultz says

      Hmm, I’m not sure how it would affect the flavor and texture, but possibly subbing almond milk would work? And either omitting the coconut oil altogether or subbing it with another neutral oil, such as grapeseed oil….Hope that helps!

  3. says

    That parchment paper tip is great! I love a good raw cheesecake but it’s frustrating when the minis get stuck in the tin.
    PB would be my flavour of choice too :D

    • Dana Shultz says

      Dude me too. I actually put blueberries in the peanut butter ones and then ate them with caramel. BEST CHEESECAKE EVER.

  4. says

    These are adorable and brilliant, Dana! I LOVE the parchment tabs to get them out of the pans, and all of the flavors sound glorious. Yum! Also, I’m really jealous of whoever got to take the bite out of that last shot. ;)

  5. says

    AHHHH! I’m in LOVE with this. I’ve seen cashew cheesecakes before but your photos, the parchment tab ideas, and just the entirety of this post really excites me. I must make these.

  6. says

    Wow, I love these and especially the fact that you can choose different flavours without making an entirely new batch! Cashew based desserts are awesome and they have that wonderful ability to be secretly good for you while not tasting as such.

  7. Meghan says

    This looks delicious!! I have a question..think it is a dumb one, but I. Really am confused and I see coconut milk on a lot of recipes,..so here we go

  8. Stefanie says

    This sounds great! Unfortunately I am fructose intolerant and cannot eat dates. Do you have any suggestions for alternatives?

    • Erin Yeschin says

      I too am fructose intolerant and dates aren’t an option for me either. Any suggestions on a substitute would be greatly appreciated! :)

  9. Leigh says

    Hey Dana! It’s me again. I just got from a baking shopping spree yesterday and decided to do this this morning. My boyfriend was excited as he loves cheesecake but is vegan. The end result is good but I think I can do better next time! One thing is I overprocessed the crust so it ended up being more like raw vegan ball batter than cheesecake crust. Which probably resulted to this other thing – I can’t get it out of the muffin pan!

    I used baking sheet as strips. Is it so different from parchment paper? It would tear than pop the cheesecakes out. The butter knife method didn’t work either. :( Any suggestions?

    • Dana Shultz says

      Leigh, hmm, perhaps over-processing the dough was the thing that made them difficult to remove. Sorry you had trouble! Next time, try and process the crust less and then lay parchment paper circles (just cut them out) down in the bottom of the pan to make them easier to pop out. As well, spray the pan with a little nonstick spray so they slide out easier. If you put a butter knife down in the sides and push they should pop out! The only reason I can think this wouldn’t work is that maybe they aren’t all the way frozen yet? Hope that helps! Let me know!

    • Nina says

      I sprinked a little dry grated coconut at the bottom and also used a silicone muffin pan. Very easy to pop them out. Delicious!

  10. says

    Oh my oh my!!!! These look looooovely! And I bet they’re delicious, too! Can’t wait to try them – maybe even tomorrow :)))) Love a good recipe like this one.
    xxx,
    Lilla

  11. says

    THESE ARE SO CUTE!
    I am also insanely jealous of the wild blueberries, I’ve never seen them in the UK before. They’re so small, omg I want them ALL.
    Also okay now I wanna make this cheesecake so much. I’d seen people make raw vegan cashew cheesecakes before and was all pssshht yeah, sure, like that’s gonna taste like cheesecake. It’s nuts and lemon juice. But girl, I trust your judgement and am gon’ go soak some cashews right NOW.

    • Dana Shultz says

      Wild blueberries are the best! Hope you get your hands on some. Yes, Izy, you need to try cashew cheesecake! You’re going to freak it’s so good. You know I wouldn’t lie! :D

  12. Travis says

    This is a much better dessert than the coconut ice cream I usually get at the store. I love the simplicity of the ingredients.

    I had a little difficulty with the crust sticking to my fingers and cup as I tried to condense it to the bottom of the muffin pan. I had a glass cup that fit inside the muffin tin perfectly, but the batter would stick to the bottom when I compressed the almond/date mixture, and when I tried to get it off with a spoon it was no longer the perfect circular shape.

    They came out delicious but just with a little uneven crust on the bottom.

    I had a little extra so I put it in cups which is making for an indulgent instant satisfaction in single servings from the freezer. I’ll probably make them crust-less next time to reduce the stickiness hassle and increase the amount of time I can spend enjoying these.

    Thanks!
    Travis

    • Dana Shultz says

      Travis, next time try putting a cut out circle of parchment paper between the glass cup and the crust. I’ll add that tip to the notes!

  13. sara says

    I made these tonight. I also had a problem spreading the crust into the pan without it sticking. I found out after I put the pan in the freezer to let the crust set, it was easy to spread the mixture with no sticking. So if youre having trouble, just stick the pan in the freezer for a few minutes.i havent tasted them yet. Looking forward to that tomorrow. I know what Im having for breakfast! Haha

      • sara says

        I didn’t care for them. I’ve had some amazing vegan cheesecakes (post punk kitchen and skinny bitch both have amazing recipes), but these didn’t taste like much of anything. I didnt make the caramel sauce so maybe if I did that and the whipped cream they’d be good. Also, the date crust was mushy, not like a regular cheesecake crust. They are healthy so I appreciate that.

        • Dana Shultz says

          sara, thanks for being honest! this is the first vegan cheesecake I’ve tried and I personally loved it. The crust texture was spot on for me. I’ll have to check the sites you mentioned for further reference. In any case, thanks for giving them a shot and sharing your experience! I appreciate it.

