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A break from pumpkin
With all the pumpkin flying around my kitchen the past several weeks, I knew I had to shift gears. It was time to bring the cranberries out of the shadows and into the spotlight with my Cranberry Cheesecake Bars….and it’s a shining star!!!
Keto Baking Tips & Resources
Keto baking can be a little daunting. Ingredients are expensive and work differently than regular sugar and flour. Allulose is particularly interesting and I wrote a deep dive into what it’s all about HERE. It’s a unique no carb sugar that works really well with my Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce.
The Cranberry Sauce (Sugar Free)
If you’ve ever made cranberry sauce from scratch you know how incredibly easy it is to make. I had been eating canned cranberry jelly filled with sugar for decades. Who knew I could make my favorite Thanksgiving side dish low carb and no one even knows!
The sweetener I use is Allulose and it stays soft and jelly-like. This is not your typical store bought sweetener and you will have to get online, but it’s worth it for all your caramels, jams and citrus curds.
I was able to use that sugar free cranberry sauce in these awesome Cranberry Cheesecake Bars.
The Crumble and the Crust
Then there’s the crust for my Cranberry Cheesecake Crumble Bars….I wanted it to be like a short bread or a traditional pie crust. I used my favorite stand by recipe for low carb pie crust with psyllium husk to get it a little texture. After I set aside 1/2 cup of the crumble I then press the rest of the almond flour dough into my 9×9″ pan.
Pour the cheesecake mixture into your pre-baked crust. Then by the small spoonful dollop the cranberry sauce evenly over the cream cheese mixture. Lastly you are going to sprinkle the 1/2 cup of crumble over the entire Cranberry Cheesecake Bars.
Ready to Bake our Cranberry Cheesecake Bars
It will be hard to let this chill for 2 hours before serving, but chilling it to set makes for firm bars This dessert is absolutely delightful.
Crust and Crumb Topping
- You will use only ½ cup of this cranberry recipe. The rest of the cranberry sauce to be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months and for another use.
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9×9” pan with parchment paper.
- Transfer the remaining crust mixture to the pan. Press the crust firmly and evenly into the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Cream together the softened cream cheese and sweetner in a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat until fully combined and creamy. Pour the cheesecake filling over the slightly cooled crust. Spread evenly.
- Using the ½ cup of your sugar free cranberry sauce drop small spoonfuls over the cheesecake filling, leaving a small border around the edges.
- Crumble the remaining crust mixture over the top of the cranberry and cheesecake layers.
- Bake 25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the cheesecake filling is set.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Keep refrigerated.
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Healthier skin, too!
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I’m super careful about what I put into my body by selecting and eating healthy food, so it’s kind of silly I haven’t been more careful about what I put into my body through the skincare products I use. Not anymore.
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- Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer
- Foundation (more full coverage than Dew Skin but still natural looking)
- Cream blush and Powder blush
- Cream highlighters and Powder highlighters
- Matte bronzer and Radiant bronzers
- Eye makeup — eyeshadows, brow products, eyeliners, mascara
- Lip products — lipsticks, lip sheers, lip glosses and lip conditioners