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Saffron Cheesecake Bars
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Saffron Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 164kcal


  • For crust:
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, lightly toasted and finely chopped
  • A pinch of saffron
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp vegan butter like Earth Balance, at room temperature
  • For the cheesecake topping:
  • 8 ounces vegan cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp egg replacer
  • 2 pinches saffron mixed with 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Orange food coloring, you could skip this entirely-- I just wanted a lovely color on my bars


  • Make the crust by mixing together the flour, sugar, walnuts, saffron and butter. The mixture will be crumbly.
  • Grease the bottom of an 8 X 8 inch baking pan. Pat in the crust with your fingers, making it an even layer.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the crust for 15 minutes. Remove.
  • While the crust is baking, make the cheesecake topping.
  • Mix together the cream cheese, sugar, saffron with almond milk, and vanilla extract until you have a very smooth, creamy mixture.
  • Spread it on top of the walnut-flour crust in an even layer. Use a spatula to smooth over the top.
  • Return to the oven and bake 25 minutes.
  • Cool on a rack and then cut into 16 squares.


Calories: 164kcal | Protein: 2.2g | Fiber: 1g