  14. Fabienne says

    These look vegan cheesecakes are great. I have a question; my stomach can’t handle coconut milk, but I’m not vegan. Could the coconut milk also be replaced with regular milk? Or something else?

  15. amy says

    Wow i never thought I’d want to try to make vegan cheesecakes, but you have swayed me with this post!!

    They look scrummyyyy!!

  16. Jenna says

    I’m hoping to make these for a dinner party on the weekend as I have a guest who is gluten & vegan free. I was wondering if you thought lime or lemon zest in the cheesecake filling might be good? I’ve never made anything with soaked cashews before & so am not sure if it would fit with the rest of the flavours or not..

  17. Kasha says

    I made these last night, but used prunes in the crust. Delicious and very sweet! Thanks for this awesome recipe. I am spreading the word!!

  18. Carrie says

    I made these for my Valentine. I added a little vanilla and cinnamon to the crust and filling and they were fantastic. I had no trouble with the crust being too sticky or the cheesecakes sticking to the pan (I coated the pan with coconut oil and added the parchment flags). I made half PB and half Blueberry. Will certainly make again! :)

    • Dana Shultz says

      So glad these worked so well! thanks for sharing your experience, Carrie. PB and Blueberry are excellent flavor choices.

  19. Caroline says

    Hi! I would like to say that I love your site, and have made a few things already, but these are absolutely perfect!! Despite being a vegan for years, I never made a raw dessert before, since I don’t own a Vitamix but I made everything in my food processor and it was extremely easy! I suggest adding a vanilla bean to the cheesecakes, it made them even more delicious. Just wondering, if I were to make these into chocolate cheesecakes, how much cocoa powder would you recommend??

    Lots of vegan love, and thanks for all you do!!
    Caroline

    • Dana Shultz says

      So glad you enjoyed these so much, Caroline! To make these chocolate cheesecakes I might suggest adding melted dairy-free chocolate into the mix! Otherwise, CACAO powder or any dutch process COCOA powder would do! Hope that helps.

  20. Cathleen says

    Yumm I made these and they were delicious! For the crust I used a walnut/almond blend, and I omitted the coconut oil, and then swirled in some blended fresh strawberries! I used muffin liners instead of parchment, and that solved the problem of getting stuck. Overall, these were really really good! Thank you for the recipe!

    • says

      Thank you for this comment! I kept wondering if there was a reason that baking cups would NOT work. Apparently, they do!

      My 13yo son is excited for me to try these. I make pumpkin cheesecake every year, which he cannot have, because of a severe dairy allergy. He also has celiac disease, so needs to be gluten-free. I’m hoping that these taste as awesome as they look!

    • Dana Shultz says

      They will definitely get soft. But if you’re OK with that, they’ll be fine! I just preferred mine in the freeze for freshness and firm texture.

  21. says

    I may or may not have gone on a pinning spree from your blog. I was just catching up on my blog reader and some blogs have recipes that I just mark as read because they don’t look intriguing, but I consistently always want to click through and see yours. Your recipes are always inspiring, simple, and look so delicious!

    Thank you for sharing great, simple recipes that look amazing =) You’re one of my new favourite blogs evaaaarrrrrrr.

    I also love the parchment paper tab idea. GENIUS.

    • Dana Shultz says

      Ha! Thanks so much for the kind words, Lisa! And for the pins/shares. It means so much! Parchment tabs for the win. So glad we could connect!

  22. says

    this recipe is the BOMB! – I have been dairy free for the last 5 years & this hits all the notes of what I have missed – thank you so much for sharing! (a bit of prep, however well worth the effort). These will stay in my freezer ALL THE TIME!
    byw – I loved the suggestion someone made to use the peanut butter, blueberries & caramel. The parchment tabs worked perfectly, but am wondering if paper muffin liners would work the same. Also, how long does the coconut cream last in the fridge after opening.

    • Dana Shultz says

      Linda, thanks for sharing! So glad you liked this recipe. You could definitely use paper liners – I just didn’t want little ridges. But I actually have another recipe coming up that uses them so I know for sure it works! And high fives on using all three flavors! That sounds AMAZING.

  23. says

    Looks like will be a tasty recipe to enjoy the weekend with family.Loved the idea someone ready to use the peanut butter, blueberries & caramel. The parchment tabs worked perfectly,

  24. says

    I went with a lemon curd because I’m contrary that way. :) These are SUPER AMAZING! I decided to half the recipe since I’ll be the only one eating them …only I forgot I was halfing it…I halfed the cashews, and the crust, but added normal amounts of everything else. It still turned out super amazing!! I can’t wait to make it properly and see what happens!

  25. lisa says

    Tried these today. Unfortunately my blender crashed halfway through the process :C
    Had to mix the cheesecake filling with a very old blender that didn’t work so well. The mixture stayed a bit grainy and didn’t seem to get very smooth. Hope they at least still taste good :P

    • Dana Shultz says

      Bummer! Recipes like these can be hard on blenders/processors. Sorry it gave you issues! Hopefully they still taste good.

      • lisa says

        Yes I guess our blender just hasn’t enough power, especially processing dates is always really difficult.. However they still tasted delicious! Will definitely try this recipe again, so amazed that you can make this out of cashews ;)

  26. says

    Man, I made these last night and just did a taste test (this morning…) and they are incredible!! I’m not vegan or even dairy-free, but I’ve been trying to cut back on my sugar intake and just generally put better foods in my body. This recipe caught my eye because I feel like so many vegan recipes include strange add-ins (like xanthan gum, soy). I was excited to see a clean recipe that looked so yummy! And it is!

