Guava Cheesecake Bars

I served them with pomegranate seeds...because I serve everything with pomegranate seeds

I served them with pomegranate seeds…because I serve everything with pomegranate seeds

Anyone who reads this blog with any regularity knows my semi-shameful secret by now – I’m a feeder.

I show love through food. It constantly amazes me that Hubs is not 50lb overweight (and that thought immediately makes me want to bake him a cake).

the pureed guava - looks gross, tastes amazing

the pureed guava – looks gross, tastes amazing

This weekend Hubs returned from a long work trip and I was excited, relieved that he was home safe and very grateful.

How did I show those emotions?

With cheesecake.

cut when chilled - it will firm up in the fridge and be easier to slice

cut when chilled – it will firm up in the fridge and be easier to slice

Cheesecake can be a vehicle for many things and in this case every bite was loaded with love.

(is that too soppy? probably but I don’t care – marriage is awesome like that)

Guava Cheesecake Bars (makes 12)

Crust:

  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 3/4 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seed butter, softened
  • 2 tbsps maple syrup

Cheesecake layer:

  • 16oz cream cheese, softened at room temp
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pureed guava
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsps lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  1. Grind the nuts together until a fine crumb. Pour into a mixing bowl and stir in the maple syrup and nut butter until it clumps together to a thick paste.
  2. Spread this onto a lined 7in x 11in baking tray and place in the fridge to chill.
  3. Using a blender or food processor, blend the guava to a smooth puree.
  4. Whisk the puree together with the eggs, cream cheese, honey, lemon juice and lemon zest until thick and thoroughly combined.
  5. Spoon the cheesecake filling onto the nut crumb base. Bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes. To prevent cracking, let them cool very gradually (ie leave the oven door open but don’t remove them, then transfer to the counter for a few hours) before storing in the fridge.

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