These frozen sunflower butter salted caramel cheezecake bites are allergen friendly and super easy to make!
I’ve always been interested in creating my own take on vegan “Cheesecake” – I just was never really sure on where to start! There are allergy friendly cheesecake options on the market, and easy to find recipes on the web, but a lot of the time the recipes have the one thing I can’t eat: nuts. If you’ve been following me for awhile, then you’d know I am allergic to peanuts/tree-nuts. I always get a lot of questions like, “is it hard being Vegan and being allergic to nuts?” The answer: of course. I don’t want to lie or try to act like it isn’t a big deal because the truth is that it can be difficult at times. You know when you go to the grocery store and double/triple check the ingredients of a product hoping it would be “accidentally vegan?” Well, try doing that two times – one for ethical reasons and the other for the potential risk of death (dark? well it’s true). So I always get super excited to find products that are free from both.
Over a year ago I was walking through my average grocery store, which is probably the least vegan friendly type of place. I usually don’t bother to check out the ice cream section because usually I know they wouldn’t have any options to cater to me. However, on this day I wasn’t at the grocery store on a mission so I just decided look. That is when I saw Perfectly Free. I got ridiculously excited and added the Cocoa and Vanilla Frozen Bites to my cart. I’ve been loving their products ever since.
The Perfectly Free Bites are 100% plant based by using a coconut cream. They are Big 8 Allergen friendly (dairy, eggs, soy, fish, wheat/gluten, shellfish, peanuts or tree nuts) and low in sugar. They’re Non-GMO and are also made in a dedicated free-from facility. These are the facts that really caught my eye in the grocery store that one day, and are really important to me. A lot of products are free from nuts on the market, but that doesn’t mean they’re created in a dedicated free-from facility. In general, people react to the things they’re allergic to differently. I have never reacted from nuts being around me, but simply when I eat them. If there is a product that is nut free but made on the same equipment as a product containing nuts, it can be very harmful to many. Or, even if the product isn’t made on the same equipment but nearby a product containing nuts that can still trigger someone’s allergy. That’s the main reason why I get so excited about brands who create their products in a free-from facility.
These “cheesecake” bites have a fun twist as I added some sunflower butter to the mix as well as a nice dollop on top. Press in some chia seeds for some added texture/Omega 3s and you’re good to go! They have a cookie crust giving them that reminiscent texture of cheesecake and gives a nice contrast to the frozen bite texture.
I hope that you enjoy this recipe! If you make any of my recipes, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @plantbasedjane.
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