    Seriously, I found your site two days ago and I’ve already made two recipes. The beet lava cakes are next! :)

    • Dana Shultz says

      Ah, this makes me so happy! So glad you enjoyed the recipe. I try to stay away from gums when possible, only relying on them for GF baking when necessary. The more natural the better! So glad you’ve found us. Stick around and let us know if you have any recipe requests in the future!

  27. says

    I used this recipe and I adore it. I am a huge cheesecake fan and I am both lactose and gluten intolerant. My kids who are pretty picky about everything loved them as well. I will certainly be following your blog for more delicious recipes. Thanks

    • Dana Shultz says

      Yes, but there is a cheat around the length of time you soak. If you soak the cashews in boiling water for 1 hour, it has a similar effect. 4-6 hours in room temp water is still ideal, but the boiling method works in a pinch. hope that helps!

  28. Stacie says

    Cheesecake is my favorite! I don’t have a sweet tooth like my husband and I could probably go the rest of my life without another cookie or brownie and be just fine. Buttttttt… The idea of going without cheesecake is devastating. We are not ‘strict’ vegans yet – working up to it. I’m happy to say that I may still have to indulge in a Junior’s cheesecake from New York when my mother in law has them at Christmas, but this recipe will keep me for the rest of the year. They are rich and creamy! I topped half with fresh blueberries and the other half with frozen raspberries. The hardest part was waiting for them to freeze hard so we could eat them! Thank you!!!

  29. Amy says

    OH I Loved these! Almost as much as “normal” cheesecake. I don’t like desserts too sweet though so I’d like to cut down the honey in half and use less dates for the crust. But so yummy, thank you for sharing.

  30. says

    I just tried this recipe yesterday and you have no idea how much I love you right now! hahahaha, I never thought I could have such an amazing, creamy, delicious vegan dessert. I’m starting to explore vegan cooking (I’ve been vegetarian for 4 years) and this just made my day! (and my boyfriend loved them too!) Thanks for sharing!

  31. Jennifer D. says

    Awesome recipe! They tasted amazing and my whole family loves them. My only concern is the 22g of fat in each one. I know the kids need some fat, but I don’t, lol. Is there anyway to make them less fatting and do u know what the nutritional value would be if u did?
    Thanks for the great food!

    • Dana Shultz says

      Jennifer, that’s a valid concern but these are definitely the healthy, good kinds of fat from heart-healthy nuts and coconut. If you want to cut it back a little, reduce the coconut oil by half, use light coconut milk and sub half of the nuts in the crust for oats. Hope that helps!

  32. Pame says

    At first I was a little hesitant about how sweet they were going to be and also how well the lemon jiuce would go with everything but they turned out awesome!!! I made all mine with wild bluberries with a friend helping me (not vegan, I am), and I am going to give these mini deliciousness to all my friends :)

  33. Shelby says

    Made these twice now… both times halfing the recipe.. AMAZING! They came out perfect each time. I agree, peanut butter is the best! I added in some mini chocolate chips……. :)

  34. says

    Hello Dana!

    I’m planning to make this again (already tried the recipe last week and loved it!), and I wanted to know if you think it’s ok to replace the dates with prunes. Thanks!

  35. Suzy says

    We don’t have a food processor.. What would you suggest I do for the dates? Would a blender be just as good?

    • Dana Shultz says

      I would suggest either super fine chopping them with a knife or using the blender, as long as they’re soaked or just super moist on their own. Hope that helps!

  36. Laura says

    I made these yesterday, froze them overnight and tried them in the morning. I followed your instructions and really appreciated your photos and level of detail. They were absolutely delicious, no issues with the crust. I’m bringing them to a crowd with discerning taste and am confident that they will love them too.
    A few notes-
    I used coconut creamer bc the recipe did not specify canned coconut milk, but it was perfect. Thick, creamy-very nice.
    I did not use your parchment trick, but regretted it. The butter knife idea worked fine, but it would have been prettier/easier with the parchment
    I made a few of the plain cheesecakes with a pinch of finely grated lemon rind, so they tasted like lemon cheesecake. Excellent!
    While it was more clean up, I did use a food processor for the crust and a quality blender for the filling.
    What I love about your recipe is that it uses whole food. No vegan cream cheese and strange subs. Just heavenly :) thank you!!

    • Dana Shultz says

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed these, Laura. Thanks for sharing your experience and such helpful tips. Cheers!

  37. says

    Hi-do you think I could sub soy milk for the coconut milk or would that make it totally different? I’m not sure if soy has as much fat.

  38. Elizabeth says

    Hi Dana,

    I tried to make this recipe yesterday, and my cheesecake had a very strong coconut aroma.
    Is it mean to be that way due to the coconut oil?
    Or maybe did I use the wrong coconut oil?
    Btw i used Virgin Coconut Oil..

    Thanks

    • Dana Shultz says

      They are coconutty, but it shouldn’t be overwhelming. I used Virgin coconut oil as well. If you’d like to mask the coconut flavor a bit more, sub rice or almond milk for the coconut milk and add another item to flavor, such as the blueberry, caramel or peanut butter I suggested. PB seems to mask it best. Hope that helps!

  39. Gigi says

    These look so good, but I wish they weren’t a cashew-based dessert because I can’t have any nuts!!
    Do you think there could be any alternatives for the cashews?

