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Sugar Free Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

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.

Read here for all my Keto and Low Carb Baking tips and resources.

Sugar Free Cranberry Bars

The Cranberry Sauce (Sugar Free)

Sugar Free Keto Cranberry Sauce is easy and stores very well in the freezer.

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.

The Assembly

Once the crust has baked for 10 minutes I set it aside to cool. While the crust is cooling I whip together the cream cheese, sweetener, eggs and vanilla.

Sugar Free Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

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.

Sugar Free Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

Cranberry Cheesecake Crumble Bars

What to do with all that leftover Sugar Free cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? I make this sauce ahead of time to use in my Cranberry Cheesecake Crumble Bars and use the leftovers at our holiday dinner.
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
cooling time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Holiday
Keyword: cranberry, Cranberry Cheesecake
Servings: 25 squares
Calories: 125kcal

Ingredients

Cranberry Sauce

  • 12 oz cranberries
  • 1 cup Allulose
  • 3" orange rind
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1/2 cup water

Crust and Crumb Topping

Cheesecake Filling

Instructions

Cranberry Filling

  • Combine the cranberries, Allulose sweetener, orange zest and water in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes or until the cranberries are soft and thickened. Add in orange extract. Mash cranberries and set aside to cool.
  • 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.

Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9×9” pan with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together the almond flour, psyllium husk, sweetener and salt. Add the melted butter and hand blend with a fork until the mixture is crumbly. Set aside 1/2 cup of the crumble mixture.
  • 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.

Cheesecake filling

  • 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.

Notes

You will not use all the cranberry sauce in this recipe.  Store leftover cranberry in the freezer for up to 3 months. Nutrition calculations have been adjusted to reflect only using 1/2 cup of the cranberry sauce in the total Cranberry Cheesecake Bars recipe.
These bars freeze very well and can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for several weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
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To calculate Net Carb count with sugar alcohols, we simply subtract grams of sugar alcohols (including glycerin), as well as fiber, from total grams of carbs.

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6 Comments

  1. LM Pratt November 22, 2018 at 2:35 am

    I just made this recipe and wow does my entire house smell like LOVE! I didn’t have any xylitol so I substituted that with stevia powder; I didn’t know the portions so I just used a table spoon in both fillings and crust. I tasted as I went and everything tasted good. I will say that I didn’t have much leftover crust mixture after I placed it in my pie pan. I saved a bit for the crumble but certainly not 1/2 cup worth.

    The pie is in the oven so I will give another update tomorrow after my family digs in at Thanksgiving dinner. Thanks for the amazing recipe!!!

    Reply
    1. KELLIE LOGSDON November 22, 2018 at 5:56 am

      I love how you improvised! Let me know how it turned out. xoxo

      Reply
  2. Deb In NWOhio November 22, 2018 at 10:23 am

    5 stars
    I have learned to love my food without sweeteners !! Yum-O

    Reply
  3. Andy November 23, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    The recipe looks great but please always post when using xylitol be very careful it is fatal for dogs to consume! Someone may not own a dog but they may bring a dessert like this to a party where there is a pup. People can be busy talking and dogs are extremely quick around food. Be safe 👍

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    1. KELLIE LOGSDON November 23, 2018 at 8:43 pm

      You are ABSOLUTELY right! I’ll add that as a standard to all my recipes using xylitol. Thank you!!!

      Reply

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