Raw Brownie Cheesecake Raspberry Bars

I know, right?! Would you believe these raw brownies are as delicious as they are healthy?

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How’s the day going?? Hope you’re having a wonderful one so far. A HUGE thank you to my web wizard Cody for fixing the Family page and my technology screw-up. He is amazing if you’re ever looking for web or design work.

Liv and I have had a low-key day: Trader Joe’s, Buffalo Exchange, and starting to get supplies together for her Valentine’s craft of the year. (First we did these sweet heart bouquets and last year it was hearts and flowers.) It’s a double dip kind of night over here, so I’m taking it easy before heading to spin and Zumba. Thank goodness for this chocolate energy in the freezer. 🙂

I’m so excited to share this recipe because it came out even better than I would have hoped.

Raw brownies

Get this: raw brownies on the bottom, raw cheesecake on top, and a sweet raspberry swirl. Would you even believe it’s kind of good for you? It’s nut-based, which gives it a dose of protein + healthy fats, sweetened with maple syrup, and a glorious creamy texture from soaked cashews and almond milk.

Raw Brownies

For this creation, I started off with a raw brownie layer, and combined pecans, dates, coconut, a little maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla:

Raw brownie mix

Brownie layer

Raw Cheesecake

I set it in the fridge to set and made the creamy cashew cheesecake topping.

cashew cheesecake layer

Raspberry Swirl

Things could have stopped there, but a raspberry drizzle gave the bars an awesome swirl of color in a gorgeous pink hue; perfect for V-day dessert to share with your love, your besties, or yourself. 😉

Raspberry swirl

Raw brownies

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!


Raw raspberry cheesecake brownie bars

A double-layer raw dessert, naturally-sweetened, and totally delicious.

  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 9 1x



For the brownie layer

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 c dates
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

For the cheesecake layer

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 1 hour
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

For the raspberry drizzle

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 pint raspberries


  1. 1. In a food processor, combine all of the brownie ingredients. Pulse until a dough forms, and then press the dough to the bottom of an 8×8 glass pan.
  2. 2. Place in the freezer to set while you make the cheesecake layer.
  3. 3. Blend all of the cheese cake ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Spread on top of the brownie layer.
  4. 4. Make the optional raspberry drizzle by blending the raspberries with the honey, then straining through a fine mesh sieve. Swirl the raspberry drizzle on top of the cheesecake layer.
  5. 5. Place in the freezer until solid, about 1 hour. Allow to defrost slightly before cutting into bars. Store in the freezer, if there are any left!



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  1. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on February 4, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    LOVE the simplicity of these! Just goes to show that you can healthify heavy desserts. I don’t even like cheesecake but I know I’d like these based on the ingredients!

  2. Linda @ the Fitty on February 4, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Aw, Gina, you know I can’t say no to cheesecake, especially when it’s paleo friendly!

  3. Taca @ A Side Of Dessert on February 4, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    How do you come up with these?! This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing :))

  4. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on February 4, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    These sound so good! Even the layers separate from one another !

  5. jenna @ just j.faye on February 4, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Yum! I have all these ingredients on hand and am so tempted to whip this up right now!

  6. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on February 4, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Oh sounds soo good! That’s really cute you guys do an annual craft on Valentine’s Day. I need to get more crafty. And by the way, love your cake display thing there. I’m off to teach as well, BODYATTACK time! 🙂

  7. Alison on February 4, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    hey Gina! I was wondering what kind of protein powder you’ve been using lately. I have tried some that haven’t been to good and recently got some samples of arbonne, which tastes good but seems pretty pricey. Any recommendations lately? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on February 5, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      i’ve been loving the shakeology chocolate vegan and the daily burn vanilla post workout

  8. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on February 4, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Yum! Love the ingredients in these!

  9. Jill @ Champagne for Everyday on February 4, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Those look positively drool-worthy!! I can’t believe they are all raw, my grandmother wouldbe beside herself in disbelief she could see that her brownies could be outdone with the raw version! Definitely trying this!! =)

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  10. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on February 4, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    This sounds amazing! And looks delicious!

  11. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on February 4, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Well, these look pretty darn delicious! I love your paleo black forest brownies and have made them several times. I’m sure I will love these as much. Great photos. 🙂

  12. Caitlin on February 4, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    I gotta make these! But my husband hates coconut (I know…what?!), any ideas for a substitution??

    • Fitnessista on February 5, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      maybe almond meal?

  13. Emily @ Glitz Glam Gluten-Free on February 4, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Ohh these look absolutely delicious, I love the simple ingredients in the brownie layer and the idea of a raspberry drizzle… yum!!

  14. Emily @ Sweet Summer Smiles on February 5, 2015 at 2:19 am

    I’ve always been impressed with raw food deserts! They taste so good! These bars look AMAZING! Can’t wait to give them a try!

  15. Alex @ get big, go to work on February 5, 2015 at 3:28 am

    I’ve seen so many Valentine’s Day inspired dessert recipes around the blog world this past week, but these are a definite, must make!! My fiance’s favorite dessert is hands-down brownies so I think these will make him really happy 🙂

  16. AJ @ NutriFitMama on February 5, 2015 at 5:15 am

    These looks delicious! Love raspberry also, and the ingredients are super simple. Another favorite of mine (and requirement if I am actually going to make it haha)

  17. Jess on February 5, 2015 at 10:24 am

    These sound amazing! Does anyone know if a vitamix would work? I don’t have a food processor. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on February 5, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      i haven’t had much luck mixing date and nut pastes in the vitamix; it gets stuck. you could finely chop and stir together?

  18. Alex @ True Femme on February 5, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    These look absolutely amazing! I’ve been all about raw brownies for the last few months and I’d love to try it with the cashew cream and raspberries!

  19. Cat on February 7, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Pecans! They are my FAVOURITE nut and I hardly ever see them in recipes – oh these look so amazing! Totally stocking up on pecans now 😉

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  21. Nicole Gardner on February 9, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I’m so excited to make these! Do you soak the dates at all?

    • Fitnessista on February 9, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      nope! just made sure you use soft dates

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