Orange Honey Cheesecake Bars

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Orange Honey Cheesecake Bars // The Spicy RD

Orange Honey Cheesecake Bars

Quiz time!  Can you believe school’s out for summer and I’m giving you a quiz??? Pick the best answer from below…

The best way to use honey is:

A) Drizzled over hot buttered toast {& served with a mug of steaming hot coffee!}.

B)  Swirled in to a bowl of plain Greek Yogurt.

C)  Stirred in to a cup of chamomile tea for a bedtime toddy.

D) Served straight up, by the spoonful, to tame a hacking cough.

And, the correct answer is, E, all of the above, plus baked, stirred, and drizzled over a pan of luscious orange honey cheesecake bars!

Orange Honey Cheesecake Bars // The Spicy RD

And, the reason, for these yummy bars???

Why to celebrate all things honey of course!

By posting this recipe for Orange Honey Cheesecake Bars, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Honey Board, and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest.  I received a gift card to offset the expenses of my ingredients.

As you can probably tell from the quiz, honey makes a regular appearance in my kitchen, both as a natural sweetener, as well as a medicinal, and tasty alternative to cough syrup.  Did you know that honey has been found to be just as effective as dextromethorphan, a common cough suppressant? Tastes WAY better too!

As we speak, I currently have 4 different varieties of honey in my kitchen, including Raspberry, Sage, Buckwheat, and Orange Blossom…

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For my Orange Honey Cheesecake Bars, naturally I thought the Orange Blossom Honey would be the perfect accompaniment, not only baked in to the almond flour crust, but also stirred in to the Cream Cheese and Greek Yogurt mixture, and drizzled on top of the fresh, sweet, and juicy in-season Valencia Oranges.

I can only imagine the bees have been very busy in my own garden collecting nectar from my Valencia Orange tree blossoms, which have now turned in to 100’s of mini oranges!

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Naturally, in an ode to Recipe ReDux fashion, these Orange Honey Cheesecake Bars have a healthy twist, with an almond flour crust, a subtle honey sweetness {it is always my preference to use less of the “real thing”, aka, natural sweeteners, than to use artificial sweeteners}, and fresh fruit.  Oh, and like all my recipes, they are gluten-free too!

orange honey cheesecake bars on a blue and white tiled tray.

Orange Honey Cheesecake Bars

"Healthyish" & delicious! These gluten free, grain free Orange Honey Cheesecake Treat are such a fun treat. Easy to make and naturally sweetened-make a batch today!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

For the crust:

For the filling:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • 3 oranges, peeled and sliced in to rounds
  • Additional honey to drizzle on top of oranges

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine almond flour, coconut oil, honey, and egg white in a mixing bowl. Mix well, then press mixture in to a 9 x 9 baking dish that has been greased with a little coconut oil.
  • Bake the crust for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. When finished baking, cool slightly, then transfer to refrigerator for 20 minutes to cool completely.
  • While crust is baking, make the filling. Combine the cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese with the Greek yogurt, honey, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl, and beat with a hand mixer until well combined.
  • To prepare the tart: Spread filling over the crust, top with orange slices, and drizzle honey on top. Cut in to 12 squares. Best served chilled.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 264IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Vegetarian
Keyword cheesecake bars
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Are you a honey lover like me?  What’s your favorite way to use/bake with honey?  How many varieties do you have in your own kitchen???

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24 Comments

  1. These look amazing!
    I am definitely a honey lover!
    I need to get back on the redux challenges. I have just been so busy! I miss all these fabulous recipes!

  2. Wow! These are so bright and delicious! I can’t wait to try these. Plus, I love that they’re healthy!

    PS I’ve long sworn by honey, hot water & lime juice as a cough suppressant. SO good! πŸ™‚

  3. EA – these are so cheery – love the way you lightened up this dessert!

  4. Thanks so much Liz! The tiles are leftover from a decorating project I did πŸ™‚

  5. Yum! These look amazing!! Orange blossom honey? I’ve never seen nor heard of it before..I’m so curious of its taste. Love the use of almond flour as I’ve been experimenting with it a lot lately. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much Min, and yes~love baking with almond flour, as it is super versatile. Happy ReDux to you!!

  6. SO cute! Lovely cool, orangey, healthy treat – just in time for the heat of summer (for some of us anyway). And I have the same tiles, all the way over here in Scotland (weird, huh?). I bet you already know this, but acacia is much lower GI (32) than other honeys, which are of course in the 80s. But there is so little added sugar in this recipe that it wouldn’t matter anyway. Lovely

    1. OK-the tile thing is pretty strange… πŸ™‚ And, I did NOT know that Acacia honey has a much lower GI index, so thanks for letting me know. Hope it warms up your way soon Kellie!

    1. Yes we did~Great minds cook alike, and I love your coffee cake recipe too Kristina!!

  7. Oh I absolutely LOVE honey!! Too bad it’s not low fodmaps. Seriously, such a bummer. I always have to omit the honey and replace it with maple syrup (Which I also love, so it’s ok). Thanks for the recipe…I wonder if maple syrup would taste weird with this?? I’m thinking it might not work this time, with the orange? IT may be worth testing!

    1. You can definitely make this with maple syrup Gina, as I have made something similar-a tart-that uses maple syrup~although I used peaches in that one instead of oranges. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out πŸ™‚

    1. Almost too lovely, since I’ve been enjoying one every day since I made them πŸ™‚

  8. These look great and all the best for the contest

  9. how beautifully sunny and appealing do these look? I recently picked up some sage honey and love the flavor.

    1. Thanks Deanna! Isn’t it cool how you can really taste the differences between the varietals of honey??

  10. What a great treat! I’m pinning it!

    I’ll have to pick up some more honey at the Farmers’ Market!

    1. Thanks Andrea! Farmer’s Markets are the best for picking up local honey πŸ™‚