  40. PaleoBaker says

    How do these last in a fridge. Can they live for very long outside a freezer or do they get too runny?

    • Dana Shultz says

      They don’t stay stiff out of the freezer, but if you keep them in the fridge they’ll keep for a few days. They will be closer to a thick pudding consistency when not frozen. Hope that helps!

  41. Ceecee says

    Hi Dana,

    Have you ever tried vegan cream cheese? I have a tub of Tofutti one though I’ve never tried to make cheesecake from it. Maybe it’s possible to sub that for a nut-free recipe?

    • Dana Shultz says

      Ceecee, I have used tofutti before but I recognize that it’s a fairly processed item that should be eaten in moderation. In the case of these cheesecakes, I think it could be subbed in but you’d need to do some adjusting with amounts/flavors. Play around with it and see. I don’t think you’d need to freeze it since the cream cheese is so thick. Hope that helps!

  42. Moa says

    I just made this, YUM! However I didn’t have a muffin pan so I used a regular cake pan (I think it’s 8×8 round shaped) and it filled up nicely. Not sure how long in will take in the freezer to fully chill, I put it in 3 hours ago and I have already started to nibble the edges but it will probably need a few more hours to set. Anyways it’s super delicious! I will probably add more peanut butter next time, and add a slightly larger pinch of salt to the crust. Thank you for a great recipie! I might eat only this from now on.

  43. Moa says

    I forgot to mention, I also added a teaspoon of vanilla bean as one other person suggested in the comments. Yum yum yum!

  44. Cassandra says

    I would love to try these, but do you think it would taste good if I did pop them in the oven for a bit? I really like a dry crust and my family won’t eat it if it’s not baked (they’re not vegans so this entire recipe would be something new for them).

    • Dana Shultz says

      If you cook these I honestly don’t know what would happen. I kind of just think they would get runny, but maybe if you chilled them after that they would be a descent texture? Let me know if you give it a go!

  45. says

    Well done these look YUM , my friend had something like this at a local raw cafe. Sadly I am unable to have cashew nuts, is there something else I could use instead maybe soaked blanched almonds?
    Thankyou

  46. Justine says

    I just made this today! it was AMAZING!! I used soy milk instead of coconut because I couldn’t find coconut but it came out lovely. plus I added some coffee extract, absolute heaven!

  47. Keisha says

    I made these a few weeks ago… They are amazing. I used less agave because I don’t like things too sweet. Thank you for sharing!

  48. says

    Just made my 3rd batch & I live alone!!! – this time with the peanut butter and topped w/ toasted coconut shreds. I share with family & friends or enjoy all to myself. The muffin tin makes the perfect portion controlled size.

    • Dana Shultz says

      haha, no judgment here! So glad you’re enjoying these, Linda. The muffin tins help keep the portion size in check for those of us who need it (myself very much included). Cheers!

  49. Cel says

    From what I’m getting from the comments, the crust can be made from dried fruit + nuts/oats? Let’s say I use raisins and oats, would I have to bake it? I’m not really familiar with raw oats.

    Great recipe! Looking forward to trying this soon!

  50. says

    These look so delicious! I made some Raspberry Lime Mini Cheesecakes the other day and they were absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to give these a try.

  51. Kristie says

    I was sooooo wanting to serve this tmw for morning tea, but my mixture didn’t turn out. It was grainy. Please why?

    • Dana Shultz says

      It’s probably your blender. If it’s not powerful enough OR you didn’t blend long enough OR there wasn’t enough liquid it can’t liquify and thus won’t be very creamy.

    • Dana Shultz says

      Yes, I have a suggestion in the notes to sub coconut cream for the whipping cream. Hope that helps!

  52. says

    I made these last weekend to take to a party and the guests loved them! Wish I could say I loved them too but I’m on a self-imposed ‘no sugar/sweets’ during Lent.

    I will make them again (maybe for the family Easter Sunday get together) just so that I can bite into one and see what all the fuss is about ;)

    Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  53. Leah says

    Oops, wasn’t done typing. Anyway, I wondered if you had tried making lime cheesecakes? Could I add some lime juice & zest, or would the juice make it too runny? Sub lime for the lemon? It would go with my menu, but if not, I’ll try blueberry.

  54. says

    Although I am not a vegan, I love trying out vegan recipes. Especially considering health issues within the family. These cheesecakes sound so delicious and so very simple! Absolutely love the fact that you don’t need a billion ingredients and they are even customisable! Will have to try these at the weekend. Thank you for sharing!

    • Dana Shultz says

      Oh good! Glad you enjoyed them. I agree that even if you aren’t vegan, it’s healthy and fun to be adventurous in your diet and try dairy-free dishes for variety’s sake. Thanks for sharing!

  55. says

    This is one of the best recipes I have ever tried. I made it for the first time (with the help of a colleague) for a healthy cooking competition at our workplace. It was easy as cake (pun absolutely intended) and super tasty. I made this with 3 mini cupcake trays (24 pcs X 3=72pcs) and made 72 of them. There were 56 guests for the party and each one of these were gone and everyone was asking me for the recipe. So your site is probably going to see more visitors in the near future.
    One of the guests also requested me to come to our community temple and making it for the entire community.
    I truly appreciate your sharing this with us.

  56. Trista says

    I am absolutely in love with this recipe. We have potlucks at school so I made a batch of these as I am usually the one to bring the dessert, and they were a totally hit! I have a vegan classmate, as well as another classmate that doesn’t eat gluten, and I am trying to avoid dairy, so these were perfect.

