Ahhh Valentine’s Day, a total Hallmark holiday and complete money grab that just makes people sad. Let’s just love each other everyday.
The good about Valentine’s: pretty pink things and cheap chocolate the day after.
These chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake bites are both pink AND chocolate-y, so they make the perfect Valentine’s treat for you and your love or just for you or maybe for you and your gal pals for Galentine’s Day. I’m all about that Galentine’s this year – ladies celebrating ladies, it’s the best.
Today I’m celebrating some incredible ladies and their gorgeous vegan Valentine’s Day recipes! So excited to team up with such an amazing group of bloggers! If you aren’t already in love with these ladies, you need to check out all their blogs because I can assure you that you will be after that. These ladies all make beautiful food and amaze and inspire me everyday. Though it makes me sad that I can’t actually have a Galentine’s Day potluck with these wonderful ladies, this virtual round up is going to have to be close enough!
My contribution 👉 chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake bites – sweet creamy strawberry cheesecake enveloped in a bitter dark chocolate shell. Finished off with freeze dried strawberry sprinkles. Sounds so sophisticated, doesn’t it? They’re super simple to whip up though, especially if you go with the chocolate drizzle option vs completely coated, both are equally tasty.
I’ve actually been dreaming about making this recipe for a crazy long time, it’s just been lingering on the top of my “recipes to make” list. But as soon as Emilie reached out about making Valentine’s recipes, I knew I needed to make these for it. Whether you’re celebrating with your lover, gal pals, or on your own – these make the perfect treat! They also make the perfect treat for any day because you just can’t go wrong with chocolate covered cheesecake.
Have you tried cashew cheesecake yet? I’m in love with it, the texture is beautiful and it doesn’t leave you feeling like a complete blob like regular cheesecake. One thing I miss about home is the raw cheesecake from Cafe Bliss (also everything and everyone else there). This strawberry cheesecake is a little on the soft side making it super creamy and luscious and it just pairs so well with the snap of the dark chocolate shell. Texture texture textuuuuure!
If you’re not feeling the strawberry, feel free to sub with any other berry! Also I used dark chocolate for the coating, but if you don’t have any on hand/aren’t as lazy as I am/want to, you could totally make your own raw chocolate out of coconut oil, cacao/cocoa powder, and sweetener.
If you give these chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake bites a try, let me know! Tag me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or comment below. And my heart will explode of excitement, happiness, and jealousy!
- ¾ cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 4 hours
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- ⅓ cup strawberries, thawed if using frozen
- 3-4 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup dark chocolate
- optional: freeze dried strawberries to garnish
- To your blender, add the soaked cashews (NOT with the soaking water), coconut oil, strawberries, maple syrup, and vanilla. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- If it's not pink enough, add a couple more strawberries. Taste and adjust the sweetness to your liking.
- Line a loaf pan with saran wrap. Pour the cheesecake into the loaf pan. Cover with some more saran wrap and place in freezer. Freeze until completely solid.
- Once completely frozen, remove from loaf pan, and cut into 32 squares (8 by 4).
- Place back in the the freezer on a parchment line baking tray as you melt the dark chocolate in the microwave or over a double broiler.
- Place the melted chocolate in a bowl and have your freeze dried strawberries crushed and ready.
- Remove the cheesecake bites from the freezer. One by one dunk into the chocolate and get it completely coated, place on baking tray, and sprinkle with freeze dried strawberries. Repeat with the rest of your bites. Place back in the freezer until the chocolate hardens.
- Alternatively, drizzle all with dark chocolate.
- Keep stored in the freezer. Let thaw for a few minutes before enjoying.
Here are 4 more gorgeous Valentine’s Day recipes that you’re probably going to want in your life:
red velvet beet pancakes from Emilie Eats
sinful strawberry chia pudding from Chickpea in the City
red velvet shortbread cookies from Diary of an Exsloth
peanut butter hearts from Fooduzzi
Do you have any Valentines or Galentines plans?