CRANBERRY CHEESECAKE BARS | Gluten Free Dessert (low carb option)

CRANBERRY CHEESECAKE BARS | gluten free dessert (low carb option)

If you’re on the search for a delicious gluten free dessert, these Cranberry Cheesecake Bars are a must-try! And, they can be made low carb and keto-friendly with one simple substitute. This healthy-ish dessert will have our friends and family begging you for this recipe – trust me!

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Gluten Free Dessert – Cranberry Cheesecake Bars


Whether you’re making this gluten free dessert for the holidays or for a typical weekend treat, you will not be disappointed. The almond flour crust is nearly identical to the crust on a real cheesecake in terms of taste and texture and the homemade cranberry sauce brings in that sweet and tart flavor.

By the way, if you’re not a fan of cranberries, feel free to substitute them with blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries. But, these gluten free cheesecake bars are perfect with a cup of coffee or as a delicious dessert after dinner.

CRANBERRY CHEESECAKE BARS | Gluten Free Dessert (low carb option)

The Ingredients You’ll Need to Make This Gluten Free Dessert


To make these gluten free cranberry cheesecake bars, you’ll need to make them in layers. Here’s what you’ll need for each layer.

  • Gluten Free Crust Layer: you’ll need almond flour, coconut flour, grass-fed butter or ghee, and granulated sweetener. For the sweetener, you can use raw cane sugar or any type of low carb sweetener, such as birch xylitol, monk fruit, erythritol, etc.
  • Cheesecake Layer: you’ll need cream cheese (organic, if possible), egg yolk, vanilla and lemon flavors, and your choice of sweetener.
  • Cranberry Sauce Layer: you’ll need fresh cranberries, cinnamon, and your sweetener of choice
  • Pecan Crumble Layer: you’ll need pecans, almond flour, grass-fed butter or ghee, and sweetener

How to keep this recipe low carb friendly – for each layer, use a low carb sweetener rather than cane sugar and this recipe will be considered low carb friendly – simple as that!


How To Make These Gluten Free Cranberry Cheesecake Bars


This recipe isn’t hard to put together, but it does take a bit of effort because you’ll want to make it in layers. But, it’s completely worth it!!

  • Step 1: Make the gluten free crust. Combine all crust ingredients in a bowl, roll it into a ball, and then press it into a lined 8×8 baking pan. Bake the crust and then let it cool before adding the other layers.
  • Step 2: Make the Cranberry Sauce. In a small saucepan, add all cranberry sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer. Simmer for ten minutes to thicken and then let it cool to room temperature.
  • Step 3: Make the Cheesecake Layer. Using a handheld electric mixer, whip up all of the cheesecake layer ingredients until fully combined.
  • Step 4: Make the Pecan Crumble. Add ingredients to a food processor and pulse until it all comes together.
  • Step 5: Assemble the Recipe. Add each layer to the pan and then bake until done. Let cool in the fridge and then cut to serve.
CRANBERRY CHEESECAKE BARS | Gluten Free Dessert (low carb option)

How To Store These Cheesecake Bars


If you’re not tempted to eat these right away, then feel free to store them in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. You’ll just want to cover the pan with foil or saran wrap.

To freeze, I recommend wrapping the bars individually with saran wrap so you can defrost them in single servings. They will freeze for up to one month.

CRANBERRY CHEESECAKE BARS | Gluten Free Dessert (low carb option)

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CRANBERRY CHEESECAKE BARS | gluten free dessert (low carb option)

Recipe by Kayla ChandlerCourse: Uncategorized
Servings

9

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes

These cranberry cheesecake bars are a delicious gluten free dessert and can be made low carb.

Ingredients

  • For the Crust:
  • 1 C. Almond Flour, lightly packed

  • 1/4 C. Coconut Flour

  • 1/2 C. Grass-fed Butter or Grass-fed Ghee, melted

  • 2 Tbsp Granulated Sweetener (you can use raw cane sugar, birch xylitol, monk fruit, etc.)

  • For the Cranberry Layer:
  • 2 C. Fresh Cranberries

  • 1/2 C. Granulated Sweetener (can also use honey)

  • 1/2 C. Water

  • 1/2 tsp Ceylon Cinnamon

  • For the Cheesecake Layer:
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese

  • 1 Egg Yolk

  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice

  • 4 Tbsp Granulated Sweetener

  • For the Pecan Crumble:
  • 1/3 C. Pecan Halves

  • 1/2 C. Almond Flour, lightly packed

  • 2 Tbsp Grassfed Butter or Ghee, melted or softened

  • 1 Tbsp Granulated Sweetener (raw cane sugar, birch xylitol, monk fruit, etc.)

Directions

  • For the Crust:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 pan with foil or parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, add all crust ingredients and mix until everything is fully combined. Gather the mixture together into a ball and then beginning pressing the crust into the pan. Continue pressing the crust until it covers the bottom of the pan and is evenly distributed.
  • Bake the crust for 8 minutes or until crust is lightly golden and slightly browned around the edges. Remove crust from oven and let cool while prepping the other layers.
  • For the Cranberry Layer:
  • In a small saucepan pan, add all cranberry layer ingredients. Turn heat to medium-high and bring to a light boil (while stirring). Then, reduce heat to low-medium. Cover with a lid and let simmer for 5 minutes. Then, remove lid and let simmer another 5 minutes to thicken.
  • Turn off the heat and let the cranberry sauce cool completely.
  • For the Cheesecake Layer:
  • In a large mixing bowl, add all cheesecake layer ingredients. Mix with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer until fully combined and the cheese has a whipped-like texture. Set aside.
  • For the Pecan Crumble:
  • In a food processor, add the pecans and pulse 3-4 times to crumble them (but not too much). Then, add all remaining ingredients and continue to pulse until the ingredients are well blended, but be careful not to pulse too many times or the texture will be too fine.
  • For Assembly & Baking:
  • Once the crust has cooled, spread the cheesecake layer evenly over the crust. Then, spread the cranberry sauce layer over the cheesecake layer. Lastly, sprinkle the pecan crumble evenly over top.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top layer is lightly browned. This is optional, but after 30 minutes, I like to broil it for 2-3 minutes to give the pecan crumble a slightly toasted look but be careful not to burn it.
  • Once done, remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes at room temperature. Then, place it in the fridge to cool completely before cutting and serving. ENJOY!

Notes

  • Keep stored in fridge until ready to serve.

Nutritional Info – Macros


Below, I’ve calculated the macros for 1 bar using a low carb sweetener. Feel free to slice these into 18 squares (instead of 9) if you want to cut the macros in half and have smaller portion sizes. Note that there’s 11g of carbs and 5g fiber; therefore, the net carbs = 6g.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 bar
Servings Per Container 9 bars

Amount Per Serving
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat g 0%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol mg 0%
Sodium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 4g
Protein 8g 16%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Below, I’ve calculated the macros for 1 bar using organic cane sugar as the sweetener. Again, feel free to slice these into 18 squares for smaller portion sizes (and less calories per serving).

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 bar
Servings Per Container 9 bars

Amount Per Serving
Calories 460 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat g 0%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol mg 0%
Sodium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 24g
Protein 8g 16%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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2 Comments

  1. Kristine Lynch

    Wow this looks amazing but going to do mine with strawberries,will that work , thanks so much 🌻🥂👏 Merry Christmas

     
  2. Made this for Christmas, was a roaring success. Thank you.

     

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