  57. Catherine says

    These look amazing! Would like to make these for a fete but wont be able to keep them refridgerated (cant think they’ll be round for too long though!) will they be ok or will they melt?

  58. Andrew says

    I tend not to use oils in most of my baking recipes and tend to replace them with applesauce instead. Is this an option for this recipe?

  59. says

    Dear Dana & John, I have been admiring your work from afar for a while now. And finally I found the courage and circumstance (weekend, soaked cashews leftover from making cheese) to try this! I am thankful I did. It is so much easier than I thought! Nomen est omen.

    Also, I made a sweeter, unstable one out of the leftovers from your recipe and tried the vegan caramel sauce without the booze ;)

    Keep on doing this! Your work is amazing. Thanks a million from Germany, Kat xxx

  60. says

    I did an adaptation of these for dessert for Mother’s Day! Ahh it was so so tasty. Thanks for sharing and I hope you’ll look at my adaptation (it should be on my blog in a couple days).

  61. Daniela says

    Making these tonight! I love cashews for their versatility, tonight cashew cheese fondue is on the menu along with this.

  62. says

    Your blog is perfect. I just found it and I am spending way too much time looking through all of your amazing recipes. I am dating a guy who is lactose-intolerant and I am finding it hard to find easy and delicious dairy-free recipes to make for him. (especially when I am a dairy lover)

  63. northwhale says

    Looks amazing. I Can not Walt to make them. One question. Is the coconut oil with or without flavour? I have both.
    Thanks again. I’m so happy I found your website.

    • Kathryn says

      I just made these this evening and I use Spectrum coconut oil (has no flavor). It’s delicious! Mind you, I did not follow the recipe exactly bc I wanted to do a slightly lower fat version. I used less coconut oil, no canned coconut milk; instead I used some almond milk, a frozen banana, and a couple tbsps of shredded coconut. I can’t wait until people try them tomorrow! The crust I actually make for snack bars but I add extra dried fruit, like cranberries and cut them into squares. Love your site, thanks so much!!

  64. Eileen Weis says

    Thanks for the recipe :) I made the cheesecakes last night for a dinner party and none of us are vegan but we all loved it :) I added some vanilla extract to the filling, reduced the amount of maple syrup and used coconut cream instead of milk and they were hard after just 1,5 hrs. So delicious and easy to make!

  65. Armina says

    I also made these yesterday. Love them! I recently found you on instagram and I’m making my way through your recipes. I love them. Very simple and delicious. I play a little bit with the recipes to make it to my own and my husbands liking and also because I don’t have all the ingredients but it all works out. Thanks for the recipes

    • Dana Shultz says

      Ah, thanks Armina! Glad you found us. Let me know if you have any recipe requests in the future! xo

  66. Rachelle says

    I’ve just made these and I was a bit apprehensive but OH LORD! These are amazing! When I was making the ‘cheesecake’ bit, I thought it was too tart with all the lemon and I only used half a lemon instead of a whole one. So I added 1/4 cup more maple. I did the peanut butter version but added another 2 tbsp of peanut butter, 2 tbsp cinnamon and 2 tbs cacao powder. Once frozen the end result tastes absolutely beautiful. My carnivorous husband and mother in law are in love with these! They didn’t even know they were vegan until I told them and we’re totally surprised. Will be making them again soon! Thank you!

    • Nadia says

      This version sounds yummy too! Did you add the 2 tbsp cinnamon and 2 tbs cacao powder to the “cheesecake” filling or the topping?

      • Rachelle says

        I added it to the actual cheesecake part so it was more like a chocolate cheesecake. It was honestly to die for, I’m craving these at the moment!

  67. says

    I’m trying to find a cheesecake recipe that I can make for my fiancé’s parents. One is diabetic and the other is allergic to nuts, dairy, eggs, and wheat. I was so thrilled to find this recipe until I realized it still has nuts. Do you have any suggestions for substitutions for the cashews in the cheesecake? Thanks!

  68. says

    Your recipes are absolutely fantastic! You’re the first place I visit for awesome Saturday Evening Dessert Recipes and they are ALWAYS a hit!!

    Quick question about these; For the Coconut Milk, is it possible to use Koko Dairy Free instead of the canned version or would it not work the same? I know it’s a lot more liquidised and I’m unsure if it thickens like canned Coconut Milk does. Also, if I were to sub the Ground Almonds for Oats, how big (in cup size) would I need to be adding to the mixture? And.. (sorry for all the questions) this sounds really silly but also (in cup sizes) how much does the Almonds make once they’ve been grinded?

    Thank you! <3

    • Dana Shultz says

      Thanks Lucy! That warms my dessert-loving heart :D

      For the coconut milk, you want to make sure it’s full fat. I don’t know that any beverage style would work, if that’s what you’re asking. Might make it icy. For the almond substitution, just start with the same amount of oats and add more if you need. Not sure how much almond meal 1 cup raw almonds yields, but I’d assume it’s around the same amount. Hope that helps!

      • says

        Thanks for getting back to me so quickly!! I’ll make sure to use Canned Coconut Milk :) I’ve read through the comments and seen that you’ve mentioned using the Light Option so I’ll give that a whirl too. If I were to use Ground Oats instead, would I use a One Cup Serving straight over, or would that be too much? I don’t know how much Almond Meal it would be instead of grinding the Almonds myself (I’m a bit tired tonight!)

  69. Jessie says

    Hey there! Your cheesecake bits look great! But I have a question regarding the cashews, do they have to be raw (unsalted) cashews? Or can they be like whole (unsalted) cashews?

