Piña Colada Cheesecake Bars

Piña Colada Cheesecake Bars Recipe
Photo: Jeff Kauck; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
This uses a small amount of coconut flour, which is slightly sweet, high in fiber (3 grams per tablespoon), and gluten-free. Look for it in health-food stores or order online from Bob's Red Mill (www.bobsredmill.com). You also can substitute an equal amount of all-purpose flour. Standard lemons work well in this recipe, but Meyer lemons, which have sweeter flavor, are a good substitute if you see them in the store (or have a tree in your greenhouse).

Yield:

16 servings (serving size: 1 bar)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 117
Caloriesfromfat 35 %
Fat 4.6 g
Satfat 2.2 g
Monofat 1.2 g
Polyfat 0.7 g
Protein 4.1 g
Carbohydrate 15.4 g
Fiber 0.9 g
Cholesterol 6 mg
Iron 0.5 mg
Sodium 142 mg
Calcium 27 mg

Ingredients

Crust:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons coconut flour or all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon water
Cooking spray
Filling:
1 cup 2% low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup (2 ounces) block-style fat-free cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon pineapple juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash of salt
3/4 cup egg substitute
Remaining ingredients:
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare crust, combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl. Add butter, oil, and 1 tablespoon water; toss well. Press mixture into the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

To prepare filling, combine cottage cheese and the next 7 ingredients (through salt) in a food processor, and process until smooth. Add egg substitute, and process until blended. Spread cheese mixture over cooled crust. Bake at 350° for 33 minutes or until set. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until thoroughly chilled. Top with pineapple and coconut. Cut into 16 bars.

Note:

Elisa Bosley,

March 2007
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