July 30, 2016

Golden Girl Granola Blogger Challenge 2016: Mazzou's blueberry cheesecake bars

It is with pleasure that I again enter the annual Golden Girl Granola blogger challenge! This company makes such delicious granola; it was a delight to make up a recipe using their ''Bluesberry'' flavor this year.
If you can muster up enough self-control not to eat all of this wonderful granola straight from the bag, try whipping up this simple dessert. The texture and flavour of cheese cake with a crunchy granola crust is absolutely delicious: 

Mazzou's Blueberry Granola Cheesecake Bars
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
Crust:
1 1/2 cups Golden Girl Granola Bluesberry flavor; one cup ground with rolling pin
1/4 cup almond flour (or ground almonds)
2 Tablespoons coconut flour (or ground coconut)
2 Tablespoons coconut (any size but preferably fine) 
1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon butter
3 Tablespoons honey

Filling: 
1 8-oz package of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 tsp. gelatin 
1 tsp. vanilla
1 medium egg
1/4 cup heavy cream

Fresh blueberries
Extra Golden Girl Granola Bluesberry flavor

Instructions: 
Butter a 8.5" X 4.5" X 2.75" loaf pan and line with parchment paper. Make sure parchment comes up the edges so you have ''handles'' to remove contents later. 

Combine all 1 1/2 cups granola, almond flour, coconut flour, and coconut. Blend in butter and honey. Mixture should be moist enough to squeeze into a ball. If too dry, add butter as needed. 
Press into prepared loaf pan and set aside. 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
To make filling, beat cream cheese, sugar, cornstarch and gelatin together. Add vanilla and egg and mix well. Add cream and mix just until combined. Do not overmix. 
Pour filling onto granola crust. 
Bake for 30 minutes until light gold and set. Let cool 30 minutes at room temperature. Chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour before serving.
To serve, cut into squares and top with Golden Girl Granola Bluesberry flavor and fresh blueberries. 
This makes a perfect light dessert any time of the year but especially during summer. 


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