  70. Nina says

    Hey there!
    I tried your recipe three times in a row and the taste is absolutely wonderful but… I need help!
    I just can’t seem to get it right, cause not even one of my cheesecakes was hard enough to get them out :(
    I even tried to put more of coconut oil and more of cashew nuts but the only result was a slightly different taste…
    What do I do in this situation ?

  71. The ScareBear says

    Late to the party!

    Mine are in the freezer but, if the blender lickin’s are any indication, this Bear will have a belly ache tomorrow from yummy goodness.

    Looking forward to making this again with different flavored and add-ins.

    So grateful!!!!

    • Kathryn says

      I used almond milk (Silk brand in the carton) with a frozen banana instead of the canned coconut milk and sprinkled in some shredded coconut. Pour in about a half of cup of the milk and blend and then add some more if needed.

  72. Jessica says

    Omg I just made these tonight and they are delicious :) thank you for the awesome easy recipe :) cheese cake is my favorite but I am lactose intolerant and was diagnosed with celiac disease about 8 months ago! So these are amazing :) thank you

  73. angie says

    Made these today and they are just as good as I knew they would be! Even my mom who is a huge fan of real cheesecake is amazed! Thanks for the recipe, this one is a keeper! I added some pumpkin seeds with the walnuts.

    • Dana Shultz says

      Olive oil? Or are you looking for a substitute for oil in general? You could probably leave it out, but they won’t be as creamy.

      • Candice says

        I left out the oil and I whipped the coconut cream then in the blender I put everything else and blended til smooth. I then folded the blended almond mix into the whipped coconut cream… in the freezer now! We’ll see how it goes!

  74. shelly says

    I just attempted to make these as they are so very beautiful in the picture. and cheesecake was always a favorite of mine.
    These turned out HORRIBLE for me. I can typically make, follow any recipe and they do beautifully for me. this however, was a completely different thing. i was literally so upset over the process and cost that i just cried. lolol (it was a rough nite)
    They were entirely too sweet. i did not like the flavoring of the agave, it was a weird kind of sweet with an awful after taste when using the amount shown. i checked the recipe about 10 times cause i thought of course i had read it wrong. i did not. (ive used agave in much smaller amounts and never had this after taste issue)
    Regardless, i still pressed on. i used the wax paper tabs in order to help me get them out. that was another travesty. i lightly greased as suggested and used the tabs and i still had to dig them out. i tried everything to at least get them out looking beautiful. lolol
    this was a horrible fail for me.
    i really enjoy the way your website is set up, i will continue to try your recipes. i will not be deterred, but at least i learned in the future that i need to avoid agave. i am NOT a fan of the after taste if you need to use more than a drizzle. ugh…
    Shelly <3

  75. says

    MMMM so good! First recipe I try from your website and let me say I’ll try as many as I can! When I went vegan I kinda put a cross on ever having cheesecake again but this recipe… yummm totally works for me! Even better than “real” cheesecake :) my boyfriend who’s a real cheesecake lover really liked them too! For the topping I used mashed strawberries. The only thing is that I think the recipe gave me too much “crust” so next time I won’t use as much dates and nuts but still they’re so perfect. Thank you!

  76. Lizzy says

    Hi. I made these cheesecakes last night and my family couldn’t wait for them to freeze properly- we waited a couple hours and they were delicious! It’s amazing when non-vegans say, “wow, these are really good!”
    Side note: we have a few diabetics in the family so I used half the agave and added more peanut butter/ blueberries. They were super yummy and creamy, we didn’t think they needed more sugaryness. Thanks for the recipe!

  77. Xenia says

    Hi Dana! Do you think that I could substitute in coconut butter for the coconut oil and/or milk?

    Lovely photos, by the way. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  78. says

    Hello! I’ve been trying out heaps of raw/vegan dessert recipes for a number of years and recently stumbled across your site. I made your cheesecake last week without coconut milk (I used all coconut oil because I didn’t have coconut milk at home) and it was DIVINE! The best recipe I’ve used. Ever. But yesterday I made it again to the dot (using coconut milk) and… it just didn’t work. The cream of the milk just refused to combine and the result was a clumpy, streaky mixture that, when it began to warm a little, released the liquid elements of the mixture so it was a juicy mess! Eeek. Now I reckon this is more me than you! Hehe my question is: do I make it how I made it the first time again OR do I choose different coconut milk and/or combine it in a different method in future?

    I’m obsessed with all your other recipes!
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

    • Dana Shultz says

      I’m stumped! Not really sure. I know coconut milk can be finicky anyway, with “dud” cans happening often when trying to use it for “whipped cream.” Try it again using Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream OR Thai Kitchen or Whole Foods full fat coconut milk. Those brands perform the best! Others can be a little off.

  79. Amanda Spears says

    I really want to try this but I don’t like dates. What else could I use in place of dates. I’m not too crazy about banana so please don’t say banana. Thanks!

  80. Suzane says

    Oh my god they look sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good and so cute.
    Will def give that a shot.
    My tummy can’t handle dairy either but my trainer suggested to try this recipe and it’s so good. I highly recommend you give it a shot. let me know what you think.

  81. Lauren says

    Help! I started soaking my cashews this morning thinking I’d make this recipe this afternoon, but my plans just changed and it looks like I’ll be gone all day. Do you think I could make the filling separately right now and store it in the fridge until later tonight when I’ll be able to add in some berries/caramel/pb and make the crust?

