This recipe 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. You also can substitute an equal amount of gluten-free all-purpose flour.
1 cup gluten-free graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons coconut flour
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon water
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
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl. Add butter, oil, and 1 tablespoon water; toss well. Press mixture into bottom of an 8-inch square metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Place cottage cheese and next 7 ingredients in a food processor; 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 10 minutes on a wire rack. Refrigerate 2 hours or until thoroughly chilled. Top with pineapple and coconut. Cut into 16 bars.
Standard lemons work well in this recipe, but Meyer lemons, which have a sweeter flavor, are a delicious substitute if you can find them in good condition. Often, you'll find lemons that are too soft, or dry and shriveled. Avoid these. What you want are plump, shiny-skinned fruits that are firm but not hard and seemingly heavy for their size, which is a good sign that they're full of juice.
The problem with this recipe is that it gives poor instructions, and provides little guidance. The cake never came close to setting. I monitored for the "33 minutes" and continued. Does it firm up or what?! I'm working with a soup here! Ridiculous. Very poorly outlined recipe. Rewrite it with clarity, or remove it from the site. What a waste of time and money on a recipe that yielded a cake worthy of the garbage. I've had great success with recipes from this site - but this one is a genuine failure.
These were super easy and tasted tropical! I'm not sure what cheriemich was talking about by the recipe being "ridiculous"... The crust was chewy from the coconut and I used normal gram crackers and cream cheese.