Living with food allergies can make it a bit tough when all your friends and family are able to indulge in any food they wish without obvious repercussions. Potlucks can be a tricky in that you want to make something everyone can eat but that won't cause looks of disdain once the ingredient list is revealed.
I'm known for playing it safe and making something I know I can enjoy and also making a second something the other guests won't look at like a science experiment. (Although typically everyone does end up realizing that allergen-free creations are just as delicious as their allergen-filled counterparts).
With summer fast approaching, I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes that is somewhat allergen-free but will also appeal to those who can eat just about anything.
These dreamy cream cheese bars are a hit at BBQs and potlucks.
I usually have to make a triple batch because they don't last long. Seriously. Grain free, gluten free, and nut free, these cream cheese bars are light yet filling.
Dreamy Cream Cheese Bars
Yield 12 bars
These cream cheese bars are a hit with just about everyone! Easy to make and mouthwateringly delicious, these bars will have you coming back for more.
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 stick butter, room temperature
- 4 large eggs
- 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 cup raw sugar
- 1 cup coconut flour
- Optional add ins – 1/3 cup pureed berries or 1/4 cup nut/seed butter (if using berries of nut butter, increase coconut flour by 1 1/2 tablespoons)
- Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees F
- Grease and 11X7 glass baking dish with coconut oil
- In a large bowl or stand mixer bowl, add the cream cheese and butter. Mix until it has reach a fluffy consistency.
- Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well in between.
- Add the vanilla and coconut oil continuing to mix well.
- Add the sugar gradually, continuing to mix.
- Add the coconut flour and beat until well blended.
- Pour batter into the pan and bake for 30 minutes.
- Cool the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
- Slice into squares.
You can substitute honey for the sugar but it complicates the texture and taste. You will just have to experiment with the amount and add additional coconut flour and cream cheese until you get it where you like it. I have found that every brand of honey is different and in this particular recipe, I cannot provide a hard and firm measurement as each brand I have tried acts a little differently.