    • Dana Shultz says

      Yes! Make the filling, keep it in the fridge, and then assemble when you can. You don’t want to leave the cashews soaking too long or they’ll get funky.

  82. Ashlee says

    Hi,
    Can i keep these in the fridge once they have set in the freezer or do they need to stay frozen until your about to serve them?

    Thanks.

  83. Frances says

    I have to say I have been looking at different recipes on Pinterest and the ones I really love point me to your site. I have recently gone dairy free and I am so happy that your site has so many options (I made your vegan biscuits yesterday and they came out so good!). Please keep the vegan and/or dairy free recipes coming!

  84. Kathryn says

    Definitely tasty ~ thawed or frozen. I just added strawberry preserves to 7 of them and peanut butter to the last 3. I tried making the bourbon sauce, but it didn’t turn out, but I’ll succeed at it next time. Keeper recipe. Creamy, coconut-y flavor.
    Thank you for it. Cheers*

  85. says

    Hi there!
    I LOVE your recipes and I am a minimalist baker myself so anything that tastes amazing with the least amount of ingredients is great. Anyway I had a few questions that I noticed hadn’t been answered/asked by other comments so please, if you will:

    If I forget to soak the cashews, could I boil them?

    Do the cheesecakes have to stay frozen?

    Also, I’m not sure if this helps but for those that had issues with the coconut milk not working out, is it possible that there was “guar gum” in your coconut milk ingredients? I heard somewhere that guar gum keeps the milk from thickening which is a problem for us trying to make vegan whipped cream and cheeses! That and I can’t seem to find a can of “full fat” coconut milk or without guar gum. Curse you, “fat is bad” myth bleievers!

    Anyway, I’m hoping to make these tonight so we’ll see!

    • Dana Shultz says

      I wouldn’t recommend boiling the cashews, but I have seen elsewhere that you can submerge the cashews in near boiling water (in a bowl, not on the stove top) and let them sit for 1 hour for a similar effect.

      They don’t HAVE to stay frozen, but I recommend it because they hold their shape better that way. I like to freeze them, then let them set out for 30 or so minutes to become more like traditional cheesecake texture/temperature.

      Thanks for the tip on the coconut milk! Not sure if guar gum was the suspect or not, but it was worth mentioning!

      Good luck!

  86. says

    I did it!
    I kinda eyeballed the recipe a bit which is a gamble whenever you’re trying something new, but I didn’t have as much of the ingredients as I thought I did when I got home and I wanted to make them into “bars” because I’m serving them at a work function today.

    Anyway, I boiled water, removed it from the stove and waited for it to stop bubbling then set the cashews in a bowl and let them soak in the hot water for an hour.
    I made my own graham cracker crust because I like graham cracker crust, then I mixed the rest of the ingredients that you listed for the filling except I put less agave nectar (didn’t want them too sweet) and added two more tablespoons of coconut milk because I ran out of coconut oil (dont know why that seemed to make sense to me at the time but whatever).
    For the flavor, I just added chocolate chips because I’m a choco-holic.
    Froze them for a few hours and got up in the middle of the night to check them because I was anxious lol.
    I poured my mix into a brownie pan then sliced them into bars. People are eating them at work now and the non-vegans are impressed! They only stay solid for about an hour or so, but if you pop them back in the freezer they work just fine!

    Thanks so much for the recipe!

    http://instagram.com/p/sNOdiSw6cv/#

    • Dana Shultz says

      If they were gritty, it’s a matter of your blender not blending them well enough. And if they’re too sweet, simply scale back on the sweetener next time. Hope that helps!

  87. Rongo says

    is it possible to use normal unsalted cashews? and are these ingrediants okay to use?

    coconut milk
    maple syrup
    cashews
    lemon
    coconut oil

    and what else can you use if you dont have a food prosseser?

  88. Jelena says

    I tried it couple of days ago and it was OK. The crust seemed a bit too soft so I should have probably put more walnuts. At first I liked the richness in taste, the mix between dates and walnuts, but after few bites it seemed a bit to strong. I might try with almonds next time. As for the cream, I used all listed ingredients and quantities – it was very creamy, but when I tasted it, I found that it was just too oily :/ It was somehow too heavy even when eaten frozen :/ I added some cacao in one part of the cream and that was a great idea :) It tasted like a really good chocolate ice cream :) Next time I’ll add almond milk instead of coconut milk and make this without the crust = ice cream! :) Thank you for the idea! :)

  89. says

    Hi, This recipe looks great I plan on trying it for some Paleo eating friends this weekend. I really don’t like dates. Is there a decent alternative? Could I try a combination of peanut butter and something? As Im presuming dates are your binder.
    Thanks !!
    Charlotte

  90. Anya G. says

    Hey I made these last night. And they look amazing but when I tasted them they were too coconut-ty and too too honey-ish. I expected them to have a more neutral flavor. Was I wrong in assuming this? What can I do to make them taste more like an actual cheesecake?

    • Dana Shultz says

      Next time, try subbing the coconut milk for almond or rice milk, and the coconut oil for olive oil. That should help!

  91. Lise K says

    Hi, love the website! I’m a new subscriber and when I saw these vegan cheesecakes I had to try them! I let the cashews soak reeeeeallllllly long because I forgot about them! I don’t know if that affected the texture. I otherwise followed the recipe pretty closely. I added vanilla and extra lemon because I love the ‘tang’ in cheesecake. I blended the mixture until silky smooth and just as you promised, it’s delicious. Then I froze them. I have to say, I don’t care to eat them frozen. After thawing they remained delicious but much more of a ‘pudding’ texture than cheesecake. Is it because I soaked the cashews too long?

