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 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.