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Peach Almond Yogurt Cheesecake Bars

Cream cheese-less cheesecake! These gluten free, naturally sweetened cheesecake bars are healthy enough to eat for breakfast. Which means you should eat them for breakfast.

Peach Almond Yogurt Cheesecake Bars  with gluten free almond crust | naturally sweetened and healthy! @noosayoghurt

I’m going to miss the peaches. There, I said it. I’m just as excited about cool weather, scarves, butternut squash and hot toddies as the next eager beaver, but can we freeze time for a hot minute and bask in the last moments of ripe, drippy summer fruit? Because once that ish goes, it’s gone, man. And then we’re left with what? Persimmons? Ugh. PUH-lease.

Let’s all call a spade a spade and say that summer is the best of all the fruit seasons. I mean, what will this cheesecake look like come winter? Persimmon cheesecake? Ugh. Inconceivable.

#FirstWorldProblems.

BUT the disappearance of peaches and all the other summer fruit is future tense. In the present tense, we still have peaches (hooraaah!). Let’s roast them and put them in yogurt cheesecake.

Peach Almond Yogurt Cheesecake Bars  with gluten free almond crust | naturally sweetened and healthy! @noosayoghurt

You’re looking at these bars like you want one in the palm of your hand. This is why we’re friends.

This is definitely not your run-of-the mill cheesecake. First off it’s made without cream cheese. Plain full-fat yogurt, pure maple syrup, vanilla extract, and tapioca (or corn) starch are all you really need for the base.

Bonus points: this cheesecake is made in a blender.

More bonus points: the crust is made with almond meal, maple syrup, and coconut oil, making for a completely healthful  gluten free treat.

The cheesecake isn’t overly sweet, which is how I prefer my…sweets [< – thesaurus, anyone?]. You can easily add more maple syrup to the cheesecake base, or just douse it in maple syrup, agave, or honey when you serve it. Case in point: sweeten to taste.

#cheesecakeforbreakfast annnnnnd GO!

Peach Almond Yogurt Cheesecake Bars with gluten free almond crust | naturally sweetened and healthy! @noosayoghurt

Peach Almond Yogurt Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 9 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Peach Almond Yogurt Cheesecake Bars is a delicious healthier cheesecake recipe made with yogurt instead of cream cheese. Light and mouth-watering!

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 2 cups almond flour/meal
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Yogurt Cheesecake:

  • 2 cups plain whole milk yogurt
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon tapioca starch*
  • 1 cup peach, halved, roasted, and chopped (about 1 roasted peaches)

Instructions

Prepare the Almond Crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and lightly oil an 8” x 8” baking pan.
  2. In a bowl, mix together all ingredients for the crust.
  3. Pour the crust into the prepared baking pan and press it into the bottom and sides.
  4. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until edges are slightly browned.
  5. Set aside and allow crust to cool to room temperature.

Roast the Peach:

  1. You can roast the peach while you’re baking the almond crust.
  2. Cut the peach in half, remove the pit, and lightly coat the flesh with olive oil or coconut oil.
  3. Place the peach cut-side down on a baking dish and place in the oven with the crust. Roast for 20 minutes, or until the peach skin is pulling away from the flesh, and juices are seeping out.
  4. Remove from the oven, allow peach to cool, then chop it and set aside.

Prepare the Yogurt Cheesecake:

  1. Lower the temperature of the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a blender or food processor, combine all of the ingredients for the cheesecake filling except for the roasted peaches. Blend just until combined.
  3. Add the chopped roasted peaches and pulse/blend quickly just to combine with the filling.
  4. Pour the cheesecake filling into the pan with the crust and bake for 30 to 45 minutes**
  5. Turn the oven off and allow the cheesecake to sit for 10 minutes inside the hot oven before removing it.
  6. Allow cheesecake to cool for 20 minutes, then place it in the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours.
  7. Cut cheesecake squares and serve with fresh peaches and a drizzle of honey.

Notes

*You can replace the tapioca starch with corn starch. **I bake at high elevation, so it took my cheesecake a full 45 minutes to bake. It will take less time at a lower elevation.

Nutrition Information
Yield 9 Serving Size 1 grams
Amount Per Serving Unsaturated Fat 0g

Peach Almond Yogurt Cheesecake Bars  with gluten free almond crust | naturally sweetened and healthy! @noosayoghurt

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Rebecca @ it's a nourishing thing

Thursday 2nd of October 2014

These look absolutely aaahh-mazing! I want to eat them all right now!!

It is sad to see summer fruit go, but I am welcoming pumkpin with open arms!

Joanne

Monday 22nd of September 2014

Noosa is one of my new favorite discoveries since now that I've moved, my new local grocery store ACTUALLY CARRIES IT. Thank the lord.

I am really going to miss peaches. I think they are still tasting pretty good around here so obviously some cheesecake bars for breakfast are in order!

Monet

Sunday 21st of September 2014

Noosa yogurt is HEAVEN. I seriously can't get enough of it. I can't wait to try this beautiful recipe. A great way to use up those last of the season peaches.

Letty

Friday 19th of September 2014

I love everything about this recipe! The crust and the yogurt instead of cream cheese. Oh yeah and those peaches I wish I could eat all winter. I am so making these! Pinned! Thanks for the inspiration!

Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

Friday 19th of September 2014

OMG, I would annihilate these bars! That crust- I'm dead.

I am sad to see all of summer's fruit leave, especially the peaches and especially when they look this good!

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