At this everything-pumpkin-time-of-year, it’s nice to have a recipe that’s a little different. A little unexpected. These bars fit the bill perfectly, as they have a mild, creamy flavor, are just the right portion, and can even be made deliciously dairy-free. That’s right! Dairy-free cheesecake! You’ll have to try this recipe for yourself to believe how delicious these can be!
GF Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (e.g. Mi-Del ® GF Gingersnaps – contains soy & eggs — or make your own with vegan mix: Jules Gluten Free ™ Graham Cracker/Gingersnap Mix)
- 1/4 cup butter or non-dairy substitute (e.g. Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks)
- 32 oz (4 packages of 8 ounces) cream cheese or non-dairy soy cream cheese (e.g. Tofutti® or Follow Your Heart®), slightly softened
- 1 cup granulated cane sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp gluten-free vanilla
- 1 cup pumpkin purée (canned or homemade)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice (or 1 tsp. nutmeg + 1 tsp. ginger + 1/8 tsp. cloves)
Preheat oven to 325º F (static) or 300º F (convection).
Crush graham crackers using a food processor or put into a large, sealed zip top bag and roll over the crumbs with a rolling pin until they are very finely chopped. Stir or process with the melted butter until the crumbs are no longer powdery and begin to stick together. If you find that your crumbs are not holding together well enough, melt another tablespoon of butter and mix it in too.
Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Place in oven as it preheats while you are making the filling.
Beat together the cream cheese, vanilla and 3/4 of the cup of sugar (reserve the other 1/4 cup). Blend in eggs using a mixer to beat well. Scoop out 1 1/4 cup of this mixture and set it aside. Add the remaining ingredients now: pumpkin purée, 1/4 cup sugar and spices.
Once fully mixed, remove the pan and crust from the oven and pour approximately half of the pumpkin mixture on top of the crust. Pour lines of the plain cream cheese mixture across the top of the pumpkin mixture. Using a butter knife, cut into the top of this mixture by drawing lines down the length of the pan and then again across the width (leave approximately one inch between cut lines). This will pull the cream cheese mixture through the pumpkin mixture, leaving a feathered pattern in the top. Repeat by pouring the remaining pumpkin mixture on top, then the cream cheese mixture, then cut lines again.
Bake for 45 minutes, or until the center of the pan is fairly firm. Remove to cool on a wire rack, then refrigerate. These are best served after being chilled for several hours to help the cheesecake to set.
Origin: Living Well Gluten Free