By now you must know of my fondness for Snickers bars.
It doesn’t get much better than a candy bar coated in peanuts and caramel and dunked in chocolate. I mean, wow. Unless, that is, you turn it into an Ice Cream Snickers Bar. Like, whoa.
As you might’ve guessed, it was only a matter of time before I smooshed together my love for Snickers and cheesecake.
The results? Totally drool-worthy, and it all happens with just 10 simple ingredients.
This cheesecake begins with my go-to date-walnut crust. Dates, walnuts, and sea salt whirled together to create a tender, naturally-sweetened base for our cheesecake.
While the crust sets in the freezer, it’s time to move on to the 1-ingredient date caramel. ONE INGREDIENT, people. It’s magic.
Simply add dates into a food processor and thin with a little hot water. Voila – we have a caramel ribbon ready to swirl through our cheesecake.
Next comes roasted salted peanuts for that salty-sweet flavor contrast and added crunch. Swoon.
The hard part is waiting for it all to set in the freezer for about 4-6 hours. But, it’s so worth the wait.
Patience, my friend.
I think you guys are going to LOVE this cheesecake! It’s:
Creamy in the center
Crunchy on top
This would make the perfect dessert for a weekend treat or to celebrate special occasions (you know, like Tuesday). It’s naturally sweetened, insanely rich, and truly reminiscent of a Snickers bar.
If you give this recipe a try, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag a picture #minimalistbaker on Instagram so we can see what you came up with. Cheers, friends!
- 1 cup packed (~200 g) pitted dates
- 1 1/2 cups (115 g) raw walnuts
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/2 cups (180 g) raw cashews
- optional: 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup (80 ml) maple syrup
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) full fat coconut milk (or sub another dairy-free milk, such as almond or rice)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 3 Tbsp (45 ml) grape seed or olive oil (or use coconut, but it will impart more coconut flavor)
- 2 Tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice (~ 1 small lemon), plus more to taste
- 3/4 cup packed (~150 g) pitted dates (plus water to blend)
- 3/4 cup (109 g) roasted salted peanuts (I like the roasted lightly salted peanuts from Trader Joe’s)
- 3/4 cup (90 g) chopped vegan dark chocolate (I like the 72% dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s)
- optional: 1 Tbsp (15 ml) coconut oil
- Add cashews to a bowl and cover with boiling hot water. Let set, uncovered, for 1 hour, then drain thoroughly. Also line an 8x8-inch baking dish* with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In the meantime, make crust by adding dates to a food processor. Blend/mix until small bits remain or it forms into a ball. Remove and set aside.
- Add walnuts and sea salt to the food processor 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 walnuts.
- Press the crust into the parchment-lined dish (see photo), until uniformly flat. I like to lay parchment paper on top and then press down with something flat - like a liquid measuring cup - and press down so it's firmly packed. Set crust in freezer to set.
- Next make date caramel by adding 3/4 cup dates to the food processor. Blend until a paste forms, then add hot water a little at a time until it forms a nice caramel-like paste that's spreadable. Try not to add more than 3-4 Tbsp (45-60 ml), which will depend on the freshness of your dates. Set aside.
- Add your drained, soaked cashews to a high speed blender, along with vanilla (optional), maple syrup, coconut milk, sea salt, oil, and lemon juice. Blend on high until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed.
- Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lemon for brightness, salt for flavor balance, or maple syrup for sweetness.
- Pour filling over the crust and tap on the counter to release any air bubbles. Then add half of the date caramel in small spoonfuls and swirl with a toothpick or chopstick (see photo).
- Sprinkle the peanuts on top and tap once again so they gently sink in. Cover lightly with plastic wrap, and then seal the top with foil. Freezer for 4-6 hours, or until completely set and firm.
- When ready to serve, set out cheesecake (to thaw briefly) and top with remaining date paste and a few more roasted peanuts (optional).
- In the meantime, prepare chocolate sauce. Add chocolate and coconut oil (optional) to a ceramic bowl and set over a small saucepan with 1 inch simmering water (over medium heat). Stir occasionally over the simmering water until melted (alternatively, melt in the microwave in 30 second increments).
- Drizzle the chocolate over the cheesecake, slice into 9 to 12 bars and serve.
- Enjoy immediately. Store leftovers in the freezer up to 3 weeks (best in the first week).
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 12 bars calculated without additional coconut oil in the chocolate sauce.