Eggnog Cheesecake Bars and Cultures For Health

Eggnog Cheesecake Bars via DeliciouslyOrganic.net #grainfree

As you know, I’m a “from scratch” kind of girl. Sometimes I enjoy digging a bit deeper by making some of the ingredients for my cooking and baking. Making cheese at home is much easier than it sounds and with great starter kits, like the one I used from Cultures for Health, it was a total breeze.

Homemade cream cheese doesn’t taste quite like the cream cheese found in the small tubs at the grocery store. Because real cream cheese needs to sit at room temperature to ferment, it actually has a pleasant sour taste to it. When you make it at home, there won’t be any fillers or preservatives — that makes me feel good about serving it to my family. It’s a fun activity to do with kids, especially since homemade cheese making is a bit of a lost art.

Eggnog Cheesecake Bars | DeliciouslyOrganic.net (Grain Free)

This past weekend my youngest daughter and I put on our Christmas aprons, turned on some holiday tunes and made these eggnog cheesecake bars from scratch. First we started with the cream cheese – a very easy process. Then we made the grain free graham crackers for the crust followed by the eggnog. Sure it was extra work, but it gave me some quality time with my daughter and I got to teach her a few new things in the kitchen.

I’ve been so impressed with the products sold by Cultures for Health that I wrote and asked them to offer a giveaway. They provided a DIY Deluxe Cheese Making Kit and a Cream Cheese Starter for one lucky reader. This would make a fantastic Christmas gift and can be shipped to whomever you choose in the U.S.

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Eggnog Cheesecake Bars (Grain Free, Gluten Free)

Serving Size: Makes 18 bars

Eggnog Cheesecake Bars (Grain Free, Gluten Free)

If you're using homemade cream cheese, you might want to add a few tablespoons more maple sugar to even out the sweetness. After the filling is mixed, taste to see if it's to your taste. If not, stir in a bit more sweetener.

Adapted from Martha Stewart Living


Ingredients

    For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups finely ground graham crackers (click here for a whole wheat or gluten free recipe)

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • For the Filling:

  • 1 pound cream cheese

  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 large yolks

  • 3/4 cup eggnog
  • 1/2 cup maple sugar or organic whole cane sugar

  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon brandy (optional)

  • 1 vanilla bean, cut open and seeds scraped out (or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract)

  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350ºF and adjust rack to middle position. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper (two pieces, overlapping one another). Stir together graham cracker crumbs and butter until crumbs are moist. Press crumb into the bottom of the pan and bake for 12 minutes. Let cool. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and salt until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, yolks, eggnog, maple sugar, coconut flour, brandy, vanilla and nutmeg and beat on medium speed, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Mix until smooth and creamy. Pour filling over crust and set pan in a large roasting pan. Add enough hot water to come up half-way up sides of baking pan. Bake until just set, about 40 minutes. Remove baking pan from water bath and set on a cooling rack. Cool completely, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours, or overnight. Gently lift the bars out of the pan using the parchment paper. Cut into small squares and serve with a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg. Bars will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Disclosure: I called Cultures for Health and asked for two samples to review. I am not being paid for this review or giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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103 Comments

  1. Bree Auringer

    Beautiful bars! I love that you turned on the Christmas music while making them. I have such fond memories of baking Lefse with my family around the holidays; we always made sure to have Mannheim Steamroller playing!

  2. Kristin

    These look amazing! My husband is gluten-free and often feels left out when it comes to Christmas cookies. These will definitely help him get into the holiday spirit – thanks for posting! We LOVE your recipes. :)

  3. I love making cheese! We have goats so I needed to figure out something to do with all the milk we don’t drink. Ricotta is super easy, but once I got the hang of hard cheeses (like cheddar) that is my favorite. I’d love to get better at soft cheeses though. Thanks for the awesome recipe! Can’t wait to try it this weekend =)

  4. Collette

    So yummy! I’ve wanted to try making cheese but so far I’ve been too scared – maybe this book would help. And I would follow you on Pinterest if I was on Pinterest – so 1 less entry for me :( Thanks for all the great grain free recipes. I would love to see some meal plans you may do with your family.

  5. Gillian

    Amazing! I was JUST thinking about eggnog recipes AND whether you had posted a new recipe recently! What a coincidence. Thanks for this creative holiday. I will try it using dripped lactose-free yogurt instead of cream cheese, and eggnog made with yogurt instead of coconut milk.

  6. Heather

    I’m becoming more and more of a “make from scratch” kind of girl too. It’s both a fun challenge to know that I accomplished (or at least attempted) something that most people wouldn’t even think of being able to make themselves and a good way to control what goes into my body.

  7. Heidi BH

    I’m so happy to have found your website! I’m eagerly awaiting your cookbook and you have inspired me to try a grain-free trial – day 3 and feeling good with significantly lessened cravings! Cheese and yogurt are on my list to try this next year. Thank you for the lovely site and your hard work!

  8. Diane

    My girls (all grown) and I are going to love making these. We have all gone to making everything from scratch with healthy ingredients since we found your site. Can’t wait to make the cream cheese!

  9. Pamela Wright

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway. I would love to win this. Also, I’d like to thank you for posting about soaking and dehydrating nuts. I’ve always gotten stomach aches after eating them and never knew why. Since I tried your method I’ve been able to eat them again for the first time in years.

  10. [email protected]

    Thank you so much to you and your beautiful recipes I too have become a “from scratch” kind of gal as well. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.
    Thank you for giving me the knowledge to care for my family in the ways I never knew I’d be able to.

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