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Recipe: Frozen Raspberry Cheesecake Bars {Gluten Free}

01 Jul

How would you like a decadent frozen treat that adds up low in carbs, but high in taste and satisfaction? Just in time for the holidays? I used my 9″x9″ square stone baking dish for this, and cut it into 20 bars. By my calculations, following this recipe, that is under 4g of carbs per piece! Guilt-free and perfect timing for your 4th of July celebrations.

It seems that lately, I’ve been focusing a lot more on information about the wheat free, low carb lifestyle, than I have about the food! Trust me folks, I am still cooking and baking… and taking pictures and writing notes, but with summer so busy, I haven’t had as much time to pass the recipes along to you! Well, sometimes it just takes something REALLY special to break a pattern, and this recipe is it! MMMMM.

I had been thinking for a while that the crust recipe in Raspberry Streusel Bars would be a fabulous cheesecake crust, and that became the first layer in these yummy bars. Made with almond flour, butter and Truvia, it makes for a delicious cookie-style crust that stands up well to the other ingredients. Layer 2 is all about cheesecake! Rich and thick, it gives the real substance to this treat. The 3rd layer is where the raspberry comes in, though you could certainly change this up with your favorite flavors or experiment. Top it all off with a layer of sweetened whipping cream, and you have an amazing summer treat. While serving it chilled would be great, frozen was fabulous!

And don’t fret….. it may seem like a long list of ingredients at first glance, but you will notice that several of the ingredients (whipping cream, sour cream, vanilla, sweeteners) are used in more than one layer. It was just easier to list them separately for assembly purposes.

Frozen Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Crust Layer:

  • 2C blanched almond flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2T butter (or coconut oil )
  • 1T vanilla extract
  • 1T water
  • 1 tsp Truvia or other sweetener

Cheesecake Layer:

  • 8oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2C sour cream
  • 1T vanilla
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4Tb erythritol

Raspberry Layer:

  • 1/2 C heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 C sour cream
  • 1T erythritol
  • 1C Smucker’s low sugar raspberry preserves

Whipped Topping:

  • 1/2C heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp Truvia
  • 1T vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Make the crust: blend all crust ingredients together in a food processor. Line a 9″ by 9″ baking dish with parchment and press crust mixture firmly into pan. Bake for 15 minutes (I turn my pan halfway through baking.) Remove from oven and set aside

3. Make cheesecake filling: In a stand mixer, beat softened cream cheese until smooth. Add sour cream and beat to combine. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla and erythritol and beat (on medium) until well-combined, but not whipped. Pour over crust and smooth out. Bake for 20 minutes, turned pan halfway through baking to ensure even cooking. Remove and let cool completely.

4. Make raspberry layer: Whip the cream until it begins to get stiff. Add sour cream, and erythritol and beat to combine. Fold in the raspberry preserves. Spread over the cooled cheesecake layer. Chill for 15 minutes to firm up.

5. Make the topping: Whip the cream on medium high until soft peaks begin to form. Add vanilla and Truvia and continue whipping until firm. Spread over raspberry layer. Chill or freeze completely before serving. Cut into 20 bars. (Tip, To cut while frozen, I scored the top and then used my food blade to press through.)

Makes 20 servings; 4g carbs each.

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9 responses to “Recipe: Frozen Raspberry Cheesecake Bars {Gluten Free}

  1. livingforjackie

    July 1, 2012 at 11:27 am

    that looks so good! Yum!!

     
    • Gretchen without Gluten

      July 1, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Thanks Jackie! It goes together a lot faster than it looks like it would.

       
      • livingforjackie

        July 1, 2012 at 11:54 am

        I’m sure it does…..but you did say you repeated some ingredients….so that makes sense…..and I love fruit! And its always nice to eat something that looks so pretty! :-)

         
  2. johnnysenough hepburn

    July 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    That’s my sort of dessert. Although, sorbet is my favourite. Especially mixed with Cava (Spanish champagne/sparkling wine). 50/50 is just great for an easy dessert.

     
  3. A Table in the Sun

    July 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

    This looks really yummy! I love layered desserts.

     
    • Gretchen without Gluten

      July 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

      I love layered desserts too, but it’s very rare that I do them! This one was an experiment, but it went together pretty easy.

       
  4. Kristen

    July 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

    These look great. :)

     
  5. Gretchen without Gluten

    July 4, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Thank you Kristen! Raspberry ANYthing, I love, hehe.

     

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