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Blueberry Coconut Cheesecake Bars

These Blueberry Coconut Cheesecake Bars are my ode to spring. A crunchy layer of butter, oats, and toasted almonds create the perfect base for the creamy cheesecake, sweet blueberry, and toasted coconut that layered on top.

Blueberry Coconut Cheesecake Bars

Oh blueberries…sweet, juicy blueberries, you’ve finally made your way back into our lives after a long, cold winter, and we’re ever so grateful.

I don’t mind winter, but it doesn’t take too long before I become bored with its limited variety of fresh produce. What I really crave is fresh spring and summer produce. I look forward to it the minute its dust trail disappears.

Blueberry Coconut Cheesecake Bars

Remnants of its vibrant flavors live on in the freezer section, but it’s not the same. To me, freezer fruit is smoothie territory. I prefer the real deal for everything else.

Finally, signs of life are beginning to trickle its way into grocery stores and local markets. Just the other day, I stopped dead in my tracks and did a double take at the blueberry display to make sure what was before me was really there in the flesh.

Blueberry Coconut Cheesecake Bars

And then I quickly proceeded to load my cart. Did I need five cartons of fresh blueberries–no way! Did I buy five cartons of fresh blueberries–totally!

These Blueberry Coconut Cheesecake Bars were born out of necessity. I overloaded on blueberries, and I had to use them before they kicked bucket.

Blueberry Coconut Cheesecake Bars

A added a bit of shredded coconut to make things interesting and handful of sliced almonds for crunch. The buttery shortbread, creamy cheesecake, sweet blueberries, and toasted topping will have you reaching for more.

Blueberry Coconut Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 1 (8-inch-by-8-inch) square pan

Total Time: 45 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

Bars

  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted + cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberry preserves
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, divided
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut, divided

Cheesecake Filling

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 large egg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 8-inch-by-8-inch square pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, oats, almond flour, lemon zest, and kosher salt. Stir to combine. Stir in melted butter and vanilla extract until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press a little more than half of the mixture into the bottom of your prepared pan.
  3. To make the cheesecake: Add cream cheese and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the egg, lemon zest, and vanilla and lemon extracts until smooth.
  4. Evenly spread the cheesecake mixture over the shortbread mixture. In a small bowl, add blueberries. Gently fold in the blueberry peserves. Spread the blueberry mixture evenly over the cheesecake layer. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over the blueberries. Top with sliced almonds and shredded coconut. 
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and apples are tender.
  6. Cool completely in the pan. Remove and cut into squares. Store the cooled squares in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
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5 Responses to “Blueberry Coconut Cheesecake Bars”

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — March 28, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    These bars look SO good! Cheesecake is my call time favorite dessert and I love it here in bar form with allll the coconut :) Pinning!

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    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — March 29, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    I also tend to go a little insane when blueberries come back in season! they are just so addictive and pop-able. I’m loving the looks of these cheesecake bars Jennie!! 

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — March 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Could there be a better dessert for the introduction into spring??! I don’t think so! 

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    shannon @ a periodic table — April 7, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    these look beautiful!! And i totally feel you on winter sort of dragging on a bit longer than it should in the produce department. I love winter too, and at first it’s like “look! the citrus! the winter greens! it’s cozy time!” but near the end it’s like “…i see nothing.” ugh. It’s nice to have spring back in the stores, for sure. 

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    Laura Dembowski — April 9, 2016 at 8:30 am

    These are calling my name. I’m craving summer fruit (and weather) too. I freeze my own blueberries, cherries, and peaches and they are much better than store bought.

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