Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Easy Grain-Free, Sugar-Free Strawberry Cream Cheese Bars

A jar of sugar free or no sugar added preserves or jam can be a big help if you need a quick dessert.  So can some cream cheese, or neufchatel if you're so inclined.  This entire recipe from start to finish took about 35 minutes, including bake time.  Try it next time you're in a pinch!  Best of all, you can jazz it up any way you like- different jams, dried fruit, chocolate, dried coconut, whatever!  They remind of when I was little and those lucky days I'd get a strawberry and cream cheese sandwich, yum!!!!!!!!

Grain-Free, Sugar-Free Strawberry Cream Cheese Bars
1 jar no sugar added fruit preserves or jam.  I mixed cherry and strawberry together so I could use up the cherry.  Microwaved for one minute.
1 egg
1 1/2 cups almond flour
2 tsp oil
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 packets of sweetener, like Purevia or whatever you like (optional)
3 tbsp cream cheese, microwaved for 30 seconds or so

Line a 9x9 baking dish with parchment and preheat your oven to 350.  In a bowl, mix your almond flour, baking soda, salt, and sweetener.  Mix your oil and egg together, then add to almond flour mixture.  Press your crust into the baking dish and push with your fingers until it's reached all the sides.  Now pour your melted jam over the crust, and then your cream cheese, or neufchatel.  Using a fork or spatula, spread the jam and cream cheese around until it covers the crust completely.  This would be the time to add chopped nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, what have you.  Bake for 25-30 minutes and then let cool for a few hours before serving.


  1. This would/will be nice for a Christmas dessert bar.

  2. Seriously, I'm almost embarrassed to call this a recipe because it was so easy and quick. But it's actually better today than it was yesterday!

  3. That's good to know. I think I will make them tomorrow in order to bring them to a get together on Sunday. I've been trying to think of something that I can safely nibble on when I'm there, and I think this will be great!

  4. I made this but it tasted like jelly to me. I think the next time I make it, I'll mix the jelly and cream cheese together so that it doesn't taste like jelly.