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Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe! An authentic, raw, vegan, gluten-free cheesecake recipe made with soaked cashews plus other healthy ingredients. Hard to believe, I know. But trust me when I say it’s so simple and deliciously satisfying you’ll be making it over and over again.  

Why cashews? Let me explain. When soaked and blended, cashews create a creamy, neutral flavor base that works as a cheese alternative in popular dairy-free and vegan recipes. If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you’ve seen other recipes where I use cashews as an alternative to cheese:

Mexican Tostadas with Cashew Sour Cream

Half-Baked Key Lime “Cheesecake”

However, if you’re not into cashews or have an allergy, try searching for cashew-free (that’s a real term, btw) cheese alternatives in other popular food blogs like The Minimalist Baker which I’m a huge fan of, btw! I think Dana is a total genius when it comes to flipping recipes. I encourage you to check her out.  

Ok, back to cashews! These days, you can find cheese alternatives made with all kinds of ingredients but for me, the closest in flavor and consistency is definitely soaked cashews.  

This weekend I had a craving for cheesecake but zero intentions of going to the store or digging through old recipes. Lazy weekends are the best weekends, don’t you agree?

I decided to use what what in my fridge and pantry and came up with this easy no-bake cheesecake recipe made with fresh fruit, refined-free sugar, dairy-free milk and nuts. DAS it! 

The result, a better-for-you dessert recipe packed with healthy fat and protein that is also delicious and satisfying. Plus:



and pretty darn close to the real thing without the unhealthy sugar high and yucky crash after.

Follow my recipe or make it your own by swapping raspberries for blueberries or strawberries, anything goes. 

If you try this recipe, let us know by leaving a comment below. Your comments are so helpful for us and other readers. Also, don’t forget to share your food pictures on INSTAGRAM and tagging us with hashtag #ourflipsidelife. We’d love to see it!

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Karla A Salinari

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Dessert Recipe Snacks Uncategorized

Black Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownies! A healthy dessert recipe that is gluten-free and grain-free too. An alternative to traditional brownies that is just as delicious and as always, good for you too!

If you go on Pinterest for recipe inspiration (like I often do), I’m sure you’ve seen some version of a chocolate dessert that substitutes flour for black beans. Then, like I often do, thought to yourself “gross, this can’t be good”! Yup, I did too – more than once, actually!

Then one day I decided to give this healthy, protein packed flip a try. I used my go-to Brownie Recipe and substituted the flour for 1 (15 oz) can of black beans and it worked. The beans blend well into the mix without funky smells, texture or taste!

Bonus: I added all the ingredients into the food processor (in two batches) and processed all the ingredients until smooth. Less mess in the kitchen which leads to more time enjoying these healthy brownies with Joe and Carolina!

We hope you love them as much we do and when you bake them don’t forget to tag us on INSTRAGRAM with the hashtag #Ourflipsidelife

Before we move on to the recipe I wanted to share some fun news. Joe and I have partnered with Fresh Direct as Ambassadors. We are huge fans and loyal customers of the online grocer that delivers to residences and offices in NYC. The food comes straight from local farmers and skilled artisans and is delivered to our door within days.

The best part – we get to try a variety of seasonal products and share new with you. If you’re in NYC and looking for high quality grocers that guarantee freshness and convenience we invite you to try Fresh Direct.


1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and dried

½ cup maple syrup

2 eggs

½  tbsp ground coffee

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

¾ cup cocoa powder

2/3 cup coconut palm sugar

2 tbsp arrow root powder

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

Peanut butter Swirl (optional)

3/4 cup smooth peanut butter

1 tbsp coconut palm sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 baking pan and set aside.

2. Add the beans, maple syrup, eggs, coffee, olive oil and vanilla extract into a food processor and process until the ingredients are combined and the mixture is smooth, about 2-3 min.

3. In a large bowl combine the cocoa power, coconut palm sugar, arrowroot powder and salt. Add the dry ingredient mix into the food processor and process together with the black bean mixture, 5-10 seconds until all the ingredients are mixed together and a brownie batter is formed.

4. Add about an inch of water into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Set a glass bowl in the mouth of the pot, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Add the peanut butter and stir occasionally as it softens, 1-2 min. Once soft, remove from heat.

5. Add coconut palm sugar and vanilla extract to the melted peanut butter and mix well until the ingredients blend together. Then set aside.

6. Pour the brownie batter into the greased pan.

7. Drop big spoonfuls of peanut butter mix onto the brownie batter.

8. Using a butter knife, gently swirl the peanut butter mix into the brownie mix running the knife lengthwise and cross wise.

9. Bake 20-25min or until a toothpick inserted down the middle comes out mostly clean. Remove from oven and let cool.

10. Once cooled cut into squares, serve and enjoy.

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Gluten-Free Apple Pie Bread Made With FlipBox

Healthy Gluten-Free Apple Pie Bread Made With FlipBox Cake Mix.

Made with fresh Gala apples, FlipBox cake mix and other simple ingredients, it’s a perfectly delicious fall recipe that the entire family can enjoy!

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen how I use the dry cake mix that comes in FlipBox to bake other healthy desserts. The mix is similar to vanilla boxed cake. It’s versatile, easy to work with and combines well with most dessert recipes. The best part is it’s made with simple and clean ingredients that not only taste good but are good for you too. #WinWin!

I prepare FlipBox cake mix according to package instructions, combine other ingredients to make healthy dessert alternatives. As easy as 1,2,3 🙂

Here’s how I used the cake mix to make Apple Pie Bread. Check out those crispy edges, soft middle and dairy-free ice “cream” on top! Trust me when I tell you it didn’t last very long in our house!

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Bread


1 package FlipBox Cake Mix, prepared according to package instructions
2 tsp apple spice
2 Gala apples, peeled cored and cubed


Dairy-Free Vanilla ice “cream” (optional)


1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 baking pan with coconut oil cooking spray
2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine FlipBox Cake Mix ingredients according to package instructions
3. Add apple spice and combine, then gently fold in the apples
4. Transfer the batter into the greased baking pan and place in preheated oven
5. Bake 30-35 min or until edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted down the middle comes out mostly clean
6. Let cool before serving
7. Plate and top with your favorite dairy-free ice “cream”!
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