No Bake Strawberry Cream Bars

These strawberry cream bars are a no bake gluten free and vegan dessert with a cashew cream center and chocolate topping.

So on day 24 of this self-inflicted paleo challenge, shit hit the fan. And by that I mean I spent the day in a hummus factory and came face to face with two dozen gourmet donuts. I’ll let you guess how that went…

Strawberry Cream Bars

Truth be told actually, I was pretty proud of myself in the donut situation and only tried like 1/8th of this amazing toffee crunch flavor (it was amazing) but when presented with the opportunity to sample the entire line of Sabra’s hummus, I didn’t even have to think twice about breaking up with paleo for the day. If there’s one thing in paleo that I disagree with anyway it’s the whole legume thing. I understand and have seen the first hand effects of grains and dairy on my body but ain’t nothing wrong with some beans. Beans are technically a vegetable and I will eat as much of them as I damn well please thank you very much. Which is exactly what I did, eating probably about half my weight in the stuff throughout the day.

No Bake Strawberry Cream Bars 1

These strawberry cream bars? These are not paleo. I made these exactly 2 days before starting my paleo challenge and since 3 of them are still sitting in my freezer, every time I open it I cry a little for not having the foresight to make that bottom layer oat-less so I could’ve enjoyed them over the past 3 weeks. I’m not gonna lie, there was one night I was so desperate for dessert, I scraped the bottom off and totally ate the strawberry cream center and chocolate top.

While I couldn’t be further from vegan if I tried, I have this weird obsession with cashew cream, the vegan go-to in desserts. The cashew strawberry center in these is on point, people (or shall I say on fleek?). So much so that I have plans to recreate this bar in a protein packed tart cherry version very soon and I can assure you one thing, they’ll be paleo this time around.

Get the recipe for these No Bake Strawberry Cream Bars on SheKnows.

Try these oatmeal raspberry sandwich cookies or these coconut almond macaroons for more no bake desserts!


  1. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    I was seeing all those hummus sampling photos on IG. Looked amazing. I definitely wouldn’t have been able to resist. Glad you didn’t either! These bars look fantastic. Strawberries are my fav!

  2. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy

    I dabble in all different kinds of eating: vegan, vegetarian, raw, paleo . . . but I still eat everything!

    I eat more carbs on running days, less on non-running days. It’s easier for me to lose weight eating less carbs & I have fewer cravings . . . but I love my oats.

    Those bars look amazing!

  3. Krysten

    I have never understood the lack of legumes/beans in the paleo diet. Come on, you mean to tell me cavemen didn’t eat beans? I don’t buy it.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I know! It’s ridiculous. According to my google skills, it’s apparently because of the phytic acid in beans and how it inhibits the absorption of nutrients in foods. I just think that on a scale of concern for what food does to your body, beans have no place being on the same list as grains, sugar and dairy. So basically, eff off with the bean thing, paleo. ;)

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