    • Dana Shultz says

      It is probably that you soaked them too long which can give them a weird texture/flavor. Otherwise, is there something taste-wise about them you didn’t like? Try subbing a more neutral oil for coconut if it’s too strong. Otherwise, not sure what went awry!

  92. says

    These are so awesome!!!! I used frozen mixed berries and placed them in a bowl with a few tablespoons of maple syrup. They were perfect on top!
    I wonder if these could be made into a Key Lime Pie-Like cheesecake???
    Yummy!
    Thanks for posting this beautiful vegan recipe.
    Go Vegan! For The Animals!

  93. Jessica says

    I messed up in the beginning and tried to grind up the wet cashews by themselves… did not work too well! The directions didn’t specify which nuts, walnuts or cashews, to process along with the dates; but I guess it’s implied as it’s part of the crust. (I’m a newb at cooking. What can I say.)

    The blending was difficult, especially trying to blend the dates. Next time, I think I’ll just squish them up by hand, process the walnuts, and then mix them together by hand.

    My little cheesecakes turned out amazing!! Holy moly! I simply refrigerated mine rather than freezed them, and the consistency turned out just like that of cheesecake.

    All my favorite ingredients mixed into one. Relatively easy recipe and delicious! I’m going to load it up with more peanut butter next time. I can’t wait to take them to the party tonight!

  94. Christi B says

    I am so glad I found this recipe for the vegan mini cheesecakes. I really wanted to make your caramel sauce to mix in on top but when I looked it up it is made with dairy. I would really love to make a vegan caramel sauce to go with these. Have you tried making it with coconut milk or anything to make it vegan? Thank you!

  95. Sadaf says

    Oh what a beauty! So wanna try it but aghh my family have alergic to cashew. Is there any substitute with another nut..? SOCKED Peanuts?

  96. says

    I have loved all of the treats I have indulged in since going vegan but nothing has compared to these! They were so rich and decadent. Thank you!

  97. Alice says

    Hi, this looks BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING AND LUSH. Is there anyway I could make it pumpkin flavored or add some kind of pumpkin swirl to it (for Thanksgiving)?

  98. val says

    hey! these look absolutely amazing; of course i’m going for blueberries!
    I was wondering, do you know the portions of ingredients to make a big cheesecake, more like a birthday cake? thank you!

    • Dana Shultz says

      I think it would be the same amount of ingredients, just make them in a big springform or pie pan. Good luck!

  99. Amanda Marshall says

    What else can I use instead of cashews, as that’s one of the foods along with wheat, gluten and dairy that I’m intolerant to. I’m hoping there’s something else, cod I want to make this as I love cheesecake and don’t want to miss out this Christmas

  100. Jessica says

    I recently purchased a slice of raw vegan strawberry cheesecake from my local health food store and it was amazing. I decided to make my own and ended up here lol Your ingredients seem almost identical to those on the packaging of the one I bought, however, the strawberries in the one I had were blended in with the cheesecake mixture. I’m wondering if that can be done with this recipe and how much strawberries should be used where the mixture will still set correctly? Thanks!

  101. st says

    These look amazing! I wanna make these for Thanksgiving. I’ve always made pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving, but with our diet changes, that came to an end. This looks easier than the real ones too. Anyway, got me some pumpkin and homemade chai spices. Can’t wait to whip it up. Plus some summer huckleberry pickings still left in the freezer. Yum!!!

      • Stephanie says

        I just replaced the peanut butter amount with pumpkin (but I think I did twice as much and it was still weak on pumpkin flavor, I think I’ll do three times the amount next time) and added some spices. I tend to be a free-spirited sort of cook; I change, add, remove things willy nilly. Sometimes it’s a flop, but a lot of times it works really well. I also felt the crust was a bit sweet. I’m going to keep the cheesecake filling from this recipe and make a baked crust with almond flour, arrowroot, coconut oil, a bit of honey, vanilla, salt, and some baking soda. I’m not raw (so I don’t mind baking) or vegan; I lean towards paleo and avoiding some extra ingredients that my kids are allergic too.

  102. Stephanie says

    Sorry, that last comment from “st” was mine. Didn’t finish typing my name. Anyway, wanted to ask/mention, I’m going to try pecans for the crust. Should work just as well, right?

  103. Chris says

    yum! Can these be Pumpkinified?? Would love to make these for Thanksgiving! I love how simple they are (I always ruin things when cooking is involved) ;) THANKYOU,

  104. Krista Widdison says

    Would it work to swirl in the pumpkin swirl mixture from Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe? I like the simplicity of this cheesecake recipe better, but would still like the pumpkin addition.

  105. lince says

    Hi from Jakarta, Indonesia. I love you write and take pictures, beautiful and delicious. I’m not a vegan but is reducing meat in my daily meals. I notice you use a lot of coconut milk, must be canned, right? Is it cooked or not? Because in my house, I don’t buy canned coconut milk, I use fresh whole coconut, grate it myself and extract the milk. So I’m confused whether to cook my coconut milk or not before applying it in your recipe. It would help if you could give me a tip.
    Thanks.

  106. Jess says

    I just made these! I made them with fresh raspberries though and they are so much better than I expected :) thank you so much!

  107. ellen says

    Spot on! These are wonderful!! They were a huge hit at my family gathering today. I added some shredded coconut to the food processor with the dates and almonds/walnuts for crust. Divine!

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